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Alyssa Reyes

Alyssa is a Chicago native and current senior at DePaul University. She is studying Journalism with a minor in Media & Cinema Studies. After graduating this June, she hopes to go into new​​s and editorial writing with a focus on politics and social justice. When she is not writing, she… more »

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April McCallum

April McCallum is from a small town in North Texas that quickly became a not-so-small town throughout her childhood. She then took college as an excuse to move to a place she had never been before, to the city of Chicago. While pursuing her degree in cinema and media studies… more »

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Benita Gingerella

Benita is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago where she majored in journalism and minored in photography. She has lived in Chicago for over 10 years and loves to explore all that the city has to offer (especially when it comes to finding the best brunch spots). An avid… more »

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Brady Guy

Brady Guy is a graduate of Eckerd College where he earn his degree in Communications in Creative Writing. He is also currently Associate Producer of the PleasureTown Show, a dramatic episodic podcast set in the wild west. Brady enjoys telling stories and one day hopes to one day have his… more »

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Daveed Holmes

Daveed Holmes was born and raised in the South Suburbs of Chicago. He recently graduated from UIC with a BFA in Art and Design. He is an aspiring writer and photographer who loves the outdoors, exercising, and plans to travel the world embracing foreign culture and traveling to ancient ruins.

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Emmi Barrett

Emmi Barrett is a writer and commercial marketer from Chicago, Illinois. When she’s not brushing up on the latest and greatest in horror flicks and novels with her black cat Mr. Boone, she’s exploring the Greater Chicago area and all it has to offer off the beaten path. If a… more »

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Karla Sullivan

Karla Sullivan began her career as an English teacher, trainer and became a respected leader in higher education. Her children’s stories have received honorable mention from Writer’s Digest and she is in the top ten for career advice in the Examiner as the Chicago Career Coach. She has been published… more »

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Mahwesh Fatima

Mahwesh Fatima recently graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree. She is a self-proclaimed food and coffee connoisseur. When she is not working on her writing skills or portfolio, she is reading various genres of literature, poetry, and watching The Chicago Bulls play.

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Matthew Iammarino

Matthew Iammarino is a DePaul alumnus, film enthusiast, writer, and fighter for all suburbanites; topped with an affinity for travel and, admittedly, the city life. When he’s not writing for The Culture Trip, he is either “attempting” to write the next nine-figure blockbuster or hanging with friends at the bar… more »

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McKenzie Schwark

McKenzie Schwark recently graduated from DePaul University with a degree in English. More recently she has been working on her writing portfolio, reading as much poetry as possible, and learning all the ways to cook an egg. Her writing has been published in Peaches Lit Mag.

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Samantha Looney

Samantha is a writer and an artist with a BA in English from Brigham Young University. Her perfect weekend includes wandering around a new city, taking pictures, roaming through art galleries, and finding the best vegan restaurants. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s painting, baking gluten-free cookies, traveling the… more »

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Savy Leiser

Savy Leiser is a Chicago-based writer and recent graduate of Northwestern University. When she’s not busy writing articles about how much she loves Chicago, Savy can be found writing children’s and young adult literature, losing her voice screaming at a Wildcats football game, or roaming the streets in search of… more »