F.L.O.W. can always use your help!
Got a few hours? Volunteering with F.L.O.W. is fun, easy, and low-stress. Most importantly, volunteering can fit into your schedule and has no minimums. Even donating just 1-2 hours of time is deeply appreciated!
Bonus: all time volunteered with us can be applied towards membership at the WCCW!
Who is F.L.O.W.?
F.L.O.W. is an entirely volunteer-run organization of enthusiastic cyclists, librarians, book lovers, and feminists.
Kelly Adams is a middle school teacher living in Echo Park. She has also been a domestic violence counselor for the past 20 years. An avid reader and knitter, she enjoys spending any other free time/feminist energy volunteering with F.L.O.W., Las Fotos Project, and Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, Los Angeles. Some favorite books are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi, We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker. Currently reading Marjane Satrapi’s Embroideries.
Dawn Finley is a full-time caregiver, loves to cook vegan food and edit manuscripts, and goes as many places as possible with her canine pal, Sadie. She co-founded F.L.O.W. in 2014, has long volunteered for the WCCW, and currently works with the Anti-Capitalist Feminist Coalition of Los Angeles and Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation. Recent reads she’s enjoyed include Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne, Hunger by Roxane Gay, Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters by Aph and Syl Ko, Crash Override by Zoe Quinn, Transgender History by Susan Stryker, and Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean.
I am an artist, archivist, and librarian interested in questions of time, history, power, technology, and the natural world. I like to think about analog media, radical queer futures, networks of plant decay, and the transformative possibilities of digital tools. I am an MLIS candidate in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA and organizer for README, a student group that advocates for digital rights within libraries, archives, and information work. I enjoy riding bikes, foraging for mushrooms, and smelling flowers. Some of my favorite books include The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Zami by Audre Lorde. I’m currently reading N.P. by Banana Yoshimoto.
Kerstin is originally from Indiana but has lived in Los Angeles long enough to call herself basically a native. She has a B.A. in political science from UCLA and a J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. She’s currently pursuing a masters of library science from San Jose State University. Kerstin enjoys bicycling, hiking, backpacking, and pretty much anything outdoors. One of her favorite feminist books is The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing; she’d like to re-read and consider it from the perspective of a more mature person. Lately she’s been interested in writing on body image, and is currently reading Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker.
I am a native Californian, but just moved back after spending some time in New York and Portland. I'm brand new to LA, and super excited to be a part of F.L.O.W. I like cats, reading (obviously), indoor gardening, drawing, painting with watercolors, vegan cooking, and making (and drinking) martinis. For the past couple of years, I've read (almost exclusively) books by women writers, and have definitely made some new favorites. Here are a few of them: Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties; Eve Babitz's Slow Days and Fast Company; Dorothy B. Hughes’ In a Lonely Place; Simone de Beauvoir's, A Woman Destroyed; Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower; Julia Rothman's Ladies' Drawing Night; and Lucy Lippard's From the Center.
Lauren Michele Tiede was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a photographer, artist, adventurer, full-time student and guardian to 2 cats and a dog. She has volunteered at F.L.O.W. since May 2018. She is in the last phase of a Master of Library Sciences program at SJSU, and is interested in pursuing a career as an archivist. She’s a passionate advocate for uplifting and supporting marginalized communities and has been researching the development and promotion of more POC archival collections. Lauren’s work in archives is to help advance the of the inclusion of more collections featuring indigenous peoples of the United States, specifically those from the territories of the Southwest that we once a part of Mexico. She is devoted to helping develop the pride and identity of the Latinx community through work as an artist and archivist. In her spare time, Lauren can be found taking analog photographs in alleys or side streets of L.A., or finding hauntingly beautiful landscapes in one of California’s deserts. She is currently reading Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks and is loving it.
Jenn Witte is all rough-and-tumble and has made herself a patchwork career as a reader in many forms. She is a founding member of the WCCW and FLOW. She works as a bookseller in Los Angeles, focusing on in translated fiction, zines, and children's literature. Jenn has been rereading everything she can find by Octavia Butler lately, and loving the experience.
Alice Wynne is currently studying archival science, printmaking, and sociology, and is particularly interested in researching the history of social movements of marginalized communities. When she’s not at a library, Alice loves to explore LA (hiking, driving, eating, etc), work on writing projects, and hang out with friends. The most recent book she has read was Hunger by Roxane Gay, which she highly recommends.