Contributors

Meet the Artists and Writers from our May issue

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Them Jones

Band

Them Jones is a Philly band that has been making music together since 2014. Their sound combines the stranger elements of post-60's pop with the less-mined saccharine sounds of acts found in the Haight-Ashbury scene. The members of Them Jones are Dan Leyden on drums, Brian Dlugosz on bass, Jim Leyden on vocals/guitar, and Frank Tobin on vocals/guitar. Follow Them Jones on Spotify and Instagram at @themjones.


Douglas Hardman

Poet

Douglas (he/him/they) is a veterinary technician by day and a brooding lyricist/poet by night. He has a background in theater and journalism, with a few original productions under his belt and a national award in collegiate journalism for editing and writing. Philadelphia has been home since August 2019, and he has loved pursuing different mediums, forever being inspired by the beauty of the city. Check out their Instagram @the_hideaway16 for snippets of unpublished poetry and song lyrics. His personal Instagram is @caliboynewyorkmind.

Saswat Kumar Mishra

Poet and Artist

Saswat (he/him) has a thing for literature and gardening. An agriculture graduate plucking flowers of poetry from a meadow full of muse. Digital art is his newfound love. You can find him on Instagram @thenovicewordsmiths.

Tamsin Grainger

Writer

Tamsin Grainger (she/her) is a writer, bodyworker and walking artist living in Edinburgh. She was a successful applicant of ‘Our Voices’ Creative Scotland 2021, and her work has been featured in Caught By the River, Wanderlust Journal, Wild Woman Press, The Cure for Sleep (substack), and Monstrous Regiment’s So Hormonal. Her book, Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice, was published in 2020 by Hachette. You can follow her at tamsingrainger.com / @walknodonkey (Twitter) and @tamsinshiatsu (Instagram).

Melissa Lomax

Artist

Melissa Lomax (she/her) is a freelance illustrator, art teacher, and cartoonist, with 20 years of experience in the creative industry. Some of her clients include American Greetings, Recycled Paper Greetings, Sellers Publishing and Highlights for Children. Her comic 'Doodle Town' posts on GoComics.com, the largest catalog of syndicated cartoons and comics. When she is not in the art studio, she enjoys spending time in nature, drinking really good coffee, and 'everyday adventures' with her husband. Pop by her Instagram @melissalomaxart for weekly inspiration!


Jessica Donahue

Poet and Artist

Jessica (she/her) is a 31-year-old “heArtist” whose passions run deep. Her backgrounds are rooted in the creative and healing arts, dance, theater, movement and direction, yoga, wellness, mental health advocacy, and community event coordination. Most recently, Jessica is rooted in cross-blending the worlds of Art, Self-Love and Environmental Awareness to bring people together. Jessica has been deepening her learnings in sustainability practices and clean beauty for a better way of living. She is currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Communications and is grateful for the ability to both exchange with others in all art mediums and be a forever student in life. You can find her storefront, Community Outreach and Personal Ventures through https://linkfly.to/JessicaAnneElizabeth.

Tim Brey

Poet & Music Editor

Tim Brey (he/him) is a jazz pianist living in Philadelphia. He holds positions as Artist-in-Residence and Adjunct Faculty at Temple University and The University of the Arts, where he teaches jazz piano, music theory, and improvisation. Check out more of his music and his performance schedule at https://www.timbreymusic.com.

Susan Marie Radloff

Artist

Susan Marie Radloff (She/her) lives in Corona, California, where she served on the board of the Corona Art Association as Art Show Coordinator. Her love for painting began when she was 11 years old. Since then, she's worked with acrylics, oils, pencils, and most recently, watercolors. You can find more of her artwork at her website https://suemarie.com.

Jacqui Gray

Writer

Jacqui Gray has been an editor for over twenty years and currently works as a managing editor. A nature lover, she enjoys photographing and writing about seasonal changes in the beautiful British countryside. You can find her on Instagram, @moonlightandmocha.

Lauren Kimball

Artist

Lauren Kimball (she/her) lives in Philadelphia. She teaches literature and composition at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. In her spare time, she plays with paint, digital pens, words, and home improvement tools.


You can find her comics on Instagram @turtle_n_hare_comic.

Robin Brownfield

Artist

Robin Brownfield (she/her) is a former sociology professor who turned to art after becoming disabled. While she dabbles in numerous art forms, she finds mosaic art is a great way to recycle old materials and found objects. She has created murals, garden walkways, and countless other mosaic works, but she especially enjoys creating portraits and works for social justice. In 2020, she was featured in a FOX-29 News report after she was commissioned by Tamika Palmer to do a mosaic portrait of her daughter Breonna Taylor, whose death, in part, launched an international movement for justice for victims of racial violence. That portrait can be seen in the documentary “Bree Wayy: Promise Witness Remembrance”, which features the artwork done to honor Taylor. She has also won numerous awards in juried art shows, was featured as one of the Best Mosaic Artists in New Jersey in Best of NJ, and has had her art displayed in galleries all over the United States. She is currently working on a mosaic mural with the help of volunteers at Thomas Sharp Elementary School in Collingswood, NJ.


You can find her on Instagram @nebula1400 and Facebook - Robin Brownfield Mosaics Online Gallery. You can also visit her website Robin Brownfield Mosaics.

Lynne Marie Rosenberg

Artist

Lynne Marie Rosenberg (she/her) is a performer turned advocate turned Emmy-nominated content maker turned visual artist. She is the host and creator of the interview show, "Famous Cast Words" on New York's PBS affiliate station, ALL ARTS, and the one-person-band behind the Etsy store, Hungry Bodhisattva. Lynne works predominantly in graphite and ink with additional forays into charcoal, watercolor, and stop motion animation. www.LynneMarieRosenberg.com, IG: @LynneMarieRosenberg VENMO: @Lynne-Rosenberg-1