January 2018 Contributor Bios

The first issue of Hold the Line features some awesome writers, activists, and poets. On the last page of the magazine, you’ll find photos of some of the families and kids of the contributors. Here, we share bios and links for the writers and other folks who helped make this issue possible.
This page is a work in progress, your patience is appreciated!
Editor-in-Chief – Bellamy Shoffner – Read more here.
Selena Wolf Berkley – Assistant Editor – Bio Coming Soon

Antonia Montoya, MS, CHES is a certified Positive Discipline facilitator. Her Gratefully Parenting classes help parents feel more connected with their children and facilitate them becoming loving confident fulfilled independent compassionate adults. All while helping parents feel calm, confident, energized, and grateful. Antonia has over 15 years facilitation and coaching experience with an emphasis on strength-based behavior change. Her gratitude community is committed to seeing the world as it is, the darkness and the light, and finding gratitude all along the way.

Kearie Daniel is a mom of two, a freelance writer, podcaster, and author of the Woke Mommy Chatter blog .www.wokemommychatter.com

@wokemommy (Twitter)

https://www.facebook.com/wokemommy/  (Facebook)

https://www.instagram.com/wokemommychatter/?hl=en (Instagram)

Cecilia Caballero is an Afro-Xicana mother, writer, poet, and scholar based in LA. She co-founded Chicana M(other)work, a collective of Chicana mother-scholars, who amplify mother of color voices within academia and beyond through podcasts and publications. Cecilia is also a co-editor of The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución contracted with University of Arizona Press. She is finishing her dissertation at the University of Southern California in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity and she researches narratives of Chicana mothering, spiritual activism, sexuality, and gender.

Website: chicanamotherwork.com

Instagram: chicanamotherwork

Uche Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press) is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and a Westword Award Winner (“Best Environmental Poetry”). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop. He co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast, featured in the Best New African Poets anthology, and was shortlisted for Nigeria’s Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize.


Virginia Duan is a Taiwanese American writer at Mandarin Mama who focuses on parenting through brokenness, Chinese/English bilingual homeschooling, and social justice. She is the author of “So You Want Your Kid to Learn Chinese.”

She is known for her unflinching honesty, fury-tinged humor, and using ten words when one would do.

Virginia was a finalist in the 2014 We Still Blog Awards and a cast member of the 2016 Listen to Your Mother San Francisco Show.

Graeme Seabrook – Bio Coming Soon

Jade Chiu is a 31-year-old South Korean Transracial adoptee, birth and lifestyle photographer, birth and postpartum doula, and activist residing in Greensboro North Carolina with her husband Sam, and 2 kids, Zoey and Brian. Jade’s favorite things in life are burgers, burritos, sushi, coffee, and fizzy water. When Jade isn’t eating or doing one of her several jobs, she is homeschooling her kids and enjoying a fast-paced life while living a life on call, and patiently waiting for her birth doula clients to go into labor. Find out more at jadechiuphotography.com and thelaborladies.com


Dusti Power is a coffee-fueled mother living in central North Carolina with her husband Tim and their 5 homeschooled kids. She believes in becoming the village and lives that truth by supporting postpartum families, penning articles on modern family life, and volunteering as a financial coach.

Naomi Raquel Enright is a writer at work on her first book examining the language and ideology of racial difference and challenging systemic racism through her personal lens as a bilingual, multiethnic, multi citizenship individual and the mother of a bilingual son who presents as white. Her book is slated for publication Fall of 2018. She is also a former Spanish teacher and diversity practitioner. She resides with her family in Brooklyn, NY.


Charlene Holkenbrink-Monk is currently a doctoral student, receiving her PhD in Education in a joint program through San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. Her research is dedicated to democratic education focusing on community involvement in educational transformation. Her background in sociology, along with her passion for equity, have made her highly critical of institutions as well as how they, including education, contribute to oppression.

She is also the executive director of a nonprofit called The Dignified Learning Project, which is an education-based organization focused on changing the structure of education, ranging from student involvement in conversations of “reform”, to teacher training, and community readings and projects. In addition to her passion of education, she is a mother to two children, Owen and Emma, and currently homeschools them with her husband, who is a wonderful chef. In their spare time, they love going to museums, the beach in San Diego, where they live, and traveling to surrounding cities to visit family.


 More coming soon.