I am a writer, long- and short-form editor, copy editor, video creator and social media manager. You can find my work at Autostraddle.com, the Media Mobilizing Project, Put People First Pennsylvania, Truth Out, Feministing and the Philly Gay News. I am also a copy editor for Mic, Inc. and Essential Homme magazine.
My passion for writing and editing lies in taking complicated intersectional topics and making them succinct and accessible to any reader, without losing the issue’s texture or complexity. While I bring knowledge on systems and power relationships I learned in an academic setting to my work, you shouldn’t be painfully aware of my academic background when you read my articles about LGBTQI immigration or prison issues. I work with my editing clients to make sure this is true of their work, too.
From Nov. 2013-Nov. 2016 I worked for Autostraddle, the world’s most popular website for queer women. As a contributing editor and staff writer, I covered the groundbreaking work of organizations for and by the LGBTQ community, including Queers for Economic Justice, the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and Black and Pink. I have also written advice columns supporting other cisgender people in being trans allies, to personal essays about my family. Autostradddle won the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Blog in 2015.
Since February 2015, I have volunteered as on the media and communications team of Put People First, Pennsylvania, a statewide organization fighting for healthcare for all people who live or reside in Pennsylvania.
In 2016 I was a movement media fellow with the Media Mobilizing Project, learning to tell movement stories through video. I did videography, interviewing and editing for the Stadium Stompers video project. In 2017 I began working on the Philly We Rise project, a hub for progressive activists in Philly during the age of Trump.
Additionally, I take on private freelance clients producing and editing specialized web content.
I have spoken at the Students for a National Health Program National Conference, the New School Institute for Retired Professionals, the Vassar College Not Alone Conference, the Students for a National Health Program convening and I co-led workshops on solidarity building and allyship at A-Camp.
I graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a minor in Geography. My undergraduate thesis examined and critiqued the motivations of white upper middle class American women who start aid projects abroad. I was deeply honored to win the Dashielle Robinson ’17 Memorial Prize for Excellence in Women’s Studies, the only prize awarded from the Vassar Women’s Studies Program. I am also an alumna of the Border Studies Program.
In my free time, I can be found playing guitar, cooking, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, attempting DIY home improvement, marveling at large public infrastructure, reading and hiking.
If you’re wondering: my first name rhymes with vine and line and shine, and the emphasis goes on the first syllable in my last name: TAT-erka (not taTERka).
That said, I usually just go by Maddie. My pronouns are she and her.