Presenterssome of the best from years past, and some new faces!
Lee Hencen and Murray Schechter
Lee Hencen has been poly for a long time with poly experiences of being married, single, part of a triad and currently in a domesticating life-partner relationship with Murray Schechter. She practices a family style of Polyamory which includes long distance relationships. A retired RN, Lee has presented various workshops at Poly Living, Loving More East Coast Retreat, Northeast Naturist Gathering, Deepening Connections for B-More Poly and Building Bridges.
Murray Schechter has identified as polyamorous since 2004. He’s been part of PLN (poly leadership network) for the past 7 years and served on the Leadership Committee of OLNY (Open Love NY). Murray is a naturist and has presented at various naturist gatherings, Poly Living, Deepening Connections for B-More Poly and Open Love NY discussion groups.
Lee and Murray have known each other for 12 years and in relationship for the last 8 years. They’ve been living together in Brooklyn for the last two years. Their relationship has a deep commitment to open communication of honesty, integrity, vulnerability and growth which is practiced in their daily lives as well as by attending and presenting various workshops.
Sarah is a sexuality and relationships-focused educator and writer who adores seeing people find their happy place. With over 19 years of experiences in alternative sexuality & relationships communities, and over 17 years of education experience, she’s come to the deep belief that there is no perfect way to do life, and her work supports people in their search to find their own ideal path. She ID’s as a queer dyke, an INTJ, a geek, a Gryffindor, a solo polyamorist, a D-type, a Buddhist, and a hella good knitter.
Page Turner and Justin Case
Page Turner is the author of Poly Land: My Brutally Honest Adventures in Polyamory as well as the founder of and head writer for Poly.Land, a polyamory blog that publishes new content daily on relationships, self-improvement, and psychology with an editorial focus on non-monogamy. With a professional background in psychological research and organizational behavior consulting, Page is a relationship coach who specializes in alternative relationships, especially clientele who are non-monogamous and/or BDSM practitioners.
Justin Case is the Technical & Logistic Director for Braided Studios, Alternative Lifestyle Media.
Page and Justin are both long-term active members in Cleveland poly and kink circles.
Tikva Wolf and Dr. Ian Gould
Creator of the poly webcomic Kimchi Cuddles, and author of the books Ask Me About Polyamory and Love, Retold, Tikva Wolf has been drawing ever since they could hold a crayon, and comes from a long line of love-activists. What Wolf primarily cares about in art (and life) is connecting to people, creating dialogue, and spreading awareness. They’ve always taken delight in making people laugh, and in doing so also unveiling hidden perspectives. Wolf uses humor as a way of encouraging others to deeply see themselves and each other. http://KimchiCuddles.com and https://www.facebook.com/KimchiCuddles
Full time scientist, part time Dwarven barbarian and all around extravert, Dr. Ian Gould has taught polyamory workshops, facilitated discussion groups and led book study groups since 2012. Self-described as “ruthlessly dedicated to humility,” Ian strongly believes in the healing power of community, service and teachability. If he could put on his wizard hat and robe and change anything in the world, he would dismantle patriarchy and put a fabricator in every home. He currently resides in an intentional poly community in Chicago, IL.
I am a polyamorous, kinky polygenderous/polygendered human. I am a self-titled happy hug whore and cuddle slut! I will be 40 yrs old soon! I am a mom of two teen young men, ages nineteen & fourteen. I am polyamorous veteran of 27 years, raised by monogamous parents and polyamrous grandparents. I also polysexual aka bisexual but open to all humans not based on gender or genitalia. I am into unfiltered authenticity of self and uninhibited connectivity with others. I host local poly events to advocate, educate and support polyamorous communities. I am at a place of focusing on speaking about polyamory and supporting all polyamorous communities with my personal experience, knowledge and wisdom.
I’ve identified as polyamory for the past 11 years. I am currently in a quad with three great guys whom only one is also poly, one I nest with (10 years together), and one I’m engaged to who resides in the UK. It’s been a great journey of self exploration and finding what works and doesn’t work within relationships. I have felt no matter how hard poly gets, it’s still more easy than monogamy for me.
I am a being of light and love, with a passion for deep connection and universal love. I am a full-time social change activist. I have been one of the main organizers for Polyamory For All Seasons (http://cfnc.us/pfas) for the last year, as well as for the Center for a New Culture events (http://cfnc.us/sce/html) and Gender Camp (http://gendercamp.org/) . I have offered presentations at most of these events that have been well-received. I am a full-time social change activist. I am also a certified professional cuddliest.
