|Monthly Contributors & Staff
Director | Designer | Featured Artist
an art director, designer and
artist consultant, 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,
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
Bratsch • email@example.com
Katie lives and
writes in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has a backyard with
a hammock, which pleases her for now. Come winter, though,
she'll be dreaming again of coffee fields, beaches and banana
leaves. One day, she plans to have a hammock slung between
olive trees in Costa Rica.
Meanwhile, she writes and edits for magazines, collaborates
on art projects with friends and is training to teach yoga.
She studied literature and writing at the University of
Minnesota and has worked in K-12 education, advertising
and magazine publishing.
Dillon • firstname.lastname@example.org
Producer | Writer
||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 an integral part of Mental Contagion since November of 2002. He
has contributed as a writer, editor and producer, and was the creator of a conversation
feature called The Shovel, in which he interviewed people from all walks
of life. He is currently working on publishing of a collection of his stories.
Documenting the process of publishing his work, Opening the Can replaces
his monthly column until either the book is finished, or he is.
Gene is a co-producer of Mental Contagion and writes the column Tin
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Writer | Featured Writer Editor
||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.
Pajevic • deanpajevic.com
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 .
Edsill • firstname.lastname@example.org
||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.
Herbach • email@example.com
||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
||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 only woman performer/writer with the wildly popular Minneapolis-based
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
Review, River City,
the Rake, and Northography.com.
Steph hosts the podcast interview series Hearing