Elizabeth Kottich – Editorial Intern
Elizabeth Kottich of Neola, Iowa, is pursuing a master’s degree in English with a focus on creative nonfiction writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. When she is not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys reading about history, writing nonfiction, and cheering on the Hawkeyes. She looks forward to writing her thesis and finishing her degree (next year) before securing a position teaching high school English in the Omaha area. In the future, she hopes to continue teaching high school English while also teaching a few college classes. She also hopes to become a published creative nonfiction author and to write professionally.
Sara Locke – Contributing Writer
Sara Locke was born in Omaha, raised on poorly constructed Polish food, and graduated from a love of pizza rolls to the prestigious title of editor and food columnist at The Reader in 2014. She is young enough that she will tell you her real age if you ask directly but old enough not to volunteer the information. A freelance wordsmith, she one day realized that someone could make a living turning words into dollars (and it might as well be her). “Mamba” to three—one of whom can’t pronounce the word “mama”—when she isn’t writing for local papers, magazines, and media firms, she is writing her blog See Mom Date, teaching yoga, or torturing herself over which photos of her children to delete from her phone.
Michael McCurdy – Editorial Intern
Michael McCurdy resonates with the term “in-betweener,” as he spends most of his days shuffling through a large and pretentious vinyl collection, yet he appreciates the art of sport (and can be found profusely sweating and cursing during every Hawkeye football game). A student of journalism and cinema at the University of Iowa, Michael hopes to write and direct a modern version of Richard Linklater’s Slacker before becoming one of its characters. He has worked as a sports reporter and web editor for the University of Iowa’s student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, while also running an online film column for the university’s radio station, KRUI. In his free time, you can find him reading lists of all-time-best movies and albums, sometimes ranking his own (though the first-place spot is difficult to nail down: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Pet Sounds).
William Hess – Contributing Photographer
Editorial and commercial photographer William Hess is back in Omaha. During his previous six years in Kansas City, he cut his teeth in the industry and worked for several studios. William and his wife also brought a beautiful daughter into the world (two years ago). But with baby No. 2 on the way, the thought of raising two children away from friends and family got them rethinking priorities. They decided it was time to return to “The Good Life.” They sold their house, packed up, and headed Home-aha. Besides working, William loves spending time outdoors and exploring local culture. Showing his daughter the wonders of the world—from the smallest bugs to the biggest buildings—it’s exciting for him just to walk outside and see the world through her eyes.
This article was printed in the July/August 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine.