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David Bonetti covers fine arts and opera. He was a staff writer for the Saint Louis Post Dispatch and before that the San Francisco Examiner and Boston Phoenix. Now retired he has returned to Boston

Zeren Earls, a travel writer, is a native of Turkey, who came to the United States in the late 50s for her college education. She studied psychology at Duke University, where she met her late husband, composer/media artist Paul Earls. Her immersion in the art world through her husband while a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, led to her involvement in First Night in 1976. She was among the initial organizers of the Boston event and became its director in 1980. Pursuant to the event's major growth under her direction, she moved on to found First Night International in 1994. After assisting many communities in the US and abroad in initiating the First Night Celebration, she retired in 2002. Since then she has turned to adventure traveling and writing. Each year she travels to a country that is culturally new to her, China, Egypt, India, Morocco and Vietnam to name a few. In addition to her travels she has been writing her life story.

Gerald Elias Is a musican, conductor and author of mystery novels. Based in Utah he is a former violinist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the Berkshires each summer to play with the Tanglewood orchestra.

Mark Favermann,  architecture, design, film and theatre critic/ associate editor, is an urban designer and public artist who over the past two decades has written extensively on art and design. A former Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, he was the first leader of the Boston Visual Artists Union (BVAU), the 1970's Boston activist artists organization, served as the former Director of Visual and Environmental Arts for the City of Boston and has been an adjunct professor at several universities. He was a columnist and/or editor for a large number of prominent publications. His own design work has included creating the award-winning marquee for the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, designing the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, creating the look for the 2000 NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis and the 1999 Ryder Cup as well as the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. For the past eight seasons, he has been a design consultant to the Boston Red Sox. His 2005 public art commission, The Birds of Audubon Circle, was nominated by the Boston Art Commission as one of the best pieces of public art in America. In the Fall of 2007, his Recognition Gateway sculpture was installed in South Brookline.

Richard Friswell is an art historian and publisher/ editor of Artes Magazine in Connecticut.

Charles Giuliano, publisher/ editor. Was the director of exhibitions for the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University where he taught art history and the humanities. He taughtModern Art and the Avant-garde for Metropolitan College of Boston University. After many years as a contributor, collumnist and editor for a range of  print publications from Art New England, Art News, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Herald Traveler and Patriot Ledger, to mention a few, he went on line with Maverick Arts which evolved into a website.

Astrid Hiemer, a cultural critic and writer,  grew up after WW II in Hamburg, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in the 1960s. She was formerly the assistant director (Administrative Officer) of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT under Otto Piene, with whom she has worked in the past several years editing, translating, and shaping a book of essays about his life and career. While at the Center she knew and worked with many multi media artists. In addition to professional work as an editor and translator she also is a diarist, poet, and writer of fiction.

Melissa Hall is a theatre critic and writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Susan Hall is a New Yorki based writer and editor with many books to her name. For the past few years she has covered classical music and theatre in Manhattan as well as on the road from Europe, Chicago and Denver.

Shawn Hill has been writing about art in the Boston area since 1990. Currently he is an instructor in Art History at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. His focus is on 20th century art and the history of photography.

Angelika Jansen, Ph.D. is an ATCA member who divides time between Texas and Germany. She write about a wide range of film, theatre and the performing arts. 

Jack Lyons is an arts and entertainment critic for the San Diego based Desert Local News. He is an ATCA member who covers theatre in California.

Larry Murray was a founding editor of Berkshire Fine Arts. Three years ago he started Berskhire On Stage. He contributes the occasional dialogue and think piece about the state of the arts.

Steve Nelson is the director of the New England Music Museum which is under development. He was the founding director of the famed Boston tea Party where WBCN initiated its rock broadcasting.

Edward Rubin is a New York based fine arts and theatre critic. He is on the board of directors of the American Theatre Critics Association and The International Society of Art Critics (AICA). He writes for numerous magazines and global websites.

Dr. Yuri Tuvim, word/ travel contributor, was born in Russia in 1930. He came to the US in 1976, and worked 25 years for Waters Corp. (Liquid Chromatography company) as Principal Engineer. During the Cold War he was a  radio talk show host, commentator (WEEI & WTTP), lecturer (The Heritage Foundation & The Productivity Communication Center) and writer (USA today).

David Wilson in the ‘60s was the publisher and editor of Broadside of Boston, one of the founding directors and sometimes editor of Boston’s underground newspaper, Avatar. He started a record distribution company, Riverboat Records, left it for several years and and later returned to be its manager. He also managed at one time or another two Boston coffeehouses, Café Yana and The Odyssey and a short lived video theater, The Video Frontier.  He was director of Folk Music for MIT’s FM station, a writer for WGBH TV’s “Folk Music USA,“ and the Peabody winning ‘What’s Happening Mr. Silver?” He has an abiding interest in the field of traditional, Americana, roots and folk music while still finding much to his liking in many other forms as well. Off and on, these days, he works at developing his concept of video as gallery art.

Adam Zucker is a New York based fine arts critic.