CONTRIBUTORS

Pablo Agrio is a former Marine Corps non-commissioned officer who served from 1977 to 1984 with an honorable discharge. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from National University in San Diego and studied law at Northwestern California University School of Law while a state prisoner at Soledad State Prison. He currently resides in Los Angeles and works for the VA.
Charlotte Allam is an aspiring writer who lives in Hackney, East London. She is passionate about raising awareness and reducing the stigma of mental health issues. After a long struggle with OCD she continues to work on recovery. Owning her story is part of the healing
Devin Allen is one of the first amateur photographers to have their his work featured on the cover of Time magazine. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, BBC, NBC News, Aperture Magazine, and Yahoo! You can find Devin's work on his Instagram @bydvnlln or his book, "A Beautiful Ghetto", available on Amazon.
I was born on a (likely!) wet & cold night on the South Coast of England... in Bournemouth, to be exact.  I was raised in Pinner, just North-West of London, before moving with my family to Southern California.  I am a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, where I studied Fine Art with a focus on Illustration Design.  I work as a freelance Fine Artist & Illustrator.  I love what I do and am grateful to have returned to one of my first loves!
Nathan, known to most as Nate, is a co-founder of PEAR and an avid believer of dreams and positivity. He has spent most of life in love with athletics in which he credits for instilling in him a strong sense of team and accountability. Nate loves to read, write, and dissect pieces of literature. He believes we all have a beautiful story to tell but that we don't always know how to tell it. A Chico, California native he spent the years from 2011-2016 living in southern California in the cities of San Diego and Long Beach before returning to his hometown. Prior to his return he spent two months venturing around the United Kingdom and Europe from which he gained a larger respect for the similarities between people and felt a pull to try and build connections between all people with dreams of a global community.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Ventura County, I returned to the City of Angels to not have money somewhere else. I am a reading instructor for children with learning differences, and a writer at game developer Astronaut T-Rex on a yet unannounced project. I am a graduate of the Creative Writing program at California State University, Long Beach, where I worked as a writer on two student published video games and won the James I Murashige Memorial Award for my short story “Shimmer in the Dark”. My work explores themes such as identity construction, faith and doubt, and mental illness. I like cats.
A Mexican-American graphic design and creative writing student, I have lived most of my life in Mexico. My bicultural identity is a central aspect to my person, and I wish to address this in my writing with a candid hand and honest feelings. Even though I'm primarily an illustrator, writing and overthinking are my second passions.

I also really, really, love cats.
I currently live in Los Angeles, CA, after moving to the West Coast from Brooklyn, NY. I was originally born in Moscow, Russia and previously resided in Tel Aviv, Israel before moving to the states at the age of 9. I attended Maryland Institute Collage of Art, where I received a BFA in General Fine Arts with a concentration in Book Arts. 

I use collage as my medium to create multidimensional interwoven pieces that bring forth my fondness of 80’s culture and imagery. The collages typically work together as a series, creating a hypnotic pattern of meticulously dissected images with contrasting colors. My work has been previously shown in galleries in Brooklyn, NY, Baltimore, MD, Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA.
CARMIEL BANASKY is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop (Dzanc, 2015), which Publishers Weekly calls "an intellectual tour de force." Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Guardian, American Short Fiction, Slice, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, and on NPR, among other places. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, where she also taught Creative Writing. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Ucross, Ragdale, Artist Trust, I-Park, and other foundations. After four years on the road at writing residencies, she now teaches, edits, and writes in Los Angeles. She is from Portland, Oregon.  http://www.carmielbanasky.com
Deirdre Barrett teaches at Harvard University and is Past President of both the International Association for the Study of Dreams and The Society for Psychological Hypnosis.. She is the author of The Committee of Sleep, Trauma and Dreams, and Supernormal Stimuli, and she makes dream art which shows nationally.
I’m the author of Tender Points, a book-length lyric essay about chronic pain, trauma, and rape culture. I host a reading series called Amy’s Kitchen Organics, and co-organize community events like 2016’s Sick Fest, a day of performances and talks by sick and disabled artists and writers. I’m the founding editor of Mondo Bummer Books and the author of You Don’t Have to Publish to Be a Publisher: An Autobiography of Mondo Bummer, an eohippus labs pamphlet. In 2014, I was the inaugural Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery. I live in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco, where I’m working on my second book. More at https://www.amyberko.com
As an award-winning composer, Charles Bernstein conducted his first original orchestral compositions at the age of sixteen. His music is featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Kill Bill, Vol. 1. He is well known for scoring genre classics, A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original), The Entity, Stephen King's Cujo, the Dracula spoof Love At First Bite, along with a wide variety of comedies, Emmy winning dramas, action films and Oscar winning documentaries, numbering over 130 original film scores.

After studying composition at the Julliard School in New York with Vittorio Giannini and Vincent Persichetti, Mr. Bernstein attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received an Outstanding Graduate of the College Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship and a Chancellor's Doctoral Teaching Fellowship while studying with renowned American composer Roy Harris.
I am a teacher and writer living on the North Fork of Long Island. I am a graduate of Bank Street College of Education in New York City and my essays are published in arts and education journals. Much of my work explores trauma and the redemptive power of story.
I am a Senior at Seattle Pacific University studying Sociology and Women's Studies. I care about the ways that people express their particularities and articulate their experience to one another and themselves. I am a sensitive soft artist gal with lots of dreams about how to participate in social change and progress. I believe that a powerful way to facilitate change, both socially and within ourselves, (society is made up of individuals, after all) is to make art and to share it. I’m learning, changing, and growing, and I hope that I never stop.

Photo by Augustine Ortiz

VSCO: http://vsco.co/lennoxbishop/
Dr. Bordnick is the Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work. Dr. Bordnick is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality for substance abuse assessment and intervention. The hallmark of his work has led to improvements in teaching, research therapies and integrated healthcare.

In 2018, as part of the Not Impossible Awards, Dr. Bordnick was awarded the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association sponsored Faces of the Fearless Healthcare Innovation Award. The submissions, named VR-Project Δ (Delta) and VR-Qualis Est Vita (Quality of Life), are being developed by Dr. Patrick Bordnick, dean and professor from the Tulane School of Social Work. VR-Project Δ will put patients into realistic virtual worlds using smartphone-based virtual reality, recreating situations that identify and trigger cravings akin to drug and alcohol addiction. This tool allows for individualized patient diagnostics and aids in treatment by teaching coping mechanisms to avoid relapse. The other application, VR-Qualis Est Vita, uses virtual reality to help people with autism develop interpersonal skills.
Jennie Burke writes about family life, teaching and addiction, in addition to features for local magazines. Jennie holds a BA in Education and English from Boston College and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Jennie is proud to be a writer based in Annapolis, Maryland, where she lives with her spouse of 23 years, their four teenaged children, their rescue dog and their friends. She is honored to have her work on addiction featured in ENDPAIN.
This might sound cliche but ever since I was about 10 years old, playing with my dad's super 8mm camera…I was hooked. I remember sitting in the dark living room, draping a white sheet over a few chairs. Watching my father set up the film projector and watching home movies together. The sound of the projector motor and film wheels turning. The smell of the film. The colorful light bouncing off of the walls. Watching the dust settle in the beam of light from the projector. At that point, I knew I wanted to make movies. Now 35 years old, I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the greatest directors, cinematographers and editors who have stretched me and my ability as a filmmaker.

From documentaries to commercial work, story has always been king. And my own personal life experiences truly help drive my storytelling. Life hasn’t always been the kindest, but I try to find the silver lining and play the hand I am dealt in the journey I am on. I believe there’s beauty in transparency. I’ve been thru divorce. My son has grown up in a broken home. I’m now remarried with 3 kids. My wife Amber recently had 2 biopsies because doctors believed she had cancer. Our family has moved 5 times in one year due to extremely serious health issues. It’s been heartbreaking and exhausting to say the least, but it’s lit a fire inside to inspire others thru film.

When ENDPAIN came along in the summer of 2016, it was no coincidence. Their platform allows us as directors, not only to flex our creative muscle, but to impact others thru stories of inspiration and hope. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a blast creating brand films for clients or fictional narrative & short films. But the chance to make an impression on someone's life thru making film, is an incredible honor that I don’t take lightly. I believe my films for ENDPAIN will encourage others to find that same silver lining, and look beyond the immediate pain they’re experiencing to find hope.
Los Angeles native Robyn is a founding member of the ENDPAIN team. When she's not at her desk, you can find her harvesting goods from her backyard garden or in the kitchen cooking her way through a cookbook. She's not the best cook, but experimentation in the kitchen is her preferred practice of meditation.
Lilli Carré is an artist, filmmaker and illustrator currently living and working in Los Angeles. http://lillicarre.com/
Driven by her desire to make a difference, Regan Caruthers is a coach, mentor, and advisor to some of the most well established education companies, and devotes much of her time to recruiting senior talent, coaching education industry leaders, and innovating educational programs. Operating always with the belief that we must lead with our hearts, Regan’s unique and intuitive approach to business was influenced by her early schooling where she meditated each day and learned other healing modalities such as Tai Chi. Her former work with the HeartMath Institute and Society for Organizational Learning enables her to bring transformative tools to her clients to build resilience and navigate change with more ease and grace. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Regan has called Santa Cruz, CA home for the last 20 years. Her two sons, Connor and Ian, and her husband, Jim are the loves of her life. Outside of her work in education, Regan is a writer and a intuitive with a focus and specialty in the healing arts.
I was born in 1992 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana spent about half my life there and the other half in Murphy, North Carolina. At the age of 18 and two weeks after I graduated high school I went to basic training. I entered the Army as a Combat Medic and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-2012 with the 10th Mountain Division, I did a year tour and when I came back I was still 19 years old. After the military I moved to Colorado and am currently getting my Bachelors in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as well as Neuroscience.
Allie Cashel is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and is the co-founder and president of The Suffering the Silence Community. Since starting work with STS, Allie has been invited to speak at events around the country ranging from private fundraisers, to medical schools, to bookstores and support groups. Some highlights include: an appearance on Good Day NY (Fox5), a presentation at a United States Congressional Forum and her facilitation of workshops on disability, inclusion and storytelling around the country. Allie served as the founding Chair of the Global Lyme Alliance Young Leaders Council and works as a marketing and content development consultant for both nonprofit and for-profit clients. She graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a BA in Written Arts.
Erin’s journey to find balance, began like many journeys before hers.

