Marla Rose is a writer, activist and community builder 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 work 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 also 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.
The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero is Marla's first novel.