The only thing Master So’N’So loves more than hearing himself talk is having someone else hear him talk. If you ignore his huge ego, he’s just another So-and-So in the crowd. His skills with ropes, cameras and relationships do not come from some innate greatness, but simply through letting himself love the things that he loves and wanting to be better at them.
He knows no special tricks, is possessed of no innate talent. The things Master So’N’So knows, anyone can learn.
A life-long non-monogamist, and full-time fantasy art photographer, Master So’N’So travels frequently for his day job, teaching a variety of art subjects at conventions and art fairs. He has been involved in managing non-profit organizations since he was a small child, has studied rope bondage since 2006 and has been actively involved in the Chicago community since 2008, working with The Next Generation Chicago, the Man Ho Foundation and heavily engaged in general community building. He currently organizes Bound To Learn, an open space rope meetup/self-education event which occurs monthly on a floating Friday at Galleria Domain 2. His sex-positive courses have been well received internationally, including locations in Canada, Florida, Texas and the Midwest.
Michael co-founded and lives at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA, whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, he has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.org, www.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2011, Michael became the director of Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center in the mountains of West Virginia. His current passion is creating an “intentional village” there and in the nearby town – a place where people live consciously with and near one another, building a life based on personal enterprise and freedom, economic independence, and a web of social interconnectedness (http://aciv.cfnc.us).
RavenWitch & Karen
Kentucky & Ohio
Karen has been poly for over 10 years and was the founding Executive Director of PolyColumbus, a thriving local poly support community. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for PolyColumbus. She has led poly discussion groups at lifestyle events and is an experienced speaker/facilitator in the arena of effective communications and relationship dynamics. One of her favorite speaking engagements is participating in regular poly panels for The Ohio State University. Karen is an HR professional during the day and in addition to being a mom and grandma, she is co-mommy to Ginger the poly puppy and enjoys spending time at The Nest with her partners and large poly tribe!
RavenWitch and her husband of 20-plus years, PrurientGent, began their journey into ethical non-monogamy over a decade ago. While they aren’t “out” publicly yet as polyamorous, they want to provide encouragement and support to others in the poly and kink communities whenever possible. Raven is active in the Lexington (KY) kink community as a charter member of the Lexington Leather Hearts Club and Dames of Leather Lexington (DOLLs). She and her “other hubby”, EruditeHayseed, celebrated their commitment in October of 2015. After 20 years of raising a family and working in healthcare, she is now studying to become a massage therapist. She is thrilled to be a part of the BTL staff and considers the Columbus community her second home.
Karen & Dan & dawn
Nest mates for the past few years along with Ginger the Poly Puppy!
Ferrett Steinmetz is, for purposes of this convention, one of the most popular writers on FetLife, routinely racking up thousands of “loves” for his essays on polyamory and kink. He’s been married to his wife for eighteen years, dating his girlfriend for nine, and been in stable relationships with four other people for over two years, so at the very least he knows how to run a Google Calendar.
For purposes of more literary aspirations, Ferrett Steinmetz is also a Nebula-nominated science fiction writer, with four books out. His latest, THE UPLOADED, is now available at all respectable bookstores, and is about the political revolution that happens 500 years after we develop a digital heaven. He blogs on FetLife as theferrett, on Twitter as @Ferretthimself, and has a website at www.theferrett.com. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, a small dog, and a quiet ghost.
D'art & Michelle
D’Art has been in an ethical non-monogamous relationship with his wife of 20+ years since they began their marriage. He enjoys many different things in life and has wonderful, fulfilling, supportive relationships to try many of them. As Head of Security he takes your safety seriously and requests that you contact him if you have any issues or concerns during your time at Beyond the Love.
Michele is an on the go person that rarely finds herself bored. She is passionate about poly and education, especially for those new to or curious about polyamory. Together with her husband D’Art they have run several poly groups with the most current one being DAP in the Dayton area.
Nicole is a co-organizer of Metro Detroit Polyamory (www.detroitpoly.org), has been in unconventional relationships for 18+ years, and identifies as a Relationship Anarchist. She has experience in nonviolence activism & communication, skillshare training facilitation, and community organizing. She has facilitated dozens of interactive workshops in the past 10 years (from 2-hour discussions, to 4-day intensives) — and is stretching to get outside comfort zones and co-create new experiences/learning with others, including here at BTL. She is interested in boundaries, autonomous relationships, consent culture, political anarchy interior decorating, travel, and hot springs. If you see her in the halls, ask about making time to chat about RA – or one of the topics above!