Erin is a writer, photographer, and stay-at-home mama from Ontario, Canada. She lives with her bearded husband and two young children (soon to be three) in a 104-year-old settler's cabin. You can join her at her blog, erinellenbergermarch.com, where she weaves words and captures light beneath the towering pine and spruce.
Fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including the MoMA, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, Simon & Schuster, and Random House Publishing, among many others. She exhibits her work around the country, including in shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery in California. A selection of her works are currently available through New York’s Uprise Gallery. Lisa writes a popular daily blog about her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of six books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and illustrated books The Joy of Swimming, Fortune Favors the Brave, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. Her seventh book, A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives will be released by Chronicle Books in October 2017. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Linsey utilizes art in two ways—expression and investigation. When not pulling images and ideas from within, she uses art to inform herself as much about a subject as possible. With a particular interest in architecture, she finds herself submerged in investigations of how these very different forms are composed. See more of her work at linseygray.blogspot.com.
Lily has been living at Fosen Folkehøgskole in Norway for the past year, where she learned all sorts of traditional skills, from square-sail sailing to sheep shearing. What brings her the most joy is singing together, wild folk dancing and making feasts with her dear friends. She is excited to learn more about seeds and the stories they carry.
Liba was born in the Czech Republic and moved to the United States in 1985. She studied Sociology and Russian at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2003. She started working in international development as a graduate student in 2000 and it became my carrier. For the last 12 years Liba managed projects funded by IFAD that focused on creating new earning opportunities for farmers and rural women in Central Asia and Afghanistan.
Lesley Heiser is a Maine writer whose work appears in Boulevard, Puerto del Sol, Ms. magazine, and many other publications. She's been awarded the Maine Literary Award in both short nonfiction and short fiction from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. She has an MFA in fiction from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.
Lesley runs a one-woman printmaking operation. Her hand-drawn screen prints reflect a deeply rooted love for authentic music, good food, vintage textiles, and all of the beautiful forms and colors in nature. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, daughter, and snaggle-toothed dog. See more of her work at lesleyannenumbers.com.
Leah is a Maine knitting and embroidery designer with a deep love of all things home and handmade. A frequent designer for Quince and Co., her work has appeared in Maine Knits, Twist Collective, and Knitscene. She also sews, spins, gardens, and bakes a delicious pie. You can find her on Instagram @MsCleaver and at mscleaver.com.
Lauren Pignatello is a mother of 7, traditional folk herbalist and ACS award winning cheese and yogurt maker. Lauren started studying herbs as a teen growing up in NYC. She moved to the rocky coast of Maine and grew a family as well as a family business, Swallowtail Farm, with Sean Pignatello. Lauren recently opened a farm cafe and apothecary, Milk and Honey of Swallowtail Farm in Portland, Maine, where she gives consultations and herbal classes on healing and community herbalism as well as dairy making classes.