Arikia Millikan is an American-born writer of Haitian, Polish-Ukrainian, Scotts-Irish, Jewish, and Native American descent. She is currently based in Berlin where she works as a writer, independent publisher, and professional parrot trainer. Prior to that, she resided in Brooklyn, NY where she founded LadyBits (a publication for tech-savvy women), co-founded Scientopia (a science blogging collective), and was an editor at She as traveled to 38 countries and would like to visit the rest as well. Her journalistic writing focuses on the art of narrative profiling and how technology is impacting the future of humanity. Her creative writing blends memoir and science fiction to take the reader on journeys into worlds they never before imagined. Arikia's debut book, Hell in Paradise is now available to pre-order and will be released Spring 2019.

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breaking through

I founded LadyBits in 2013 to promote literary talent that was slipping through the cracks because of industry-wide misogyny. What began as a rejected pitch at WIRED grew to be a collective of over 100 science and technology writers publishing articles that reached millions of readers worldwide. The premise of LadyBits was simple: we knew that women were just as interested in technology as men, despite the industry-wide belief that tech was a man's topic. Five years later, the LadyBits ripple in the publishing industry has spread far beyond the original collective. But our work is far from done.



Redefining the art of self-publishing


science & tech Journalism

As the youngest editor of WIRED, my journalistic work focused on biomedical engineering, post-disaster infrastructure technology, DIY-tech and narrative profiling of industry leaders. My writing has also appeared in VICE//Motherboard, The Atlantic, The Verge, Gizmodo, Popular Science, Psychology Today, and more. I specialize in analytical, technical, long-form feature writing, ghostwriting, immersive reporting, disaster correspondence, character profiling, and more.


reader-funded writing


In 2013, I set off on the journey of a lifetime. With the support of readers like you, I traveled to over 35 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, writing my way around the world. I currently live in Berlin, where I am researching the path forward for online journalism and penning a sci-fi memoir based on my journeys. You can continue to support me my creative endeavors by contributing to my Patreon:

I once told a friend I wanted to be a foreign correspondent. He replied: So go somewhere foreign and correspond.
— Arikia Millikan

Podcast: Story in a Bottle

"The most successful founders, venture capitalists, designers, etc. have fascinating stories behind their success."

"Arikia Millikan

is a journalist and entrepreneur with a resume that boasts digitizing traditionally print-centric brands. It’s a career that’s given her a fair share of behind-the-scenes experiences with the epidemic that’s overtaking the industry – the continued and steepening uphill battle of maintaining the right motivation in the world of news and content."


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