One day, as a multi-disciplinary designer with over 20 years experience creating sensory experiences across the world, she found Yoga.

Then she found Meditation.

And, finally—Stillness.

It was from within this stillness that she was able to separate the noise of life from the truth of her inner voice. And this truth was louder and bigger than any outside noise could ever be. It led her to think profoundly and globally.

To dream big and bold.

To create a company called NOWWON. https://www.nowwonlife.com
I have long been interested in the motivations of people. What drives them to do what they do. I believe all good art and meaningful experiences come from something deep inside a person. Often times all the world sees of us is our actions, but the core feeling behind that is rooted in pain. We seek to heal ourselves with the gifts we were given or have learned. There is an undeniable history of damaged people and moving art. The true human condition must be lived first, in order to be expressed in a pure way. ENDPAIN has been kind enough to let me explore short stories centered around these themes.

I myself have seen dark times. At the age of 10 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, at 11 I was mentally hospitalized for 6 months. At 16 I was expelled for acting out. Put in a behavioral school, and then hospitalized again, this time in isolation. Being bipolar, and having had a dark past allowed me to use my craft to express my frustrations and feelings to the world, and I believe myself to be a better person because of it. That is why I connect so deeply to these stories. I hope people can see the small piece of my pain expressed in my craft. I hope they are able to use these films to spark something inside them into a fire. Igniting a passion, and healing through it.”
I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and then moved to New York City to study Photography at Parsons the New School for Design, where I earned my BFA in 2012. I am an artist working with photography, video, and works on paper. I often source magazines and videos to create multimedia works with. I enjoy shooting with film and looking for old equipment to create with. There is nothing more exciting to me than the thrill of looking through freshly developed negatives and scanning them until the final reveal. My work has been published in Capricious Magazine (2012), Musée Magazine (2011), Field Trip Magazine (2011), American Photo Magazine (2010), among others. I currently live and work in Los Angeles.
I earned my BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Lived and worked in NYC for a few years after college and came back to LA in 2009. I have been working as a freelance graphic designer in Los Angeles for the past 5 years. I’m also the Co-founder of A Happy Talent, a creative studio focused on design, craft and production of printed matter. I have a dog named Elvis. I love ice cream and hot dogs. And corn dogs. I love all dogs.
A black and white Kodak advertisement caught my attention. The simple image of a cityscape with a teenage boy leaning against a wall plastered with faded, torn posters portrayed an honest and oddly poignant moment.

It was 1972. I was living in New York City, married with two small sons. Inspired by the ad, I started carrying a point & shoot camera and capturing whatever struck me as memorable or unsettling. I soon bought a 35mm SLR camera and began educating myself with classes and exhibitions. At night I would transform my kitchen into a darkroom and stay up late watching the chemicals turn my observations into silver images. After moving with my family to Hartford, Connecticut, I built a legitimate darkroom in the basement of my house. In 1981, I began working professionally with a focus on portraiture, weddings and events. Color landscapes I had done in Europe and America landed me magazine work and eventually architecture/interior design documentation and advertising. I continued to pursue my own projects, receiving a Connecticut Individual Artist’s Grant in 1987 for experimentation in B&W portraiture. I taught at the Hartford Art School for a couple of years as an adjunct instructor.

In 1992 I stopped photographing, sold all my equipment and most of my possessions, and traveled. I had become certified to teach English as a Second Language and wanted employment in Europe. Instead I ended up in an ashram in India teaching English and learning meditation. I moved to California in 1996, and in 2005 began again to capture the world both within and around me. I had met a man who invited me to live with him, had gifted me a digital camera and told me to get back to work. I’m still with this man and still photographing.
I was born in South Australian and have lived in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. My novel in stories, ‘Barking Dogs’ (Affirm Press) is set in the town of Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills, where I live with my family. My short fiction has been published widely, most recently in Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review and Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women (Black Inc.). I hold a BA in Aboriginal Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. I have taught creative writing in schools, libraries and Universities, including at the University of Texas in Austin.
 
http://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/rebekah-clarkson
Miriam Cortez-Cáceres is an artist from Los Angeles, CA. Born to undocumented immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, Miriam explores the narratives of her parents upbringings and traumas by translating their experiences in her artwork. Creating surrealist paintings, drawings, and stop-motion animations, she deconstructs the the politics of her family's ancestry.

Miriam currently works for the nonprofit organization Peace4Kids, a program in Los Angeles serving youth in the foster care system ages 4-26. As an alumna of foster care, Miriam draws upon her personal experience to help advance an agenda of equity for youth impacted by trauma. An advocate for social change, she frequently facilitates Peace4Kids classes, utilizing art as a tool to assist youth in finding their voice.

Artist statement:

My brown skin is an allegory of all the womxn the sun loved before me, whose eerie hymns and torments, immortal wisdom and cries seeped into the deepest roots of my core, my ancestors liberated only when I use my voice.
Georgianne Cowan is a mytho/poetic, meditative movement pioneer with over three decades experience teaching and performing. Her creative passion is empowering others to access their emotional, spiritual and mythic landscape
through movement, conscious embodiment and playful inquiry. Her classes, Moving Soul Dance, Body Landscapes, and others cultivate awareness of subtle, elemental, and primal forces that influence and inform the body/psyche. As a teacher, her joy is fueling this “prima materia” into soulful expression for healing and liberation. She has performed, directed and produced numerous events, most notably for SomaFest LA, The World Festival’s of Sacred Music (initiated by the Dalai Lama), EarthWays, Arcosanti, The Wrightway Foundation, L.A. Theatre Center, and Stanford University. She also performs Middle Eastern dance and is a recent student of Balinese dance. She is the author of The Soul of Nature (Doubleday) and Earth Dreaming and is working on a new book based on a heroine’s journey through the underworld. She is also a fabric artist/photographer and uses her “inner eye” to create sacred spaces to dance and explore within. She is a member and Chair of the Los Angeles Dance Collective and former director of the Spirit and Nature Program of the EarthWays Foundation.
E. Darcy writes in a 1924 schoolhouse repurposed into an artist’s shack. Previous writing appears or will appear shortly in Quiddity Journal and Public Radio program, Eleven Eleven, Utne Reader, Rodale Press, Laurel Review (Greentower Press), R.KV.R.Y, Burrow Press, Foliate Oak, Juked, Pithead Chapel, Superstition Review, Agave, Eclectica, Ginosko, New Plains, Lunch Ticket, Weber, Kaleidoscope, Mount Hope Literary Magazine, Cease Cows, Emrys Journal, Magnolia Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Still Point Arts Quarterly, and elsewhere. Darcy holds a Master of Arts in Writing.

Photo by Sarah Clawson Schuch

 
Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, a prominent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.” Everything changed then – his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “Be Here Now” ever since. Ram Dass’ spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping to free them from their bonds as he works through his own.
Michelle D’Avella is an author, certified Breathwork facilitator, and spiritual mentor. She helps people transform their lives by working with their pain instead of avoiding it. She believes we each have the all the wisdom we need within ourselves and supports her clients as they access their own power. Michelle is an advocate for showing up for yourself, honoring the healing process, and creating a soul-fueled life. She has been featured in W Magazine, MyDomaine, Covetuer, and more. Learn more about Michelle and her work at pushingbeauty.com and follow her on Instagram for daily doses of inspiration.
Jay Dean is a husband and father-of-two currently living and working in Minneapolis, MN. He is a passionate middle school-level educator and has worked in both public and private schools on the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest. Right now, he is the Middle School Assistant Director at The Blake School in Hopkins, MN. He loves long-distance running, reading, watching good films, listening to music and, especially hanging out with his wife and kids.
Jessica DeFino is a writer from New Jersey with the Bruce Springsteen t-shirt collection to prove it. After studying songwriting at the Berklee College of Music, Jessica moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a writer in the fashion industry. She's been a ghostwriter for a Kardashian sister, penned cover stories for L'OFFICIEL Magazine, headed up Communications at a fashion label, and everything in between.
RISD & NYU educated. Disney Princess cartoon-writer; Universal Studios theme park joke-puncher; essays published in Note to Self, (Simon & Schuster, 2009), LA Times, Fresh Yarn, Purple Clover, The Huffington Post. Kathleen has also performed her work at Book Soup, Hatch, Tuesdays@9LA and Sit 'n Spin. Creator of ThisOldMom.com –– a semi-popular blog about being an adoptive and foster mom who also happens to be old. Writer on 'Firsts', an Amazon web-series which won best script writing at Seattle Web Fest 2015.
West coast raised, I spent my formative creative years in midwestern America, Germany, Peru, and “The South”. With a background in graphic design, fine art, and psychology, I am interested in pursuing multimedia art forms that focus on emotional expression. I am an interdisciplinary artist; no medium is off limits. I create with the belief that we each have infinite opportunities to connect, relate, and understand. I am an advocate of minimalism, mint teas, and free cardboard. I currently reside and work in Hollywood, where I collect paper scraps and an endless reading list. 
ENDPAIN has been an amazing experience for me as a director. As a platform, it's given me the chance to branch out of my comfort zone and find unique and interesting stories that I never would have otherwise found. I can't wait to see what the platform evolves to, and finding more great stories to share.
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.
Edie Fake is an artist living in the California high desert.

