Feminist Spaces is an international journal of women's, gender, and sexuality studies that invites students, faculty, artists, activists, and independent scholars from institutions worldwide to submit formal essays, creative writing, and multimodal artistic pieces per our annual Call for Works. The online journal is published by the Department of English at the University of West Florida and designed by the Department of Art and Design at the University of West Florida.
Originally established in March 2014, Feminist Spaces emerged as the brainchild of the Women's Studies Collective at the University of West Florida. The student-run organization successfully published six issues of Feminist Spaces and hosted 17 annual Women’s Studies Conferences with notable keynote speakers such as Angela Davis, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, and Andrea Gibson.
Following a four-year publishing hiatus, Feminist Spaces was officially relaunched and rebranded in January 2021 by a team of graduate students in the UWF English department. After a year of hacking passwords, meeting via Zoom, and digging through ancient editorial files, our editorial team is proud to present the newest installment and digital facelift of Feminist Spaces.
Website photos by Virginie Foloppe
Editorial Board Members
Dakota Parks, Editor-in-Chief
Dakota Parks is a queer poet and freelance writer. She holds a Master of Arts in English with a specialization in creative writing from the University of West Florida. In 2020, she helped revive Feminist Spaces after its four-year publishing hiatus, and she currently serves on the board of directors for Sunday’s Child, a philanthropic LGBTQ-focused nonprofit. Recently, her poetry appeared in Someone Waits for Me, a queer documentary on aging screening at film festivals across the nation, Emerald Coast Review, The Pensacola Museum of Art, and Sinister Wisdom (forthcoming). She currently resides in Pensacola, FL in an RV-turned-tiny-home with her attack cat and personal library on wheels. You can browse more of her work at dakotaparks.org.
Cat Lysek, Editor-in-Chief
Cat Lysek is pursuing an M.A. in English with a specialization in literature at the University of West Florida (UWF). She works for USO Northwest Florida, a non-profit that provides a home away from home experience for service members. She is an active member of Sigma Tau Delta and a contributing artist to the curated student conference "Citizen: Rhetoric, Response, and Representation" at the Pensacola Museum of Art in 2021. Her research interests include social media engagement and management, composition and rhetoric studies, and feminist theory.
Kimiko Lumsden, Editor-in-Chief
Kimiko Wadriski Lumsden is pursuing an M.A. in English at the University of West Florida. Kimiko is currently the Managing Editor for Panhandler Magazine and has worked as a freelance writer and editor for over a decade. Her current interests include representations of identity, Biblical hermeneutics, trauma and memory, folklore, and children's literature. She is currently working on a collection of short essays on generational memory and identity as well as writing children's books.
Liz Partington, Editor-in-Chief
Liz Partington is pursuing a B.A. in English with a specialization in creative writing and a minor in art at the University of West Florida. She writes poetry and short stories but also enjoys painting and jewelry making. Her interests include feminist and queer theory, gender studies, and running her Etsy/Instagram business @bashful.alien, where she sells handmade jewelry, paintings, and resin art. She is also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society. She currently resides in Germany with her husband and collection of artisanal gnomes.
Natalie Duphiney, Editor-in-Chief
Natalie Duphiney is a graduate student at the University of West Florida pursuing her Master of Arts in English. She frequently writes poetry and is working on a novel, but her interests also include photography and piano. She works as an English writing tutor and hopes to, one day, become an English professor to share with her students how writing can give anyone a voice with which to explore and create.
Grace Thompson, Juliette Lysek, Sydney Mosley-Dancy, and Eve Knight.
Past Editorial Board Members
Editors-in-Chief: Rebecca Namniek (Founder), Taylor Willbanks (Founder), Brittany Hammock, Erica Miller, Teresa Scott
Managing Editors: Sydney Stone, Jordan Thames, Rachel Johnson, Etienne Lambert
Associate Editors: Karen Manning, Katie Sundy, Joshua Hart, Dylan Matthews, Sarah Miller, Megan Washington, Carly Cocuy, Faith Green, Hope Hall, Toni Holy, Woodline Lauvince, Maye Al-selwady, Jacob Carroll, Nathan Marona, Evangeline Murphy, Shaundra D. Smith, Samantha Nelson, Kara Griffith, Terry Griner, Hannah Trevino, Fiama Mastrangelo, Madeleine Hutchison, Edith Reese, Elizabeth Curl