April M. Short
Contributing Editor, Senior Writer
Digital & Creative Lead
Social Media Manager
Justin Hampton is an erstwhile journalist and digital content creator focused on the nexus of culture and consciousness. Over the course of a quarter-century, he has written on cannabis, music and psychedelics for High Times, the Los Angeles Times, Alternative Press, and Leafly. He is currently the Digital Content Manager of the herbal wellness brand Medicine Box.
Georgia Perry is a freelance writer and photographer. She has a bachelor's in journalism from Indiana University. Formerly, she was a staff writer at Santa Cruz Weekly. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Vice, and Narratively, among other places. Read more of her work on on her website or connect with her on Twitter @georguhperry.
Kate Belew is a Brooklyn Based writer from the Midwest. She has been involved in projects of writing with Poets House, The National Book Critics Circle, The Poetry Society of New York, Evolver, The New York City Poetry Festival, Slice Magazine, The Poetry Brothel, Publisher's Weekly, and Milk Press. She also works as a content and marketing consultant for Evolver and The Alchemist's Kitchen among others. She is a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College's MFA in Poetry where she taught seventh-grade creative writing at The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens, New York, and facilitated a Women's Writing Group at Westchester Correctional Facility. Kate is an herbalist, and loves her dog named Banjo.
KEVIN BALKTICK, founder and director of Horizons Media, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational charity that produces Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics, is a New York-based producer, creative director, and cultural entrepreneur focused on live experiences and hospitality.Over the last fifteen years, his oeuvre has included parties, festivals, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, and experiences that defy description, in locations as varied as churches, warehouses, fortresses, libraries, mansions, prisons, universities, city streets, and the great outdoors.His work has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Vogue, WWD, Vice, Hospitality Design, Wired, NHT (Japan), The Guardian (UK), Ha’aretz (Israel), and other publications.Image: @soulfocus_media
Aaron Genuth is an activist, consumer advocate and journalist operating in the cannabis and psychedelic spaces for over two decades. He has written and produced content for publications including High Times and Civilized, and worked as editor, writer and online content manager for NUGL Magazine.Aaron is also the founder of Darkhei Rephua (Paths of Healing), a religious entheogenic nonprofit for which he serves as president.He is a fan of LSD and the New York Mets.
Mike Margolies is a psychedelic community catalyst and conversation creator. Mike is the Founder of Psychedelic Seminars (psychsems.com), an educational conversation series deepening awareness of the benefits, risks, and complexities of psychedelics. He has also started and contributed to a number of other projects as an event and media producer, connector, and advisor. Mike founded the Baltimore Psychedelic Society and has sparked and mentored similar groups around the world from San Francisco to DC to Portugal.
Michael Garfield is a philosopher and artist whose work anchors our current crises and imagined futures in deep time and Big History. Obsessed with major evolutionary transitions (like the one we're in right now), Michael splits his time between mythopoiesis and musical performance, hosting Future Fossils Podcast, and communicating complex systems science for the Santa Fe Institute. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelgarfield
Henry Holtzman is an entrepreneur and innovation leader at the intersection of business, technology and design. As an executive for Samsung, he led new product innovation projects that touched on TV, Smart Home, Home Appliance and mobile products. Prior to Samsung, Holtzman was part of the MIT Media Lab's leadership team where he also lectured and supervised research. Currently, Holtzman runs Secretparty.io, an event invitation and ticketing platform that supports and builds tight-knit communities through its referral invitation system. An enthusiastic Burner, Holtzman is also the mayor of a Burning Man Village, theme camp organizer, art car builder, and adores the Black Rock Desert.
Jill Ettinger is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor immersed in digital publishing and storytelling with a focus on the global food system and how it intersects with our cultural traditions, ethics, health, and politics. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, MTV, and the Village Voice.
Jasmine Virdi is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. Since 2018, she has been working as a writer, editor, and social media coordinator for the fiercely independent publishing company Synergetic Press, where her passions for ecology, ethnobotany and psychoactive substances converge. She also serves as a writer for Psychedelics Today, a podcast and online education platform that is dedicated to exploring the healing aspects of non-ordinary states of consciousness and discussing scientific research surrounding psychedelics. Jasmine’s goal as an advocate for psychoactive substances is to raise awareness of the socio-historical context in which these substances emerged in order to help integrate them into our modern-day lives in a safe, grounded and meaningful way.
Tania Abdul is developing her Ayurvedic herbal medicine business, works as an event producer, and volunteers as an artist, an activist, and a citizen scientist collecting data underwater on California’s rocky reef ecosystem.
Bett Williams is the author of Girl Walking Backwards(St.Martin’s Press) and The Wrestling Party(Alyson Press.) Her forthcoming book, The Wild Kindness; A Psilocybin Odyssey(Dottir Press, Sept. 2020,) is available for pre-order. She was a featured speaker at Horizons Perspectives on Psychedelics Conference. In 2018, she and her partner Beth Hill, received together the Kindle Project Maker’s Muse Award. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.
