Our team

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.

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.

Stephen Caissie

Photographer, Toronto

Stephen is a self-taught photographer living and working in Toronto. His forte is portraiture, of the editorial and fashion sort, although he does have a bit of a soft spot for landscapes. He also enjoys ghost town hunting in and around southern Ontario, collecting and refinishing antiques, learning Japanese and designing logos for heavy metal bands in far-off countries. He shares his home with a wonderfully supportive wife and a completely indifferent cat.

Vicky Mahony

Photographer, Toronto

Vicky first started out in video around 10 years ago, which started the passion for photography. She got her first DSLR in 2009 and took lots of travel, surreal portraits and candids as my time as a teenager and thereafter school plays. Having tried video over and over again it still didn’t feel like the right fit but the love for photography grew with the years. She came across concert photography by Brad Heaton who shot for Twenty One Piliots’ Emotional Roadshow tour and thought, “this is totally my style, that must be a dream job.” And then, a new career opened up and now she is pursuing her two greatest loves: music and photography.