Contributors

French Quarter Magazine appreciates the generosity of the individuals that support us. We wish to thank the team members who write and edit the articles we publish for your pleasure. We would also like to thank those who translate articles from French to English and from English to French. We also thank the photographers who generously share their superb photographs and those who produce films and contribute their talent and the many others who tirelessly contribute their time, their skills and offer their expertise. The names of those contributors are listed below.

  • Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM

    is originally from Versailles, France. She always wanted to see the world, which she did starting at 17 when she had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain. She traveled the world from Hong Kong to Taiwan, from Ireland to Austria, to Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Monaco, and discovered the entire countries of Italy and Morocco. She really feels like a citizen of the world. She finally settled several years in Los Angeles where she worked at the French Consulate of Los Angeles. Passionate about the Arts and History, she earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California Berkeley and studied for a Master program in education at the University of Southern California, then she went on to teach French to aspiring UNLV and CSN students in Nevada. She is the founder and Editor in chief of French Quarter Magazine, in which she is writing, interviewing people in a wide range of circumstances, pitching story ideas to writers and journalists, taking photos, and is currently writing her first translated work, which spans the life of Coco Chanel and is filled with adventure, intrigue, history and love.


  • A.P.

    was born in Paris, but quickly exiled on Breton lands. She happily adapts to the capricious sky. After studying literature in Nantes, she earned a degree in philosophy in the historic University of Sorbonne in Paris. Speaking of theaters, she tries to criticize by integrating the editorial office of the European live performance site Rue du Théâtre, particularly sharpening her pen at the Avignon festival where she now takes her quarters every summer. Today she is studying communication in the cultural field at Sciences Po Lyon, trying to build her professional project in the path so fascinating culture smugglers.


  • Alioune Badara Mbengue

    was born in Diourbel, Senegal. He did all his school studies in his native country. After obtaining his bachelor's degree in 2005, he had to do a two-year training at the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique (ESP) in Dakar where he earned his DUT in Finance-Accounting in 2007. Passionate about writing and of literature, he published his first novel "Les flots en sanglots" in February 2016.


  • Amy Lynne Hayes

    is a writer and designer by trade and an avid traveler by heart. She first discovered her love for all things French while studying interiors in Paris, and has never quite gotten over the initial infatuation. When not planning her next escape to *La Belle France*, she can be found globe-trotting around other parts of the world and writing for her travel-inspired blog, Créatrice Mondial. Links to Published Works: The Parisian - Creatrice Mondial Paris, You're Always on My Mind


  • Ankita Dutta

    earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Technology. She completed her training from AMUL and worked in the Dairy & Food Industry for 3 years in xhich she was to taste various food. Her passion for writing started in 2015 and mainly write about Food culture. Her favorite pastime is cooking. Being a Bengali, she thinks that French cuisine has a lot of similarity with Bengali cuisine. She said that « French people love to accompany their meals with rice and potatoes and use mustard for preparing delicious meals. » Her love for French food and the French language led her to wish to contribute to French Quarter Magazine.


  • mmAnna Innis

    received her B.A. in Communications from Indiana University with minor studies in Portuguese and Theatre. She has worked for over 20 years in the Aerospace Industry and serves on the Executive Board for Autism Speaks. She's a freelance strategy consulting and writer and has one son.


  • mmAnne-Cecile Baer Porter

    is a pastor from the Seattle area as is her Native American husband. She loves translating articles from French to English and English to French. She feels she is juggling with words from one language to the other. She always finds fascinating facts in the articles she works on, about the most diverse topics. She enjoys comparing life in the US with French and Native American culture in her blog Anne-Cecile News.


