It’s pivotal to us that Pollen pay contributors fairly for their work, and to appropriately reward the collaborators that help bring our stories to life. To develop our pay structure, we took the time to listen to the opinions and grievances of creatives in our community, and then devised a system that makes creating with us truly worth your time. But we don’t think the work is done yet: as Pollen continues to grow, we’ll continue to listen to the creative community and grow along with it. To learn more about pay rates for different levels of creative contribution, please inquire at:
When you agree to generate creative content for Pollen, you enter into our contract. This was created with the help of Friedman Iverson, and aims to be fair and just. Our contracts are structured to protect the contributors we work with and to also make sure that our process, payment, and timelines are transparent. We are continually learning how to improve the process of working with freelancers and know the contract is one of the most important puzzle pieces. Help us learn and grow—we’re always looking for feedback.
At Pollen, we believe in taking time to tell a story right. We seek to step away from the fast, faster, fastest content schedules of the Internet and create something bigger than bite-sized, snackable blog posts. With us, you’ll get the time and resources to create a story in a way that does its subject matter justice. Story creation is a collaborative process between Pollen producers and creatives. Not every piece of editorial is led by a writer, but instead an entire team of creatives working closely with a producer. Why? Because we believe the best stories are as multidimensional as the people who helped put them together.
Ashley is a designer, illustrator, and mixed-media artist from Minneapolis. She spends her days working for KNOCK Inc and Treat and Company and her nights playing in the freelance sandbox or making art. When she is not working, she is on a bike heading towards french fries, hunting for cool old junk, or bopping around to local events.
Victoria Blanco is writing an essay collection about a Rarámuri community in Chihuahua City, Mexico. Her collection was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize. Victoria’s research among the Rarámuris has been funded by a Fulbright Award and fellowships from the University of Minnesota. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She is the writer-in-residence for Coffee House Press In the Stacks during the month of April in 2016. Her writing is forthcoming in Fourth Genre. Victoria lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son. She is from El Paso, Texas.
D.A. Bullock has been an award-winning cinematographer, writer and director for over 15 years. As a film and television director, an ad-agency creative, cinematographer and an editor, Bullock has honed every facet of his filmmaking repertoire. In 2011, Bullock founded Bully Creative Shop in Minneapolis. Bully Creative Shop believes in story. “Story is the spark. Story plants the seed of innovative thinking. Story shakes up the status quo.” In 2014, Bullock was also named a McKnight Foundation / IFP Minnesota Media Arts Fellow.
Lilli Carré is an interdisciplinary artist and illustrator currently living in Chicago. Her animated films have shown in festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Sundance Film Festival, and she is the co-founder of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. She has created several books of comics, most recently the short story collection, Heads or Tails, published by Fantagraphics, and her first children’s book, Tippy and the Night Parade, published by Toon Books. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Comics and Best American Nonrequired Reading, amongst other places. Solo exhibitions of her drawing, animation, and sculpture work were recently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Bill Ferenc is an illustrator and designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He currently works as a product designer at The Manhattan Toy Company where he gets to draw cute animals and design toys for kids of all ages. In his free time he is a freelance illustrator, music maker, and book reader.
Andres hails from Lima Peru. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art + Design in 2009, he has been working as a freelance illustrator/designer in Minneapolis. His clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Wired magazine, Dephect clothing, Colossal Blimp, Picturemachine Productions, ditch Edit, The New Republic, Bloomberg—Business, and many independent musicians such as I Self Devine, Greg Grease, I.B.E, K.Raydio & Psymun, The Maykit, and Sloslylove.
Holly is a writer, editor, and frenzied consumer of media living in Minneapolis. Be it video games, politics, podcasts, Weird Twitter, books, feminism, TV, whatever—she’s probably enthusiastic about what you’re enthusiastic about.
Matt Hunt is the CEO and founder of strategy and innovation consulting firm Stanford & Griggs. With over 20 years of business and technology experience he has a demonstrated excellence in business strategy, innovation, and leadership development with large companies, small companies and non-profit organizations. You can follow Matt on his blog MattHunt.co and Twitter @huntm.
