Alexandria Mari Berry (first-year M.F.A. writing) describes herself as a transgressive, edgy, thought-provoking artist, passionate about changing the way people think about art and creativity. She profiles sustainable, edible plan advocate Matti Dwyer for the INtown Takeover. This summer, you might find her running barefoot through Piedmont Park, hanging out at the corner of Euclid and Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points or getting inspired at the Amtrak railroad.
Angela Lee Milkie (first-year M.F.A. writing) received bachelor’s degrees in women’s studies and psychology, which have inspired her to write for those whose voices aren’t often heard. In this issue she profiles Charis Books & More and Charis Circle’s new feminist center. She also draws attention to local female writer, Susan Rebecca White, who was featured in the Ivy Hall Writers Series. And, she loves Rooster 14 cookies and thinks everyone needs to know about them
Courtney Marcelo Norton (first-year M.F.A. writing) has been a full-time trial lawyer since 2004, but dreams of being a novelist. Her unpublished novel, Sacrificed, about the role of religion in the ongoing drug war between the U.S. and Mexico, was written between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. In this issue, she highlights the work that the Albert T. Mills Enrichment Center is doing with inner city children. Among other things, her favorite thing about living in Grant Park is being able to hear elephants trumpeting from her front porch.
Krystal G. Roberts (second-year M.F.A. writing) finds inspiration at open mic poetry nights and concerts. She writes cultural criticisms on topics that range from the controversial (religion) to pop culture (music). For INtown she profiles local musician, Eric Thomas. Also visit INtown’s YouTube channel for the hilarious and informative videos profiling local businesses, which she co-produced with fellow host Sydia Bell. One day she plans to record a billboard-topping R&B/Neo-Soul album.
Matthew Terrell (first-year M.F.A. writing) can’t live without sweet potato pie, Pilates, cheese (not goat cheese), Cadbury Mini eggs, air conditioning and pulled pork. On a summer day you can find him hanging out in a pool in Little Five Points, drinking rum and coke and reading trashy detective novels. He writes about the cultural mythologies related to sexuality, especially as it pertains to being gay. For him, the magic of film photography is in the unknown that comes with having to wait for processing. Most of his writing takes place in the laundry room.
Osayi Endolyn (first-year M.F.A writing) knows that good writing takes a lot of work and likes to write about big ideas and relatable characters. In this issue she gets behind the bar with Bobby Agee at Manuel’s Tavern, and also finds out what kind of person takes care of abandoned or abused dogs. What she loves about living in Edgewood is being in the thick of things without feeling like it, and walking to The Porter Beer Bar. Look for her beer column online to find out more about her love for malt-hop-ale-lager things.
Timotheus (T.J.) Gordon, Jr. (first-year M.F.A. writing) brings his love for sports into play with a story on mixed martial arts in Atlanta. An autistic writer and blogger, T.J. hopes to be a spoken word artist and poet and finds inspiration in music, anime and mythology. What he loves about midtown are all the wonderful, nearby restaurants, like Flying Biscuit and The Vortex.
Rebecca Grace (first-year M.F.A. writing) has been celebrating one thing every day since Jan. 1, 2011, on her blog, Fête. In this issue, she celebrates dogs by writing about Atlanta’s dog community and the scarcity of dog parks. Her greatest inspirations are other writers, photography and the weather, and she took some of the profile photos for the Contributors page. Although she doesn’t live Intown, she enjoys writing at Alon’s Café & Marketplace, preferably with an Americano and fresh croissant in hand.
Sydia Bell (first-year M.F.A. writing) loves the sense of community that comes from living in her Morningside neighborhood. Saturdays in the summer she buys local, organic produce from Rosebud Restaurant farmer’s market; in this issue, she writes about local pick-your-own farms. The New York native also explores the Twitter-sphere and those hidden gems – local businesses. She firmly believes that everyone has a story to tell.
Bernadette E. Constance (first year M.F.A. writing) writes about a group of extremely motivated people in Atlanta called Real Role Models who connect and inspire nonprofit organizations and activists to promote peace and unity. She also turns the spotlight on five great vegetarian restaurants in the city that prove that food can be delicious as well as humane.
Brandon Marshall-Todd (second-year M.F.A writing) is a writer, filmmaker and aspiring screenwriter. He likes living in Buckhead, sitting outside and pondering how Matlock solved all his crimes within one hour. In this issue, he explores his love for film and travel with stories about his experience interning for The Mo’Nique Show and Atlanta’s Pennyman Specialty Tours.
Matthew Miller is a freelance illustrator from Grand Rapids, MI. Currently he is attending the Savannah College of Art and Design for illustration. Matthew has done portrait work, and commissions of all sorts, but looks to direct his work to say something about society, culture, and the world in which we live.
Matthew Amor is a junior at SCAD Atlanta where he is majoring in illustration. Matthew, who grew up in Atlanta, says he is always looking for new ways to bring his art to the people. “Art is a magical thing and I think that it can be a very useful tool in everyday life,” he says.
Ruth Catherine Meharg has been passionate about creating for her entire life. She grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and moved to Atlanta a year ago to enroll at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently Ruth is attending SCAD – Atlanta and working toward her B.F.A. in Illustration.
About the Cover Artist
Caleb Morris has been exhibiting his work in the galleries of North America for the past four years, including the Orange County Museum of Art. In addition to showing in galleries, he has had the opportunity to work for clients such as MTV Networks, Diesel Clothing Co., SJC Drums, Atlanta INtown, clothing companies, international magazines, and record labels. His current gallery work is based on the lives of 19th and 20th century blue collar workers and how their struggles relate to problems that are universal and timeless. When not fighting insomnia or deadlines, Caleb can be found planning his next scheme to travel across the country and record it in his sketchbook. To see more of Caleb’s work, visit sheeshillustration.com.
Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.
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