After nearly 17 years in South Florida, Leon M. Rubin escaped to the North Georgia mountains in 2006 with his wife, Suzi. He is grateful that, after spending a dozen years as a writer and editor for Cultural Quarterly, he can continue to be involved with the publication.
Leon is president of The Rubin Communications Group and has been working with arts and cultural organizations as a writer and public relations consultant for more than three decades – going all the way back to his days as Arts Editor of The Lantern, the student newspaper at The Ohio State University
Ali started writing when she was little, and is currently working on a literary fiction novel along with a collection of short stories. She's happiest at dusk or dawn, in front of the ocean, with a pen and paper.
Her work has been featured in various magazines and websites, from blogging, content-writing, ghost writing, and poetry, to fiction-based short stories.
She live in Delray beach with her partner in crime and continues to learn and grow in exciting new ways.
With 17 years of experience under her belt, Galvin has written about a bit of everything. She has written for 40 local publications. But she has a passion for the arts. She has written for "Cultural Quarterly" for about 7 years and is looking forward to expanding her role and highlighting even more local artists within the publication.
In addition to being a journalist, she has published her own book about the acting industry called "Basics of the Biz." She had an award-winning radio show interviewing filmmakers and runs a niche trade publication about film online called "Independent Streak Magazine."
In addition, she has been an actress for 18 years off and on working in theater and film, including productions in Los Angeles and South Florida, as well as being a TV host.
Dina Weinstein is a Miami-based journalist whose work is published in local and national publications. She mentors young journalists as newsroom assistant at The Reporter, the Miami Dade College student newspaper. Weinstein has taught journalism and mass communications at a number of colleges including Miami Dade College. The Boston native is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Boston University School for the Arts.
Allegra grew up in New York in an artistic household where her father was an artist. Art and culture were at the forefront of her early experiences. From a young age she was exposed to working artists, museums, and the appreciation of art. Although not blessed with the art gene, she discovered she could use her writing skills to connect to artists, the art world and to be involved in creative endeavors. She very much appreciates the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, local artists and is proud to live in a region with so much creative energy.
Lucy Lazarony is a freelance writer and journalist living in South Florida. In addition to Cultural Quarterly, her articles on the arts appear in Art Hive Magazine, The Palm Beach ArtsPaper, art&culture of Palm Beach County and The Coastal Star.
Michelle de Carion has been a creative writer since she started producing short stories at the age of 16 in her hometown of Miami, Florida. As staff writer of Samaritan's Purse she traveled to eight foreign countries over the course of three years writing about disaster relief and community development. Her most noteworthy work and service involved reporting on the tsunami in Japan and the Tuscaloosa tornadoes in Alabama.
After years of international travel and living far away from home, Michelle decided to move back to sunny South Florida to be near family and friends in 2013. Since then she has been juggling the three roles of freelance writer for the New Times Broward/Palm Beach, content manager for the creative marketing agency One Firefly, and community outreach coordinator for Swing Out South Florida. Her contributions towards the arts community abound in her writing, performances and teaching of the traditional dances of Lindy hop, Jazz, and East Coast Swing.
Nancy Kalikow Maxwell is an award-winning writer whose publishing credits include seven books, six book chapters, and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Her work has appeared in the Forward, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper, Hadassah magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, and American Libraries, among others.
Maxwell holds the distinction of being the first Jewish student to obtain a Master's Degree in Catholic Theology from Barry University and was awarded the Albert Clark Prize for writing the best graduate religion paper in the country. In addition, she holds a Master's Degree in Library Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Maxwell is the author of the American Library Association's bestseller Sacred Stacks: The Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship. She was Library Director at Miami Dade College, Miami, FL and Barry University, Miami Shores, FL.
Samantha Rojas joined the Cultural Division in February 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto in Canada, and has seven years business, marketing, promotional and budgeting experience with Estee Lauder Cosmetics, Canada. As a freelance writer for Swan Communications, Inc. she has written professionally for the last 10 years, and writes the copy for all Cultural Division publications.
She has published articles and profiles on the arts and culture in Broward County for the fine arts magazine, Cultural Quarterly and Go Riverwalk Magazine. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Samantha lived in Toronto for 12 years before making Fort Lauderdale her home.