Marie Ketring is a filmmaker and photographer currently attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She specializes in crazy schemes and risky ideas. Her most current projects include long road trips and farm visits. She loves working for small nonprofits with big ideas. Marie’s favorite kind of gig is anywhere that has food so she can secretly sneak a bite before gettin’ back to the hustle.
Allegra Lockstadt was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and raised in Lexington, Ky. In 2006, she moved to Minneapolis to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2010, she has worked as a freelance illustrator, designer, and brand consultant while still devoting time to her personal arts practice. A few of her past clients include: Rookie Magazine, GOOD, Kentucky for Kentucky, MCAD, Springboard for the Arts, Paper Darts, and Utah Valley University. Aside from her creative design practice, Allegra also produces cultural events alongside local events team Cult Collective.
Leigh Luna lives in Minneapolis but would much rather live in a tree house. She spends the vast majority of her time making comics and illustrations about woodland adventures. These are highly influenced from being raised in New Mexico. Her children’s comic Clementine Fox is currently being published on GoComics by Andrews McMeel Universal. In addition she works for BOOM! on the Adventure Time Comics.
Nicolle Mackinnon is a lifestyle magazine editor based in Minneapolis. As a beauty blogger and the social media manager for No More Dirty Looks, she helps to educate about the health benefits of non-toxic personal care products, and advocates for awareness about the potentially dangerous ingredients in traditional cosmetics. She also contributes to numerous beauty blogs, magazines and websites on the topic of holistic wellness, natural beauty and vegan skincare and makeup. When she’s not writing, she’s puppy-watching or perfecting her yoga poses.
Charles McGregor is a junior attending the University of Minnesota Duluth, majoring in computer science and minoring in art. He is an independent game developer at Tribe Games who has been making games for 2+ years and recently released his game: Glitch in the System. His specialties include programming, art, and sound design.
Morgan Mercer is a writer-artist guided by a need to create and an insatiable curiosity that keeps her asking questions. Above all else she likes to tell stories. She’s written about shoe cobblers, bartenders, emerging entrepreneurs with big ideas and people who throw sibling reunion parties for their dogs. She’s passionate about discovering what makes people tick and telling the stories that help us connect with ourselves, those around us and the world we live in. When she’s not typing away at a keyboard or walking her dog, you can find her at the studio painting, collaging or making jewelry.
Adaobi Okolue is a writer, strategist and visual storyteller who crafts stories that challenge the way we view ourselves and reveal the truths, brilliance and ideas of the people we choose not to see. She is also the founder and owner of Coloring Circles, a marketing studio in Minneapolis that works with organizations, small businesses, and creative entrepreneurs who empower people and community. Email: [email protected]
Evan is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Minneapolis. By day Evan is a web and animation producer at PUNY while by night he is a freelance illustrator, storyboard and concept artist, and self publishes his own comics about robots, wizards, and cooking. He has worked on such titles as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Scott Pilgrim, Vertigo’s Fables and for clients such as Cartoon Network and BOOM! Studios.
Leanna is a designer + illustrator who lives in Brooklyn (by way of Minneapolis, by way of Kansas City—home of the best BBQ). Inspired by the sum of everything fun on planet Earth, Leanna is an ambassador of the outdoors; urban exploring, biking around, drawing copious amounts of patterns, road-tripping to music festivals, and illustrating hyper-graphic environments. Products featuring her patterns can be found at most retail stores including Forever 21, Target, Walmart, Office Max, Spencer’s, Hot Topic, Staples, etc. Recent clients include i-D Magazine, 3M, Scotch, Computer Arts Magazine, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Daniel and the Lion, Later Babes, and more.
ANDY LEIGH R is a San Antonio-born artist who ended up cold and confused in the Midwest to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Their work is heavily character driven, with a focus on emotional bonds and yearning to find a place where you belong while still having fun along the way. Andy one day hopes to shed their lousy human skin to become the ultimate ethereal magical being.
