Moya is a retired academic who for a decade has hosted Focus on Flowers, a weekly NPR podcast created by WFIU Public Radio. She is the author of two books on gardening and a frequent speaker at garden events. She tries to grow as many flowers as possible in her own garden on South Sheridan Drive, and her goal is always to have something in bloom throughout the gardening season.
A devoted journalist at heart, Barb reported for nearly 30 years for The Indianapolis Star, where she won state and national reporting awards, and has written for The Saturday Evening Post and other publications. She now does freelance writing and research and teaches journalism at Indiana University. She loves telling people’s stories and writing about health and fitness, two of her personal passions.
Although a life-long photography enthusiast, Martin never envisioned photography as a business opportunity until he decided to immerse himself in pro-level training. To avoid being just another starving artist, he soon realized he needed to set his focus on portraits. Today, portraiture is the staple of Martin’s photography business, martinboling.com.
Susan M. Brackney
A professional writer since 1995, Susan has written for Boy Scouts, stoners, interventional radiologists, would-be beekeepers, depressives, the 1 percent, and many others. Her work has appeared in such publications at The New York Times, Discover, Organic Gardening, Hobby Farms, and Indianapolis Monthly. She is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet (Perigree Books).
Molly is an award-winning writer and editor with 15 years of experience working in marketing and communications for nonprofit and higher education organizations. A native of Milwaukee, Molly came to Bloomington to attend graduate school at Indiana University, where she earned a master’s degree in journalism. She currently works as a content specialist for IU Communications.
Craig is a former school teacher and newspaper journalist. He enjoys hearing people’s stories and sharing them with readers. Craig lives in Bloomington with his wife, Heather; daughter, Madrona; and dog, Roxy.
A recent transplant from the East Coast, Peter is an avid sports fan and a regular contributor to Bloom. Originally trained as a science journalist, he is a freelance writer, blogger, and marketing consultant. He writes for life science and technology companies, management consultancies, and progressive political campaigns, and is the author of a book on knowledge management.
Julie grew up in Bloomington. After spending many years in New York City where she worked on the editorial staff of magazines including The New Yorker and Town & Country, she is now happy to regularly visit Monroe County Public Library that her late mother helped to build. She also delights in her sidekicks: two dogs, two cats, and two rabbits.
A lifelong resident of Bloomington, James is one of Bloom’s most prolific photographers. His award-winning photography has been exhibited in local and regional galleries. While working for a greeting card company, he established the first state-of-the-art digital photography student in Bloomington. His current passion is creating art with his iPhone camera.
Naama is a freelance portrait and travel photographer. She received her B.A. in fine arts with a concentration in photography from Indiana University in 2014. In her travels, she explores foreign cultures and moments of human connection through her camera lens, most recently in Southeast Asia and Central America. Naama is currently a second-year graduate student in curriculum studies at the IU School of Education.
A Bloomington native, Kendall has been a photographer since age 6. He is renowned for his photographs of people, places, and products. Kendall earned his degree in commercial photography at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, Indiana, well-known for its visual arts program. He opened Spectrum Studio in 1989 and works with local, regional, and national clients.
Beyond simply taking pictures, Jeff’s mastery lies not only in seeing what others can’t, but also in capturing images that reflect and reveal who people really are. With 24 years of experience as a portrait photographer, Jeff has become an industry maverick who delivers a luxurious portrait experience while creating epic visual storytelling.
Scott Russell Sanders
Scott is the author of more than 20 books, including the novel Divine Animal, which was featured in the Bloom Book Club. His two most recent titles, both published by IU Press, are Dancing in Dreamtime, a collection of eco-science fiction stories, and Stone Country: Then & Now, co-authored with photographer Jeffrey Wolin.
Lee Ann Sandweiss
Lee Ann Sandweiss is a freelance writer whose work appeared in Bloom’s first issue and subsequently for nine years. Formerly The Herald-Times Homes editor-writer, she returns to Bloom as writer of the shopping column Lee Loves and homes and lifestyle features. Lee is the co-author of the award-winning textbook Hoosiers and The American Story (Indiana Historical Society), with James H. Madison.
Stephen is a freelance photographer and electrical engineer. Photography provides him with opportunities to meet and photograph incredible human beings, he says. Stephen grew up in Springville, Indiana, and now resides in Bloomington with his wife, Amelia. His most recent work can be found on Instagram and his website, sproullphotography.com.
Tracy Zollinger Turner
Tracy is an independent writer and editor who recently relocated to Bloomington from Columbus, Ohio. She is interested in just about everything, especially getting people to talk about things that matter to them, then telling their stories with careful detail and compassion. She lives with her fiancé, 12-year-old son, and three interrupting rescue dogs. Find out more about her at tracyzturner.com.
Doug is a Bloomington-based journalist and author who as contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, Foreign Policy, Politico, CNN.com, Salon.com, and the BBC and NPR radio networks. His 10 books include his most recent, Hopeless but Optimistic: Journeying through American’s Endless War in Afghanistan (IU Press).