Katie Staal



Katie Staal


A native Londoner with a Dutch surname (phonetically: ST-HAA-L), Katie grew up south of the river before moving to Oxford to study at OBU. For three years, she immersed herself in Feminist philosophy and nurtured an interest, that gave way into an obsession, with the work of Judith Butler, Vandana Shiva, Donna Harrway, Gayatri Spivak, Simone de Beauvior, bell hooks, Mary Wollstonecraft, Luce Irigaray and Hélène Cixous. She graduated from her combined hons in English Lit/Politics in 2014.

Not quite done with academia, Katie pursued a Master’s degree in English Literature, specialising in Feminist lit. Combining her passion for Romantic era poetry and Feminist philosophy, Katie took radical Feminist body-political theory and applied it to lost & forgotten Eighteenth-Century working class female poetry. Poets who by day were milkmaids, domestic servants and agricultural labourers all received a Feminist re-framing: as undiscovered anarchists. Katie was awarded a prize for her original research, along with a first class honours.

After returning to London in 2015, Katie began working in editorial publishing and moved north of the river to Hackney. In June 2017 she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Gender + the City. In this position, she is responsible for the strategic, managerial and creative vision for the site. She also acts as social media manager, and runs the GATC Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr pages. Katie sub-edits every article on the site, and is at the head of the controls for site development and artwork co-ordination.

Along with her love of the written word, Katie is a guitarist (of thirteen years) and plays with various bands, as well as managing her solo project Brood. Heavily inspired by artists such as Bat for Lashes and Grouper, Brood is an experiment in anonymity and gender neutral music branding. Katie is also a passionate eco-warrior, animal rights activist and vegetarian/vegan enthusiast, making the transition to an entirely cruelty-free lifestyle. She also reads her horoscope every day (you never know!)

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