Contributing Writers
Erica Ando Rachel Galvin David Schwartz
Ali Berger Lucy Lazarony Chris Shepard
Mary Damiano Nancy Maxwell April Simpson
Michelle de Carion Monique McIntosh Dina Weinstein
Allegra Nagler Judy Pokras
Robyn Friedman Andrea Richard

Erica Ando

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, 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.

Ali Berger

As the world continues to change and inspire me, I hope to always be armed with my laptop to type my stories, invent new characters, and tell other people’s stories that need to be heard.
I started writing when I was little, and am currently working on a literary fiction novel along with a collection of short stories. I am happiest at dusk or dawn, in front of the ocean, with my pen and paper.
Learning and growing continue to be my modes of mental transportation, and I hope to encounter new experiences that can be recorded and inspiring for all those who read it.
I recently obtained my certification to teach high school English, and hope to publish my novel next Spring.
My work has been featured in various magazines and websites, from blogging, content-writing, ghost writing, and poetry, to my fiction-based short stories.
I live in Delray beach with my partner in crime, who I shall call Bubba, and we continue to learn and grown from each other in exciting new ways.

Michelle de Carion

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. Her curious nature and love of the arts led her to choose a career in journalism. She moved to Chicago, Illinois after high school to earn a bachelor’s in communications, with an emphasis on print media. Michelle began writing professionally for the student newspaper The Moody Standard, eventually becoming news editor her senior year, and also for the alumni association’s magazine onWord. To further her knowledge and experience in the journalism world, she took an internship with NBC6 in Miramar, Florida and wrote scripts for the evening newscasts. Michelle’s first full-time job was with one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the U.S.—Samaritan’s Purse. As staff writer, 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.

Mary Damiano

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 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, 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. An award-winning writer, her essay Creature of the Night took first place in the National Writers Association South Florida Chapter’s writing contest in 2000, and her play, Word Count, won first place in the 2007 South Florida Theatre Festival One-Act Play contest. In 2009, her short story, The Day Janis Joplin Died, was a finalist in the 11th annual Writer’s Network of South Florida writing competition. Mary’s play Jane Fonda’s Breast was featured in the 2004 Lavender Footlights Festival. In 2012, Mary moderated the panel, “The State of Erotica” at the Miami International Book Fair. 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.

Allegra Nagler

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.

Robyn A. Friedman

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,, Ocean Drive, Hotel News Now, the Costco Connection, Florida Trend, Business Week Online, 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.
Robyn is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, Online News Association, National Federation of Press Women and Florida Freelance Writers Association.
Connect with Robyn at or on Twitter (@RobynAFriedman).

Rachel Galvin

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.

Lucy Lazarony

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.

Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

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. Visit her website at or email her at

Monique McIntosh

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.

Judy Pokras

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 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.

Andrea Richard

Andrea 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 for Broward 100, she can be found eating snacks, enjoying art shows, and living the Florida life. | @ondrea954
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David Schwartz

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.

Chris Shepard

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.

April Simpson

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.

Dina Weinstein

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.