Our Authors

Strong Arm Press is an independent publishing house dedicated to progressive issues and activism. We were founded by Alex Lawson and Ryan Grim, and assembled a team of individuals and authors to achieve our mission.

Alexander Zaitchik

Alexander Zaitchik

Alexander Zaitchik is a freelance journalist and the author of Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, and The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump’s America. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vice, and many other publications. He lives in New Orleans.

Nancy J. Altman

Nancy J. Altman

Nancy J. Altman has a forty year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is co-director of Social Security Works and co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition. She is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), co-author of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015) and author of The Truth about Social Security: The Founders’ Words Refute Revisionist History, Zombie Lies, and Common Misunderstandings (Stong Arm Press, 2018)  Ms. Altman is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center. Ms. Altman has an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mike Lux

Mike Lux

Mike Lux is the co-founder of Democracy Partners, an innovative full service national consulting firm launched in 2011; and has been the CEO of his own consulting firm, Mike Lux Media, since 1999.He recently was a member of the Obama-Biden transition team in 2008-2009, serving as their liaison to the progressive community. Mike served as a senior staffer or advisor on six different presidential campaigns, including being National Constituency Director on the 1992 Clinton campaign. He founded American Family Voices in 2000 and remains the Chair of the board. He is also the author of the widely praised book, The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be and How to Democrat in the Age of Trump. Mike is a proud native of Lincoln, Nebraska, where most of his family still lives. He is married to Barbara Laur.

Jason Linkins

Jason Linkins

Jason Linkins is the former Editor of Eat The Press on HuffPost and the host of the “So, That Happened” podcast. His work has also appeared in The Baffler, The Awl, Wonkette, and DCist. Jason is based in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Schoolhouse Wreck: The Betsy DeVos Story.

Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns is an award-winning investigative reporter whose work has appeared in The Baffler, the Chicago ReaderThe Intercept and other outlets. She is a contributing editor at In These Times. She is the author of Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story.

Daniel Blue Tyx

Daniel Blue Tyx

A native of the Midwest, I’ve lived near the Texas-Mexico border for 15 years, with the exception of a three-year graduate school sojourn at Purdue University, where I received an MFA in fiction writing. I’m a freelance writer based in the Rio Grande Valley. My work has appeared in Best American Travel Writing, the Oxford AmericanSierra, the Gettysburg Review, and Cutbank; I’m also a contributing editor at the Texas Observer and Texas Highways.

As a journalist, I consider my beat to be stories about the U.S.-Mexico border region that are untold by the national media, or that are told in such a way that they marginalize the voices and experiences of people who actually live here. I also write memoir essays, which often seem to explore the intersection of our lives and the stories we tell ourselves about them. I wrote Angry Tías: Cruelty and Compassion on the U.S. Mexico Border.

David Dayen

David Dayen

David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. His work has appeared in The Intercept, The New RepublicHuffPostThe Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more. His first book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize, was released by The New Press in 2016. His second book Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story made Steve Mnuchin sad. 

Morris Pearl

Morris Pearl

Morris Pearl currently serves as Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of hundreds of high-net-worth Americans who are committed to making all Americans, including themselves, better off by building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation. The group focuses on promoting public policy solutions that encourage political equality, guarantee a sustaining wage for working Americans, and ensure that millionaires, billionaires, and corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Previously, Mr. Pearl was a managing director at BlackRock, one of the largest investment firms in the world. He is a CFA Charter Holder, a member of the CFA Institute, the New York Society of Securities Analysts, and on the board of Verified Voting and The Center for Political Accountability. Mr. Pearl lives in New York City with his wife Barbara where he enjoys spending time with his two adult sons and riding his bicycle around the city. He is the author of How To Think Like A Patriotic Millionaire: Taxes.