  • Anne-Fleur Andrle Stephan

    is coming from the "Far west" of France. Anne-Fleur grew up in Finistere (Brittany). Currently working in the hightech industry, she represents a French company specialized in smartglasses apps in the US. Engineer by training and based in Boston, she loves to get back to her Briton roots a couple of times a year. After graduating from the Université de Technologie de Compiegne, in France , she decided to pursue her studies in biomedical sciences at the graduate school of the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, NY. Driven by sciences and her desire to learn, Anne-Fleur hosted a radio show, "les échos de l'innovation" (literally innovation echoes) for a couple of years, offering debates and interviews, aiming to dissect misconceptions in science and technologies for the layman. Always thirsty for discovery, she loves traveling, initiating new projects and exploring the ocean, on a sailing boat or with her snorkel.


  • Brad Payne

    works in the jewelry industry as a gemologist and specialist in precious stones. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2002 with an MPhil in art history. He currently serves as archivist to the honorary consulate of Monaco in Las Vegas.


  • Christopher Cipollini

    was born in the United States but his heart belongs in the culture of Paris. His passion was born through self taught study of artists from Degas to Lautrec and writers as Genet and Rimbaud. His great love of French culture are symbolism poetry and, French cinema and history. He is a two time author and has written for several American publication as "The Desert Observer," Downtown Zen" and published two prose books: "The Musings" and "A Secret Kingdom". He lives in Las Vegas.


  • Elaine and Scott Harris

    are journalists based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. They have more than a decade of informative articles and videos about wine, travel and food that has appeared in regional and national publications. They have been in the position of being city editors for the DailyMeal Las Vegas, Las Vegas Food and Beverage Magazine, and Luxury Las Vegas. They’ve published more than 200 YouTube videos featuring the best in the food and beverage industry. Elaine and Scott have created a reputation as a “one stop shop” duo by using many forms of social media, high resolution professional photography, and videos when on assignment to highlight their extensive relationships with premier experts in the food and beverage industry.


  • Géraldine Lepère

    created Comme Une Française, to help expatriates, travelers and francophiles around the world: she offers them lessons on the French culture of everyday life, and French language such as the French really speak it.


  • Heather Chamberlain

    is a freelance writer and theatrical performer/director based in New York City. Her theatrical work has been seen on Off Broadway, the Las Vegas Strip and in Hollywood. Her great love for all artistic disciplines led her to co-found New York City Artists, a community of artists and a social media platform in which artists share resources, inspirations and promote each other's artistic work. She has always looked for ways to share her adoration of French culture with the world and is grateful to the French Quarter Magazine for allowing her to do just that.


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  • Joshua Chanin

    is a graduate from Austin College, Texas, obtaining his undergraduate degree in history and political science. He attended the University of Texas in Arlington, where he is hoping to obtain an MA and a Ph.D. in history. Chanin plans to become a professor of American history in later life (focusing on the American Revolution), and has published pieces for the Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Midwest Book Review, and the Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History. He loves sharing his new research and findings with everyone, especially the readers of the French Quarter Magazine.


  • Julie Chaizemartin

    is an art historian and journalist. Graduate in law and art history at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre, Julie collaborates in several magazines on historical and cultural subjects. In 2011, she also created an endowment fund that supports projects to safeguard heritage abroad (in collaboration with UNESCO) and is the author of the book "Ferrara, jewel of the Italian Renaissance" published in 2012 ( Berg International editions).


  • mmKirsten King

    is a keen traveler, currently interested in cultural studies. She has been teaching locally and abroad since 2006. Participating in French Quarter Magazine allows her to contribute to the sharing of culture and knowledge between our two countries - a joyful and exciting adventure.


  • Laure Baraton

    was born in 1971 in the West suburb of Paris. Laure studied in the fields of science and currently works in the world of Finance. Laure's hobbies and interests are varied. As a young girl, she was yet attracted in the world of Art when she drew often. Her artistic mother has always been her main inspiration and, over the years, she developed a passion for cinema and photography. She got her first camera at age 10 and became seriously interested in photography around age 25. Her ability to capture emotion through photography while "life" happens around her is wonderful. She just loves taking and capturing the essence of a subject.


