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No Apologies! Filmmaker Ashley O’Shay Tells Important Stories

Two years ago today, Ashley O’Shay came out with her first feature film, Unapologetic, making today the perfect day to celebrate this incredible filmmaker! 

Before venturing into writing and directing, Ashley was a director of photography and producer, primarily working in commercials. She produced and shot advertisements for many big companies such as Nike, Lifetime, and Dr.read more.

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Adrienne Rich’s Radicalism Evolves with her Identity

On the publication anniversary of the poetry collection Midnight Salvage (1999), we’re celebrating the influential poet Adrienne Rich! 

Adrienne Rich was an American essayist, feminist and poet, known for being politically outspoken in her writing, particularly about gender and sexuality. She published her first poetry collection, A Change of World, during her last year of college when she was just 22. read more.

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Filmmaker Nisha Ganatra Creates her Space in Hollywood

Today is the 23-year anniversary of writer and director Nisha Ganatra’s first independent film, Chutney Popcorn, making today the perfect day to celebrate this amazing filmmaker. 

Nisha Ganatra, born and raised in Canada, began her career as an actress, but soon shifted to filmmaking because, as she says in an interview with FF2 contributor Pamela Powell, she “wanted to tell stories.”read more.

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Author/Journalist Caitlin Moran: A Born Feminist & Creative

Happy Birthday, Caitlin Moran! Today we are celebrating this fabulous author, journalist and screenwriter. 

Caitlin is a columnist at British newspaper The London Times, where she writes three columns, including a satirical one called “Celebrity Watch,” in which she analyzes pop culture sarcastically. The column includes topics such as Cher’s savior complex and why calling it a “zombie government” is offensive to zombies.read more.

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The Many Lives of Prize-Winning Poet Jan Beatty

On this day in 1995, Jan Beatty released her first collection of poems, Mad River, making today the perfect day to celebrate this incredible poet. 

Jan Beatty is an acclaimed poet from Pittsburgh, PA. Before pursuing writing full time, it seems as though Jan has lived a thousand lives. She has been a welfare caseworker, a sexual assault counselor, a nurse’s aide, and a waitress.read more.

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Hansel Mieth’s Camera is a Tool for Social Justice

On this day in 1929, the photography collection Simple Life: Photographs from America was released, so we’re celebrating its photographer, Hansel Mieth! 

Johanna (nicknamed Hansel) Mieth was born in Oppelsbohm, Germany to a strict and religious family. She ran away from home at 15 with her lover and fellow photographer Otto Hagel.read more.

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