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Michelle Young HeadshotMichelle Young, founder:
Michelle can usually be found in New York (where she grew up), Paris, backpacking in South America or Southeast Asia, or in-transit between. She’s traveled to 40 countries, has an obsession with buses and shoots with a Nikon SLR camera. She is an author of 100 Ways to Make History, published by the New York Public Library.  She holds a masters in urban planning from Columbia University, a B.A. from Harvard in the History of Art & Architecture, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music.

Laura Itzkowitz headshot 2 by Melissa ItzkowitzLaura Itzkowitz
, managing editor:
Laura is a writer, editor and translator based in Brooklyn. She has an MFA in creative writing and translation from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, a B.A. in French from Smith College, studied in Paris for a year, and lived in Rome for two years. In addition to her regular contributions to Untapped, Laura’s writing has been published on Fodor’s Travel, PolicyMic, Architizer, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Culture-ist, Words Without Borders and others. She has been featured as a New York City expert blogger on Time Out New York and named one of Hotel Club’s Top 20 NYC bloggers.

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Kala Barba-Court, writer: Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Kala is a Fine Arts graduate who moved to France in 2003. She has lived in Aix-en-Provence, Qatar, Rome, and Saudi Arabia, but always returns to Paris, her home base. She is a big fan of music, typography, Schiele, and robots. She maintains a website  and a blog.

Anna Blair_Untapped CitiesAnna Blair, writer: Anna was born in New Zealand’s subtropical north, but is addicted to travelling and has lived in six cities and two towns. She studies History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge University and is researching her PhD on French travel in the 1920s. In her leisure time, Anna learns modern Icelandic and writes on her blog, Flappers with Suitcases.

DavidCessiac_UntappedCities David Cessac, illustrator: David is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Paris. His drawings, characterized by fierce humor and expressiveness, have attracted various magazines, communication agencies and cultural organizations. His educational background combining Art and Political Science has given him perfect insight into human interactions. With pens, pencils, pastels and ink at his finger tips, Cessac weaves a universe of poetic and friendly characters and environments. In his column, A Few Parisians, David draws the quirky characters he comes across in Paris.

Sion Dayson, writer: Sion Dayson is an American writer living in Paris. Her work has appeared in Utne Reader, The Wall Street Journal, Girls’ Guide to Paris, and the anthology Strangers in Paris, among other venues. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and is currently seeking publication of her first novel.  She blogs about the City of Light’s quirkier side at  paris (im)perfect. Her website is siondayson.com.

JENNA-MARIE WARNECKE_Untapped Cities_Paris CheapskateJenna-Marie Warnecke, writer: Jenna-Marie is freelance writer and founder of Paris Cheapskate. Whether you’re an expat, a travel dreamer or a visitor looking for cheap things to do, see and eat in Paris, she’s got you covered. She’s also a contributor to The Huffington Post, Billfold and several Paris websites.

KateKellyKate Kelly, writer-Paris/New York:
Kate has been listening to Edith Piaf and championing nautical stripes since early childhood, and time has only refined her passion. Now armed with a degree in French Literature, Language and Culture from Syracuse University, she enjoys acquiring esoteric facts for Untapped and her own blog, www.fauxfrench.com. Don’t let this nerdy exterior fool you – she also enjoys a good dance party.

Janine Marsh_Untapped Paris Janine Marsh, writer: Janine is a Londoner living in France. She is a freelance journalist and editor of free online magazine, The Good Life France. The publication which includes guides, information, news, views and more about France and all things French for visitors to and expats in France. Janine has a passion for photography and finding quirky and interesting people, buildings and traditions in France.

Samantha Schnell_Untapped CitiesSamantha Schnell, writer: Samantha is a first-year MFA candidate at the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. After attending Amherst College, she spent a year working with 6th graders at a charter school in the Boston area. Now, she has dreams of living and writing in New York and/or Paris, her two favorite cities in the world. In her free time, Samantha likes to read, travel, watch Downton Abbey and drink lots of coffee.

Tara Warbrick_Untapped CitiesTara Warbrick, writer: Architecture graduate from New Zealand, currently on a bit of a career break in Paris. She enjoys cramming adventures into her days & French gastronomic delights into her stomach. As a token kiwi playing for a French touch rugby club, she endures heated discussions about the All Blacks and the most recent Rugby World Cup on a weekly basis.