Evette Dionne, known across the internet as “free Black girl,” is a Black feminist culture writer, editor, and scholar. She’s the author of Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, a young-adult nonfiction book from Viking about Black women suffragists, and the forthcoming Fat Girls Deserve Fairytales Too: Living Hopefully On the Other Side of Skinny.
Presently, she’s the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media where she oversees the BitchReads program in conjunction with Powell’s Books as well as the quarterly magazine and the daily website. Before joining Bitch, Evette worked as a founding senior editor at Revelist.
She also writes extensively about the intersections of race, gender, and size, for a number of print and digital publications, including Cosmopolitan, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Root, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Bustle, Romper, SELF, The Toast, Harper’s Bazaar, Mic, The Toast, and Ravishly. She’s also written book chapters in The Problematic Tyler Perry (Peter Lang, 2016); The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race, and Feminism (McFarland, 2016); Can We All Be Feminists?: New Writing From Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 Others On Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism (Penguin, 2018); The (Other) F-Word: Celebrating the Fat and the Fierce (Abrams Books, 2019); and Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger (Seal Press, 2019).
Dionne’s expertise on popular culture, politics, and feminism is highly sought after, leading to multiple citations in Mic, CNET, BuzzFeed, the New York Times, Teen Vogue, The Root, and the New Yorker, as well as appearances on the Popaganda, Every Body, Woman of Size, Mindful Strength, Food Psych, and Bri’s Books podcasts as well as the BBC’s World Have Your Say and SiriusXM’s WokeAF. She’s also delivered keynote speeches at the University of Chicago, the University of Southern California, and Stanford University.
Evette received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bennett College, an incredible HBCU for Black women, in 2012. In 2014, she received her master’s in media management and women, gender, and sexuality studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Evette is based in Denver. She’s represented by Sarah Phair at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. If you want to connect with Evette about writing or speaking opportunities, please send an email to EvetteDionneWriter@gmail.com or use the contact form.