Kelly started JCTB in 2016 midst panic-attack and has since reached an audience of 10 million with just her take on anxiety. Though mental illness is a large factor in her life, she created JCTB to show all areas of her life, and the lives of others. In her free time, Kelly can be found writing (duh), exploring her Chicago hometown, and frequenting a handful of coffee shops. She's an avid reader, music listener, and dog lover. Kelly's writing talents have landed her in a variety of positions, most recently interning at Rolling Stone Magazine, writing about music at Atwood Magazine, and working on both a fiction and a nonfiction novel.
In 2017, after realizing her undergraduate years were soon coming to an end, Zari created the blog Queen in Revolt as a way to keep herself emotionally grounded and unapologetically real. As a recent Volunteer Coordinator for UWM’s poetry initiative, Eat Local :: Read Local, she cultivated a strong intrigue for digital marketing/social media management. When not working on her blog or coordinating efforts for ELRL, she can often be found exploring Milwaukee, writing poetry in a local coffee shop, enjoying live music, or working on the creation of a new nonfiction zine. Identifying as an intersectional feminist, Zari continues to chase the sun with a notebook and pen in hand.
A California native turned East Coast transplant, Andie draws her creative energy from the world around her. As a current student of Environmental Sciences she is an active conservationist and crunchy tree-hugger. At this time, she’s trying to adopt a minimalist/zero-waste lifestyle as she works toward a more intentional life. She is also working on a collection of short stories and poems loosely based on her own mental health story. When she has the time, she enjoys gardening or going on family hikes with her partner and their two dogs.
Anna was born in New York City, but grew up in Athens, Greece. She is studying English and American Literature and teaches English to children mainly because she can overuse stickers and colorful pens. She reads, writes, travels, and tries to do all as often as possible. The sea is her safe spot, her dog is her soft spot.