Lois Ruskai Melina is the author of "The Grammar of Untold Stories" (Shanti Arts LLC, 2020), a collection of sixteen essays including ""Bread and Roses," which chronicles her own efforts to organize a union in the context of women’s historical role as activists. She has been a journalist, educator, and advocate for survivors of domestic violence. As an engaged citizen, she has worked on Get Out the Vote efforts since organizing for Sen. Frank Church in 1980. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their two dogs. She can sometimes be found rowing on the Willamette River.