 
Leah Falk was raised in Pittsburgh and lives in Philadelphia. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Blackbird, FIELD, The Awl, and elsewhere. She runs programming for the Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden.
I am best known for my extensive sports writing, with my own website. I am a Los Angeles-based educator whose past careers include full-time journalist and fitness trainer. An avid athlete, I have a deep passion for working out, activity and healthy living. I am a voracious reader, a keen observer and a compassionate soul. I hail from the Pacific Northwest.
I recently earned my M.F.A. in Fiction at Columbia University. My work has appeared in The Believer logger, The Toast, Limestone, The Sonder Review, Two Serious Ladies, The Rumpus, Gigantic, The Millions, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Slice Magazine. My short story, 'Speculoos,' was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017. I am currently working on a novel and live in Brooklyn, New York.
Nirrimi Firebrace is a writer, photographer & young mama living on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She writes about all the beautiful and ugly things in her life on her blog 'Fire & Joy’.
Pat is a visual artist living in Camarillo. He also makes music, practices Jiu-Jitsu, runs a fitness and lifestyle brand called Gamut, and is the proud human companion of Bear, the greatest dog you’ll ever meet.
Jamie Bechtold (aka Jamie Ford) has been passionate about sound and movement since she was very young. She grew up competing nationally in gymnastics, with floor being her favorite due to the combination of music, dance, and flying through the air (also known as tumbling). Her interest in the healing arts started when she in her early 20’s. She began working with her dreams and read every book she could on dreams, psychic abilities, and energy healing. Jamie heard a gong for the first time in a yoga class in 2000. The teacher played a gong during savasana and she was in love! She went to classes just to hear the gong and found it’s sound helped her relax and connect more with what she wanted to do with her life. At that time Jamie was working as a Biologist and was not feeling fulfilled in her work. That class with the gong affected her deeply and eventually moved her on a new path... one of healing and sound. In 2005, Jamie entered the healing arts field through massage. She soon added sound healing in the form of tuning forks into her sessions. She found sound deepened the effects of the massage and helped clients enter into a state of relaxation. In 2004, she met Kat Lyons, who was teaching a tuning fork workshop and began to study sound more intensely. She studied Egyptian Mysteries with Kat, which was very sound healing focused. In 2005, Jamie bought her first gong and crystal bowl and has been playing for her clients and groups ever since.

Jamie began teaching sound healing in 2012 and opened The Soundbath Center in 2015 (formerly known as The Sound Space). Her intention was to open a space dedicated to soundbaths and sound healing, and to offer clients different types of soundbath experiences.

https://sound-bath.com/
Ruby Frankel is an actor and producer who splits her time between New York and her hometown of Los Angeles. She prefers New York.
Camille Gabet Langlois is a self-taught director, she directed In My Back a short movie who tell the story on how she overcome the trauma of her rape. She is a committed feminist and her works are centered on women matters. She would like to start projects in digital arts, performances while still being involved in the movie industry. She is looking for an artistic residency and a producer at the moment.
Thomas Ganter is an artist guided by his own inspiration and interests. His highly detailed portraits focus on revealing the intense emotions in his subjects. He won the prestigious BP Portrait Prize in 2014 for his luminous “Man with a Plaid Blanket” – a portrait of Karel, a homeless man.

http://thomasganter.com/
Originally from London, now based in Sydney, I am a freelance writer. My work is primarily music related - with a personal preference for social or politically driven pieces. I like to talk about mental illness. It’s something I have experienced for many years now. http://susiegarrard.wixsite.com/writer
Photographer Andrew George is based in Los Angeles. His work has been in 20 international exhibitions, most recently at The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and Musea Brugge in Belgium. Andrew has won numerous awards for his photography and has appeared in The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, CBS News, The Chicago Tribune, DesignTAXI, Art Ltd., Quartz, Daily Mail UK, The San Francisco Chronicle, El Mundo, De Standaard, The New Daily, Le Journal de la Photographie, Russia Today, BuzzFeed, The School of Life, Booooooom and Trendhunter, among others. His photographs are in over 90 public and private collections.
Aaron Gilbreath is a nonfiction writer whose stories have appeared in Harper's, Kenyon Review, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, and Paris Review. An editor at Longreads, his books include the personal essay collection Everything We Don't Know and This Is: Essays on Jazz. He's working on a book about California's San Joaquin Valley and one about traveling in Japan. You can find him on Twitter @AaronGilbreath or his website at http://aarongilbreath.tumblr.com/.
Gwen Grace is a University of Arizona graduate, who writes about social issues and career aspirations. She is the author of "Boots and the Infinite Struggle of Attachment", "The Archive," and "Planets Above, and Shame Below." She is currently living in Manhattan.
Kristy Grazioso is writer based out of Hoboken, New Jersey. Kristy spends her days as an attorney and in her free time writes fiction and personal essays about the joys, humor and heartbreak inherent in life, love, dating, weight and friendships.
In her work as a creative producer for ENDPAIN, Grace draws on her degree in American Studies as well as her experience writing, acting, photographing, and working in radio. She strives to bring compassion, empathy, and thoughtfulness to each ENDPAIN project she works on.
Dian Griesel is the President of DGI Companies, the Chief Influencer of @SilverDisobedience, an Icon Model with Wilhelmina Models, a writer, an actress, a businesswoman, and a mother. She has studied various holistic sciences including meditation, nutrition, Reiki and hypnosis, and is fascinated by understanding human behavior and emotion; part of why she writes is to try and figure it out. She embraces the opportunities life presents to her, well aware of the joy and connections that can manifest when one chooses to embrace and be challenged rather than resist and stay closed-off.
I'm a photographer currently based in São Paulo, Brasil, but I try to travel as much as I can. I’m a big introvert, so I like to read a lot and have my 3 cats keeping me company. With my work I try to translate the words I cannot write in images, and write poems with photography.
I live in London and am a part-time copywriter and mother.
Henry Hall is a musician and performer based in Los Angeles, California. Listen to him on Spotify, Apple Music or any online music platform.
As the content manager for ENDPAIN, Fraser Hammersly uses her background in philosophy, writing, media production, and comedy to produce and collaborate on stories with contributors. Originally from San Francisco and a decade-long resident of LA, she identifies with the sunny and revolutionary spirit of her home state. In her free time, she enjoys doing stand-up comedy, tending to her freshwater aquarium, and going on long walks around the city.
I am interested in the home, comfort, and the strangeness that happens when contemplating a familiar space for a length of time.  I am interested in exploring how my mind selectively focuses on the often overlooked and very ordinary spaces.  The possibilities of a space are controlled in recognizable images, manipulated and condensed.  I hope that the paintings are strange and possibly comforting, forcing the viewer to slow down in order to see and understand something common that has become invisible.  They are quiet and still.  I look at and think about the light, patterns, and rhythms and try to access an atmosphere of wonder and contemplation.
I am an illustrator and comic artist working in New York City. I was born in Kyoto, Japan and studied illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Photo by Yoshiki Nakano
Kerri Harper-Howie is an attorney, turned entrepreneur, turned occasional writer. She hopes to publish a book chronicling the intersection of these three lives, but finds her efforts regularly derailed by the demands that come with working while being a mother, wife and overseer of a household. As is her writing, she is a work in progress.
I am an illustrator with a BFA in Illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art.  I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.  Using playful pattern and texture, my work is charmingly unsophisticated.  These days I'm living in (and loving) Los Angeles. 
My name is Grace Lynne an I am a LA based Artist and Designer who specializes in social impact design. I utilize art to create empathy with the viewer, and to spread awareness on issues that many people don't know of. My main focus is to use art and design as a tool for impact, and self awareness. Art and politics go hand in hand in my creativity. Work that stimulates dialogue and immerses the viewer in a new perspective is my main goal when creating. I also love to collaborate and work with other artists on similar missions to strive for change. 
As the founder of ENDPAIN, Alison is the driving force behind the brand’s mission and properties. With over a decade of experience in successful creative and corporate ventures, she operates and oversees ENDPAIN by directing the highest-caliber collaborators from various fields of expertise.
Aseret Hesse is a young professional with interest in many fields. As a freshman at Indiana University this fall, she will begin work on her Bachelors of Science in Psychology while also bettering the community through her Cox Legacy Scholar work. After her undergraduate, Aseret hopes to continue her education with medical school. While continuing her educational career, Aseret plans to continue writing and building her portfolio as a public speaker.
My name is Sarah Hiatt – I’m an artist born and raised in southwest Missouri. My work focuses on the physical and psychological development throughout childhood; and I’m interested in themes of transition, identity, and loss. Literature, films, and folk music – especially those that are surrounded by existentialist ideas, often motivate me in my work. I am currently an MFA candidate in the photography department at Columbia College Chicago, and will complete my degree in the spring of 2017. 
 
