Broad Vocabulary is dedicated to independent publishing
and artistry and committed to “do it yourself” ethics. Because corporate
chains lack a sufficient variety of rare and specialized feminist and
progressive literature, Broad Vocabulary offers a diverse and complete
selection. Such selections include but are not limited to:
United States and global women’s history, radical sociopolitical
movements (Queer, anti-racist, animal rights, etc.), women’s and
gender-variant health, and non-sexist children and youth literature.
Additionally, we provide a safe and accessible space for
established community organizations and potential store-operated groups,
created based on local interest and demands. Broad Vocabulary is also
committed to hosting sliding scale or free-of-charge events featuring
book and poetry readings, lectures, workshops, local art, music and
Molly Tennessen -
Co-Founder has been active in the feminist community for many
years. She was co-president of the College Feminists and extended her
off campus when the Pirate Cheerleaders emerged.
She graduated from UW-Milwaukee where she majored
in Women's Studies and Broad Field Social Studies.
Some of Molly's favorite things in the world are
old movies, Bitch Magazine, and pugs. Molly really doesn't like recent
mainstream movies, small children in large groups, or football games on
Amy Daroszeski -
Co-Founder got her start in activism and feminism at UWM, where
she spent 3 1/2 years as Co-President of the College Feminists, as well
as co-officer of the Rainbow Alliance. From there, she received her
degree in English Education and now teaches English at Rufus King High
School in Milwaukee.
She recently finished her Masters degree from UWM in
Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on queer pedagogy.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys writing, playing
guitar, reading Bitch Magazine, and watching re-run sitcoms like
Roseanne and The Golden Girls. Amy does not like George W., war, and
e-mails that profess a friend’s gratitude to their best friends, god,
and shopping, and then puts a curse on you when you don’t send it to at
least 10 other people.
Kelly Todd -
Co-Founder received her B.A from UW-Milwaukee in 2003. She
graduated with a double major in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies and
double minored in History and L.G.B.T Studies. While in school, Kelly
participated in several feminist groups. She was a co-president of the
College Feminists at UWM, a member of the Pirate Cheerleaders, a Planned
Parenthood escort, and a Youth Advisory Board Member at Project Q. She
recently moved to Spain.
Kelly loves Bitch Magazine, dictionaries, the Daily
Show, Dolly Parton, flamboyance, Great Lakes, ghosts, homemade, Judith
Butler, kitties, Madonna, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Milwaukee,
Silence of the Lambs, summer, Tina Turner, Trivial Pursuit, vegans,
wine, and words.
Kelly hates lots of things. Some items that top
her list are: apathy, condescension, emotional displays, enemies of fun,
gum chewing, hierarchies, high fives, social obligations, and waiting.
Bethany Vannest -
Store Manager is a recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee with degrees
in English and women’s studies. She currently enjoys serving food to
people at Comet Café and serving feminist books to people at Broad
Vocabulary. Her future dreams include going to graduate school and
having an organized spice rack.
Bethany likes purring cats, NPR, and the Riverwest Co-op. Bethany
dislikes gin, excuses, and the phrase "hot and heavy." Her current
pleasure is watching America’s Next Top Model. If you think she
really feels guilty about it, though, you’d be wrong.
Jennifer Morales - Co-Owner
is a mom, a writer, a freelance editor, activist, and sometime public
servant. She has a passion for intuitive cooking, enthusiastic
recitations of political poetry, and people who are nice to each other
for no reason. She’s a synesthete and a Sunday school teacher and has a
freakish knack for rodent chiropractic and dog massage.
Tina Owen - Co-Owner
is not as fun as Jennifer. She likes margaritas with salt, sock
monsters and Rapunzel dark chocolate with hazelnuts. In her spare time,
she teaches high school English and the occasional gym class, just for a
P.S. from Jennifer: Tina is too as fun as me; she’s
Eva Lam - Resident Nerd is
responsible for updates to the Broad Vocabulary website. She graduated
in 2006 from Rufus King High School, where she was in Amy Daroszeski's
freshman English class. She is now a sophomore at Harvard studying the
fine arts of relocating cereal from the dining hall and sticking it to
Eva appreciates good conversation,
good coffee, and people who do not recline their seats on airplanes.
She dislikes Mitt "Varmints" Romney and the gender binary. She spends
her free time promoting the homosexual agenda.
hates writing bios about herself, but can't refuse a request from the
lovely ladies at Broad Vocabulary. She is the director/producer/star of a
short film entitled "Whatever Suits You", an action-packed film about
sewing and self-discovery. She likes the smell of vinyl, be it records
or boots. She is a member of Milwaukee's Femme Mafia. She likes banging
out noise on her six-string. She can be found at Broad Vocabulary's
Short Stories bookclub!
Merideth Kruse is a graduate
student in Modern Studies in the English department at UWM. Lately she's
been in love with sushi, torqued ellipses, and queer theories of time
and space. She lives in Bay View with her partner Drew, and the other
night she dreamed of kayaking on the lake. Maybe this summer?
Makeal Flammini's (and she is
Makeal Flammini so she would know) Grandma called her this morning to
yell at her. Her Grandma contended that Makeal Flammini called her late
Wednesday night to "mock" and "insult" her. Makeal Flammini never even
called her Grandma on Wednesday night and can't believe her cute
grandma, who is only 5 or so feet tall would accuse her of this. Makeal
Flammini told her grandma that she loved her and would never do that.
Makeal Flammini's grandma said she thought maybe she had had too much to
drink. Makeal Flammini is shocked that her grandma would think she was a
drunk-dialing wastoid capable of prank phone calling her 80-year-old
grandmother at 8:30 on a school night.
Makeal Flammini hasn't really done anything noteworthy enough
to be mentioned here aside from being kicked out of art school, for
taking photographs of her professors lawn, after he told her that he,
"didn't feel anything" when he looked at her work. She is fully
convinced that he felt something after.
Makeal Flammini lives in a beautiful Milwaukee apartment with
her Best Friend In The Whole World where they speak in secret languages
and whiten their teeth together.
Makeal Flammini can't believe you read all of this, and wants
you to know that she loves you very much.
P.S. Makeal Flammini hates people who refer to themselves in
the third person and she wants you to know that her grandma believes
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