Xanthe Alexis | David Bieda | Chan Bird | Noel Black | Elise Bowan | Tara Burns | Luke Cissell | Allison Cruse | Bart Dziegielewski | Marina Eckler | Lares Feliciano | Jen Filonowich | Erin Galindo | Idris Goodwin | Elizabeth Charlotte GrantKyle Harvey | Adam Hawkins | Abby Kreuser | Lindsay London | Nora McBride | Marisa MadgeKaren Olson Edwards | Woo Pontz | Jessy Randall | Sadie Sardy | Katey Sleeveless | Nikki StewartNicole Villano

Xanthe Alexis

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Xanthe Alexis is the founder of Keynote Community Arts, a music program for middle school-aged youth based in Colorado Springs. She is a Holistic Therapist at Manitou Wellness Center and a professional musician. Xanthe lives in Old Colorado City with her sons Alliah and Wyatt, and their cat Poseidon. [ML Vol. 4: poems]

David Bieda

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David Beida, a longtime photographer, has contributed to Smithsonian Magazine and is also a regular contributor to The Gazette – Colorado Springs‘ “Out There” feature series. [ML Vol. 4: photography]

Chan Bird

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Native to Colorado, artist Chan Bird paints in miniature, forcing the viewer to look closely at a world between the symbols of the old dark fairy tales and the never-quite fulfilled promise of allegory. Their pieces come from honest, emotionally intuitive places, and are used always as a means of processing and accepting life’s most unforgiving ebbs and flows. For Chan, their art is an escape through imagination and color psychology into symbolic storylines. Chan contributed the image used on the cover of ML Vol. 4. Chan’s first published children’s book can be found here, and their art is here. Patreon here. IG: @fondoftrees

Noel Black

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Noel Black lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado with his wife, artist Marina Eckler, and their sons Ursen and Jasper. Co-founder with Ed Berrigan of LOG Magazine and publisher of Angry Dog Midget Editions in the late 1990s, he has since worked as a writer and producer for a wide variety of media outlets including The Stranger and WNYC. He currently works as a producer for KRCC public radio. He is the author of the full-lenth Uselysses from Ugly Ducking Presse (2011) and La Goon from Poor Claudia. He’s published a half-dozen chapbooks including Hulktrans (Owl Press) and In The City of Word People (Blue Press, 2008). [ML Vol. One: poem and poem]

Elise Bowan


A lover of all things natural, local, and community-minded, Elise Bowan is the mama of 4 children, 6 chickens, and one dog, and is co-founder of Little Owl Forest School. She heads gardening efforts at Aspen-Pointe Community Garden, where she has designed a youth farmer’s market program and wellness class series for clients. She is a founding board member for Mountain Song Community School, a public Waldorf-methods charter serving grades K-7. She writes here and there for fun. For the past decade, Elise has enjoyed immersing herself in kundalini yoga. She contributed this herbal iced tea recipe in honor of her Grandmother for ML Vol. 2.

Tara Burns

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Tara Burns lives in the woods, where she likes to read books, drink tea, and have adventures. Her writing can be found in The New Inquiry, on,, and in her Whore Diaries series. Read her blog here. Tara contributed the Red Raspberry Leaf herbalism article for ML Vol 2.

Luke Cissell


Luke Cissell is a Colorado Springs native with a passion for barefoot hiking off the beaten path and promoting people to pursue and share their passions. As Director of the poetry slam movement Hear Here, he connects communities through the art of storytelling, hosting poetry workshops with children of all ages, “at risk” youth, adults and inmates as well as organizing over 100 city-wide community events. Luke was the recipient of the 2015 Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for promoting poets and the poetry community, and in 2014 helped receive funding from the City of Colorado Springs for the development of the city’s first youth poetry slam team. He and Try, his nine-year-old son, can be seen sniffing the sweet sap of ponderosa pines, then setting up poetry events where they sit to listen, clap, snap and cheer on every brave new voice! Click here for more information. [ML Vol. 4: poem]


Allison Cruse


San Luis Valley, Colorado grower, sewer, herbalist, and mama Allison Cruse runs a CSA and a weekly community Home School Co-Op out of her home. Allison’s Valley Mama Blog offers recipes and tutorials, ideas, essays, stories, and tales from her family’s farm. She makes beautiful dolls and gorgeous wool playthings available over at Etsy. Allison penned this article about nettles and infusions for ML Vol. 1.

