Leesa Charlotte

Producer & Host

Leesa is a producer, podcast creator and singer, who stumbled into the industry with a Battlestar Galactica rewatch podcast in 2017. She is the producer, co-host and Jill-of-all-trades for Sweetbitter and CULT AMERICA podcasts, and has assisted in the launch of several successful shows.

Her degree from Monash in International Relations in Psychology, specializing in extremism and identity, consolidated her obsession with history and politics — and she loves podcasting as a medium to discuss these topics. In her spare time, you can find her gallivanting around New York attending burlesque, drag or singing at her favourite piano bar. 

Ellie Brigida

Producer & Host 

Ellie Brigida is a musician, producer and podcaster from Boston, MA. She has a degree in Music Business from Wagner College, where she was involved in a capella, chorus, choir and band, and is currently the Studio Production Manager for Clear Harmonies.

Ellie is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out – an award winning podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over 1 million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO’s list of best queer podcasts, HER’s The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot. In 2021, they launched The Flame Podcast Musical on the Broadway Podcast Network. Ellie scored and produced the music, and starred in the role of Jamie.

Alyse Knorr

Producer & Researcher

Alyse Knorr is an assistant professor of English at Regis University and, since 2017, co-editor of Switchback Books. Her most recent book of poems, Mega-City Redux, won the 2016 Green Mountains Review Poetry Prize, selected by Olena Kalytiak Davis.

She is also the author of the poetry collections Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016) and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013); the non-fiction book Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books 2016); and the poetry chapbooks Ballast (Seven Kitchens Press 2019), Epithalamia (Horse Less Press 2015), and Alternates (dancing girl press 2014). Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University. 

Samori Touré

Production Partner & Audio Engineer (Patreon)

Samori is Co-Founder of Three Springs Media (3SM) a full service podcast network which puts creators first. He is a Graduate of CUNY School of Law and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from Brooklyn College.

When Samori is not running the day-to-day operation of 3SM, he is playing basketball with his friends or on a long hike with his dog, Enu.

Sarah Gabrielli

Audio Engineer

Sarah Gabrielli is a reporter, writer and podcast producer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has her master’s degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Sarah is also the creator and host of Cruising: a podcast about the last lesbian bars in the U.S. Streaming everywhere!

Thea Smith

Production Assistant

Thea is a researcher, documentarian, and graduate student from Los Angeles, CA. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago, where her undergraduate thesis explored the exclusion, sexualization, and racialization of female migrants in Ancient Greece and 20th century America. She is continuing her studies in marginalized, comparative histories at Columbia University and the London School of Economics in the fall of 2021.
A podcasting newcomer, Thea is excited to grow her experiences in oral history, documentary filmmaking, and historical research here on Sweetbitter.

Istela Illustrated

Resident Artist

Kazi Istela is a freelance graphic designer whose passion for typography and illustration has driven her to work on a range of projects in both the private and development sectors. Her illustrated series of quirky superhero characters who fight deep-rooted ills in the social fabric of Bangladesh was her first initiative to use art as a tool to navigate the chaos and disorder of the everyday world. She leads the project The InvisiBellas which addresses woman issues through street art in local communities in Dhaka. She’s also engaged in actively spreading mental health awareness through art.

You can follow her on Instagram here. You can also purchase her Dhaka Jam totes here.

Joshua Nelson

Pirate Shanty Writer

Joshua Nelson (he|she|they) is an artist, musician,  performer, producer and maker based in Cleveland. For years, he has played music in numerous bands, including currently playing bass in a heavy melodic rock band, The Firmary. She has a deep connection to pirate music, as for nearly a decade while living in Los Angeles, they sang lead and played mandolin & harmonica in L.A.’s premiere pirate band, Rillian and the Doxie Chicks, who notably played the red carpet premieres for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movies at Disneyland. Also while living in L.A., for over 4 years they performed in the title role of Rainbow Carnage‘s shadowcast production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as performing in numerous drag shows as Janus Beast in the greater L.A. area.

In addition, Joshua is an LGBTQIA+ advocate and activist, and serves on the board of Geauga SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) Support Group, the first in rural Geauga County.