ALL ABOUT OUR HOT-ASS WRITERS

  • Stephen Jackson – In Therapy

    For the most part, Stephen wanders around looking for people to talk to. Born in Manhattan and raised in Santa Monica, he’s been cultivating the skill of living large on a dime since he began hoarding his juice boxes in preschool. Currently, the majority of his time is spent raising a dog and feigning wealth.

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  • Heidi Smith – The Ultimate Scavenger

    Heidi works for a non-profit cultural exchange organization helping others experience life from a different perspective. She likes magnetizing the obscure and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do. She is a world traveler, a freelance writer and a spontaneous chef. She is also said to be part-mermaid.

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  • Tamara Chang – spARTan ilLESStrator

    I am a freelance illustrator/artist from the SF Bay Area. Ducks and fish are my favorite animals to look at, draw, and eat. When not illustrating or painting, I can usually be found illustrating or painting.

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  • Scott James – Paperback Pundit

    Author of Sidewalk Ritual, self-publishing teacher, lover of coffee and IPA. http://scottandrewjames.com

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  • Emily Crichton – Two Buck Chick

    Emily grew up in the great American Midwest where she learned to appreciate the finer things in life, such as cheese curds, polka dancing, and building up a superhuman immune defense to lake sludge. Somewhere in her young adulthood, Emily got all kinds of geeky about wine and decided to forgo a life of luxury in order to be a pro wino in one of the most expensive cities on the planet. This career move would prove to be great for broke-asses everywhere seeking cheap, tasty wine suggestions, but not so great for Emily’s predilection for anxiety-free bill-paying. On the rare occasion that she is not imbibing or writing about wine, Emily can usually be found traipsing around estate sales, defending her Wisconsin vernacular, challenging strangers to thumb-wrestling matches, and wishing “Three’s Company” was still on primetime TV.

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  • Kiley E – Ragamuffin Researcher

    After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they’re about to collapse. Kiley’s favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn’t care.

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  • Monica Miller – The Intern

    Ms. Miller was born in San Diego, CA to one lesbian mother and one
    righteous, cheap father. Currently, she is enrolled at San Francisco
    State University for a B.A. in Journalism and the approximate
    completion date is around 2015. She has worked for many papers in the
    Bay Area, including the Oakland Tribune and the San Mateo Country
    Times and is currently the city editor at one of the most
    underappreciated publications in SF, the Golden Gate [X]press. Though
    she may find bargains aplenty, it only stems from the necessity of
    never landing an actual job and working for hacks [like Stuart.] With
    intelligence, style, poise, bite, and honesty, she will rip your heart
    out; but not before writing some awesome, poignant shit. This year,
    she is looking forward to bigger and better things such as: trying to
    get paid for a gig, actually finding a date that isn’t a loser or
    fucking crazy, not calling her parents when hungover and bringing you
    the best of the 7×7 everyday of the week. [By the way, I wasn’t
    kidding about the date thing; if you love food, booze and shoegaze,
    get at me.]

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  • Anna G. – Caliburg Contributor

    Anna G. is a Southern California native living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn since 2005. Anna is constantly trying to unite her love of CA sunshine and the excitement of the New York urban jungle, all the while trying to keep her unwieldy credit card debt under control, and look fabulous at brunch, no matter how un-showered and hungover.

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  • Patricia Serrano – Destitute Diva

    Patricia Serrano is a classically-trained screenwriter with a passion
    for one-of-kind life experiences and well-written paragraphs. Hailing
    from Bangkok, Thailand, she was disowned by her family when she
    decided to be a writer. She came to the states to pursue a career in
    journalism at Emerson College, but found that writing films pissed her
    parents off more. She successfully survived a two-year MFA program
    for Dramatic Writing at NYU that has left her bank account at a
    negative balance and gets instant gratification from writing for the
    web.

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  • Donna Rose – Bankrupt Blonde

    DR has maintained at or just below poverty level her entire life. She lives in Oakland with her imaginary pet cat, Joel.

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  • Chloe Doores – Economical in the East Bay

    I’m a very simple gal. Music, books, beer, trees and friends. I like to check stuff out, check people out, check out new food and drink, and put it all down on paper. I live in Oakland and think it’s a damn fine city. Won’t you come and check it out?

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  • Kathleen Neves – Beauty Babe on a Budget

    Licensed esthetician by day and product junkie and writer by night. I love reading, writing and researching beauty and makeup topics such as education, new makeup/skin care product launches, product reviews, beauty advice, product ingredients, special/local beauty events, as well as documenting my own professional experience as an esthetician. Living in San Francisco is expensive so I am always on the hunt for cost effective beauty bargains.

