NICOLE STANTON (Managing Editor and Development Director) resides in Carbondale, Colorado and works for the local literary arts non-profit Aspen Words. Nicole is deeply inspired by collaboration, the mountains, and yoga. Her work with both Aspen Words and Loam seeks to create community through the arts.
ELI SPECTOR (Director of Marketing and Sales) manages a tech support company and writes songs for the band Phatrabbit. He is interested in health and biology, human and nonhuman.
KIMORA BROCK (Health & Wellness Columnist) lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing a career as a performance artist. Kimora graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015 with a degree in Biology. Contributing to Loam gives her the opportunity to put her pre-med background to use as well as explore new ways to implement health, self-love, and care. Kimora is passionate about living a life close to nature, inspiring others to be their best selves, and using her art to tell the meaningful stories of the many beings that inhabit this planet.
SAJA CHODOSH (Poet) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in English Literature, Marketing, and Creative Writing. She is currently the brand manager of Emotive Brand in Oakland, a brand strategy and design agency that helps brands matter more to people. She was born in NYC, spent her childhood in Cleveland, , her adolescence in Salt Lake City, and her college years between St. Louis, London, and her family's new home outside of Los Angeles. This movement spurred her gravitation with ideas of place, space, and home. She is currently working on a poetry manuscript entitled Writing Home which aims to reconstruct home through words. Some favorite things include: bookstore corners, spontaneous dance parties, tahini, and lake water.
KATE WEINER (Founder and Creative Director) is an environmental journalist, food writer, and farm-to-table event coordinator. As a recipient of the 2015 Brower Youth Award, Kate has traveled across the country speaking on joy-driven activism and sustainable living. Her work has been published in Food52, Remedy Quarterly, Earth Island Journal, Chickpea, and The Man Repeller, and she has been featured on I Am That Girl.
GIORGIA SAGE (Design Director) is a poet and graphic designer from San Francisco, currently pursuing her BA at Wesleyan University. She is a 2015 826 Valencia Young Author Scholar and a Point Foundation semi-finalist. She advocates for the importance of integrating environmental awareness and sustainability practices in the contemporary social justice movement and believes firmly in the power of good design as a tool for better world-building. Her writing has been published in SELFISH, The Found Poetry Review, Barking Sycamores, and Your Impossible Voice, among other journals, as well as the MOTIF and Paper Swans anthology series.
LILY MYERS (Earth Spirituality Columnist) is a feminist author, speaker, and the co-founder of The Shapes We Make. Her internationally-recognized slam poem “Shrinking Women” won Best Love Poem at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Her work has been published in Button Poetry, Words Dance Publishing, Quaint Magazine, and Bust and she spoke on writing, empowerment and feminism at the 2016 TedxWellesleyCollege conference. Lily’s debut novel, a coming-of-age story about girlhood and body image, is due out from Philomel in 2017.
MARIANA ROJAS (Resident Artist) lives in Utah and works as a wilderness field guide. She loves questions, bright colors, and quiet mornings—the recipe for a thesis in process—and is inspired by her solo travels through soundscapes, long hikes, and steep peaks. Writers such as Tracy K. Smith, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, and Ana Mariella Bacigalupo inspire her critical and creative thought. Mariana envisions a life of travel and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree.