Serene Vannoy has been an atheist since shortly after her near-death experience in 1990, in which she saw God. Yes, really. She's bisexual, polyamorous, and unapologetically liberal. Serene lives in Oakland; works at UC Berkeley; recently finished parenting her sister's child, who is now an adult; and will celebrate tenth anniversaries with both her partners soon. She publishes the small-press literary magazine "42," blogs at The Mom Food Project, and is a senior Creative Writing major at California State University, East Bay.