  • Laurence de Valmy

    is a French born artist, who lives and works in Philadelphia. She is a painter creator of the POST series, painted Instagram of the past revisiting art history. She was awarded an Artist Residency by the Eileen Kaminsky Foundation (ESKFF) at Mana Contemporary, NJ in 2017. She created the blog "The Curious Frenchy" and is a contributor to French Quarter Magazine. https://www.instagram.com/laurencedevalmy/


  • Lucie Pierron

    is a student in sociology and political science at Paris Dauphine University. Lucie is immersed in the cultural world and especially in music. Pianist, opener at the Philharmonie de Paris, she wants to move towards the production in classical music, eventually. A traveler at heart, Lucie recently conducted a three-month field survey on the establishment of new Polish Philharmonic Halls (in 15 different cities). Democratizing culture and bringing it to the most disadvantaged areas is one of his most important missions, justifying her commitment to GENEPI, an association that promotes intervention in prison.


  • Magalie Lopez

    is a public writer and spends a good deal of her time helping people with writing difficulties. She supports aspiring writers, writes, corrects everything that is written. Recently she has been working on English to help the many foreign English speaking students in Lyon. In parallel and for fun, she runs a blog with a fun literary tendency under the pseudonym Louise Artifact. She will publish in September her first self-publishing novel. Visit Magalie's Website Visit Magalie's Book Website


  • mmMarilyn Miller

    has been television producer, director, editor, and writer for more than fifteen years in commercial and public broadcasting. She has produced political, educational, health, and current events programming. She has moderated local Indie Lens Pop-up discussions and a French Quarter Magazine’s book signing. She’s currently pursuing her copyediting certification through UC Berkeley extension and continues her education in writing at UCLA extension. She enjoys learning French and the culture. Marilyn’s hobbies and interests are running, health, fitness, cooking and reading.


  • mmMathieu Francois du Bertrand

    is a writer and art critic. Mathieu François du Bertrand was born in 1985 in San Salvador. For several years, he has been researching the poet Pierre Frayssinet, to whom he has devoted several books, including a novel, The Gold of the Seasons (Jean-Paul Bayol editions, 2008), from which he drew a long film. He lives and works in Paris.


  • Maureen Youngblood

    was born and raised in the United States and is currently living in California. She discovered her love of the French language and culture in high school and continued her education of all things French in college where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She enjoys living near the ocean, traveling and French pastries.


  • Melisa Marzett

    is a professional writer. You are welcome to read the posts written by her at professional resume and cover letter writing services.


  • Molly Montgomery

    is an English teaching assistant at a high school in France and a recent graduate of UCLA, where she studied English and French. Her writing has been published in *TravelAge West Magazine* and in various literary journals including *Westwind* and the *Blue Lake Review*.


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  • Nathalie Monsaint-Baudry

    is a French born and naturalized American. Nathalie Monsaint-Baudry lived in Italy and in the US - mostly in California - for about twenty years, studying linguistics in Italy, France and the US, art history, film studies and comparative literature. She earned a CAPES in 1990 from the French Ministry of Education. She majored in American Civilization Studies with a Master's degree from the University of Nantes, France. While in Los Angeles, she worked in pre-production and post-production for independent movie directors, films d'auteurs, translating for example, Elia Kazan's Beyond the Eagean with author and filmmaker, Michael Henry Wilson. Upon returning to France, she worked as a cross-cultural facilitator, professor & consultant. She is an essayist and contributor for various French and US magazines. Her articles, work and lectures are attempts to comprehend what happens when two very different cultures, languages, philosophical and aesthetic perspectives are at play within the same person. When the “can do” attitude collides with the Cartesian doubt, when“doing” and “being” are constantly negotiating and debating with one another. When “positive feedback” gets under the scrutiny of the French pique and critique. When simplifying is up against complexifying. She is married, two grown-up children (bi-cultural and multi-lingual), she managed a château in the Loire Valley for 8 years. She just finished restoring a XVth-XVIIth château near Nantes (Western France, by the Loire river), and is currently developing cultural projects combining her love for cooking, painting, music and her French life-style savoir-faire and savoir-vivre along with designing cultural retreats or expeditions to Italy. www.monsaintbaudry.fr http://pinterest.com/highcontext/conscience-esthétique/pins/ www.facebook.com/nathalie.monsaintbaudry


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  • Pascal Ordonneau

    has 40 years of banking at several French and Anglo-Saxon institutions. He is the author of several books on economics and banking, a travel book, a novel and a book on Germany. He writes for newspapers and radio, including Les Echos, Le Figaro, Huffington Post, Radio France International.