Bart Dziegielewski

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Bart is a writer, farm-hand, musician, father and amateur filmmaker living in Carbondale, Illinois. He is a country singer/songwriter, playing under the name ‘Lonesome Bart.’ His blog, bartreviewsthings, offers perspectives on different, everyday items. He has a You Tube channel, RaccoonValley Studios, which is home to two DIY cooking shows, Cooking at Home with Bart and Cooking with Bart: Indian Style, as well as other videos he has produced. [ML Vol. 3: review and recipe; ML Vol. 4: recipe]

Marina Eckler


Marina Eckler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often involves text and cultural memory. She studied art at San Francisco State University and received an MFA from Maine College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico, The Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs and The LAB in San Francisco. She lives in Colorado with her husband, poet Noel Black and their two children, teaching art and design at University of Colorado. She is co-founder of Mountain Fold Books (FB page), a nonprofit bookstore for the arts. She has published a visual/textual poem entitled AWAIT THY AXIOM with New Lights Press (October 2014). [ML Vol. 2: here and here]

Lares Feliciano

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Lares is a graphic and 3D artist and filmmaker living in Denver, Colorado. She holds an M.F.A. in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University and has served as the Artist in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. She sings and plays banjo in her punk folk band The Prime Directive and was a founding member of The Cottonwood Syndicate, an arts collective of nu-wave media-ists in southern Colorado. Lares created the Facebook banner image and logo for Mamá Liberada. You can check out some more of her amazing art here & at Society6.

Jen Filonowich

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Jen Filonowich is the Director of Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She contributed this essay to ML Vol. 3.

Erin Galindo

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Erin Galindo is a mom to three amazing kids, family documentary photographer and advocate for her son with Down syndrome. She is passionate about capturing the beauty of being a parent and the connection in families. You can find out more about Erin and her contribution to the project on getting in the frame, As We Are, With You, on her website, here. [ML Vol. 4: photography]

Elizabeth Charlotte Grant


Elizabeth Charlotte Grant birthed her two children without drugs in her living room under the care of a midwife. She became so transfixed by pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period that she changed careers in order to support other women in labor as a birth doula. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and continues to write and (occasionally) publish narrative nonfiction essays. She is also slowly writing a falling-in-love memoir, and is a follower of Jesus. Elizabeth currently lives in Denver with her children and artist husband Jeremy Grant, with whom she enjoys reading sci-fi novels aloud. [ML Vol. 4: Essay]

Idris Goodwin


Idris Goodwin is a father, playwright, spoken word artist, rapper and essayist. His play How We Got On (Playscripts 2013) has been widely produced across the nation, and his collection of essays, These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His critically acclaimed Hip Hop albums include Break Beat Poems, American Rapper and Break Beat Bars. Idris has been featured on HBO, Discovery, NPR and Sesame Street. He teaches performance writing and hip hop aesthetics at Colorado College, and contributed this poem to ML Vol. 3.

Kyle Harvey

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Kyle Harvey is a father, poet, artist and musician whose collection of poems Hyacinth (Lithic Press) was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. He is the editor of Fruita Pulp, an online poetry journal. He won the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2013. His poems have appeared in American Life in PoetryColorado JourneysFat City ReviewGrand Valley MagazineHeavy Feather ReviewHOUSEGUESTOssuary WhispersSHAMPOO and SP CE. Harvey operates an art gallery and lives with his family in Fruita, Colorado. Kyle’s poetry is featured in Mamá Liberada Vol. 2.

Adam Hawkins


Adam Hawkins is a musician and dad living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He operates a recording studio from his home, Right Heel Music. His bands include The Pots and Pans Band, It’s True!, and Eros and the Eschaton. Adam contributed this recipe for homemade rolls, his specialty, for ML Vol. 1.

Abby Kreuser


Abby Kresuer received her BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has also studied photography and graphic design at Colorado Mountain College. Upon Graduation in 2003 Abby began Kreuser Gallery, llc specializing in black and white, color, and sepia photographs of children, maternity, weddings, and fine art photography while managing her Mother’s business, Purple Mountain Coffee Company. In 2011 her gears shifted and she opened a physical Gallery location in the Arts Depot District of downtown Colorado Springs. Read more here! [ML Vol. 4: Photography]

Lindsay London

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Lindsay London is a longtime poetry lover who has written poetry and prose since she was but a young lass. A RN by trade since 2009 with a focus on maternal/child health and birth rights, Lindsay works to educate mothers and families about the importance of evidence-based maternity care and woman-led decision-making in birth, both inside and outside the hospital. She lives life with her partner Devin and their two children, Zephyr (whom the poem found in ML Vol. 4 was written for) and Wylder, both born at home in the Wild West plains of Texas. Her family will soon be transplanting to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Contact her at: lindsayblondon/gmail. [ML Vol. 4: poetry]


Nora McBride


Nora McBride is an artist living in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. Nora graduated in 2011 from Adams State University with a Masters in printmaking and painting. Since then she has been painting windows and signs, doing linoleum cuts, acrylic paintings on paper and canvas, T-shirts, needlepoint, and other creative projects from her studio. She was also a founding member of The Cottonwood Syndicate. Nora drew the nettles illustration for ML Vol. 1. You can check out some of her work on Facebook.

