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Kit Almy
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Kit’s background in arts and nature has allowed her to explore a variety of topics for Encore over the years. This month she introduces readers to MRC Artworks, a classroom and gallery in downtown Kalamazoo that helps disabled people gain self-worth by creating art. In addition to freelancing, Kit works for the Kalamazoo Public Library and volunteers at the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s DeLano Homestead, teaching pioneer programs.

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Dale Anderson
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Zinta Aistars
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Zinta, the writer who explored secondhand shopping for this issue, is the creative director of Z Word, LLC, a writing and editing service. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine The Smoking Poet (www.thesmokingpoet.com) and the author of three published books in Latvian — a poetry collection, a story collection and a children’s book. Zinta lives on a small farm in Hopkins, where she raises chickens and organic vegetables, wanders the woods between writing assignments and clatters away on the keyboard writing a novel.

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Polly Barrett
Olga Bonfiglio
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There was no better writer to take on our story about the economic redevelopment of the Northside than Olga. She has taught urban development at Kalamazoo College for several years and was the host of Public Voice, a Community Access Center show interviewing local urban redevelopment leaders. She has previously written for the Huffington Post, U.S. Catholic, Planning (the trade journal for urban planners) and the Kalamazoo Gazette.

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Jordan Bradley
Tom Chmielewski
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Tom is a longtime journalist who has written for newspapers (including the Kalamazoo Gazette, magazines and the Web. As a freelancer, he has written on subjects from the arts to the sciences and pretty much anything else. His science articles have appeared on The Atlantic magazine’s website, and he writes regularly about science and science fiction at martiansands.com. Tom is currently working on his second novel.

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Jason Conde
Theresa Coty O'Neil
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Theresa, who has a deep and inspired knowledge of the local arts community, writes for Encore when she has a few spare moments between being a full-time English faculty member at an online university, president of the Board of Directors of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society and a mom with three active and busy kids. A poet and writer herself, Theresa introduces us to new author Tony Gianunzio, who, at 92, has published his first book.

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