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Masthead Mental Contagion
March 2007 • Issue #78
 

Karen Kopaczkkopacz@mentalcontagion.com
Director | Designer | Featured Artist Editor

Karen Kopacz
Karen is an art director and designer living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was co-curator of Re:Connect, a multi-media event featuring work by visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and musicians, and a panel member for Fostering New Culture on the Internet in SXSW's 2005 Interactive Festival. She has been featured on KFAI's radio program Art Matters, also heard as a podcast on mnartists.org. A member of AIGA and MIMA, her Web design has been featured in the design anthology Portfolios Online. Karen is a former columnist and photographer for Pitchfork and a former art director and writer for First Avenue In-House Magazine. Her writing and photography have appeared in a variety of publications.

Karen is the featured artist editor for Exhibitionist.
Photo by Matt Porath

Gene Dillon gdillon@mentalcontagion.com
Producer | Writer

Gene Dillon Gene Dillon lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and 2 children. A native of Chicago, Gene moved out West for a multitude of reasons he does not yet understand.

Gene has been writing for Mental Contagion since November of 2002. From 2003 to 2006 he was editor of Mental Congation and he conducted interviews in a conversation feature called The Shovel in 2006. Gene is currently working on publishing of a collection of his stories in print. Documenting the process from start to finish, Opening the Can will replace his monthly column until the stories are published. Gene loves baseball and has an unhealthy addiction to the Chicago Cubs. He is also learning about Tibetan Buddhism and practicing meditation.

Gene is the producer of Mental Contagion and writes the column Tin Can.

Wendy Lewis wlewis@mentalcontagion.com
Writer | Featured Writer Editor

Wendy Lewis Wendy Lewis relocated her family in 1998 from the urban lively of Minneapolis to the mysterious haven of Cannon Falls, a small farming community on the Cannon River, 50 miles southeast of the twin cities.

She migrates regularly from small-town life to the cities to commune with friends, perform with her band Redstart (Princess Records) and work a day job regularly enough to pay the bills. There is nothing she loves more than a ravaged table, guests flush with food and wine and conversation late into the night. The river runs. The door is open. The dogs are friendly.

Urban-girl-gone-country was the inspiration for Wendy's column Rūs. Wendy is the featured writer editor for Pure Hash.

Dean Pajevic dpajevic@mentalcontagion.com
Writer

Dean Pajevic "Everybody tells you kids are going to change your life. 'Yeah, sure. Whatever,' you say. Then they come along. And your life changes."

"I look at her big, three-year-old eyes and I don't want to sit the fence anymore. I want her to grow up in a world where nature and people are not lashed to the mast of that sinking ship called History. So I write. It's like jamming a crowbar into my heart and soul, prying back those stinking rotten planks, and feeling as much joy and life as I can stand. And sharing it."

Dean is presently working on a book about love, death and redemption (with car chases and sex). A creative library of his work is available on his Web site deanpajevic.com.

Dean writes the column Mags .

Kristine Lambert klambert@mentalcontagion.com
Managing Editor

Kristine Lambert

Kristine is a public interest attorney working in the Twin Cities area. She has a B.A. in Spanish and Humanities with an emphasis on philosophy. She spent part of her undergraduate in Madrid, Spain studying theater, literature and art history.  During law school, she completed law review and wrote academic papers, one of which examined ways that education can break the cycle of generational poverty. She spent time in Los Angeles enjoying the arts and working in casting for the A&E channel. Kristine is a music journalist for www.howwastheshow.com, an Internet magazine that publishes reviews of live concerts. 

Kristine has an interest in arts genres of all kinds and is the managing editor for Mental Contagion.


Geoff Herbach gherbach@mentalcontagion.com
Podcast Host

Geoff Herbach Geoff is a writer and teacher living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is co-founder of the Lit 6 Project, a group that writes and performs the Electric Arc Radio show around the country, most notably at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. He is a regular guest of the Talking Image Connection reading series and has read stories on Minnesota Public Radio. His short fiction has appeared in American Nerd, Bathtub Gin and in other publications. At one time, Geoff was a notable national expert on land use and urban gardening. Geoff's novel "Saint Rimberg" is to be published by Crown/Three Rivers Press in April of 2008.

Geoff hosts the podcast interview series Hearing Voices.

Sam Edsill sedsill@mentalcontagion.com
Interviewer

Sam Edsill Sam Edsill is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, where he studied English literature, creative writing and journalism. Sam was a staff writer for The Daily Iowan and spent a summer writing in Dublin. Currently living in Iowa City, he spends his free time traversing the Midwest and contemplating the vast unknown of the future.

Sam discusses art and the environment in the interview column Cause & Effect.



Stephanie Wilber Ash
Podcast Host

Steph Ash Stephanie Wilbur Ash grew up sucking on a chili dog outside a Tastee Freeze.
Nothing happened. Then she was a bank teller, a hotel clerk working night desk, a newspaper columnist, a bureaucrat, a mom and a feature writer. A lot of stuff happened that she isn't ready to talk about yet. She is one thesis short of an MFA, and it seems that she may be that way forever. While avoiding working on her thesis, Steph is a principal in the the Lit 6 Project, the only woman performer/writer with the wildly popular Minneapolis-based Electric Arc Radio show and is the books and literature columnist for "Metro Magazine". Her features and profiles have appeared all over kingdom come, and her fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review, River City, the Rake, and Northography.com.

Steph hosts the podcast interview series Hearing Voices.


 
 
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