Vandell is a southern queer and genderqueer organizer who was brought into community resistance and empowerment work in their youth. Their movement roots instilled the love of storytelling and self-discovery as an act of resistance. They center black, indigenous, and TGI POC narratives primarily, but enjoy traversing the many stories that need to be told. Examples of some common themes in their writing include personal and communal stories of grief and trauma healing, ancestral channeling, discovering the decolonial alternatives to life, and envisioning new liberated landscapes. Van’s big loves in life are making things just a tad bit more gay/queer, virgo-ing out, and living in a vintage camper trailer with fluffy cats and journals.