Riese is a journalist, award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance-artist. She is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com, the world's most popular website for LGBTQ women.



Riese is the co-founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com, the world's leading independently-owned website for queer women with over one million unique visitors and over 3.5 million views per month. In 2015, Autostraddle won a coveted GLAAD Award for "Outstanding Blog," and in 2016, Riese was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Riese has spoken about internet culture, community-building and LGBT entrepreneurship for venues including BlogHer, Yale University, New York University, StartOut and The University of Chicago.

Autostraddle has thrown parties, arranged worldwide meet-ups, produced an annual calendar and launched a very successful merchandise line of apparel, stickers, zines, bags, pins & journals.

In April 2012, Autostraddle took the website to the next level with A-Camp, an all-inclusive summer-camp-style experience for queer grown-ups: a long weekend in the San Bernardino mountains chock-full of panels, activities, performances, feelings and love love love. We've since hosted ten A-Camps.


Riese's work has appeared in nine books including The Bigger The Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women On Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards of Being Female, Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women and The Best American Erotica of 2007.

Print credits include Marie Claire, Curve, Interlude, Go, CollegeBound Teen, NeXT, Listen and The Sarah Lawrence Review. 

Online publications include Nylon Magazine, Queerty,  Jezebel, Nerve.com, Bitch Magazine, OurChart, Emily Books and Suspect Thoughts. 

Her personal blog,  This Girl Called Automatic Win, garnered significant press, earned notable awards, and led to a gig as recapper for The L Word Online.

Riese graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1999, where she was a Creative Writing Major and received High Honors from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and The Presidential Scholars in the Arts. 

In 2003, Riese graduated from The University of Michigan with honors in Creative Writing, where she also was a semi-finalist for The Hopwood Awards and an arts writer for The Michigan Daily.

She is represented by Cameron McClure of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.


In addition to serving as on-air talent for Showtime's obnoxiously popular webseries Lezeberado  and Huffpo Live, Riese has worked on projects for Wingspan Pictures, edited "Flirt! With Haviland Stillwell!" for Broadway World, and is currently the editor for the second season of Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard's "Gay Street Therapy" on TelloFilms.com. 

She also is the editor for Julie & Brandy in Your Box Office, an Autostraddle.com original webseries, and has edited multitudes of other videos for Autostraddle.

She is the co-star, producer and editor of the cult-classic YouTube series "Riese & Haviland Vlogs."