Santi Elijah Holley has contributed to Tin House, VICE, SmokeLong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, NAILED, and Pacifica Literary Review, among other periodicals. He is a regular contributor to Portland, Oregon's alternative weekly newspaper, The Portland Mercury; and he is a recipient of the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship. A native of Southeast Michigan, Holley has lived in Portland since 2004.

Photo by Vikesh Kapoor
Kaili Hollister-Stanton is a mother, an actor, and activist in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, 2 girls, 5 chickens, 2 dogs and 2 bunnies on their urban farm. Connecting with others through emotional storytelling is her passion and helping to create a culture of kindness is her mission.
I was born and raised in Camarillo, California. I am the third of four children. At the age of seven, I can recall watching The Oscars and wanting to be involved in the film industry. After letter my parents know of my dreams, I was immediately placed in pop warner football and told that child actors grow up to be weird. It wasn’t until the age of fifteen that I became involved in theatre and truly enjoyed the arts. From there, I started to audition for commercials and movies and soon became a part of SAG. I did this for seven years before I decided to leave and travel through Europe. For the next couple of years I traveled throughout Germany, Croatia, and Italy, as well as studying Language Arts in Siena, Italy. After I could no longer financially live there, I moved back home and worked for my family in construction. Knowing that this was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I applied to Brooks Institute of Photography. After three years studying, I was obtained my BA in Film with a concentration in Commercial.

It was during my last year and a half of school that I had the opportunity to film six firefighters ride their bikes across the US. The bike ride, also known as the Ride for 9-11, turned into one of my biggest accomplishments to date, completing a feature length documentary, “Let’s Roll”. It was my directorial debut and also won me my first award at Newport Beach Film Festival. Shortly after, I was hired to direct a family film, Designer Pups”. I currently work with ENDPAIN on short documentaries and interview pieces.
Born in India and raised in New York City, founder Anit Hora grew up with the principles of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of traditional medicine. After a career in fashion, feeling a bit disconnected and wildly curious about the world, Anit took a soul-searching journey backpacking alone throughout South America. Ironically, it was traveling foreign lands and meeting eclectic folks from all over the world that reintroduced Anit to the power of plant-based healing her parents had raised her with all along. She returned to New York with the intention to study herbalism, aromatherapy, skincare, and yoga. She became a successful holistic esthetician and herbalist, eventually hand-distilling her apothecary line,
Ceremonial ritual practices are at the heart of Incausa, the social business experiment that uses its profits to enable purposeful commerce of indigenous artisanship and heritage founded by Vinicius and Carolina Vieira de Vieira in Brooklyn.

Beginning as a simple sidewalk-table venture, the organization has evolved into a multi-national grassroots organization committed to social innovation.

Incausa partners with Indigenous cause initiatives developing non-profit trade posts and market placement. Using social entrepreneurship to reignite indigenous heritage, Incausa uplifts cultural values and builds sustainable opportunities.

https://incausa.co
Yuki Iwanami, born in Nagano, Japan in 1977, started his career as a photojournalist in 2001. He covered stories in Cambodia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2003, he joined staff photographer team of a major Japanese newspaper based in Tokyo, Sendai, Osaka, and Fukushima. Since 2015, as a freelance photographer, he has been covering the stories of the world, especially the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. He has been awarded with Critical Mass (Top 50, 2013), Prix de la Photographie Paris (Silver and Bronze Prize, 2013) and more. He has exhibited at Nikon Salon (solo, Tokyo, Japan, 2016), The Power House Arena (New York, 2015), Southeast Museum of Photography (Florida, 2014), and Corden|Potts Gallery (California, 2014) , Konica Plaza (solo, Tokyo, 2003) etc. His works are stored in International Center of Photography. Recent work is the photo book, ' 1,500 Days Gone By'.  http://yukiiwanami.com
Heather Jackson is the co-founder and CEO of the Realm of Caring Foundation, an internationally acclaimed non-profit primarily serving families who use cannabis that are dealing with life-limiting and chronic health conditions. The number of people her organization has served has grown 7000% since 2013. Her WHY is her family. After her youngest son Zaki journeyed from hospice to health using cannabis, she made it her mission to help families who find themselves in the same position her family was in. Her mantra is to end the day with no potential left in it and to smile until your face hurts. Her humor, social enterprising ethics, and vision have paved the way for 1000’s to improve their quality of life. Heather’s work has been featured on Dateline, New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, Good Housekeeping, 60 Minutes Australia, CNN with Sanjay Gupta and more.

Follow Heather @HeatherChat on Instagram and Twitter.

Realm of Caring (RoC) is a 501c3 charitable organization that has grown to a team 16 full and part-time dynamos. They serve over 40,000 families registered with the foundation and have over 600 physicians in their network from all over the world. They reach over 1.4 million people a month through their efforts and awareness. RoC is doing first of its kind research with Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania as well as other reputable research institutions. They have launched both current and former NFL player research projects as well as the largest IRB approved study in the world for cannabis on chronic health conditions like epilepsy, autism, chronic pain, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders, cancer and more. RoC distributed close to $100,000 in grants to families in need since 2015. They also have aided in over twenty states adding cannabis legislation since 2014. RoC’s WHY is… “Because quality of life matters™”

Follow Realm of Caring @RealmofCaring on Instagram and Twitter.
Gel Jamlang is a Filipino illustrator, also currently working as a graphic designer and art instructor at Bethesda, Maryland. Gel has earned her bachelor of arts degree in Visual Communications from the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts. She has regularly contributed editorial illustrations for the Lenny Letter, New Republic Magazine and other publications. Gel often paints surreal imagery and everyday objects. Her work can be seen at her website, geljamlang.com and on her Instagram @geljamlang.
San Franciscan living in Los Angeles. Dad to two busy boys (5 and 7), Photographer, '71 Buick Skylark owner...
Torkom Ji is the founder of Quantum Harmonix, the first established 432Hz based healing sound modality. He has been facilitating group sound healing experiences since the summer of 2012, and has provided deep meditation and rejuvenation for thousands of people using his unique and powerful modality. His sounds have been experienced at various therapeutic sound spaces at many festivals including Lightning in a Bottle, Lucidity, Shakti/Bhakti Fest, Indigo Vortex, Long Beach Love Festival and more. Birthed from his studies of music, vibration, energy and the practice of meditation and martial arts; Torkom has mastered and perfected a system that is known to put people in very deep states of consciousness, with little to no effort. Through the natural movement of these sounds, deep rest is achieved and the bodies own intelligence facilitates an elevated level of healing. Noticeable effects have been felt for 5-7 days after, and includes a wide range of benefits.

http://torkomji.com/
I'm a French photographer and UI designer. An autodidactic, I learned photography thanks to the family camera, an old Minolta created at the same time as me. But mostly, I travel a lot and research graphic and architectural designs in natural or manmade settings. I have developed my career over the past nine years as Designer and Product Manager in the web sector, mobile apps and startups, from New York to Singapore. I cofounded Femme Fatale Studio (https://www.femmefatale.paris), a digital production agency. @madebytj on Instagram and website: http://thibaultjorge.photos
Hi! I'm an artist and illustrator from Los Angeles. I graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. My clients include: Cinespia, ELLE, girlboss, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Little White Lies, Penguin Books, Refinery29, Rihanna, Stance Socks, and The Los Angeles Times.
Roland Kelts is a Tokyo-based writer and author of the book ‘Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US’ (Macmillan). His work appears in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Japan Times and other publications. He is a contributing editor to Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, an annual English-language journal of Japanese literature, and a member of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a Tokyo-based think tank. Kelts frequently contributes to NPR, CNN, NHK and the BBC, and he lectures on Japanese culture around the world, recently delivering a TED Talk in Tokyo and a presentation for The World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China. He is currently a 2017 Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. His US home is in New York City. http://japanamerica.blogspot.jp/
Clay Kerrigan is a poet, writer, editor, and teacher living in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from CalArts. He currently earns a living as freelance writer, a writing instructor at both Los Angeles City College and Glendale Community College, and as a copyeditor for Litmus Press.
I was born and raised in New Jersey and lived there for almost 18 years before moving to Kansas to get my bachelor's degree at a small college in the southwest corner of the state. I graduated in May 2017 with my Psychology and Family Studies degree and an associate's degree in Bible. I now live in Virginia where I am a full time graduate student pursuing my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Though I have chosen counseling as my career path, writing still remains one of my greatest passions and is a hobby I keep up. I enjoy writing in different genres and platforms and pitch my work as often as I can. I also enjoy music, whether it be just listening to someone else's creations or playing my guitar. If I'm not doing either of these things, odds are I'm watching some sports game, either live or on TV. Hockey is my favorite with soccer coming in at a close second.
Erika is an art director and photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

www.erikakohnen.com
Zaitouna Kusto is a Palestinian-American trans woman living in San Diego, CA. Her writing has been featured on CSuiteMusic.com/politics and in the short film Life in a Box, which won Best Short at Film Fest Twain Harte 2014. Find her on Twitter @zaitounak or at the beach being very gay with her partner.
I first visited Indonesia in 2008. After teaching at Andalas University in West Sumatra, I journeyed the length of the country in 2011, a trip my first book, Leaving Indonesia, is based on. I studied Political Science at Marymount University in Virginia and Education at the University of Notre Dame. 

