An Introduction



I'm a writer, editor, and activist living in Austin, Texas with my husband, two cats, and a badly behaved hound dog. I holler on Twitter and send a weekly roundup of abortion news, tweets, takes, and action items in my newsletter. I mostly write about Texas, politics, and reproductive justice, and I often engage in strategic communications work around sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice.

For the past few years, I directed the communications team at If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, a legal organization at the vanguard of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. In the summer of 2021, I decided I missed the creative life and moved back into full-time writing and editing. That's why this website exists; maybe you'll want to hire me to write, edit, or produce a thing for you.

Because writing is a non-stop hustle and I've never been happy doing one thing at a time anyway, I've been freelancing for over 15 years, even while working full-time gigs. My work has been published in the New York TimesCosmopolitan.com, on Rolling Stone.comin the Women's Review of BooksD Magazine, the Austin Chronicle, SalonBitchMs. MagazineJezebelThe Frisky and the Los Angeles Review Of Books' literary magazine, The Offing.

I was the Texas Observer's digital editor for a couple of years, juggling a host of editing duties as well as keeping an eye on a state legislature famous for its tomfoolery while producing the Texas Miracle podcast, an audio news magazine dedicated to progressive politics, cultural commentary, and social justice in Texas. Prior to my gig at the Texas Observer, I covered reproductive rights and state politics across the South as a senior political reporter with Rewire, a non-profit online magazine focused on reproductive rights and justice, while writing the Texas Observer's monthly "State of the Media" column. Texans may also recognize my name from the virtual pages of Eater Austin and Eater Dallas, or from the Dallas Observer alt-weekly, where I worked my first gigs in journalism as a staff writer and humor columnist.

I've done a lot of personal writing and podcasting about social change and pop culture (and the intersections of social change and pop culture). My newsletter is Home with the Armadillo, and contains everything from yelling about the patriarchy to country music criticism to supernatural fiction. I produced Tomato Pickup, a podcast about Bloody Marys, and I was the executive producer and host of Traitor Radio, a storytelling podcast featuring activist homework for listeners. I once wrote and edited a food blog about politics. Sometimes I talk about twang with my husband on Nope Country, a podcast about the culture and politics of country music. We also have a goofy little podcast about low-budget holiday films.

I'm always happy to take questions and assignments at andrea dot grimes at gmail dot com.