Karma has ten years of experience in publishing, and is a popular speaker on writerly topics. She has lectured on the book business for the San Francisco Writers Conference and Writerly’s PubCamp in Seattle. From large anti-globalization protests like the World Bank and the G8 to helping organize the entertainment committee for Occupy Oakland, her activism over the years has covered a diversity of tactics. In the oughties she was arrested during a sweatshop campaign as one of the “Westcott 12,” this nationwide protest led to a trial and a hundred-day camp out protest. She was ultimately exonerated by a jury of her peers for the crime of protesting in a “non-free speech zone” (thanks, Dubya). She is a board member of oldest writing organization West of the Mississippi, the California Writers Club.
Teresa Smith is former student of Fairhaven College. She has taken part in the WTO Protests in Seattle, the Oakland Commune, and other projects. Her writing has appeared in Slingshot, Indybay, and other radical publications. She is based in Oakland.