Wendy Thomas Russell is an award-winning journalist, author and editor. A native midwesterner, Russell spent the bulk of her career in Southern California, writing and editing for newspapers and magazines. For 10 years, she covered criminal justice and special projects for the Long Beach Press-Telegram — for which she won dozens of awards and honors, including being named Journalist of the Year by the Society for Professional Journalists’ Greater Los Angeles Chapter. After leaving newspapers in 2008, she went on to write three books for the Girls Scouts of the USA centered on media literacy for adolescent girls. In 2011, after becoming inspired by her own experience as a secular mother raising a young daughter, Russell launched Relax, It’s Just God, a blog and book for secular parents unsure about how to address the topic of religion with their children. Relax, It’s Just God has been featured by dozens of print and online publications and blogs — including the Washington Post, the New York Times' Sixth Floor BlogPsychology Today and the Humanist Project at Harvard. She writes an online parenting column for the PBS NewsHour and is at work on her second book, ParentShift.

On Twitter: @WendyRussel



Jennifer Volland is an independent writer, curator, editor and publisher. She is developing an exhibition entitled Cabin Fever to be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Previously for the Gallery she conceived and co-curated the exhibition and publication Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life (2013) and co-curated an exhibition on the work of German artist Kai Althoff (2008). She is the co-author of two three architecture books: Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2004), Edward A. Killingsworth: An Architect’s Life (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2013), and Frank Bros: The Store That Modernized Modern (Black Dog Publishing, 2017) Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesEnvironmental Graphics Magazine, SunsetCITY, and ARCADE Journal for Architecture and Design, among other print and online publications. 

On Twitter: @JMVolland



Lauren Diethelm is a budding writer and editor living in Southern California. She received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary journal Matchbox Magazine. Since graduation, she’s worked on the staffs of Epiphany Magazine and Red Hen Press, and is currently a freelance writer.

On Twitter: @laurendiethelm