Lin Kaatz Chary recently moved to Norfolk, VA after spending her life up North and is still trying to get used to be a Southerner! She has worked as an activist for social justice for more than forty years. Before moving to Virginia she worked in the Great Lakes region, nationally and internationally on environmental health policy and the fight to protect human health, especially women and children, from exposure to toxic chemicals. She has a masters and PhD in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. As a childhood member of the “Lane Bryant Chubby Club,” she has a lifetime of first-hand experience in fighting for Body Positivity and living as a fat woman in America. She is now an MFA student in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, concentrating in creative non-fiction and writing a memoir about her life as a steelworker and activist.