Leah is an arts and culture writer, cat mother and native Philadelphian. Most recently, she was an assistant editor for an art market magazine in New York City. She specializes in writing about relationships between the arts and social movements. Her first major work of writing was an original poem her mom painted on her bedroom wall in the 5th grade. She's been a relentless wordsmith ever since.
Jordan Bradley is a southern California native and graduated from USC in 2016 with a degree in Art History. She is passionate about visual art, especially Conceptual Art and art relating to the Culture Wars. Jordan is also fond of a good book, a hot cup of coffee, and her cats Willow and Hestia.
Rosemarie Alejandrino is a first-generation Filipino-American who was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with degrees in English and American Studies (Popular Culture & American Mediascapes). She served as the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Daily Californian, and is the co-founder of FLASH THRIVE Zine Collective. She has been published in East Bay Express, HelloGiggles, Berkeleyside, and Kastor & Pollux. She is passionate about punk subcultures, bagels, Kanye West, musicals, and Disney Channel Original Movies. You can find her making zines (https://issuu.com/flashthrive).
Brit recently received her undergraduate degree in Film & Television Production from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. As a biracial woman herself, she is constantly inspired by feminism and the representation of minorities in the media and what she can do to influence it. When not on campus, she can be found at an Atlanta Drag show, wandering Disneyland, or making music videos with her friends.
Tom Carroll is a journalist and the creator and host of “Tom Explores Los Angeles.” He is co-director of The Triforium Project, a recipient of a 2016 LA2050 grant. His work has appeared on NPR and The Atlantic and he lives in Los Angeles.
Liz loves music and radio, starting on the terrestrial airwaves in Detroit at public station WDET, and now on Los Angeles underground transmitter, Dublab. Interviews and features with musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, authors and assorted creative types. No matter what the mode, underground culture is the message. Fun Fact: I once danced onstage at Coachella with Todd Terje & and Olsens.
Bruno Correa is a DJ, musician and writer. At Ampersand he hopes to unearth stories from the underground about people of color who, as artists, often are unseen or, at worst, appropriated.
Ellen loves stand up comedy, new tattoos, and basketball. She gets her sense of style from her older brothers and her sense of humor from her dad. She is an old man in a young woman's body.
Justin watches more films than doctors recommend for a grad student his age, but he's still been making it by. If not reachable by phone, Justin can be found at the cinema, concert venues, Dodger games, or a Ramen joint across twon.
Nazli Ghassemi is a San Diego-based freelance writer. Her writing collaborations with artists have appeared in publications such as Artforum, Carnegie International Magazine, Elephant, Modern Painters, Reorientmag, and Hyperallergic. She has lived and travelled extensively in America, Europe, and the Middle East, and is the author of Desert Mojito, a novel.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Rachel earned her degree in Women's Studies from Sacramento State. During her time there, she worked for several nonprofit organizations addressing issues of homelessness and domestic violence among women in Sacramento. Her work addresses issues of feminism and social justice.