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Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics for QuadCities.com.
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Devin Alexander Local Music Columnis
Devin Alexander has been a fixture of the Quad Cities music scene since 1998, when he took up bass guitar at the behest of multiple guitarist friends as a freshman in high school. Since then he’s played on albums by surf-spy-loungers The Metrolites and recorded and released albums by alt-rockers Braille Illustrated and bass-and-drums rock duo The Post Mortems, both through Gentle Edward Records, his record label and Quad Cities-area music collective.
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Jeff Bernat is an entrepreneur originally from East Moline, Illinois. He has many ideas under his belt, and the latest endeavor is a comic strip of his trademark saying “I’m NOT Complaining, Just Explaining!” “I got the idea for this from my dad, who is one who likes to complain. His response one day was ‘I’m not complaining, just explaining!’” With some persistence and assistance from a few of his friends, Jeff is creating a variety of life’s everyday scenarios in comics form in the hopes of bringing a smile to your face. Hope you enjoy it!
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Jamie Brodersen Work-at-Home Mom Columnist
Jamie Brodersen is a successful work at home mom. She educates on proven success principles and systems to help moms work from home and create a life of abundance. To date she has helped empower more than 1,000 families in natural healing and more than 150 mamas in working from home in a career they are passionate about daily.
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David Casas is a professional disc golfer who lives in the Quad-Cities and tours to disc golf tournaments across the country. He also teaches classes on the sport. He’s also a professional magician who performs regularly around the area, including at The Establishment Theater in Rock Island.
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Carrie Chesney Persons of Interest
Carrie Chesney is a freelance writer and a long-winded advocate for proper grammar and animal rights.
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Connie (Corcoran) Wilson (www.ConnieCWilson.com) was the Quad City Times film and book critic for 15 years and has continued reviewing film uninterruptedly since 1970. She also publishes books (31 at last count) in a variety of genres (www.quadcitieslearning.com), has taught writing or literature classes at every Quad City college or university as adjunct faculty, was Yahoo's Content Producer of the Year for Politics  and writes on a variety of topics at her own blog, www.WeeklyWilson.com.
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Deborah Davis, also known as QCAlegirl, is a proud local born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. A self-proclaimed craft beer fanatic, she spends her days either working at a local nano-brewery or researching and writing for her blog, qcalegirl.com. While she’s not out adventuring across the nation in search of new experiences, she also enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Laurie Figley is a journalist, amateur writer, a poet, a writer of children's stories, an advocate for literacy, a local history enthusiast, an advocate for the elderly and for animal rights and more. She believes in the community being a part of the events and activities for young and old alike and thinks everyone should have a voice everyone should know about the Quad Cities, the great things that it has and the great and fascinating past it has.
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Ryan Franks has been into comics for as long as he can remember. He first started collecting back in 1993.It didn't become an obsession until 2009, but still remains one...
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Nikki Gillette is a Quad Cities entertainer who specializes in comedy music. She has been involved in performances of multiple varieties since 2013. A seasoned lover of geek-culture, unicorns, and candy.
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Wayne Hess graduated from high school 26 years ago and since then has been eligible for the NFL Draft and NBA Draft.  He still waits for his call to the majors.  He has filled his time since then teaching, directing and acting in theatre and being a comic book nerd.
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Glorie Iaccarino Ambassador for the Arts
Glorie Iaccarino is a Quad City native and Ambassador for the Arts. Her passion for creativity, advocacy and community is evident in the service she has provided over the last twenty five years in the QCA. Glorie has worked tirelessly for the cause and benefits of art and its integration with community building. Glorie has received local and international recognition for her life's work.
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Joshua Kahn Columnist
Joshua Kahn is one of the most recognizable names in the Quad City Entertainment scene. The host of Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque, comedian for ComedySportz Quad Cities and The Blacklist Theater Company. He has also produced several live standup comedy showcases as well as launched a comedy web series, “Against the Odds.”
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Sean Leary Director of Digital Media
Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written almost 30 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.
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Cheyanne Lencioni is a student at Augustana College and has been writing stories for 8 years. She is on the college’s Equestrian Team and Fencing Club as well as a member of Augustana’s Collegia Classica Classics Language group and wants to be a published Author after graduation.
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Aaron has been performing in various theatres in the Quad Cities for going on nine years now, and a theatre enthusiast for many more. In his spare time outside of shows, he works at the Rock Island Arsenal. Being able to combine his passion for theatre and love of writing in the form of reviews is truly a dream come true.
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Greg O'Neill is a Spanish teacher at Lewistown Community High School. A native of Rock Island, he currently resides between there and Lewistown. He has been onstage at Quad City Music Guild, Playcrafter's Barn Theatre, Richmond Hill Theatre, and Genesius Guild. He got his start at St. Joseph's Catholic Church when he appeared in Tales of Wonder at the age of eleven. He enjoys movies, theatre, books, baseball, and writing stories.
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William Pepper is a local playwright (New Ground Theatre, Augustana Playwrights Festival), very occasional actor (Playcrafters), blogger, author (In the St. Nick of Time) and now, he's a podcaster too.
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Cathie Rochau Travel Columnist
Cathie Rochau is the Marketing Director at the Quad City International Airport, a position she has held since 2000. She has a background in tourism & hospitality, and is a graduate of WIU-Macomb. She is native to the Illinois Quad Cities, where she resides with her family. Her favorite destinations are the country of Wales, and the gulf coast of Florida.
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Doug Schorpp Business Columnist
Doug Schorpp is a native of the Quad Cities, having grown up in Moline and now residing in Davenport. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years. That includes 27 years at the Quad-City Times covering a myriad of topics, from police, courts, features, business, trends and breaking news.
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Tristan Tapscott Theatre Columnis
Tristan Layne Tapscott has been dubbed the “Quad Cities’ P.T. Barnum” and although the person who initially said it meant it as an insult, he happily accepts the title.
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Kimber Annabelle Wolfgang is an accentric coffee lover, self taught artist and street philosopher. She is an advocate for freedom of self expression and inner reflection. She seeks to inspire creativity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever she goes.
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