Editor-in-Chief: Justin T. Howard
“Fashion is a visual expression of the internal spirituality we all carry within us. What is your look saying about you?” @JTHNOMAD
As a freelance style correspondent, Justin has appeared on such programs as Fashion Police on E!, MSNBC and channels like Fashion TV and iTV, and news stations like CBS, KTLA & Good Morning San Diego. As a celebrity stylist, Justin Howard has worked with Actress Sophie Simmons of ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’, MTV’s Teen Wolf star Keahu Kahuanui, and Ariel Winters from Modern Family. Justin worked as a fashion writer for The New York Times Company, literally writing hundreds of articles for them. During his time at The New York Times Company he interviewed top talent like designers John Varvatos and Lubov Azria, the creative director of BCBGMAXAZRIA among other celebrities like George Kotsiopoulos, of Fashion Police. Justin Howard’s first book, ‘Runway Diaries – Tales From The Catwalk,’ came out in Summer 2014 and is now available via iBooks on iTunes. In 2015, Justin Howard stared in the new fashion reality series he co-created and executive produced ‘America’s It Girl’ airing on WETV as the series Host. Recently Justin enjoyed working for one of the top national entertainment publishers, Bauer Publishing, the publishers of the print outlets ‘In Touch Weekly,’ ‘Life & Style’ & ‘Closer Magazine’ as the entertainment writer of all three magazines – handling the weekly sections ‘My Night At Home,’ ‘My Life, My Style’ & ‘In Touch With.’ Now he has launched his own publication, Black Chalk Magazine, with an eye towards curating the best of what Young Hollywood, Fashion, Pop Culture and Art has to offer!
Contributing Literary Editor : Rain Graves
Rain Graves is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner (2002, 2013), and three-time finalist (2009). Publisher’s Weekly hailed her work in BARFODDER: Poetry Written in Dark Bars and Questionable Cafes (Cemetery Dance, 2009) as “Bukowski meets Lovecraft…” She has been writing fiction professionally since 1997 for multiple publishers, including IDW, Miesha Merlin, Bad Moon Books, Cemetery Dance, MTV’s Buggles Project, and many others. Her book, THE FOUR ELEMENTS, released by Bad Moon Books in 2013. She is a retired Argentine Tango dance instructor, an occasional wine writer. She lives and writes in San Francisco.
Contributing Travel Editor : deTraci Regula
deTraci has written hundreds of articles on exotic places like the Greek Islands to New Caledonia for major international newspapers and magazines including “The New York Times Company”, “Fox News”, “Island Magazine”, “Dining Out”,”Good Housekeeping”, and “The San Diego Union Tribune” just to name a few. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found kayaking off the south coast of Crete trying to avoid water spouts, and wandering through the remains of the ancient civilizations that dot the landscape of Turkey and Greece. During the launch party Virgin Australia in Los Angeles at the infamous Chateau Marmont, she brazenly invited Sir Richard Branson to take part in an expedition over the ice to the North Pole so he could experience climate change first hand. He declined, but shortly after climate change did become a subject near and dear to his heart. She spends two to three months traveling each year – but it’s never enough. If you ever get the case to meet her in person, ask her to make you a Sazarac. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
Contributing Editor-at-Large : Stephen Valentino
As the Entertainment Editor of QSF Magazine, the prior incarnation of Passport Magazine he reviewed entertainment venues, restaurants, travel locations, and as well as the latest cars. In his regular column for QSF, “Serves You Right,” he interview the world’s most prominent chefs, celebrities and test drove the newest cars with an eye for luxury. Through out his career he has had the pleasure of cooking with such icons of the food world like Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Martin Yan, Nick Stellino just to mention a few. It is rumored that his top secret “drunken cranberry sauce” once got Julia, herself tipsy causing her to pronounce it “the best she had ever tasted!” When he isn’t busy in the kitchen or writing, he can be found partaking in the real passion of his life, opera. It was at the Banff Music Center in Canada where he was performing in La Cenerentola for his Royal Highness Prince Charles and Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Candana where a representative of his Royal Highness Prince Charles came back stage after the show and asked if he would like to sing the British national anthem at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo where his Royal Highness was the Grand Marshal. Of course he said “Yes” and rest is as they say history!