I grew up in Yonkers, New York and now live in Brooklyn.  I am self-employed. I spend every winter in Asia: China to find pearls for my business, and Indonesia to relax, see friends, and read. 

On weekends, from St. Patty’s Day through Christmas, I sell my pearl jewelry on 39 Prince Street in Manhattan at the NoLita Outdoor Artisan Market.

Learn more at kevinlee-writer.com
Originally from the East Coast, Caroline is a Hypnotherapist & EFT Practitioner rooted in Los Angeles. She spent most of her life questioning the nature of reality and the formula to live by. Driven by service and answering unanswered questions in her early years, she spent much of her life working with people and animals who were in the dark. Unexpectedly, life surprised her with her own dark period. It was there that she discovered the answers to her biggest questions and the golden nugget that they were within her all along. She now works with individuals brave enough to listen to their own inner voice and rise to their fullest potential and joyous selves. Caroline is a loving, excited, and silly practitioner but with a fierce dedication to her work. She balances her work life with laughter and her most treasured simple joys: pizza, dogs, and 90s music. Oh and old school Harrison Ford movies, obviously!
Tim Lewis is a Los Angeles-based writer, producer, and performer with an MFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. Tim's perspective as an artist is influenced by his experience growing up gay and in church in rural America, and then attending a Christian liberal arts college. After a decade of tearing apart the worldview he was given as a child, he's begun weaving a new one through his writing. 

website: http://www.tdlew1s.com

IG & Twitter: tdlew1s


Photo by Travis Jensen
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. She is the author of two books of poetry: microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017.) She is a VONA/Voices and Kundiman Fellow, and the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine and co-founded Sunday Jump. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego.
Erica Lupinacci is the co-founder and Communications Director of Suffering the Silence, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging the power of art, media, and storytelling to raise awareness for chronic illness. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, where she studied Public Health and Theatre. She was diagnosed with lupus at 18 and is dedicated to raising awareness for people who have felt silenced or alone because of their differences. Erica is an actor living in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Stacy dove deeper into yoga following a serious dance injury in college. Yoga helped to heal her body, relieve her daily stress, and find her balance. Connecting with the breath during meditation and exploring mindfulness during the postures became powerful tools to guide her through her own traumas to a place of healing.

With a positive and playful attitude, she empowers individuals to explore their everyday choices and incorporate a mindful approach to all they do--starting first on the yoga mat and then pervading every aspect of life. She is passionate about inspiring others to bring more balance and purpose in their lives.

Stacy is an internationally-trained Yoga Therapist, Exercise Physiologist, Holistic Health Educator, and owner of Enlightened Fitness, LLC. She received her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Health Promotion, and Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and has a bachelor’s degree in Health/ Physical Education and Athletic Training.

Discovering deep meaning from her own personal life challenges, Stacy founded Empower Yoga Project—a service dedicated to connecting those who suffer with addiction, trauma, and mental health conditions to effective healing practices and reconnecting to their wholeness and spirit.

Stacy’s motto is to share joy and inspiration -- one breath and smile at a time!

You can connect with her on Instagram @enlightened.fitness and www.enlightenedfitness.net .
I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I lived for a time in Vermont but currently reside in North Portland with my girlfriend and daughter. At times a TJ Maxx associate, grocery clerk, outdoor school instructor, organic farmer, apprentice electrician, student teacher, and teddy bear salesman, I currently work as a web developer and writer. My debut novella Cult of Loretta came out in May 2015 from Lazy Fascist Press. My fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Barrelhouse, The Literary Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and a number of other journals and anthologies. 
I'm a portrait and travel photographer living in New York City. I enjoy optimism, camping, weird America, forgotten cities and my Russian Blue, Jesse. My work explores the beauty within the ordinary.
My process can get quite complex and comes from pondering on the sensual and atmospheric aspects of what I am illustrating. Found photos and my own sketches are transplanted into a 3D modeling program where I build forms, play with lighting, and take images with the program’s camera.
 
I currently live and work in Los Angeles, CA and recently received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an exhibiting artist, I work within sculpture, installation, and video. Overall, my art practice regularly references bodily interactions, power relationships, intimate encounters, and anti-capitalist forms of protest. Besides being an artist, I am active in directing experimental art exhibition spaces, as well as political activism. 
 
Tanya Marquardt is an award-winning performer and writer. Her play Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep was the subject of an episode of NPR’s Invisibilia and her book Stray: Memoir of a Runaway will be published in September 2018. A Hertog Fellow and graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Hunter College, Tanya splits her time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Brooklyn, New York.
Kristen Martin is at work on a collection of essays that explores and meditates on grief—her personal and lasting grief over the deaths of her parents; cultural representations of grief on television, in music, and in literature; and our society’s ever-morphing relationship with grief and mourning. Her personal and critical essays have been published in Literary Hub, Catapult Magazine, Real Life, The Hairpin, Guernica, The Toast, Google Play Editorial, Public Books, Saveur, The Grief Diaries, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and she teaches first-year writing at Columbia and Baruch College. Follow her on Twitter @kwistent.
Hello, my name is Jeremy Martin, and I’m a wanderer, writer, and whatever else day-to-day life requires. I am fascinated by place, by the journey, by the diversity of ideas and experiences in the world. I believe in listening to and telling stories, in that order. I believe in compassion most of all. I try to always be learning. I live simply and move nearly constantly, which is how I prefer to live, and I’m fortunate to be able to. http://restlesslens.me/about-jeremy/
I’ve always been a “people watcher”… hmm that sounds creepy. What I mean is that people have always fascinated me. I often spend a good amount of time observing people and proceed to make up stories for each and every one, whether in line at the bank or grabbing drinks with friends. I wonder what’s their name? Where are they from? Where are they going? Are they a dog person or a cat person? Maybe they have pet penguins that they keep in a giant ice box like that book, "Mr. Popper’s Penguins”. You can see how my mind wonders, so needless to say I’ve always been a bit of a daydreamer.

My grandfather armed me with a camera when I was just discovering this fascination so I suppose it was inevitable that I would become a director and as serendipity would have it, working with ENDPAIN, a brand who’s slogan is literally, “What’s Your Story?”

You can find me at http://www.tjmauck.com
I create two-dimensional works of abstract shapes interacting in space. Using repetition, movement, and a consideration of spatial relationships, my compositions attempt to express the inherent playfulness I observe in the behavior of nature. I typically work with a flat, saturated palette and draw from an evolving collection of biomorphic forms in varying combinations across different bodies of work. My materials have ranged from oil paint on canvas to craft felt that I cut, sew, and install in public spaces with duct tape. 

Since graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Painting in 2012, I have lived and worked in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington DC, and have travelled across country several times. I also like to make small gouache paintings on paper, digital drawings and gifs, stitch things onto clothing, take photos, make monthly playlists, and practice yoga. Contact Rachel at http://www.rachelmccollum.com/ or rachelmccollum.b@gmail.com
I write about humans and other animals. My short story collection, Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Holiday in Cambodia has been shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia, including the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards and the Asher Award 2015 for books on an anti-war theme. One of the stories won the 2011 Alan Marshall short story award. You can also find my work in The Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The North American Review and J Journal. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Australia. http://www.laurajeanmckay.com
Jaclyn Mednicov is a Chicago based artist, whose work combines painting, photography, collage and installation. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in NYC, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and has her BFA from University of Kansas and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jaclyn has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Carthage College. She has also attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Ragdale Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in nationally recognized galleries including Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC; The Painting Center, NYC; Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL; Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, and her work has been published in New American Paintings in the NE edition.
Jaclyn's website is: https://www.jaclynmednicov.com/
Joe Metcalf is trying to act like an adult while living in New York with three human roommates and Edgar the Dog.
Ali Mezey has been working in the Healing Arts for 30 years - as a Body Therapist, Family Constellation Work facilitator, Somatic Counselor, Clinical Sexologist, and now documentary filmmaker.

Her offerings meld her unusual and highly effective skill sets to guide any body in and through their shadows, shame and personal restrictions, towards greater light, confidence and freedom. She specializes in clearing sexual, emotional and physical pain due to trauma, family lineages and cultural inhibition.

Ali’s private practice is based in Los Angeles, with clients all over the world. She also facilitates Constellation Work at addiction treatment centers, getting immediately to the roots of how sex and drug addictions are functioning in the whole family system.

Additionally, Ali just completed a suite of five documentary films about the world-renowned Family Constellation facilitator, Stephan Hausner, who specializes in healing transgenerational influences on illness. She has just begun making a documentary about embodiment expert, Philip Shepherd.

