ELENA HARAP, co-founder of The Streetfeet Women with Mary McCullough in 1982, is a descendant of English Protestant and East European Jewish immigrants. She grew up in Nashville, TN and lives in Putney, VT. She studied acting with Josephine Lane and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Elena's interest in multicultural theatre and the life of cities led to founding Streetfeet children’s workshops in Roxbury, MA with Angela Cook,1975. Her poems and essays have appeared in Sojourner, Bayou, Jewish Currents, Anthropology and Humanism, and on NPR. From 1991 to 2014 she toured nationally in "Meet Eleanor Roosevelt," a one-woman show written and produced with Josephine Lane. Elena is a contributor to the 2016 anthology, What Does it Mean to be White in America? from 2Leaf Press.
MARY MILLNER MCCULLOUGH, co-founder of The Streetfeet Women, has a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from Goddard College and a Master of Arts in Writing from Northeastern University. Her plays have been produced by Our Place Theater Project of Roxbury, Massachusetts and have been featured in Boston's Annual African American Theater Festival. Her play "Sorry Don't Fix It" was selected for production from the ACTRoxbury Playwriting Workshops and staged at Roxbury Community College. The Theatre Cooperative of Somerville, Massachusetts invited McCullough to write a one-act for their new plays festival in 2005. McCullough's short stories and poems have appeared in literary journals in New England.
LI MIN MO was born in China and has lived and worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for over two decades. She holds an M.A. degree in Education and Theatre from Goddard College and an MFA from Emerson College. Li Min has worked extensively as a storyteller, receiving awards and grants from the Boston Arts Lottery, the Cambridge Arts Council, and Channel 4's "You Gotta Have Art." In 1997 she received a grant for her first poetry collection from the Barbara Deming "Money for Women" Fund. In recent years she has been writing stories from her own Chinese cultural background and her experience as an immigrant in America. Women's voices -- silenced, enslaved, courageous, enlightened, and persevering -- all find their way into Li Min's poetry, fiction, and storytelling. She has recently completed a memoir, Spirit Bridges.
Linda Eubanks-McClain (on leave) was born and raised in Roxbury, MA. She received her B.A. from Tufts University in Early Childhood Education and an M. Ed. in Curriculum Development/Management from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. Linda resided in New Orleans, LA for nearly ten years, where she founded and directed the Children’s Community Theatre, performing at the Children’s Tent annually at the New Orleans Heritage Jazz Festival. She also founded and directed a children’s theatre group in Reston, VA that performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. Ms. Eubanks-McClain has studied and performed as a storyteller in Jamaica, Ghana, and Tanzania.
CHRISTINA LIU's parents escaped China during the Cultural Revolution, settling in New York City’s Chinatown. She received her BFA and MFA from Emerson College in Creative Writing and Publishing. She is currently a full-time Academic Advisor and an adjunct writing instructor at the Boston Architectural College. Prior to her present job, she was an ESL counselor and outreach worker for Quincy Asian Resources and Community Action Programs. It is Christina’s intention “to write more candidly about class, race, the female body, desire, memory, and the universal, inchoate need to connect.”
MARY BIRNBAUM grew up in the South Bronx and was educated at the Cooper Union Art School and the New School for Social Research. She has lived in Boston for 35 years. Formerly a professional chef, Mary B. now studies herbalism, grows medicinal and gourmet mushrooms on logs in her back yard, sells her jewelry on Etsy, and teaches chair yoga. Mary has studied poetry with Fred Marchant at the Joiner Institute at UMass Boston.