The Staff

Zoe Carmichael, a.k.a. Scout, Writer

Zoe was born and raised in North Carolina. The two things she takes very seriously in her life are grits and Nina Simone. She wants to bring back the word “groovy”. She knows how to make a mean margarita. Was last seen on the highway, pushing her classic Volkswagen Beetle towards an unknown destination.

Matia Guardabascio, The Editor

A resident of Durham, an ex-Bostonian, a long-time writer, editor, and purveyor of the arts. Matia identifies as a woman, a music lover, and a gonzo journalist. She is a keen supporter of local arts and believes strongly in the intrinsic value of the arts in everyday life. She enjoys dining alone, drinking beer with friends, and walking. Matia is known for her dry wit, her kind heart, her awesome hats, and her dapper af style.

Larry Jones, Jr., a.k.a. Photographer Jones

Larry lives in Durham.
Larry watches a lot of Star Trek.
Larry makes and listens to music.
Larry likes to take photos of people.
Larry likes critiquing film reviews.
Larry is quite fond of craft beer.
Larry probably spends too much time with his cats.
Larry stays up all night walking around Durham wondering about the people and the lives they live.
Larry doesn’t like writing.

Stephen Mullaney, Writer

Educator, writer, noise/visual artist and explorer the underbelly/underground of art, education and aggressively relaxed lifestyles. Stephen Mullaney has traveled nationally and internationally sleeping in the dirt, living in vehicles and getting into and out of “wild situations”. He plays in the band The Wigg Report with his wife and local artist Christine Fantini. He prefers to arrive by bike and leave when just before the authorities arrive.

Genevieve Palmer, Writer

I’m Genevieve, a bass player and music writer and graduate student. They/them, please! Born in Durham, raised in Raleigh, grown in Greensboro, flowered back in the Bull City. Recovering violist. One of my most recent pieces of writing limits the scope of cultural appropriation, another tracks the effects of gentrification on the music communities of Raleigh and Durham. Combatting white supremacy and neoliberalism with informed thought and general badassery.

Riley the Photographer

I’m constantly daydreaming about logistics and infrastructure problems. How will we manufacture insulin as the world changes? I’m too everything. Too loud, too fat, too intense, too deep, and I take way too many pictures. Some people are subtle. I’m not: when things bother me I try to fix them. Current projects: a rare disease library database and a trans music archive. I also have two bands and a blog. I grew up in Charlotte, went to school in Raleigh, work in Oxford and live in Durham. I will meet you where you are. And probably take your picture.

Ari Sanders, Writer


Human by birth, Carolinian by choice. Older and more sober than I’d like to be, but in the best possible mood about it. Here to tip my glass to you.