John Andrews has been a staffer at South Dakota Magazine for 12 years, the last six as managing editor. He has searched the gumbo hills of southwestern South Dakota for the rare Fairburn agate, lost his publisher’s money betting on horse races in Aberdeen (it was less than $100) and eaten lutefisk with Norwegians in Summit. In addition to producing a bimonthly magazine, he and the staff are currently combing the magazine archives to complete a book of essential South Dakota stories. Its release in late 2019 helps commemorate the 35th anniversary of South Dakota Magazine in 2020.HONORARIUM: I’m pretty sure I’ll be spending the honorarium on braces for one, and possibly two, kids, which is probably not most people’s definition of fun.
Melissa Newmanmelissanewman36@gmail.comMelissa Newman is an East Coaster trying to make a go of life out West. She caught the design bug during her last semester at Marshall University and abandoned her plan to be a reporter, jumping headlong into a career in design instead. As her career has progressed, she continues to enjoy bringing to life the creative direction she dreams up in her head — seeing each project through from ideation to photo shoot to design. Currently she serves as art director of Yoga Journal magazine and relishes in the day-to-day challenge of bringing this ancient practice to life. When she's not designing, she enjoys taking her stress out on a boxing bag or on the trails in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Travel is a passion, and she's currently on a quest to visit all of the major U.S. National Parks. At 23/59, she's going strong and highly recommends Channel Islands National Park in California.
Natalie McLeodnatt.email@example.comNatalie McLeod is a graphic designer living and working in Toronto. She currently works at Loblaw Digital as an Intermediate Graphic Designer. Her past jobs include Holt Renfrew, Toronto Life, and Flare Magazine. She stays busy by creating graphic material such as posters, invitations and small business collateral.
David Leachdleach@uvic.caDavid Leach is the former City Life editor of Monday Magazine and former Managing Editor of explore: Canada’s Outdoor Magazine. He has written features and columns for dozens of Canadian, U.S. and international publications and is the author of two books, Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong and Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Writing and Director of the Professional Writing Minor in Journalism & Publishing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Ingrid Randojaingridrandoja@gmail.com Ingrid Randoja began her movie-reviewing career in 1990 working as a freelance writer for Toronto’s NOW Magazine. From 1995 to 2001 she served as NOW’s film editor, and since 2003 she’s held the position of deputy editor at Cineplex Magazine, Canada’s most read entertainment magazine.
Brett MartinFreelance Illustratorbrettmartin21@gmail.com
Brett Martin is an internationally exhibiting artist and illustrator.
Brett specializes in detailed line work, character design and hand lettering. He is an avid consumer of fantasy, sci-fi, the occasional crime drama and nature programs. One can usually find him filling sketchbooks, travelling, expanding his personal library, petting cats or waiting tables.
Contact Brett [for contract work and commissions]: firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer Brett will be featured on a Collective Arts beer can label as part of Series 13 and appear in a group exhibition (Mergeculture Gallery, Tampa, FL) to celebrate the new release!
Collective Arts: https://collectiveartsbrewing.com/art-submission/animated-armour/
Mergeculture Gallery: https://mergeculture.com/2019/07/15/art-and-beer-exhibit-collective-arts-brewing-tampa/
Honorarium:I had no hesitation in taking my honorarium on a spree at one of Toronto's best independent shops for comics and books, The Beguiling!