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John Briscoe
John Briscoe has published several books on history, law, and of poetry. His poetry and legal, literary and historical essays have been widely published in literary and scholarly journals.


Katharine Browning
Katharine Browning, owner of Verbena Kitchen in Healdsburg and Tiburon—a food and wine pairing service working with wineries to create menus supporting wine sales at private and public events. Katharine can be contacted at


Angela Colombo Heckler focuses her career on supporting projects that build community and increase opportunities for the arts and those in need to have access to enriching and impactful experiences. She is currently Director of Development for Marin Theatre Company.


Noah Griffin
Noah Griffin is a former weekly syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and a winner of the prestigious Eugene Block Award for excellence in journalism. He has been published in the Boston Globe and San Francisco Magazine. He currently writes a monthly column for the Marin IJ and is the Founder of The Cole Porter Society.

Michelle Kaufman is the Executive Director of the Marin History Museum. Founded in 1935, the Marin History Museum celebrates the traditions of innovation and creativity of the people of Marin.


John Kraft is a full-time artist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work can be found in both private and corporate collections worldwide.



Mitchell Marriott is a full-time financial advisor and part-time photographer. Most of all, he’s a loving husband and father, as expressed in his theme song submission.



Lily O’Brien is a Bay Area writer whose articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Marin Independent Journal, the Pacific Sun, the San Francisco Classical Voice and Strings Magazine. Passionate about music and the arts, she has performed as a folk, jazz and classical singer, and currently sings with the Marin Symphony Chorus.


Alejandro Palacios is a media artist who works in responsive installations and interactive media design. He uses video, photography, installation, and mixed media to explore the complexity of human experiences such as immigration and identity. Alejandro is the Communications & Development Manager for Community Media Center of Marin.


Heather Preston graduated with honors and distinction from The Art Institute of Chicago, and was named one of Chicago’s outstanding fine artists. She has taught fine art and studied throughout Europe and the world. Moving to San Francisco in 1969, she studied writing and became a book and commercial illustrator. In 2010 she won a Silver Finalist Medal in the INDIE Book Awards for her book “Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters” excerpted for this issue. Heather won the California  Supreme Court case: Preston v. State Board of Equalization,, countering unjust taxation of royalties, benefiting all California artists and publishers.


Louise Rafkin
San Francisco Bay Area writer, Louise Rafkin publishes in The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has graciously given permission to reprint the article she wrote for her column, “On The Couch,” in 2008 on Meredith and Noah Griffin.

Peter Robinson is the editor of
San Francisco Books & Travel and a regular contributing broadcaster to KALW 91.7 FM.


Ed Schwartz
Ed Schwartz began his career in wine promotion at New York’s “21” Club. As his interests in wine grew, he moved West to be closer to the grapes. Ed has written more than 500 published articles on wine, food and travel. Mostly recently, Ed was the wine editor for The Nob Hill Gazette.
Randall Stickrod
Randall Stickrod was a magazine publisher, media executive and technologist who published many articles on a broad range of subjects including business, technology, nature and travel. Sadly, he passed away shortly after giving permission to print this tribute to his mother.


Judith M. Wilson is a feature writer who enjoys telling a wide variety of stories reflecting life in the North Bay, from art to agriculture to the mysteries of sparkling wine. She is a regular contributor to NorthBay Biz, and her work has appeared in North Bay Woman and Marin Independent Journal’s special sections. She also writes theater reviews for Previously, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in the educational book publishing industry.