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    Cooper is responsible for all the operations inside GXRL. She holds a BA in theatre from Smith College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert. When she's not writing and editing, she's hosting the GXRL podcast, acting, and rocking out with her two bands LANDROID and Bang Sugar Bang.

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    Musician/Artist Kelly Fleek on Living Your Truth, Successful Queer & Creative Partnerships, and Kicking Doors Down

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    Skater/Filmmaker Myriah Marquez on the Beauty of Being Alive and the Importance of Living With Compassion

    Myriah Marquez is a skateboarder and a filmmaker. She lives with an invisible illness, which impacts her life in a multitude of ways.

    Jaime Parker Stickle on Trusting Your Instincts and Going After Your Dreams

    Jaime Parker Stickle is an author, writer, and actor with an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. She is the creator and co-host of the “Make That Paper” podcast, which looks at all the strange side hustles we artists do to support our art, and the new storytelling series “Okay You Guys…” in Los Angeles. Her work has been published in both the 2018 and 2019 Adelaide Literary Anthologies. She is currently in revisions on her novel! And, she is the co-editor of the GXRL blog.

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    5 Things To Do Before You Launch Your Blog

    Everyone has a story to tell. Blogging is one of the easiest and best ways to tell your story. Here's a guide on 5 things to do before you start your blog.

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    Girlhood by Melissa Febos: 7 Essays in Remembering

    The first essay is “Kettle Holes.” Spitting. Puberty. The Titanic: a ship thought to be too strong to sink. A friend boy chases her...

    Books: The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard

    I first read Jo Ann Beard’s 1999 memoir in essays, The Boys of My Youth, during a particularly vulnerable period. A friend who writes...

    Nested

    Before my son graduated from high school in June 2019, everyone warned me that, when he left for college in August, it...

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