Marla Rose is a writer, activist and community
actively involved in Chicago’s flourishing vegan movement. In 1998, she and her
husband created the pioneering vegan web magazine, Vegan Street. In
1999, at the request of the “Mad Cowboy” Howard Lyman, Marla co-founded
and headed the Chicago chapter of EarthSave International, eventually
producing an annual event called The Conference for Conscious Living
that drew dozens of vegan leaders to Chicago over the next decade. This
event ultimately grew into the innovative and popular festival, Chicago
VeganMania, which has drawn thousands over the last three years.
Meanwhile, Marla co-founded the Chicago Vegan Family Network, which has
grown into a group of dozens of families all raising vegan children. In
2009, Marla and her husband were recognized by Mercy For Animals as
Activists of the Year.
In 2004, Marla published her first book, Marla’s Vegan Guide to Chicago
and the Universe. Soon after, she began her blog, Vegan Feminist
Agitator. She is a freelance feature writer and has had her
featured in VegNews magazine,
One Green Planet
and the Advocacy for
Animals blog for Encyclopaedia
Britannica, and she will have an essay published in the collection, This I Believe: On
Motherhood, which is going to be published in Spring, 2012 . She
maintains two different columns for Examiner.com.
Marla’s work has been
reprinted in the Utne Reader, and in 2010, she was nominated for
a prestigious Maggie Award for best feature story.
Marla’s first novel, The Adventures of
Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero, was recently published on Amazon and Smashwords.