A creative writer and journalist, Ali McGhee is an Editor with AVLtoday. She has a PhD in English from the University of Rochester. Her creative work has been published in Dark Mountain and Slippery Elm Literary Journal, and her academic work and journalism have been published in Romantic Circles, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Atlantic Studies, and Scalawag. She's currently completing her novel, an apocalyptic horror/SF work about people turning into trees, and is working on a multimedia visual art and text project, Oso and Otter, with visual artist Justin Noah Wells. She is a core faculty member at The Enneagram School of Awakening in Asheville, NC.Social media handles: @hoodooalphabet (Instagram and Twitter) @ali.mcghee (Facebook)
Colleen Newvine has been a reporter and editor at daily, weekly and monthly publications, including the Ann Arbor News and Insider Business Journal. She covered health sciences at the University of Michigan News Service for five years. She is a freelance writer in addition to being a marketing consultant and coach. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University, and she was inducted into the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame in 2017. She received her MBA from the University of Michigan Business School in 2005. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, John Tebeau.
Leia Friedman, M.S. loves to connect the dots as a teacher, writer, and permaculturist. Her work focuses on phenomena related to the human experience of consciousness through the lens of social and environmental justice. She is the host of “The Psychedologist: Consciousness Positive Radio,” co-founder of Boston Entheogenic Network, an integration facilitator, a trainee in restorative and transformative approaches to conflict, and a budding herbalist. Leia holds her permaculture design certificate from Starhawk’s Earth Activist Training, a program that emphasizes the importance of social permaculture and spirituality. Her long-range intention is to support a center that integrates regenerative land management with holistic and visionary healing modalities.
Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic teacher, healer, speaker, community activist, and author of three Amazon bestseller books. Born in an Israeli Kibbutz, he had a fine art career and was the owner of an award-winning boutique Ad agency in New York City. A midlife crisis led to his transformation from a skeptical atheist, and business executive into a passionate believer, aligned with his life purpose. Since 1995, Itzhak bridges the spiritual and practical wisdom his indigenous and Western teachers entrusted in him. He was initiated into the "Circle of 24 Yachaks of Imbabura" by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pajè in Brazil.Itzhak is the founder of ShamanPortal.org, The Andes Summit, and co-founder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on major global spiritual centers faculties. Itzhak received the 'Ambassador for Peace Award' from The Universal Peace Federation and the UN.
Danny Nemu is a hypnotherapist, speaker, and independent researcher interested in what the Bible can tell us about the powers and peculiarities of the human mind. He is the author of Science Revealed and Neuro-Apocalypse, out on Psychedelic Press, and Getting High with the Most High: Entheogens in the Bible.
Nicholas Powers is the author of The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street, published by Upset Press. He is a poet and an associate professor of English at SUNY Old Westbury with writings in Truth-Out, HuffPost, Alternet and The Indypendent.
Veteran San Francisco journalist Don Lattin has been writing about psychedelics for newspapers and magazines since the 1970s. More recently, he is the author of Changing Our Minds — Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy (Synergetic Press, 2017), Distilled Spirits (UC Press, 2012) and The Harvard Psychedelic Club (HarperCollins 2010).
Sean Lawlor is a freelance writer, personal trainer, and graduate student in Transpersonal Counseling in Boulder, CO. His interest in psychedelics owes great debt to Aldous Huxley, Ken Kesey, and Hunter S. Thompson, and his passion for dreaming draws ongoing inspiration from Carl Jung and J.K. Rowling.
Noah Potter is a New York City-based attorney. He began organizing for psychedelic law reform advocacy in the early 1990s. He founded the New Amsterdam Psychedelic Law blog in 2010 in order to establish the field of “psychedelic law” as a unique topic for legal analysis.
Don Shewey is a writer, therapist, and pleasure activist in New York City. As a journalist and critic, he has published three books about theater and written hundreds of articles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He has chronicled his psycho-sexual-spiritual adventures in essays that have been included in numerous anthologies, including The Politics of Manhood and The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater. His most recent book is The Paradox of Porn: Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture. An archive of his writing is available online at donshewey.com. His psychotherapy practice (bodyandsoulwork.com) specializes in sex and intimacy coaching, and he completed training at CIIS in psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy in 2018.
Zach Haigney is a freelance Science and Business writer. He is the author and founder of The Trip Report a newsletter offering insight, news, and analysis at the intersection of business, policy, and psychedelics. Zach is drawn to the emerging psychedelic ecosystem because restoring psychedelic experience into the culture is a watershed moment in human history. The Trip Report keeps readers informed by analyzing the news within the context of the larger themes, forces and history of psychedelic science, culture and practice.
Chris Pezza attended 9 burns consecutively beginning in 2007 and served as a Black Rock Ranger for 7 years. He’s the co-founder of Camp Soft Landing, where he hosted Palenque Norte, a psychedelic lecture series that provides content for the Psychedelic Salon podcast established by Lorenzo Haggerty in 2003. Together with Mischa Steiner and Lucid News editor Ann Harrison, Pezza is a co-founder of the event production company Take 3 Presents. He is a DJ who brings tech house, melodic techno, tribalish, synth wave, ambient, and live grooves.
Ido Hartogsohn is a scholar, artist, and activist in the field of psychedelics. His work explores the role of collective set and setting in shaping psychedelic experiences for human cultures. His book, American Trip: Set, Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the 20th Century, appeared with MIT Press earlier this year.