Contributing writers

Adam Levin writes about politics and media, is a board member of the United Nations Association of St. Louis, and is an accomplished trombonist.
HafsaHafsa Mansoor is an unconventional, tenacious, and candid nerd with a passion for words and hope. She is a senior at Timberland High School. She has a growing infatuation with the justice system and is an aspiring social and political activist for women's rights.
MaryMary Di Valerio is a politically active feminist who believes in the quintessential power of free speech. She is a senior at Eureka High School and hopes to make the world a better place, primarily by using her voice to educate others and enact change
WillyWilly Kesler is a retired librarian who a few years ago relocated to St. Louis. She is alternately delighted and horrified by some of the more gothic aspects of Missouri politics as well as fortified by the persistence of progressives in a reddening state.
Since 1969, Arthur Lieber has been teaching and working in non-profit educational organizations. His focus has been on promoting critical, creative, and enjoyable learning for students in informal settings. In the 2010 mid-term elections, he was the Democratic nominee for US Congress from Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.
Barbara Finch is a writer and former public relations practitioner. In 2005 she and three friends founded Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, an organization of progressive women now numbering more than 500 members and friends.
Bobbi Clemons is an an activist, pseudo-educator, and sometimes writer whose passion for all things geeky rivals her love of Norway.
Christopher Burke is a freelance writer and cartoonist based in Bogota, Colombia. His cartoons are often in the pages of The Chronicle of Higher Education. His website is http://www.burkecartoons.com
Frank Kovarikteaches high school English in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He blogs at Corresponding Fractions.
Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of progressive values as vital to making the world a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.
Lisa Granich-Kovarik taught sixth grade for six years in Ritenour School district and currently coordinates a middle school Model United Nations program for Civitas. A mom of three, Lisa enjoys following politics when she is not filling sippy cups and settling disputes over paper dolls.
Renee Shur lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Stacy Mergenthal is a citizen journalist, activist for progressive causes, and voice for the working class. She currently resides in Wentzville, Missouri with her husband and children.
Before Bill Kesler retired in 2007 as vice-president of production for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he worked for more than 20 years as a photojournalist.
Susan Cunningham is a retired teacher of American history. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri.
Madonna Gauding is a freelance writer, illustrator and book designer living in St. Louis. MO. She is the author of 10 books on a variety of “mind, body, spirit” topics.
Mary Clemons retired but not retiring, moved from being an armchair progressive to becoming an active advocate for issues of social justice. She credits her new found skills in writing and speaking out to Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice. She is immediate past president of the organization.
Steve Sorkin A lifelong organizer and activist, Steve Sorkin now qualifies for the senior menu at IHOP and spends his time pontificating on the intertubes. He credits reading Doonesbury faithfully for 40 years for everything he knows.
Occasional Planet Occasional Planet (8 Posts)

Occasional Planet is a group blog that offers people with progressive views a place to speak out on current issues. We have been publishing continuously since February 2010. Posts under the Occasional Planet by-line reflect input by more than one contributor.