Our team

Kris Lori Fuentes Cortes

Photographer, Chicago

Kris Fuentes Cortes aka Kris Lori is a Boston-raised but Chicago-based photographer. She is the house photographer for Chicago’s Thalia Hall and Bottom Lounge. Kris works with a variety of outlets and clients and her hustle never stops. When she isn’t shooting something; she can easily be found at a coffee shop around the city or volunteering with Hope For The Day. She also lives to travel so any trips she can take for photo gigs is always a plus in her book.

Laura Eley

Writer, Toronto

Laura is a bright-eyed Toronto native, with a penchant for the Scarborough Bluffs and dachshunds. After graduating with a B.A. in English, she wandered through the world of television production before snuggling into a 9-5 job with free coffee. Currently, she writes freelance and is working on numerous idea nuggets that she hopes will someday be something. If she won the Mega Millions – or was J.K. Rowling, same thing – she would pay off her friends’ debt (yeah, it’s good to be her friend) and spend her days biking the Yukon, shopping Paris, and drinking Starbucks in NYC.

Luis Enriquez

Photographer, Toronto

Luis is a Toronto based photographer. His work has been published in various media and incorporates fashion, portrait, event, wedding, commercial and fine art. Luis has always been fascinated with photography and the many creative opportunities and life experiences it offers. When not shooting he can be found indulging his passion for music by listening to his extensive music collection, playing his guitars and saxophones or taking in a live concert.

Manny Diaz

Photographer, Chicago

Manny is a freelance photographer from Chicago that focuses mainly on concerts. He received his big break in 2012 and hasn’t stopped since. He is a recent Graphic Design graduate from The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. His spare time is occupied by spending time with friends and his puppy, Loki.

Matt Caprioli

Writer, Chicago

Matt Caprioli was born in San Diego, raised in LA, moved to Alaska, went to college in MA, and now lives in New York City. He reads a lot of fiction. His accolades include being a good person and winning the California State Under 12 Figure Skating Competition. During the day he sells fancy paper to the likes of David Sedaris, Dan Akroyd and Lady Gaga’s mother.

Matt Stratton

Photographer, Toronto

Matt is a Toronto based photographer originally from Newfoundland. Matt shoots landscape, portraits and events, but his photography passion is live music. His love of music started early, picking up a guitar at the age of 8 and then playing in bands during high school and university. He now combines these two passions to capture special moments and tell stories.

Rocio G

Rocío is a media person, writer, and music lover. Reggae/dancehall and hip hop in particular as well as other music she has been discovering along the way. She listens to, observes, and transcripts sounds because life will not be the same without music. She does have to say what she thinks because she feels it as a mission and life purpose. Your vibes attract your tribe no doubt.

Rose Blanton

Writer, Portland

She was born and bred in California but wasn’t long for the Golden State. After receiving her Bachelor degree from the University of Missouri she traveled through Asia and South America teaching English. She recently relocated from Chicago to Portland, OR and is starting her Masters in Education. Rose has been writing for Quip for four years and shows no signs of stopping. While it’s no secret she misses The Empty Bottle, she’s definitely finding her new terrain a treat to discover.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah is a recent transplant to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI. She spends too much time thinking about the physics of giant robot armor and always tips her bartender. Sarah currently works at a non-profit 9-5 and tries to write witty essays. She also writes for a small, Chicago publication about art and coffee, and makes a mean baked mac and cheese.

Scott Wilson

Writer, Chicago

Scott Wilson graduated from the University of Iowa where he was taught to be nice and read quietly by himself. His work has been featured in Chinese in-flight magazines, eco-friendly and sustainable blogs, and organic grass fed literary journals. He also works as a bike mechanic. In the past he has dabbled in black magic, voodoo, Satanic rituals, and shopping at Wal-mart -but it was a phase. Scott is a good guy. He’s never stolen anything, he has good table manners, he bikes slowly and wears a helmet.

Sherron Shabazz

Writer, Chicago

Sherron likes big butts and he cannot lie. In addition, he is a freelance writer with an intense passion for hoops and Hip-Hop culture. He’s shared his opinions for various outlets including SLAM Online, Swish Appeal, and HipHopDX.com. Currently, Sherron interviews the biggest and brightest artists in rap at TheRealHip-Hop.com.

Stefanie Ioannides

Editor, Toronto

Stefanie Ioannides is a Toronto-based editor and writer. When she’s not proofreading, she can be found reading a book from the stack she continues to build, in the kitchen baking something delicious or searching out a fun, new craft to make. She also works as a classroom assistant at a Montessori school in Toronto.