To discover more, please visit www.alimezey.com or www.constellationarts.com, or call +1.310.721.1492
Marysia Miernowska is an herbalist, witch, biodynamic gardener and Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner trained in the Wise Woman Tradition of healing. She is the director of the California branch of The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education where she holds ceremony & teaches herbal medicine, plant shamanism and Earth magick. A multilingual and multicultural devotee of Mother Earth, Marysia has traveled extensively, learning different regenerative ways of tending to the Earth and sharing regenerative Earth medicine. She has a background as a community organizer and activist, keeps her feet rooted by designing and tending to medicinal and sacred gardens using permaculture and biodynamic practices. Marysia formulates herbal medicine and makes sacred plant botanicals under the label Flora Sagrada. She lives in Topanga, CA. with her daughter Flora & cat Cosmos, grows biodynamic herbs in Malibu, and teaches and holds ceremony in the greater LA area and at conferences. She shares her passions with her students & community, in the gardens she tends and in her writing. You can follow Marysia on instagram @thegaiaschoolofhealingca, by visiting The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education website: www.thegreenwoman.com And on facebook by liking The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education California Branch
Kyla Milberger is a 21 year old photographer based out of Detroit, Michigan. Her work consists of personal documentary narratives that bring social awareness to subject matter that is typically ostracized. Kyla comes from a place of empathy and curiosity, and strives to understand the intense obstacles that people endure on a daily basis. ​She makes a strong effort to connect with her subjects on a deeper emotional level in order to establish a trust between them, giving her a better chance at capturing the reality of her subject's situation. Kyla believes that the most raw and real moments are the most critically important photographs to capture because they humanize the individual. Her passion and role as a photographer is to tell crucial stories through visual narratives, that may bring awareness to definitive social issues. As a documentary photographer, Kyla believes that it is her obligation to attempt to bring about social change within minority groups and to spread knowledge and understanding as it relates to marginalized people's lives.
Kit Mills is an illustrator and graphic designer who lives in Brooklyn. Their work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, Eater, Food52, Amnesty International, Gotham Magazine, and Untapped Cities, amongst other places. kitmalls.com
I have been a professional filmmaker since graduating from the University of Southern California's film school in 2011, splitting work equally between directing, writing, and cinematography. My work often has an emphasis in empathy and human connection, probably from experiencing so many different platforms and families of the American life while moving around the country as a child. My affinity for ENDPAIN's message was innate and resonant within all of my work even before our collaborations, hence our eventual pairing was perhaps inevitable.

I currently reside in Venice Beach, close to good friend and constant collaborator Travis Mauck (Creative Director of ENDPAIN) whom I've worked with since 2010. In addition to writing and directing my first narrative feature film this year, I'm hoping to begin documenting stories of human resilience and passion for ENDPAIN internationally to compliment my previous American work.
Merissa Nathan Gerson teaches workshops on inherited trauma as well as sexuality and religion nationwide.  Her writing appears in The Atlantic, Playboy, Refinery29, The New York Observer, Lilith, Tablet and beyond. She was the inherited trauma consultant to Amazon's hit show, Transparent and writes text message romance novels for A&E's new app, Read My Lips. 
Nkem Ndefo is the Founder and President of TRE Los Angeles, LLC and creator of The Resilience Toolkit. Certified as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Midwife, Nkem has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies. Her career began in the late 1980s, providing community health education to distressed populations including IV drug addicts and youth in foster care and inner-city schools. She witnessed intense suffering in these communities; her desire to relieve this suffering spurred her pursuit for the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to bring health at its deepest level to all age groups.

Nkem has worked as a clinician, educator, and researcher in settings ranging from large-volume hospitals to small community clinics, and has maintained a busy holistic health private practice in Los Angeles since 2001. At TRE Los Angeles, she oversees the creation and facilitation of programs that reduce stress and build resilience for individuals and organizations worldwide.
Chris Nixon is a lawyer by day, and a foodie, artist, and avid reader by night. She lives in Los Angeles with her family
DON NORMAN has been a database programmer, a newspaper reporter, an evangelical minister, a shoe salesman, a leather tanner, a DJ, and a high school history teacher. He continues to be a father and grandfather. He likes to arrange words in curious patterns and take pictures of dancing people. He is also deeply in love with a bunch of people.
Brooke is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in New York. She specializes in working with anxiety, self-esteem, and relationship issues with clients of all ages. Brooke is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies’ certificate program in psychedelic-assisted therapies and research. She is profoundly passionate about the ability of entheogens to assist individuals, couples, and families on their journeys of healing and growth. Brooke hopes to help bridge the eating disorder community with the psychedelic-assisted therapy world, as she believes sufferers and their loved ones can deeply benefit from this work. Brooke’s children’s book “Tallulah Goes to Therapy,” which is a resource for young children who are beginning therapy, is now available on Amazon. For more info, please visit www.brookenovick.com.
Hey everyone! I’m a UCLA student graduating in 2018 with a major in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. I am SoCal raised, pursuing a career in public health or medicine. I’m a fan of international travel, watercolor painting, and dramatic TV —Game of Thrones and The Bachelor both count! As an English minor and lead reporter for the Daily Bruin, I also love to write. Hear some of my noise on aspeck-ofstardust.blogspot.com.

At age eleven, I was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes – an incurable, genetic disease. Since then, I’ve worn an insulin pump 24/7 and grown active with advocacy and academic research. I truly want to be a source of emotional, creative, and professional support for those weathering the challenges of chronic illness. Our struggles may heavily shape us, but we can actively choose to accept adversity as extra color in the canvas of our lives.
Katie Orlinsky is a photographer from New York City. She received a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Colorado College and a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Katie’s long-held interest in international politics and a desire to raise awareness on social issues originally led her to photography, and after college she moved to Mexico where she got her start as a photographer. Katie is currently working on a long-term project about climate change in Alaska. She regularly works for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Le Monde and a variety of international non-profit organizations. She is a represented artist with Levine/Leavitt management. 
MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University
MFA from University of Greensboro in North Carolina.

Marcela is a psychotherapist and an artist working in Boulder, Colorado. In her private practice she works in partnership with clients to nourish awareness and connection to innate essence. Her interest and focus on trauma has led her to understand the healing process as an intimate re-connection to self through integrity, acceptance, and honoring of one’s own human spirit. In addition to working with trauma and PTSD, she has dedicated her professional life to teaching, and research. She uses art as a vehicle for deepening the relationship to self and others through autobiographical storytelling. Marcela worked as a co-therapist in MAPS’ first government approved MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study in Madrid, Spain, served as the Principal Investigator for MAPS’ Phase II MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study in Boulder, Colorado, and currently in the MDMA Healthy Volunteer study. Additionally, she is a trainer for therapists working on MAPS upcoming Phase III studies for MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy and will be the Principal Investigator on a phase III site in Boulder, Colorado.
Veronica Padilla is a self-taught maker with an extensive background in graphic design, illustration, art direction, product design, and styling. Veronica has spent over fifteen years as a commercial artist and her work has been showcased by a number of industry award shows and publications. She is the founder of Tiny Movement, a consciously-led design boutique which focuses on working with brands, foundations, and non-profits who are doing their best to make a difference. She lives in Chicago with her husband and her Frenchie pup named Roux.
Hi, I'm Laura! I attended a photojournalism program that was based on injustice and poverty after high school, which left me with a moral obligation to better the world. I just so happen to be type 1 diabetic and decided to use my experience as a professional diabetic and photographer to start something exciting! I was a very fortunate little diabetic with infinite support and love from everyone around me. However, there are a lot of people who are just my type that aren’t as fortunate. So that’s why I started this project--to show everyone how relatable their crazy and embarrassing diabetic experiences are.

http://www.gofundme.com/yourejustmytype

Photo by Michael Watkins (Two Vivid Photography)
Having confronted addiction in his own life, Koorosh founded Evo Health and Wellness with the vision to break the stigma around mental health and create a world of healthier people, families, and communities.

As a trained therapist, Koorosh integrates a humanistic approach and mindfulness into his therapy and coaching work, collaborating with clients to help them become curious about their own experiences and unlock possibilities. At the Matrix Institute on Addictions, Koorosh specialized in working with young adults dealing with drug, alcohol, and addiction issues. As Director of Mindfulness at Alternatives Behavioral Health, he helped develop a program to support clients to successfully adopt their desired lifestyle, whether abstinence or moderation. He holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California (USC).

Formerly a competitive athlete, Koorosh deeply understands the connection between mind and body. He integrates somatic practices into his work to support clients to address trauma and develop new tools to regulate fight or flight responses. He has undergone extensive training in mindfulness practices, including yoga, multiple breathwork modalities, somatic experiencing, and meditation techniques.

Koorosh has a love for biking, surfing, meditation, and yoga. He has a five-year-old son who also keeps him learning and growing.
Kerry Reilly grew up on Long Island. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion: The Best of the New York Times Modern Love Column, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, Reilly was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship. She currently teaches writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder and spends a lot of time taking photographs and hiking with her husband and two humane society dogs, Harold and Wallace. She is working on a memoir.
I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of two children, I was raised with a instinctive attraction to reading. My favorite books growing up were The Hardy Boys, Goosebumps, and anything relating to non-fiction. I loved words so much, I took four years as an English major before graduating in 2012. Writing helps me process the world from a realistic filter, where I get more of an introspective view of my feelings and emotions. I am not a very good writer, but I do my best to convey stories that can help illustrate my deepest feelings through poetic license. Hopefully I can reach someone with a story.
"She who dances with Ghosts" is the accurate understanding of the title that best reflects the artist. Time is the focal point and the essence of the nature behind Ghost Dancer. How do we spend our time? How may I use this gift of time during this lifetime to make the world a more beautiful place? How do we utilize this finite resource to its fullest capacity during this existence? These questions provided a platform for the artist to delve into time consuming artwork and a space in which to remind modern folk of the myriad of traditions throughout antiquity that require thoughtful, meticulous and articulate nature to bring forth beauty. What clients and collectors alike are given through this process is in short, Rhiannon's time, her life energy that is harnessed into beautiful matter.

