Executive Committee

Amy Heart

Amy Heart

Executive Publisher

Amy Heart is a queer storyteller and social justice advocate, dedicated to lifting the voices of trans girls and trans women everywhere.

From 2002 to 2013, Amy worked exclusively in non-profit community television as both educator and community organizer. Since then, she has focused her energy on ‘unlearning’ white supremacy, studying disability justice, building strong relationships with other trans women artists, and helping people become fluent in modern technology. Amy has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently lives in her ‘chosen’ hometown of Olympia, Washington

Bridget Liang

Bridget Liang

Member

Bridget Liang is a mixed race, queer, transfeminine, neurodiverse, disabled, fat fangirl. They came into their queerness in Hamilton Ontario and co-founded RADAR Youth Group at the LGBTQ Wellness Centre (the Well), the first queer group in a high school in Hamilton, and were instrumental in the passing of an equity policy in the HWDSB. They’re a budding academic, community researcher, workshop and group facilitator, performance artist, and writer. They are invested in the production of knowledge by marginalized communities especially through popular discourse such as fiction. Bridget hope to lift up more voices of transfeminine (and intersectional) experiences and issues be taken more seriously by larger society.

Talia C. Johnson

Talia C. Johnson

Member

Talia is a writer, poet, sensitivity editor, public speaker, workshop facilitator, ritual and service leader, educator, and activist. Her work bridges faith, mental health and LGBTQ+/Queer communities. She is currently studying with the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute with ordination planned for the summer of 2019. Talia’s work is informed by her lived experience as an out transgender, autistic, Jewish woman.

Talia’s enthusiasm for the work of Heartspark Press stems from her activism and desire to see the diverse stories of trans women and CAMAB people told and amplified. The stories that are told about trans women are sensationalized and are based on standard narratives deemed “acceptable” by a society that has deeply engrained systemic transmysoginy and racism. Rarely are they told by trans women.

Luna Merbruja

Luna Merbruja

Workshop Coordinator
Luna Merbruja is a Mexican-Athabaskan writer and artist. Their work centers trans women & trans femmes of color by creating access to artistic development, publishing opportunities, and healing spaces. They were a co-coordinator of the International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering in 2014, the artistic director for the first all-TWOC comedy show (Brouhaha 2015), and a Trans 100 honoree.
They are able to make this work possible by working with a few organizations: Heartspark Press, Peacock Rebellion, and Mirror Memoirs. You can find more information at www.luna.merbruja.com, or on social media @LunaMerbruja.
Abigaille Pieri

Abigaille Pieri

Member

Abbey is a lot of things and, as a result, has worn many scarves and hairstyles all rather fabulously. But the first thing she’s always been is a storyteller. Abbey loves the way words sound, both inside her head and out loud. You’ll find her re-reading and re-reading phrases, savoring the way things feel. She remembers reading once that the key to good writing was to write first for yourself. Abbey has taken that to heart and believes, as a member of the trans community, that this is what we must do: Write for ourselves.

Abbey believes that the stories we tell are powerful and transformative. Stories like ours help challenge dominant discourses, and they also allow trans women to tell stories that matter to them. They help us connect with each other and build stronger community. When she was young, there were few positive narratives for trans women. Abbey wants to change this landscape by establishing  a diverse work of trans women and (C)AMAB authors and illustrators who are amazing, awesome, and inspirational.

Volunteer Staff & Consulting Advisers

Duna Haller

Duna Haller

Social Media

Duna Haller is a collagist, fanzine artist, writer and musician from Galiza, Spain. To her, art is a coping mecanism for mental illness and part of the trauma recovering (and sharing) process. Some themes she explores are Dissociative Identity Disorder, abuse survivor and childhood trauma, internalized misogyny, and lesbophobia.

She always tries to make her art and activism accesible via the Internet by creating fanzines, organizing events, being open to feedback, collaborating with other artists, and sharing her creative ideas.

Some things Duna loves are Marvel comics, DIY music, fairy tales, Vera Chytilová’s films, Luna Merbruja’s writing, and Loone’s music.

She has one book published in Spain (Desierto, Reflector Libros), various fanzines (ask her for more info), and is working on her first solo album since 2012.

Contact Duna at dunahaller@hotmail.com

Photo by Irene Turmalina

Ariel Howland

Ariel Howland

Social Media

Ariel Howland is an activist, writer, and public speaker who is also white, pansexual, genderqueer, and a butch trans woman.

She has a BA in Gender Studies from the University of Oregon. Some of her organizing work includes the Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC) and two campaigns against hate groups. She has also given speeches at Take Back the Night in Eugene and the Portland Trans Pride March.

Ariel has been published in the Earth First! Journal, Eugene Weekly, Portland Observer, and the zine Not Kidding. She has shared her poetry on the same stage as Cooper Lee Bombardier, Kokumo, and Tobi Hill-Meyer. She lives in the Eugene, Oregon area in Kalapuya territory. She prefers the pronouns they/them/theirs or she/her/hers.

To book her for a speaking event you can visit her website at queersocialjustice.wordpress.com.

Evelyn Yaussy

Evelyn Yaussy

Assistant Director
Evelyn is a death metal loving trans lesbian living with her super hot, gay, art wife in Olympia, Washington.
Before graduating from Chicago’s largest & second-most-bullshit art school (suck it Art Institute), Columbia College, she and fellow activists forced the administration to the negotiating table and successfully rewrote the sexual assault policy to favor student survivors instead of college lawyers.  Originally a Chicago area filmmaker, she now works in close-cooperation with the rest of the Heartspark Press team to manage the organization’s operations, develop new projects, and plan events.
Amy Heart

Amy Heart

Executive Publisher

Amy Heart is a queer storyteller and social justice advocate, dedicated to lifting the voices of trans girls and trans women everywhere.

From 2002 to 2013, Amy worked exclusively in non-profit community television as both educator and community organizer. Since then, she has focused her energy on ‘unlearning’ white supremacy, studying disability justice, building strong relationships with other trans women artists, and helping people become fluent in modern technology. Amy has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently lives in her ‘chosen’ hometown of Olympia, Washington

Luna Merbruja

Luna Merbruja

Workshop Coordinator
Luna Merbruja is a Mexican-Athabaskan writer and artist. Their work centers trans women & trans femmes of color by creating access to artistic development, publishing opportunities, and healing spaces. They were a co-coordinator of the International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering in 2014, the artistic director for the first all-TWOC comedy show (Brouhaha 2015), and a Trans 100 honoree.
They are able to make this work possible by working with a few organizations: Heartspark Press, Peacock Rebellion, and Mirror Memoirs. You can find more information at www.luna.merbruja.com, or on social media @LunaMerbruja.

More of our organizers are coming soon.