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  • Sarah M. Smart – Red-Light Special

    Sarah M. Smart was summoned into being on a distant ice cream planet
    through an unholy union of Two-Buck Chuck and unicorns. They sent her to Indianapolis and then the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism
    to spread peace and big hair. Perpetually in mourning for the comma, she
    has worked for a variety of print media, including Indianapolis
    Monthly
    , Global Journalist, and Vox. Since moving
    to San Francisco for the booming dumpster-diving scene, she has been an
    online operative for such fine folks as Horoscope.com , Neo-Factory, and
    Academy of Art University. After a day of cat-feeding, hat-making,
    dog-walking, vegan baking, and daydreaming about marrying rich, all she
    wants is a margarita as big as her face.

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  • Christine Witmer – Sparing Stringer

    Christine was born and raised in the land of the Pilgrims, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She turned in her buckled shoes when she moved to NYC to attend NYU. From that esteemed University she received her BFA in theatre as well as a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies in 2004.
    Now an actor, writer and broke ass day-jobber, Christine juggles her many personas with the elegance of a red panda. specifically the one in the Prospect Park Zoo . . . soooooo cute! She can be found most often in her own habitat on the Northside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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  • Jennifer White – Mommy No Bucks

    Jennifer has been a bit of a nomad having lived in seven different cities. Her life as a gypsy has settled down for the moment in San Francisco with her husband and two-year old son. Recently, she decided to throw caution to the wind, quit her job as an analyst to be a full-time mom while chasing her dreams (and the Pulitzer Prize). When she’s not writing, she’s aspiring to be a luddite (although blogging isn’t helping), knitting the occasional hat, or running in the park with her son and his secondhand compost truck in tow.

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  • Laura S – Spendthrift Scribe

    Laura S, left the “sixth borough” three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she’s not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she’s now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).

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  • Mikey Rox – Cut-Rate Copywriter

    Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist/writer whose work has appeared in more than 80 regional, national and international print and digital publications. He resides in Manhattan with his partner. When Mikey’s not uncovering the best that NYC has to offer, he’s crashing roof parties with open bars. Because he can.

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  • Paulette Greenhouse – The Penny Pincher

    Paulette Greenhouse is a journalist and graphic designer, obsessed with her beloved pet hedgehog, Lisa Pickles. Seriously, she can talk about that prickly little princess for days! Paulette enjoys fashion, music, and art (cool points are gained if DIY). Although she tells outsiders that she lives in San Francisco, Paulette actually lives in nearby Pacifica because she can’t afford to be that cool. The truth is she hates money and believes that it is source of many major problems in the world. But since society has made money so damn important for adequate survival, she slaves away at a lame local corporate restaurant, receiving crappy tips from people even cheaper than she is. (damn!) But above all, Paulette believes in giving exact change– it’s a way of life!

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  • Robin Hardwick – Cost-Conscious Connoisseur

    Robin was raised in the shopping malls of suburban Long Island, New York. As a teenager, her life goals were to become a writer and marry Bret Michaels. After attending college at the University of Delaware (yes, in the state of Delaware) and earning a graduate degree educationl at NYU, she’s achieved only one of those goals. Along with writing, Robin enjoys performing improv comedy, internet memes, cross-stitch, and showing off her alarmingly extensive knowledge of obscure pop culture trivia. Currently, Robin resides in Oakland, CA and is writing a book about the 1980s teen book series, Sweet Valley High.

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  • Bobby Rich – Affordable Afficianado

    Bobby dropped out of college at the age of 20, said goodbye to his papaw in the small town of Copper Hill, GA, and went to India, where he studied professional pauperism in ashrams and taught English to children. From New Delhi he flew to London, where emigration considered him a “vagabond with no roots to return to”, and he was put on the first plane back to America. After finding himself in the freezing snows of Chicago, some guy at a bar offered him a job transporting a car to NYC, where he is currently stuck in Ridgewood, Queens. His travel website The Music Underground has helped many find the obscure in foreign lands.

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  • Betsy Crouch – Coach $izzle

    Betsy hates to brag, but she grew up in Michigan. An unhappy materialist/rabid consumer turned minimalist, Betsy feels right at home in the warm socially responsible arms of San Francisco. With an Economics degree, a basic financial certification, and a range of personal experience, she has developed a unique financial coaching philosophy. She wants you to feel a sense of serenity with your finances and she shares what she has learned from coaching almost 200 people one on one. Betsy wants you to embrace your “sizzle,” and for you to become a more confident and empowered Broke Ass.

