Zahra Hamdani

Zahra Hamdani works at a mental health nonprofit in Sacramento and earned her MBA from California Southern University. She enjoys reading news stories and mystery novels and is also a freelance writer.

Marcus Crowder

Marcus Crowder is an arts writer based in Northern California. For 17 years he was the theater critic at The Sacramento Bee where he also wrote about jazz, pop and dance. His reviews and interviews include Sting, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, Sonny Rollins, Chita Rivera and Greta Gerwig. His work has appeared in Alta, American Theatre, Diablo Magazine, Sactown, San Francisco Chronicle and 7×7. Onstage he has interviewed Alice Waters, Frank Rich, Lara Downes and Dave Douglas. He graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in English (Writing) and has an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.

Eva Roethler

Eva Roethler specializes in food, agriculture, culture, arts, sustainability and satire writing. She earned her B.S. in human nutrition at Arizona State University and was previously the special sections editor for Comstock’s magazine. On Twitter @EvaRoethler

Kelly Barr

Kelly Barr is the former art director for Comstock’s, a creative professional and MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified Practitioner. In the past, she has also contributed to the magazine as a freelance designer and photographer.

Bob Burns

Bob Burns covered golf for The Sacramento Bee for and freelanced for several national magazines, including Golf Digest and Golf World. He was inducted into the Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame in 2019 and is the author of “The Track in the Forest,” a book about the 1968 U.S. Olympic men’s track and field trials among at Echo Summit. 

Kelly Azevedo

Kelly Azevedo is the founder of She’s Got Systems. She has worked in start-up, growing, six-figure and million-dollar online businesses with a variety of entrepreneurs. She’s managed programs varying from private client coaching and small groups, all the way to larger programs serving hundreds of clients simultaneously. Familiar with the systems and behind-the-scenes support of these successful entrepreneurs, she’s created easy-to-implement and powerful systems to help you reach the next level. Her work has appeared in print or online in the New York Times, Forbes, Inc., US News, Mashable and The Huffington Post. On Twitter @krazevedo.

Jeff Wilser

Jeff Wilser is the author of “The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden” from Three Rivers Press. He has written five previous books, including “Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life.” His writing has appeared in print or online in New York magazine, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, TIME, Glamour, Cosmo, Esquire, mental_floss, Men’s Fitness, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Comstock’s, The Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press and The Huffington Post. For more, visit