Amanda Civitello (Executive Director) is co-founder and co-editor of Iris. A writer and editor based in the US, her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Review 31Autostraddle and Bitch Flicks. She studied art history and political science at Northwestern University. She loves Virginia Woolf, photography, and knitting. Find her on the web or say hi on twitter!

Rebecca Bennett (Creative Director) is co-founder and co-editor of Iris. A writer and graphic designer based in the UK, her work has appeared in Bitch Flicks. She studied history at King’s College London. She loves Daphne du Maurier, exotic teas, awesome historical ladies, and doing jigsaw puzzles. Find her on the web or say hi on twitter!


Elis Lui
Poetry Editor

Elis is a US-based blogger. She studies Religion at New College of Florida. She reads a lot and writes poetry sometimes. She loves cats and honey and baking cakes. She's still figuring out the intersections of her identities.

Maria Civitello
Contributing Editor

Maria is a US-based classical guitarist who loves Bach, Beethoven, and the Beatles. She maintains an inspiration blog for aspiring girl guitarists. Learn more at her website.

Jay Dresden
Fiction Editor

Jay is an English teacher from Mississippi. She is currently working on her first novel and other projects. 


Amanda Meltsner

Amanda is based in the United States. When she isn't busy doing the college thing, she can be found knitting, coxing, or attending concerts for bands she's never heard of. 

Tamara Reisdorf

Tamara is a social worker based in Germany. She tries to advocate helpfulness in her daily life and can be found writing and listening to music most of the time.

Andrea Felber Seligman
Contributing Writer

Andrea is based in the United States. When she’s not busy finishing her graduate degree, she loves reading science fiction, gardening, hiking, and training her cats.

Editorial Team

Marylou Mao

Marylou Mao is a French artist who has recently finished her postgraduate certification in animation at The Animation Workshop (Viborg, Denmark). Visit her portfolio to learn more about her work.

Roseann Civitello
Editorial Board Advisor

Roseann is a parent and youth advocate with a background in psychology. She advises the Creating Iris team in the event that issues beyond the staff's expertise arise. She also maintains our list of resources for LGBTQ+ youth in need.

Julie Ann Pope
Staff Reader

Julie is a writer and civil servant based in the United Kingdom. She is an ardent advocate for equality.