Marisa Madge


Marisa Madge is a New Orleans native who made Manitou Springs her
home away from home eight years ago. Her fascination with wild
medicinal herbs, ethnobotany, and natural healing began 17 years ago
during a conversation with an aloe plant after which she decided to
switch careers and work in a local garden shop. Her love of plants has
found its way into artistic expression by way of botanical collage
jewelry and multi-media photography using kaleidoscopes to capture
unique perspectives of natural elements. She currently works full time
at Anna’s Apothecary in customer service, recommending herbal
concoctions for whatever ails you. [ML Vol. 4: Holy Basil]

Karen Olson Edwards

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Karen Olson Edwards is an ass-kickin’ writer, lover, dreamer and Mama living in Georgia with her hubby Dan and their two home-schooled wonders Greta and Finn. [ML Vol. 4: Essay]

Woo Pontz

Woo Pontz was 11 years old when he contributed this and this painting to ML Vol. 3. He lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado. He enjoys drawing comics, painting and spending time with his mom and dogs.

Jessy Randall


Jessy Randall‘s poetry comics and diagram poems have appeared in Scud, Ohio Edit, and Rattle. Her most recent books are Injecting Dreams into Cows and a collaborative chapbook with Daniel M. Shapiro, What If You Were Happy for Just One Second. She is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, and her personal website can be found here. [ML Vol. 3: comic and comic; ML Vol. 4: Comic]

Sadie Sardy

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Sadie Sardy landed in Colorado Springs, Colorado after uprooting from her home state of Alaska and bouncing around the nation and the world seeking all things awesome. She now lives in the woods with her husband/artist Matt Barton, two kids, two cats, one coyote-doggie, and many wild visitors. Sadie is pursuing a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern University in Santa Fe, NM, and has a private practice in Colorado Springs where she offers many different bodywork and energywork modalities. She is a lover of all things creative, particularly the original Mama Liberada… planet Earth. [ML Vol. 4: Essay]

Katey Sleeveless

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Kate Perdoni is a mother, television producer with Rocky Mountain PBS, freelance radio and print journalist, and a musician, playing guitar and singing in the dream-pop band Eros and the Eschaton on Bar/None Records. She created Mamá Liberada to celebrate awesome families and amazing people through her most adored form of literature – the zine. Kate helped develop a free, public audio recording studio at Library 21c’s Center for Public Media, is a longtime grant writer with the cultural non-profit Hear Nebraska, and writes for magazines including the Colorado Collective and Springs Magazine. She is the President of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, a 48-year-old arts advocacy organization, and serves on the City of Colorado Springs’ Public Art Commission. She is also a certified Reiki Practitioner. Read more here. [ML Vol 1] [ML Vol 2] [ML Vol. 4] [Vol. 4 II]

Nikki Stewart

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Pennsylvanian-turned-German writer/builder/musician Nicolette Stewart is the author of Click Clack Gorilla, a blog about her adventures traveling, playing in a band and all things raisin’ baby. She strums and sings with her rxx folk outfit The Battenkill Ramblers, has written travel guides to Frankfurt, writes for Young Germany, and lived her life for many years in a squatted community of converted wooden cargo crate homes first in Mainz, then Frankfurt. (P.S. If you’re renovating an old wooden freight car into a tiny house, this is the person you want to talk to.) Nikki tweets @bookpunks. [ML Vol. 1: essay]

Nicole Villano


Nicole Villano lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is a mama to one boy, one dog and anyone she comes across. She managed at a local food cooperative, Deep Roots Market, before deciding to travel and homeschool, documenting it all for Mamá Liberada. Nicole has taught English as a second language, archaeology, photography, videography, cosmetology, and social work, and has been a group home mother for kids. Her favorite things include reading, writing, traveling, hiking, biking, canoeing, cooking, growing things, history, culture, art and making jewelry. Her favorite place to be is in mother nature’s arms. [ML Vol. 2] [ML Vol. 3] [ML Vol. 4]

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