Bill Rebholz is an illustrator person currently living in Minneapolis. His different interests within the field have found him working on an array of opportunities, including everything from editorial, institutional, and advertising campaigns, to sign painting and large scale mural work. Many of his influences are found through keen observation of his immediate surroundings, informed by a fascination with pattern, shape, color, letters, naive expression, and almost anything else found in the open.
Bobby Rogers is a Minneapolis based Illustrator and Designer. His process embraces an integration of hyper-realistic rendering and experimental design to evoke a deliberately emotive sensation. He builds a visceral impression by exploring the technical extremes within each art form to exhibit various degrees of nostalgia, romanticism and elegance. Though coloration occupies the peripheral of his process, the decreased usage of differing hues compliment the monochromatic base to create a euphoric, expressive, and intricate spectacle.
Nancy Rosenbaum is a writer and public radio producer based in Minneapolis who is driven to find the hidden stories of all sorts of humans. Whether she’s telling stories on the radio or on the page, Nancy’s work celebrates the extraordinary dimensions of ordinary people.
Lizzy Shramko is a writer who lives in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. By day she is a storyteller at Youthprise, an intermediary that supports Minnesota youth, and by night she dances to Mazarati. Her writing has appeared in Bitch Magazine online, The Fader, and Lambda Literary. She earned her B.A. from New York University and her M.A. in Gender Studies from Central European University in Budapest. She occasionally tweets about queer theory, Prince and other important things.
Emma grew up in Michigan, only moving to pursue a degree in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. After many wonderful years in Minnesota, in 2014 she waved goodbye to the snow and drove across the country to Los Angeles, where she lives today. Her favorite things in life are blankets, drawing flowers, drinking coffee and eating good cheese on a cracker with some pepper jelly. Previous clients include Anthology, BUST magazine, and Caribou Coffee.
Lauren Van Schepen is a vocal proponent of important things. Chances are you’ll find her—day or night—singing the praises of belly laughs, Bruce Springsteen, faith, feminism, whiskey, and writing. She graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in American Studies and Education Policy.
Adam is the founder of Think Piece Publishing, an imprint that produces books and records on resiliency and hope. From 2010 to 2012, he was editor-in-chief of Super Lawyers (www.superlawyers.com), a Thomson Reuters service. Prior to that, for 14 years, he was executive editor of Minnesota Law & Politics. In his freelance life, he has written for the Star Tribune, MinnPost, Twin Cities Business, msnbc.com, Mpls/St.Paul, Minnesota Monthly, Minnesota, and many other local and national publications. He serves on the Twin Cities Communications Council. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. His dream dinner party would be Elvis Costello, Bill Clinton, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, and Andre Agassi.
Levi Weinhagen writes comedy, theater, and stories big and small. He’s the co-founder of Comedy Suitcase and was named an Artist of the Year by City Pages in 2012. He produces and hosts podcasts such as Pratfalls of Parenting, Regret Labs, and the Huxtable Proxy. For more from Levi check out That Levi Dot Com or just follow @ThatLevi on Twitter for jokes, sincerity, and everything in between.
Sarah White is a Minneapolis-based photographer who specializes in portraits, events, music and street culture. Self-taught, this hobby naturally morphed into a career, while spending 5 years in New York, camera always in hand. Sarah’s work has been exhibited in various galleries in NYC & Minneapolis, and she is currently deepening her skills while pursuing a degree in Fine Arts.
Jordan Wiklund is a writer, editor, and graduate student at Hamline University. His work has appeared in Pank, Fourth Genre, Hobart, and Brevity, among others. He is a contributing editor to Paper Darts, and assistant nonfiction editor to the 2014 edition of Water~Stone Review. He is also co-author of Craft Beer for the Home Brewer. He works in Minneapolis as an editor for Quarto Publishing, though he and his wife live across the river and call St. Paul their home.
John is an illustrator and cartoonist from Wisconsin. He currently lives in Minneapolis and is pursuing his degree in illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Maggie Ryan Sandford
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