At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
My mother raised me as a feminist so I was born one.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My mother and father. They raised me to believe that all are equal. They taught me that I can be anything and that my limitations are defined by my belief in myself, my teachings (self or formal), and my desire to achieve.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
Until I was in junior high school, I believed I could be and do anything. I credit that to feminism. I remember in junior high school being told I had to take home economics and wondered why the girls had to take home ec and the boys didn't. I would have preferred a science or literature class.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
The best thing I can do is be myself and encourage others to do the same. Accept no limitations and no imitations.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
Equality, strength and support.
How I Define Feminism:
A world in which we overcome our unconscious biases while encouraging and emboldening others to be their optimal selves.
Lisa is a former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as StraightJackets Magazine and HESA Inprint. In 2007 Kastner was featured in the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery.
She founded Running Wild Writers and is the former president of Pennwriters, Inc. (www.pennwriters.com). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State and her BS from Drexel University (She’s definitely full of it). Her novel THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS was shortlisted in the fiction category of the William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Award and her memoir BREATHE was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category of the same award.
Lisa presented at a TEDx in Seattle on The Power of Connecting. And presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) on the “You Sent Us What?” panel.
Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey The Redness migrated to Philadelphia in her twenties and eventually transported to Los Angeles, California with her partner-in-crime and ever-talented husband. They nurture two felonious felines who anxiously encourage and engage in little sparks of anarchy.