Write Where it Hurts is run by managing editors in order to maintain regular material on the site, protect the confidentiality of people who choose to post anonymously, and ensure a safe inclusive space for dialogue between people of varied perspectives and experiences.

About Us:

Xan Nowakowski, PhD, MPH



Xan Nowakowski is an assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine and affiliate faculty in Sociology. Their teaching and research focuses on experience and management of chronic conditions, social causes of and responses to health inequalities, and evaluation of programs and services that promote health equity. Lifelong chronic illness and a passion for social justice motivate them in advocating for others with health challenges through a variety of professional service activities.


J.E. Sumerau, PhD


J. Sumerau, Editor

J.E. Sumerau is a novelist and an assistant professor of sociology and the director of applied sociology at the University of Tampa. Zir novels focus on the experiences of Queer people in the south, and their teaching and research focuses on the interrelation of gender, sexualities, religion, and health in the lives of sexual, gender, and religious minorities.


Lain Mathers, MA

Assistant Editor

Lain Mathers is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago. Zir teaching and research focuses on the relationships between gender, sexualities, and religion in public and private spaces.