One of the things we love most about the Midwest is the beauty and brevity of its changing seasons. Issue 2 is all about adventuring, cooking, doing, and being during the fall and winter months of this part of the country. You’ll find everything from Great Lakes surfing, to the best places to visit when in Madison, Wisconsin, to delicious recipes perfect for seasonal gatherings. We encourage our readers to grab a cup of tea (or coffee), your favorite throw, and sink into your most inviting chair with Issue 2.
Mike Adams is a musician, father, humorist, failed business owner, talk show host, and I guess now a writer, too. Mike is a lifelong Indiana resident and was recently sincerely described by a friend as “cult leader-like,” and by another as “like the Mexican Fisherman from the Jimmy John’s poster.“
Xavier Alexander & Darko Arandjelovic founded Metric Coffee in 2013. It is their vehicle for fulfilling their coffee dreams.
Justin Lee Beckman loves shooting fine art landscapes and documentary. He strives to capture the small details in everyday life that simply pass us by.
Sadie Dempsey is a film photographer studying sociology and gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin. When she is not taking photographs, she spends her days adventuring, collaging, making zines, and blogging at Amber Moments.
Jack Flynn is a graphic designer, artist, musician, explorer, swimmer, surfer, and lover of the hidden aesthetic.
Younsoo Kim Flynn is a budding photog phenom, and is currently the gallery manager at Walsh Projects in Chicago when she isn’t in The Lake with her ever wet partner.
Alyson Hanus is a life-long Midwesterner, reigning from the beautiful state of Indiana. Her free time is spent going on adventures and exploring the world, making boat loads of jam, and making music with her husband, David.
David Hanus was born and raised in Indiana. He is currently working as a web developer and freelance photographer in Chicago. He loves to travel, play the banjo, and eat onions.
Alyssa Johnson is an amateur gardener, casual cyclist, constant learner, and lover of Minnesota’s good ole fresh air.
Mike Killion is a Midwest based photographer focusing in actions sports and lifestyle imagery. He is the founder of Great Lakes Surfer Magazine and freelances for clients such as Red Bull and Nike. When not in the studio Mike finds his way to the road to travel and surf on the Great Lakes.
Daniel Lund is a history museum professional currently living in the Chicago suburbs,where he was born and raised. Apart from the museum, he spends a good deal of time exploring Lake Michigan locales with his camera in tow.
Rusty Malkemes is a photographer based in the Midwest. When he’s not working for commercial clients, he’s exploring the Great Lakes through surfing and free diving.
Elaine Miller currently works in the commercial photography industry. Her personal work continues exploring themes of death, transience, memory, and preservation. When not on-set or behind her view camera, you’ll find her enjoying life with family, friends, and her little cat, Loki.
Sonja & Alex Overhiser are the husband- and-wife team who develop and photograph healthy whole foods recipes published on A Couple Cooks. Advocates of fresh seasonal eating and home cooking, they live and work in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Amanda Paa is a born and raised Minnesota girl who fell in love with fresh wholesome food after discovering the passion of talented local growers and their dedication to the health of the community. Her first book, Smitten with Squash, was published this July, and she is the author of the seasonal food blog, Heartbeet Kitchen.
Jackie ‘Rose’ Reisenauer is owner and creative director of Munster Rose, a Minnesota-based floral and event design boutique. She is an advocate for warmer weather, buying local, and cake.
Victor Sultana is the owner and crafstman behind Victor Axe + Tool. With quality materials, Victor creates covetable tools and gear that are designed to live on.
Alex Swartzentruber is a writer and musician from Goshen, Indiana.
Hannah Thompson works as a doula, nanny, and girls’ lacrosse coach. She likes new countries, telling stores, cheese, and dreaming of a career as a backup dancer. Hannah lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with her new houseplant.