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.
Samara “Hayley” Steele
Hayley is a has been part of a number of social movements and organizing spaces including the resistance to the WTO in Seattle, Occupy Oakland, #BlackLivesMatter, the Long Haul Infoshop, Land Action, Solidaridad con los Niños, Decolonize Meetup Berkeley, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC), and Cascade Cooperatives. Her writing has appeared in Slingshot, Indybay, [Trigger], Jeopardy Magazine, and the International Journal of Roleplaying. They’re currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at UC Davis. SamaraHayleySteele.com