Audrey Bilger teaches literature, gender studies, and yoga at Claremont McKenna College, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University and received her master’s and PhD in English from the University of Virginia. At UVa, she was the Program Coordinator of the Women’s Center, and she taught for two years at Oberlin College before coming to Claremont. Bilger is currently the Faculty Director of CMC’s Center for Writing and Public Discourse, where she conducts and sponsors workshops on writing and communication. She specializes in gender studies, humor, fiction, queer studies, Jane Austen, and women writers. In addition to publishing two books and articles in academic journals, she has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Paris Review, The Women’s Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and ROCKRGRL. Bilger is a regular contributor to Bitch magazine and writes for Ms. magazine and the Ms. blog, where she frequently covers marriage equality issues and LGBT rights.
Michele Kort was born in Los Angeles and has lived her entire life there. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History and MBA in Arts Management from UCLA. In her twenties, she worked as an administrator for two community art centers, the Woman’s Building and the Social and Public Art Resources Center. At age 27 she discovered her calling as a journalist when she worked as Assistant Editor of The Grantsmanship Center NEWS. She later became associate editor of Songwriter magazine. Since then, Kort has been a freelance writer for such publications as Ms., Women’s Sports and Fitness, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. Weekly, L.A. Reader, and Redbook, a senior writer for UCLA Magazine, and a senior editor for Living Fit and Fit Pregnancy. She has been the senior editor of Ms. magazine since 2003. Here Come the Brides! is her fourth book.