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  • Lucy Schiller- Destitute Dispatcher

    Lucy’s been able to live lots of places but holds her cornfed/pie-fueled Midwestern roots most dear, maintaining too loudly and too often that the Outer Richmond is the Midwest of SF: driven through to get elsewhere and knocked around for no reason (but what other neighborhood has bison?!). You can find Lucy letting things languish in her fridge, purposefully (limoncello!) or not (yogurt…), mouthbreathing, scouring Golden Gate Park for apartment-worthy items, sleepily serving up double nonfat half-caf-half-non-caf lattes at a certain cafe, skulking in various other ones, and yelling under cover of night and costume at SF Bike Party.

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  • Polina Yamshchikov – Flirt Poor

    Polina is Siberian by way of Alabama, and therefore cannot pronounce “fire” or “iron” correctly but despite this can still woo men with her cooking skills and enormous Russian cheeks. She can usually be spotted on the streets of Brooklyn either yelling into a cell phone in one of five languages or swilling gin at an inappropriate hour of the morning.

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  • Tiara Francis – NY Know-It-All

    Tiara was born in NYC, raised in NJ, and after studying Comp Lit at Columbia, vowed to never go back to the suburbs. While she has expensive taste, she also has shallow pockets and is always looking for a budget way to be a weekend warrior. Her hobbies include laughing way too loudly, putting hot sauce on/in everything – including margaritas – speaking French at inappropriate moments, and dancing like there’s no one else in da club.

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  • Steph Garcia – Freelance Frugal

    Steph was born and raised in NJ but is in no way affiliated with the Jersey Shore. After getting a degree in Sociology at NYU, she decided to throw it to the wayside to pursue an acting career. She writes and performs sketch comedy at the Magnet Theatre and with the sketch duo FIRECRACKER. Be warned that she will try to make you laugh and hopes you comply. Other interests include scouring Craigslist for money making endeavors, walking her dog, and playing darts.

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  • Quincey Trigillo – Judicious Journalist

    A recent transplant from Orange County, California, Quincey is in the big city with an Empire State Building-sized craving for culture… and learning that “free” part of freelance. Having been a high school English teacher for the last few years, she sadly knows the penny pinching lifestyle all too well. She’s got a freakishly adorable dachshund named Walter Matthau and she really enjoys taking a bite out of this Big Apple everyone keeps talking about. Quincey may look straight outta the ‘burbs, but.. well, yeah, she’s straight outta the ‘burbs.

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  • Chloe – Pennywise Reporter

    Chloe’s youth was split between California and Kauai, frolicking on a macadamia nut farm in the tropics and landing finally in the Bay Area. Raised by super-Jew hippies, and the youngest of three sisters, Chloe learned early the virtues of thrift, economy, and green living. To the chagrin of her parents (who hoped, of course, for a Jewish doctor or lawyer), Chloe has put her degree from UC Berkeley to great use by becoming a folk singer. As “Chloe Makes Music” she plays shows throughout SF and beyond, donning vintage frocks, selling handmade merch, and pinching pennies as she sings for her supper. Calling Berkeley home for the last six years, you can think of Chloe as the website’s East Bay Correspondent, opening your eyes to the hippie-filled, tree-hugging, organic-loving, vegan-eating, but way-overlooked and awesome assets of Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.

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  • Hugh Hunter – Economical Essayist

    Hugh was born in Boston, but managed to escape to the Bay Area before acquiring that ridiculous accent. Growing up in Marin, Hugh joined the throngs of suburbanites that dream of being rock stars and movie gods only to end up in a well appointed cubicle. Now Hugh lives in San Francisco and casually ignores his environmental studies degree, choosing to write comedy and eat burritos instead.

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  • Brandi Jarath – Miss Parsimony

    Brandi Jarath started her credit counseling business after years of giving credit and financial advice to friends and family. She has 15 years of experience in credit and finance and has held positions in the accounting, mortgage, and banking fields. She donates her services to victims of domestic violence and low-income women.

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  • Alison Lambert – Half Price Headliner

    Ali was born and raised in the Wholesome/Creepy capital of the world, Salt Lake City, UT. Once she was old enough to blow that pop stand she escaped to the place that was the anti-SLC: The Peoples Gay-public of Drugifornia aka San Francisco (holla 30 Rock!). You can now find her throughout this glorious city slurping Pho and scheming with her best friend Pinky doing what they do every night; try and take over the world.

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