Cultural Quarterly
Winter 2009
Volume XXII, Number 1
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  Leon M. Rubin
Stephanie Krulik
Holly Strawbridge
Helene Foster
  Susan F. Davis“Suzi”
  Samantha Rojas
  Rachel Galvin
  Mary Damiano


Leon Rubin
Leon M. Rubin
After nearly 17 years in South Florida, Leon M. Rubin escaped to the North Georgia mountains in 2006 with his wife, Suzi.  He is grateful that, after spending a dozen years as a writer and editor for Cultural Quarterly, he can continue to be involved with the publication.  Leon is president of The Rubin Communications Group and has been working with arts and cultural organizations as a writer and public relations consultant for more than three decades – going all the way back to his days as Arts Editor of The Lantern, the student newspaper at The Ohio State University.

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Stephanie Krulik
Stephanie Krulik

Stephanie Krulik is a widely published writer specializing in the arts, personality profiles, health issues and thoroughbred horse racing. Currently working on a non-fiction memoir about two German born, south Florida Holocaust survivors, she gives voice to issues of survival. Her work can be found in numerous newspapers and magazines including, The Cultural Quarterly; Watercolor Magic; American String Teacher; Journal of the Florida Medical Association and The Florida Horse.  She is listed in Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets. Her post graduate courses include seminars in journalism, non-fiction and fiction writing. She is a member of a south Florida based professional writers’ critique group. Stephanie is married to her husband, Gary, a retired Orthopedic Surgeon and is the proud grandmother of Sydney (8) and Joshua (4) Krulik.

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Holly Strawbridge

Holly Strawbridge
Holly Strawbridge is a freelance writer living in Oakland Park. She specializes in health and medicine, but enjoys writing about the arts. In college, Holly considered majoring in fine art, but fell in love with art history, which made her a very popular foreign travel companion! In her spare time, she sings with the Master Chorale of South Florida.

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Helene Foster
Helene Foster

Helene Foster is honored to write for Cultural Quarterly.  Her articles have been featured in Cultural Quarterly for nearly a decade as well as in a variety of national and local publications. She loves the arts, especially dance, and has worked in many venues as a theater writer, dance instructor and publicist for non-profits organizations in South Florida. Helene is a freelance writer living in Parkland with her husband Michael and their sons, Evan, 7 and Jacob, 4.

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Susan Davis
Susan F. Davis“Suzi”

Suzi is a baby-boomer who loves Elvis, John Wayne, and all Ben and Jerry ice cream.  She is an avid Gator fan and former long-time resident of Gainesville, Florida.  For 32 years, Suzi was a teacher of theatre and a director of plays on the high school level.  Her love affair with the arts is an ongoing one.  She is the proud parent of a daughter majoring in education at UF, and an equally proud step-parent of two sons.  Currently, she is retired from education and lives happily on a mountain in North Georgia with her husband, precious pup Patch, and precocious cat Princess Margaret.

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Samantha Rojas
Samantha Rojas
Samantha Rojas joined the Cultural Division in February 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto in Canada, and has seven years business, marketing, promotional and budgeting experience with Estee Lauder Cosmetics, Canada. As a freelance writer for Swan Communications, Inc. she has written professionally for the last six years, and writes the copy for all Cultural Division publications. She has published articles and profiles on the arts and culture in Broward County for the fine arts magazine, Cultural Quarterly and Go Riverwalk Magazine. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Samantha lived in Toronto for 12 years before making Fort Lauderdale her home.

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Rachel Gavin
Rachel Galvin

With over ten years of experience under her belt, Galvin has written about a bit of everything. But her passion for the arts has led her to focus on fine art, culinary art, public art and the performing arts. She has written for over 20 local publications, including “CitySmart Magazine,” “Palm Beach Illustrated,” “Capture Life,” “Art of the Times,” “Metromix.com,” “The Sun-Sentinel,” “The New Times,” “The Forum” and elsewhere. This Boca Raton resident was first published at the age of six and has used the power of the pen not only for the media but also for writing screenplays, books, press releases, websites and poetry.

This History major, who graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, included in her studies Art History, which she pursued in part in Italy for five weeks, specializing in medieval art. She is excited to write for The Cultural Quarterly and have a chance to highlight the work of talented local artists.
She also is on the Historical Advisory Committee for Coral Springs.

Her right-brained mentality has led her to pursue the creative arts also through acting, taking a lead in numerous local independent films, including some recently shown in local theaters or in production, such as the Sci-Fi spoof “Elixir,” the feature film/ TV series “The Caped Crusaders” and short films “A Life Worth Living,” “Intersect” and “The Delivery…”

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Mary Damiano
Mary Damiano

Mary Damiano is a writer, editor, Theatre League member and Carbonell voter who lives in Wilton Manors.  She is editor of MiamiARTzine.com, a three-year-old online arts publication, and the theatre critic for the Miami SunPost.  Her work has also been seen in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, New Times, The EastSider, She Magazine, Express, Buzz Magazine, Project Destiny, The Hollywood Gazette, Washington Blade, New York Blade, Houston Voice and Southern Voice, and on Broadway.com.  An award-winning writer, her essay Creature of the Night took first place in the National Writers Association South Florida Chapter’s writing contest in 2000, and her play, Word Count, won first place in the 2007 South Florida Theatre Festival One-Act Play contest. Her play Jane Fonda's Breast was featured in the 2004 Lavender Footlights Festival.  She has published more than 1,700 articles since 2001, and is listed in the 2005 edition of Who’s Who in America.  Mary believes her greatest accomplishment is figuring out how to make a living by being entertained.

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