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 will be launching The Flame Podcast Musical. Ellie is scoring and producing the music, as well as starring in the role of Jamie.
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. Alyse co-hosts The Book of Kevin with Leesa.
A business strategist, community builder and singer, Leesa‘s entry into the world of podcasting began by accident, with a re-watch podcast started to find her voice. After moving to New York, she joined the team at Narratively to assist in the production and successful launch of their first podcast, Believable which launched in the top 5% of podcast listenership, and solidified her path forward into podcast production.
Leesa has a degree in International Relations and Psychology from Monash University, specializing in extremism and identity studies. A big pop culture nerd, Leesa also co-hosts Beers, Beats & Battlestar Galactica, The Book of Kevin (a Pandemic Leftovers Podcast) with Alyse, and The Horrible Podcast (about Dr. Horrible’s Sing a Long Blog).
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.