Published on October 18th, 2013 | by Editorial Staff


Post Defiance Grows

Post Defiance is happy to announce that we have expanded our volunteer team to include creative directors Kali Raisl and Shawn McAllister, as well as two new editors to our board of managing editors, Rachel Ervin and Patricia Sully.

Kali Raisl is a Tacoma-based photographer and designer who studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography. She has been active on the stage and in the visual arts in the South Sound for years, and has been instrumental in the evolution of Post Defiance’s aesthetic. You can find more of her work as a photographer at

Shawn McAllister is heavily involved in Tacoma media through his work in print and design. As a web designer, he has brought an eye-catching functionality to the Post Defiance website, as well as developing logos and branding for our outreach and products. He has a degree in Graphic Technologies from Clover Park Technical College, and his other designs can be found at

Rachel Ervin is a native Californian that was suckered into settling in Tacoma in 2007 by her husband and newborn baby; after being enchanted by the world’s best neighbors, she resigned herself to the fact that Tacoma really is the greatest city on earth. Perhaps it’s because she’s in the process of raising a family, but after several years each in southern, central, and northern California, there’s nowhere else that has felt more like home.

Rachel is a recent graduate of UW Tacoma where she earned her B.A. in Arts, Media, and Culture, and also where she served as both Poetry Editor and Editor in Chief for the literary arts magazine, Tahoma West. She has had a lifelong writing addiction, but it has been quietly, and mostly to herself. She is also an editor and writer for Camp666, another blog about Tacoma, but their editing process just consists of scoffs and the backspace button. See Rachel’s work on Post Defiance here:

Patricia Sully lives in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, where she can be found walking her dog, frequenting the local establishments, and pondering who exactly LARS is and whether he would like to be her friend (he and his many friends enjoy writing on the sidewalk).

She earned her B.A. in Ancient Greek, rendering herself almost entirely unemployable, but capable of translating Thucydides and Plato. She graduated with her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where she now works as the assistant director of the Access to Justice Institute, and as an adjunct professor. Prior to law school, Patricia worked as a community organizer in Grand Rapids, Michigan and served in the Peace Corps in Ramokgonami, Botswana. She is an activist, radical, and unrepentant speaker of her mind. Patricia’s writing on Post Defiance can be read

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