Contributors

Kit Almy
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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Zinta Aistars
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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