  • mmPascale Nard

    is interested in cinema and culture in general, and in particular, in music which is one of her passions. She loves human relationships. Participating in French Quarter Magazine allows her to contribute to the sharing of culture and knowledge between our two countries and to make technical contributions to our videos. She films and edits the videos, writes the description of the videos, and transcribes the interviews.


  • mmPhilippe Bouthet du Rivault

    was successively officer of Marine Merchant, officer of Marine then engineer in the automotive industry internationally. Today retired, he returns to his first passion, the sea, through the archives of the Navy in Rochefort and the frigate L'Hermione, that of the eighteenth century as that of the twenty-first century. They inspired him for lectures and writings.


  • Philippe Traversian

    was born in 1957 in La Varenne, near Paris, nicknamed the Parisian Hollywood in the 30s. Philippe began his career as a journalist in the newspaper this district before joining the Echo Républicain. He was hired by Alain Génestar who will lead Paris Match for ten years. He was a sportswriter for 5 years in Chartres, then ten in Rambouillet where he worked closely with the future mayor of the Senate, Gérard Larcher. Becoming a biographer in 2013, his Armenian origins lead him to become passionate about family history. Passionate about cinema, sports, and culture, he is also a passionate lover of America and especially California, which he dreams of exploring.


  • Pierre Braillon


  • Quentin Chirol

    earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and is a student of journalism at the school HEJ Lyon. Quentin writes for Abus de Cine and Narrators. Passionate about culture in general and cinema in particular, he likes to share this passion with the greatest number.


  • Rebekka Laird

    is 23 years old from Washington, DC and has lived in Paris and Vienna for the past year. She speaks English and German, and is slowly but surely learning French in Paris. Before that, she studied International Affairs and Political Science at James Madison University, and hopes to get her Master's in European Studies in the next few years. She enjoys travelling, reading, and cooking with her partner and French tutor, Loïc.


  • mmSandrine Sweeney

    grew up in northern France. She earned a degree in tourism as well as a bachelor’s degree in applied foreign languages. She enjoys literature, travel, art, history and culture. She has lived in the U.S. for twenty years and currently resides in California with her American husband and their two sons. Collaborating with French Quarter Magazine is a way for her to mix her love of writing and translating, and to participate in the exploration and exchange of cultures.


  • Sylvie Tuaillon

    benefited from a mixed culture, with a Spanish mother and a French father. She spent a long part of her childhood in Spain. She studied two years in London where she met her current British husband, whom she married thirty years later in Las Vegas. She has lived practically all her life in Paris, working as an international buyer. Traveling as often as possible she seeks new horizons. Her real passion remains literature. Settled since 2012 with her daughter and her new husband in the United States: " - I cannot imagine myself as an American, I was not already even completely French… I feel citizen of the world, my heart is a patchwork. My best friend is Turkish and lives in Istanbul. Even my dog is Belgian.


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  • William Thoral

    grew up in Provins, a medieval town classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He currently lives in Vendée. He is passionate since his childhood by the universe of mangas (The Knights of the Zodiac, Fly or Chronicles of the Lodoss War), video games (Final Fantasy VII, Secret of Mana and Zelda) and Heroic stories - Fantasy by JRR Tolkien, David Gemmell and Terry Goodkind. He decides then to create characters and a world where magic reigns, where nothing is impossible, and where courage and will transcend beings. Thus, his book Cristar was born, the sword of legend, of which Volume 1 was published in 2012. The many positive impacts of the readers and the local press were right to the author: the sequel has just appeared.