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 pursuing a Master of Arts in English with a specialization in creative writing at the University of West Florida. She is a published poet and journalist, currently working as a technical writer in Pensacola, FL. She has served on the editorial team for the UWF art and literary magazine, Troubadour, and is the president of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society. Her research interests include eco-feminist studies, LGBT+/queer theory and literature, and experimental prose poetry. She is currently working on publishing her first chapbook of poetry. Her online portfolio is 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 is also the Volunteer Coordinator for the non-profit organization USO Northwest Florida. She has served local service members for two years by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation. She is also a member of UWF's Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society. She was 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 an undergraduate student at the University of West Florida. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English and will soon continue her education post-graduation in UWF’s Master of Arts in English program. 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.
Edith Reese, Eve Knight, and Elizabeth Curl.
Past Editorial Board Members
Editors-in-Chief: Jordan Thames, Hannah Trevino, Erica Miller, Brittany Hammock, Etienne Lambert, Rebecca Namniek (Founder), Taylor Willbanks (Founder)
Managing Editors: Sydney Stone, Rachael Johnson, Etienne Lambert
Associate Editors: Terry Griner, Kara Griffith, Shaundra D. Smith Cadogan, Kyndall Turner, Woodline Lauvince, Joshua Hart, Karen Manning, Dylan Matthews, Katie Sundy, Megan Washington, Sarah Miller, Toni Holy, Carly Cocuy, Faith Green, Hope Hall, Nathan Marona, May Al-Sewady, Evangeline Murphy, Madeleine Hutchison, Fiama Mastrangelo