Antonia Crane: Founder
Antonia Crane is the author of the memoir Spent. Her work can be found in The New York Times, The Believer, The Toast, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Salon, Bustle, HuffPost, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, DAME, The Establishment, The Los Angeles Review, Quartz, Medium, and other places. She is the grand prize winner for PRISM International’s nonfiction contest for her essay “How to Dig A Ditch” (Winter, 2019). Antioch University Los Angeles Awarded her Distinguished Alum in the Area of Activism and Community Service (2018 Alumni Award Recipients) She wrote and produced the episode “POPPY” for the scripted series DRIVEN. She Her screenplay The Lusty (co-written by Transparent director Silas Howard) is a recipient of the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant in screenwriting. She teaches essay and memoir at UCLA Extension. She is the Founder of Soldiers of Pole.
AM Davies: Coordinator
A pole dancer and teacher for since 2002, AM Davies has been at the forefront of establishing the pole community. AM started dancing in Los Angeles strip clubs in 2002 and, four years later, won the title of Spearmint Rhino’s Entertainer of the year. AM then moved onto dance at Jumbo’s Clown Room in Hollywood, California starting in 2007 and remained there for 11.5 years. In 2008, she organized Pole Star Invitational, the first pole dancing competition outside of strip clubs in the US. She founded United Pole Artists in 2009 with the goal of bringing dancers together to share their work and providing a platform for those outside the community to watch competitions and learn about pole. Her thorough knowledge of pole and shared experience in the pole industry has motivated her to work on Fistful of Steel: A Pole Dance Film. FFoS is a documentary focused on the history of pole dance.
Jordan Palmer: Board of Directors
Jordan Palmer is a second-year law student at the UCLA School of Law specializing in Critical Race Studies. She’s a co-chair of the law school’s El Centro Labor and Economic Justice Clinic, a co-founder of the UCLA Law School’s Survivors and Allies Support Network, a board member of the UCLA Law School’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and an organizer with the Labor Committee and the Prison Abolition Committee of the LA chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. She is also the Jane Kahn Prison Law Fellow for the UCLA Prison Law and Policy Program. Jordan supports Soldiers of Pole as a community organizer and ally.
Angelynn Hermes: Board of Directors
Angelynn Hermes is a therapist and activist with a decade of organizing experience in anti-violence movements, harm reduction advocacy, and economic and racial justice. Angelynn got started in organizing as a student at USC fighting for justice for student survivors of sexual assault and for justice, food, and housing for houseless people in the wider Los Angeles community. Angelynn’s work organizing for economic and social justice has taken her to Jacskon, MS, Washington D.C., and the SF Bay Area before bringing her back to Los Angeles. Through peer counseling in rape crisis, harm reduction, and sex worker’s health organizations, Angelynn discovered a passion for individual and collective emotional and mental wellness. She pursued a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University and is now a licensed clinical social worker with a small private practice in Eagle Rock. When not practicing psychotherapy or organizing with Soldiers of Pole, Angelynn spends time reading and writing about the mind and sex, and exploring the resilient natural beauty of Los Angeles, the desert southwest, Mexico, and California.