Richard is a multimedia communications professional in Fort Lauderdale. You can find her art and cultural coverage in publications including New Times Broward Palm Beach, Pure Honey Magazine, and South Florida Gay News. In addition to freelance writing, she serves as a board director for the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter as well as the Communications Manager for the award-winning architecture firm, Glavovic Studio.
Her previous work has landed her on South Florida's National Public Radio, WLRN 91.3 FM. When she's not blogging she can be found eating snacks, enjoying art shows, and living the Florida life.
April Simpson is a South Florida-based freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, International Business Times and Tampa Bay Times. As a 2010-11 U.S. Fulbright Scholar, April freelanced for U.S. media outlets and taught Media Studies at the University of Botswana, where she researched the development of online news media. In addition to her freelance work, April travels to Central America and the Caribbean to report on extreme poverty for a global development charity.
April earned her Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Smith College.
"I was born and raised in sunny South Florida. Growing up in such an amazing state has given me the opportunity to draw inspiration from a place rich in culture, and full of adventure, which fuels my passion to document what I see through my writing and photographs. When I'm not busy writing I also enjoy reading, and riding my bicycle or motorcycle. I work full time as a paralegal, and I love to travel to new places any chance I get."
David Schwartz is a freelance writer and photographer. He was a staff writer for Forum Publishing Group and has worked at newspapers in Hollywood and Miami Beach.
Erica Ando is an art writer living in south Florida. Before moving to the area, she lived in New York and Philadelphia. She has written for Art Press, Art Papers, Aesthetica, among others. To get to know art in south Florida better, she started a website where she posts articles and reviews, category16.com. Erica recently earned a PhD in comparative studies from Florida Atlantic University. She lives with her daughter and two cats, though since she has been fostering kittens, the cat count is currently six. She is excited to write for Cultural Quarterly and to be a part of the Broward Arts Journalism Alliance. Her goal is to not become a cat lady.
Longtime journalist Judy Pokras has written for many publications, both on- and off-line, including The New York Times. She's the author of The Little Book of Raw Vegan Holiday Recipes and the experimental novel, Artist Girl's Cambridge Daze (which features some of her drawings) - both books carried by the Palm Beach County Library System. Judy is the writer, producer and director of the comedy video Anomalies, and the founder and editor of RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com. She also makes paintings. When she's not working, Judy loves to dance to disco, decorate in mid-Century modern, and make her amazing raw vegan chocolate ice cream for family and friends, who keep asking her to market it. She's delighted that her last name has the vegetable okra in its middle, as she's a vegan.
Mary Damiano has been covering arts and entertainment in South Florida as a feature writer and theater critic for 15 years. She is currently a freelance writer and is regularly published in South Florida Gay News and BroadwayWorld.com. Mary is Managing Director as well as a judge for the Carbonell Awards, which recognizes excellence in South Florida regional theatre, and also works for several community theaters.
She is the co-founder of MiamiARTzine.com, for which she worked as editor for five years. Mary has been published in the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, New Times, Miami SunPost, and more than a dozen other local and national publications. She has published more than 2,000 articles since 2000, and is listed in the 2005 edition of Who's Who in America. Mary is also a board member of the South Florida Theatre League. Mary believes her greatest accomplishment is making a living by being entertained.
Monique McIntosh is a writer and cultural journalist experienced in both print and online publications. She currently works at The National Weekly, where she covers news and cultural events among the Caribbean Diaspora in South Florida. In addition, Monique freelances for Luxe Interiors +Design Magazine, profiling artists, craftsmen, art curators and designers based around the country. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University. A newly-minted American citizen, Monique is most thrilled about discovering and exposing the diverse talent among the Broward community.
Robyn A. Friedman is an award-winning freelance writer with over two decades of experience. She has published over 1,000 articles in print and online in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Robb Report, the New York Post, Realtor.com, Ocean Drive, Hotel News Now, the Costco Connection, Florida Trend, Business Week Online, Bankrate.com and the Chicago Tribune.
Robyn was the real estate and technology columnist for the South Florida Sun Sentinel for seven years. She is a regular contributor to City & Shore magazine, for which she covers real estate, personal finance, non-profit events and local personalities.