Contributors

Joshua H. Liberatore, Founding Editor
As a dedicated student of the semicolon and public transit, Josh Liberatore commits himself to the advance of precision and economy in various forms. While living in Bangkok, Thailand, where he taught English and literature, he hatched the idea of an online magazine to facilitate the congress of distant friends in the pursuit of writing and the exchange of ideas. Previously based in Chicago and Washington, DC, he now works as an editor in Wisconsin. He earned a BA in Russian from the University of Michigan and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago.

Patrick Baker, Features Writer
Patrick Baker is a determined expatriate and is doing his best to turn a lifestyle choice into a respectable profession. When that doesn’t pay the bills, he works as a freelance writer, translator, and all-around crap-detector. In 2009, he will complete his PhD in history at Harvard University and in philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He lives with his wife and daughter in the environs of Hamburg, Germany. (Letters from the Provinces; Review: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell; Review: Madame Bovary; Review: Gang Leader for a Day; Review: In Defense of FoodDemocracy in the Age of Television)

Daniel Liberatore, Guest Contributor
Daniel Liberatore cares deeply for the spontaneous script of the pen that flies and the typewriter that taps. He indulges in various art forms such as music, gardening, painting, and long (but fast) bike rides. He also enjoys exploring buildings that he has never been inside before, sometimes to use the bathroom, and sometimes for no reason at all. He lives in Madison, WI, with his lover. Together, they often dream of riding in a hot air balloon, to visit the clouds and sing to the trees from above. (Pieces of Clothing; To Be; Dream This Dream; The Missing Turtle)

Tatchai Ruangrattanatavorn, Guest Contributor
Tatchai Ruangrattanatavorn is a student at an international school in Thailand (Class of 2010). He has various interests that constantly keep him motivated to explore the hidden dimensions in himself. One day he hopes to successfully pursue his medical degree or at least somehow devote his life to the well-being of mankind. (Popular Culture or Not)

Natalie Giacone, Guest Contributor
Natalie Giacone is a high school English teacher at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. (Impossible Silence)

Slawomir Gyrga, Guest Contributor
Slawomir Gyrga is a renewable energy enthusiast and social experimenter living in Chicago, IL. A regular attendee of the annual pierogi festival in Whiting, IN, Gyrga also enjoys cold, nonalcoholic beverages year round and seasonal dips in the healing waters of Lake Michigan. (Renewable Energy in Michigan)

Tricia Guest, Guest Contributor
Tricia Guest is an elementary school teacher in suburban Detroit. Her career interests changed to education after a brief stint in the world of business consulting proved to her that the pant suit, number-crunching lifestyle was not for her. Teaching has taken her to the rural Mississippi Delta, where she taught sixth grade with the Teach for America program, and to Chicago, where she instructed first graders in the art and beauty of reading and math. Her husband whisked her back to her hometown after they said their vows in July 2004. In the summers, Tricia volunteers for Summer in the City, a non-profit program that provides meaningful service learning opportunities for high school students within the Detroit city limits. While she would miss the elementary classroom terribly, she dreams of spending her days as a professor of children’s literature. For now, she is content to share the best of children’s literature with kids and convince adults of its value. (Generation O)

Chiara Liberatore, Guest Contributor
Chiara Liberatore is a youth worker and community artist with a focus on creating original theater for social change. She has been facilitating theater workshops with incarcerated adults, youth and people in underserved communities for ten years. She was a founding member of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) at the University of Michigan from 1997 to 1999 and now serves on the PCAP National Advisory Board. During her time as a PCAP member, she worked as a youth treatment specialist at Boysville, a residential facility for adjudicated males in Michigan. Since then, she has worked in numerous youth settings using theater to create original plays and musicals. From 1999 to 2005 she lived in Chicago, where she worked for the not-for-profit Music Theatre Workshop (MTW). MTW collaborated with youth institutions all over Chicago, bringing in arts curriculum to create original theater. Chiara focused on programs in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, Warrenville Youth Center, and the Better Boys Foundation in the North Lawndale community. In 2005, Chiara completed an internship at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory in New York City learning and using Boal techniques to create Forum Theater. Since moving to Maine in 2006, Chiara has continued doing arts for social change work in Portland, focusing on theater workshops with incarcerated adults and hip hop/poetry workshops with middle school and high school youth. (Ribbons and Fireworks at the DNC)

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