CAROLYN J. BECK is a food and wine writer and consultant dividing her time between California and the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan. Her most recent past life included an olive ranch and a thriving business in olive oil and specialty foods.


Grand Rapids-based, MICHAEL BUCK extends his seasoned photographic talents into myriad categories, from commercial and corporate work to weddings and editorial features,

An avid self-proclaimed “foodie” who enjoys travel and collecting great dining adventures wherever she goes, JULIE BURCH has served as Grand Rapids Magazine’s main food writer for close to two decades and balances editorial work with a variety of corporate communications projects.

Based in West Bloomfield, ELAINE PERLIN CROSSLEY is a seasoned and prolific freelance feature writer who contributes to a variety of regional publications.


Based in Traverse City, JERRY DENNIS work has appeared in The New York Times, Audubon, Smithsonian, Grey’s Sporting Journal and numerous other publications. The author of more than a dozen books, Dennis’s writing has earned wide acclaim. His newest release is “The Windward Shore — A Winter on the Great Lakes” (University of Michigan Press, October 2011).

Internationally recognized outdoor writer and author JIM DUFRESNE has written more than a dozen wilderness and travel guide books. Last year the Clarkston-based adventurer became the main contributor to, an online resource for trail users in Michigan.


Writer CYNDI LIESKE was raised in Grand Rapids and has fond memories of her family’s cottage on Wolf, north of Baldwin. Based in Howell, her articles have appeared in many newspapers and business publications in Michigan.


Leveraging graphic design services with digital photography talents, Rockford-based STACY NIEDZWIECKI has earned awards in numerous art and photography competitions. Her work has been published in multiple media including “Michigan 24/7” (Dorling Kindersley), “Michigan History” and Tasters Guild “Journal” magazines, as well as BLUE,

KEASHA PALMER is a long time freelance writer specializing in corporate communications. She lives on Silver Lake in Cannon Township and loves Michigan's great outdoors


Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, Holland-based GARY W. ODMARK’s fine quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

From his Grand Haven home base, prolific photographer JOHNNY QUIRIN is a frequent contributor to West Michigan publications, while keeping equally busy shooting school and family portraits.


Detroit-based freelance writer/editor MEGAN SWOYER contributes to a variety of magazines and newspapers. She began her career as a writer and editor at Dearborn-based AAA Michigan Living magazine and also worked for Crain Communications as managing editor and editor of Detroit Monthly magazine before launching her own editing and writing business. 

As the president of Promote Michigan, DIANNA STAMPFLER blends her years of print and broadcast media experience with her passion for marketing her home state. Editorial credits include Midwest Living Magazine’s 2006 Michigan Travel Ideas.

A native of Boston, Bloomfield Township-based BRAD ZIEGLER is a seasoned fashion, lifestyle, campaign and editorial photographer. He contributes to a variety of Michigan-based publications including HOUR Detroit Magazine and Metro Detroit Bride Magazine and others such as Midwest Living,