With a background in jewelry design and Saori Zen Weaving, Rhiannon has been able to express her inner beauty and reflections on her life through these mediums. Each work is a memory of her travels, her fondness for indigenous artwork, sacred adornment and thoughtful interactions upon this Earth. She draws much of her inspiration from art, jewelry, architecture and natural landscapes. "She who dances with Ghosts " is the artists translation for the mystical connection to all those who have come before her.

http://www.ghostdancercollection.com/
Adriana Rizzolo is a yoga and meditation teacher, kirtan leader, and facilitator of healing circles and ceremonies. She is a guide on the spiritual path of the authentic heart, illuminating the power of choosing love above all else as the way to transform hardship into spiritual growth.

Adriana's mission is to help others uncover their creative gifts to bring more joy, change, healing and positivity into the world. She currently leads monthly kirtans with her band or solo with her drum and harmonium, healing sessions, and weekly public yoga classes in Los Angeles and Ojai California – as well as New York. She hosts 200hr and 500hr Power of Love teacher trainings, retreats, India pilgrimages, and facilitates online mentorships and courses to support teachers and those wishing developing healing practices of their own.

Having worked with and through her own battles with addiction, anxiety, depression and creative stuckness, Adriana has specific experience in the areas of sobriety, grief, finding one's true and authentic voice, sexual trauma, addiction, and growth through big life transitions and pain. Her teachings emphasize learning to navigate the subtle body and chakra system, to honor the wisdom within the sacred feminine, and to re-establish a deep connection with the natural world.

This wild, heart-centered path takes Adriana's energetic yoga and meditation teaching and facilitation to a place of depth and transformation for those she works with. Her work comes from over 10 years of training in India and in New York. She is trained in many forms of yoga from kundalini to Anusara, trained teacher of Living Meditation by David Harshada Wagner, mentorship through Nikki Costello, is a Reiki master, and has been practicing and studying kirtan for that long as well. Her expertise is in uncovering the Divine Feminine presence within came to her in a mystical experience in India and has been unfolding ever since.
Natalie Rodriguez is a writer and filmmaker from Southern, CA. In 2014, she graduated with her B.A. in TV-Film from CSUF. Her work has been featured on Amazon Books, “Dime Show Review: Volume 1, Issue 1 – ‘Apricots,’ Tribe section;” Zooey Deschanel's HelloGiggles; A-1 Home Care; All Day Media; AXS; Blasting News; Defeat the Stigma Project; Dime Show Review; Factual Facts; Fictional Cafe; FlockU; Girls Soccer Network; Hamline Lit Link; MCXV; Millennials 365; Ranker; Render Media ("Opposing Views" & "This is Now"); Scriggler; Short Kid Stories; TheGamer; The Huffington Post; TheRichest; Thought Catalog; WeekendNotes; Winamop Poetry; and Writer's Weekly. For further details on her projects, be sure to follow @natchrisrod.
Dr. Ryan is a practicing psychiatrist based in Los Angeles specializing in both addiction and general psychiatry. He has trained and practiced in various clinical and research settings across Los Angeles and Seattle including the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, several Veteran Affairs medical centers, Kaiser West Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, St. Joseph Center, Ocean Park Community Center, Venice Family Clinic, as well as his own private practice. He has extensive and diverse training in state-of-the-art mental health and addiction treatment, attending to individuals with mental health needs, substance abuse issues, and both (dual diagnosis). Additionally, he has worked in various research settings, accumulating multiple published articles and presentations on such topics as ketamine for treatment resistant depression, cannabis, psychedelics, club drugs, hallucinogens, and addiction.

Through his diverse experiences and training in both pharmacology and psychotherapy, Dr. Ryan's approach integrates individually tailored medication management, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle changes with novel treatment options, in an empathic, non-judgmental, safe space, effectively helping clients find their motivation for change and improvement. He has applied these principles in those with PTSD and other anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. He is well versed in psychodynamic psychotherapy and particularly enjoys working with individuals in helping them achieve meaningful personal growth.

Dr. Ryan is a graduate of University of California, Davis and went on to complete medical school at the University of California, Irvine. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in both general psychiatry as well as addiction psychiatry. He completed psychiatry residency at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington.
Whitney Saleski is a photographer from Dayton, Ohio. After her father, Stanley, died by suicide in 2014, she began interviewing and photographing suicide survivors as a means of coping, and named her project, The Stanley Sessions, after him. Her work has been featured in Amanda de Cadenet's #Girlgaze Project (where she was recently named a #Girlgaze Ambassador), the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Born This Way Foundation, BBC News, Refinery29, the TAX Collection, and more. She has lived in Virginia and Washington, DC, but Ohio is her first love. Aside from Stanley Sessions, Whitney photographs her favorite models--her mother, friends, and family--as often as possible. She believes in Dayton's artistic and innovative core, and is doing her best to contribute to its cultural resurgence. Learn more about mental health awareness, Stanley Sessions, and her unrelated artwork at: http://stanleysessions.com
I’m a writer, director, producer who began her career in television, producing for the Travel Channel, History Channel, E!, A&E, Cooking Channel, FX, and Fox Movie Channel. My experience spans from notable shows including the longrunning educational series Modern Marvels to the investigative two- hour documentary O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes. I’ve written and directed two short films about living in New York City and co-directed my first feature length documentary, Company Town, a film Sundance says “could literally save lives.” I’m currently a producer at Kin Community, a digital content company, whose message is to help you make your way home. I’m also the owner and creative mind behind Sweet Little Nothings xo- a greeting card company whose mission is to bring love and kindness to the world by one simple, thoughtful gesture. I continue fulfilling my work telling human stories and am passionate about creating awareness and change in the world.
Jill Schock received a Master’s Degree in Ethics and Theology from Vanderbilt University, and was trained and certified as a Clinical Chaplain, or Spiritual Counselor. She is a spiritual (but not religious) multi-faith minister who specifically tends to those facing end of life.

Jill is a native to Los Angeles, California and has a deep love for the City of Angels. She’s lived there most of her life, leaving only to be educated in the South. After receiving a BA in History, Jill worked at the Mordecai Historic House in Raleigh, North Carolina.

It was during her time there she was first impacted by death. Her experiences then lead her to pursue her Master's Degree and career in end-of-life care. With a benevolent work ethic, years of clinical experience and unique personal background, Jill is an exceptional guide to those facing end of life.

https://www.deathdoulala.com/
Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and an internationally-recognized speaker, consultant and advocate for maternal and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is a leading voice on the socio-cultural and racial complexities of birth, breastfeeding and motherhood. She was recently named one of “21 Leaders or the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and Washington Post, last year, her online commentaries received over 8 million page views. Kimberly’s fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding was published by
St. Martin’s Press in January 2017.

Learn more at www.KimberlySealsAllers.com. Follow her on Twitter @iamKSealsAllers.
I am an artist and illustrator from Los Angeles.  I pull inspiration from human emotions, nature, and surreal self reflection, portraying them into expressive drawing and ink works.
Randall Sims is an actor/writer/director originally from Greenville, SC. He has spent the past 20 years creating performances for film and television as well as the stage. Randall has also spent the past 15 years working as a casting session director. Working closely with casting directors, directors, ad agency executives, and actors, Randall served as the creative conduit between actor and client. Having conducted over 100,000+ auditions he has a keen insight and connection to the ruminations and pain that many actors and artists go through trying to be an authentic creator while at the same time making a living, finding time for relationships and maybe even a family. His goal is to take his own personal experiences to help create outlets for artists to re-connect to the natural world around them and ultimately to themselves.
Emotional expert and YouTube sensation Teal Swan was born highly intuitive. A survivor of ritual sexual abuse and torture, she now travels the world teaching others how to heal by discovering and owning their self-worth and self-love. Her new Hay House Publishing book, “The Completion Process: The Practice of Putting Yourself Back Together Again,” is a beacon of hope for anyone who has suffered trauma, struggled with fear or who lost touch with their authentic emotional self. Teal Swan is the founder of Teal Eye. Her vision is to enable everyone on earth to live free, joyous and healthy lives and she is determined to make that vision a reality.

http://www.TealSwan.com
Erin Telford is a certified Breathwork facilitator/teacher, licensed acupuncturist, Reiki Master, and herbalist in New York City. Her mission is to help people look within and heal their relationships with themselves. She holds safe, sacred space for change through therapeutic conversation, lifestyle and spiritual counseling, essential oils, and energy clearing tools. She is fiercely committed to doing her own personal work because she knows she can only take her clients as deep and as far as she is willing to go. She has been featured in Shape Magazine, Nylon, NY Magazine, Well + Good, The Numinous and in Refinery 29 as one of “6 Women Who Are Redefining Wellness in New York City."

Photo by Melodee Solomon.
Jake Tibbitts is a zealous and passionate young man looking to help those in need. He graduated high school in 2017 and is currently preparing to serve a volunteer full-time two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of his favorite hobbies is pottery! Jake was born in Utah and resided there until 2015. Since then, he has lived in Lansing, Michigan, and absolutely loves it! He is passionate about writing and desires to make life happier and full of hope. He holds the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program, and has had the opportunity to serve in many positions of leadership. Jake desires to study physiology at Brigham Young University upon his return of his volunteer mission. Through his studies he hopes he can help others become happier and healthier with the bodies they have. On numerous occasions, he has been invited to speak to religious congregations about how to have a joyful life. One day he hopes to marry his wife for time and all eternity so he can raise a family reared in love.
Haley Tiffany is a blogger and social work student in Boston, MA. She is passionate about authenticity, mental health awareness, resiliency, and storytelling. Her writing has been featured on sites such as MindBodyGreen, The Mighty, and Teen Vogue. She is also an ambassador for Worth Living. Learn more about Haley and her story on her blog. http://www.veryhaley.com/
I'm a writer, editor, and homodocumentarian, as well as a poet and aspiring Carmen San Diego. I serve as the second-in-command at Hello Mr., and have written for Buzzfeed, Vice, Broadly, GOOD, The Cut, The Offing, and The Iowa Review. Follow my work and newsletter at http://www.ImFran.com and elsewhere @fransquishco.
I started writing because one Thanksgiving our local grocery store had a poetry contest for kids. I don’t remember there being an actual prize other than the acclaim and recognition of Buttrey's. The whole creative "process" was hard because there are very few words that rhyme with Turkey and Pilgrim (and, at age 10, I quickly came to realize that writing is, overall, a fucking pain in the ass). Anyway, I came in 3rd and they put my poem on a wall near the deli section. It was intoxicating – not the fame part, just the fact that my work was being read. I've been chasing that high ever since.

As an adult, I’ve had several short stories and essays published (some you can read for free on my website patricktobin.net). I adapted one of my stories into a screenplay that eventually became the movie CAKE, which starred Jennifer Aniston as a character with chronic pain.
Sarah is an actor currently living in San Francisco where she is getting her M.F.A. at the American Conservatory Theater. She graduated with a B.A. in Drama and Psychology from Vassar College. https://www.sarahtraisman.com/
An artist, curator, editor, and the youngest of eleven siblings, I was raised in a small town on the outskirts of Zacatecas Mexico. My determination manifested itself at an early age of 12 when I left home for Los Angeles. Traveling back and forth from LA to Mexico became my way of life—a way of nomadic stability. With one bag still packed, I now call Brooklyn home, but my commercial practice continues to lead me all over the world. These consistent breaks of time and space are sewn into the fabrics of my work.  I use the camera to reconstruct the past—to fill in the gaps, importing a worldview inflected with a freshness of vision and technique. My approach to color and texture emulates a structured slippage of heritage. Building upon the dichotomy of my Mexican heritage and American education, I weave together an uncanny modality of childhood innocence across culture, place and time.
 
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Ellis van der Does is a Dutch illustrator and designer based in London.
In she graduated from the MA Graphic Design Communication course at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Before going to London she studied BA Illustration at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

If you take a trip to ‘illustration wonderland’ with her, you’ll see popping colours and the use of different techniques. Ellis' style is clear and she often combines various forms and figures in order to create new stories.

See more work here: http//ellisvanderdoes.com
I'm from the Philippines and I'm an architecture graduate. I love shooting people, nature and specially architecture. You can view my work on Instagram @romavitug and on vsco.co/romavitug
Yoga became my refuge and my framework for living life on life's terms. After some very turbulent years, it helped me climb out of my own personal hell. I then began traveling a lot, healing and studying healing in many traditions at ashrams, ceremonies, workshops and trainings; in the states, in Peru, in India, I wanted to absorb it all. Eventually, I decided to go back to college and finish my degree in human services with a focus on addiction counseling so I could back up the knowledge I had learned with the evidence-based practices that are important in putting philosophy into practice in today's world. Now, I am a yoga/qigong teacher for women who have experienced trauma, mostly teaching at shelters or with nonprofit organizations, as well as an artist. My heart feels full when I can connect with and empower others with mind/body tools for living aligned with their truth. My art can be found on instagram at @ShantiAffairs.
Claire Walker is in her first year of college and is getting to know the tumultuous weather of the Northeast. She is from Los Angeles and enjoys spending her time reading, writing, and being with her friends and family. She has written numerous short stories and poems that she hopes to one day publish, and is currently an editor for the Arts and Culture section of Vassar College’s Boilerplate Magazine. Claire is heavily considering an English major, possibly doubled up with French, but she’s not entirely sure yet. She loves poetry and prose and finds that beautiful words bring her more bliss than she could have ever expected.
Chloe Walker is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work explores the aspects of human thought and feeling that we all share, amidst the increasingly wide spectrum of experiences, identities, and ideologies we might embody. Chloe believes that art, writing, and unlikely animal friendships play an immeasurable role in fostering empathy and kindness, and little could be more valuable in this modern world of complex ills.
Cora Wallace is a New Jersey native who considers herself one of the luckiest people she knows. That’s not to say there have been any life-threatening tragedies or trauma which she barely survived, only that as she grew she learned how inexplicable and unexpected life can be. In the blink of an eye, she’s turned 24 and the only things she’s really learned are: she loves her family and friends, her boyfriend, animals, The Smiths and Brand New, reading, writing, and being alive
Lacy Warner holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University. She is currently at work on a memoir about spending her childhood following her American diplomat parents from one disaster zone to another. She has written for Tin House online, Roxane Gay’s literary blog, The Butter, The Columbia Journal, Narratively, and others. Read more of her work at http://lacywarner.com
Radhule Weininger, clinical psychologist, medical doctor, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology, is the founder and guiding teacher of the One Dharma Sangha, as well as the resident teacher of mindfulness practice at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California.
After completing medical school in Muenster, Germany, Radhule went on to earn a PhD in clinical psychology in 1990 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She has completed extensive training in Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Jungian psychotherapy, as well as Embodied Imagination and Dream Tending. While pursuing her educational degrees, Radhule dedicated herself to a rich spiritual path. From 1980-81, she studied Buddhist meditation practice at Black Rock Hermitage, Sri Lanka. For the following two years, she lived and practiced at the Center of Unity “Schweibenalb” in Switzerland. Since 2011 she has spent each summer in Dharamsala, India, studying the connecting points between Buddhist and Western psychology.
Currently Radhule has a flourishing psychotherapy practice, combining Buddhist and Western psychology. She teaches three meditation groups per week in Santa Barbara, as well as monthly retreats and the annual “Cultivating Emotional Balance” training.
Hello there, I’m Bryan Whalen—writer, editor, Los Angeleno, and friend of ENDPAIN. I’ve written and published fiction, creative non-fiction, screenplays, journalism, essays, and poetry. Edited publications like the one you’re on—ENDPAIN—as well as zines and creative projects in Australia, Indonesia, and the Netherlands. There are so many things to tell you, but I get sort of embarrassed talking about myself. If you’d like to read my work, or learn more about what I do, check out http://www.bryan-whalen.com, or find me online and say hi. Hope your day is going great!
Charley Wininger is a psychotherapist in private practice. Licensed as a Psychoanalyst as well as a Mental Health Counselor, he specializes in relationships and communication skills, and has been treating couples and individuals in his Manhattan and Brooklyn offices for close to 30 years.
He completed his post-graduate training at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in New York, and has continued his professional development the past ten years at New York’s Soma-Psyche Institute, where he learns intuition and empathic attunement skills.

Before settling on psychotherapy as a career, Charley was an executive recruiter for the financial services and IT industries; a freelance writer (published in Travel and Leisure; mentioned in Time); and is the former editor in chief of The New Sun, a holistic health and human potential magazine. He has often been featured in The New York Times and Newsday as “The Love Doctor”, and has appeared several times on television.

For the past 20 years, Charley has been a member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (www.maps.org), which funds research into the use of MDMA (Ecstasy) for treating PTSD, social anxiety and other ailments. He and his wife Shelley have been instrumental in building the local MAPS community here in New York since 2004.

Charley sits on the Board of Advisors of The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Center for Optimal Living in New York, and regularly speaks there on the topic of “Psychedelics Across The Lifespan”.

Although he doesn’t use MDMA in his therapy practice, he continues to benefit from personal experience with this medicine as it informs and improves his performance as a psychotherapist.

Charley likes to say he was raised in the suburbs of Long Island, but didn’t grow up until he left. He’s been a New York City resident since 1969, and currently lives in Brooklyn with Shelley, his remarkable second wife.
Morgan Yakus is a bicoastal practitioner facilitating integrative hypnosis and past life regression. She uses her work as a means to create a safe, loving and curious space for clients to explore ancestral story, release unwanted thought patterns and correct unhealthy habits into compassionate and empowering behavior.

Morgan Yakus’s practice focuses on and is dedicated to teaching clients tools they can use every day to help retrain the brain, such as self-hypnosis, NLP techniques, tapping and pattern interruption; these tools help to alleviate and shift stress and blocks they may be experiencing in their lives.

http://www.morganyakus.com
Victor Yates is a writing workshop instructor, educator, and freelance writer. He won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. In 2012, Yates had two poems published in the anthology, For Colored Boys, which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction in 2013. He’s the recipient of a City of West Hollywood City grant, Ahmanson Foundation grant, and the Elma Stuckey Writing Award. His writing has appeared in Windy City Times, Edge, and Message.

Photo by Steve Chavarria
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I studied art history at UCLA and received a master's degree in history from Pepperdine. I began writing essays after the death of my oldest brother, Michael, exploring the themes of loss and meaning. My work has been published in The New York Times and Alpinist. 
Photo by Meghan Fien