Contributors

At Pollen, we want to stretch and redefine how modern stories are told. How do we do it? By using up-and-coming forms of multi-media, enhancing stories with breathtaking visuals, and frankly asking questions that other publications eschew. We aim to narrow in on the intricate realities of the world that surrounds us. To do this, we depend on a robust, diverse team of the most talented writers, artists, and editors.  
Our Pay Structure

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:
hello@pollenmidwest.org

Our Contracts

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.

Our Process

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.

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    Taylor Baldry
    Illustrator
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    Ashley Barlow
    Illustrator
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    Victoria Blanco
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    D.A. Bullock
    Cinematographer
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    Lilli Carré
    Illustrator
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    Wes Eisenhauer
    Photographer
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    Bill Ferenc
    Illustrator
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    Andres Guzman
    Illustrator
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    Holly Harrison
    Writer
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    Matt Hunt
    Writer
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    Marie Ketring
    Photographer
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    Allegra Lockstadt
    Illustrator
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    Leigh Luna
    Illustrator
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    Nicolle Mackinnon
    Production Editor
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    Charles McGregor
    Game Designer
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    Morgan Mercer
    Writer
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    Adaobi Okolue
    Writer
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    Evan Palmer
    Illustrator
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    Leanna Perry
    Illustrator
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    ANDY LEIGH R
    Illustrator
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    Bill Rebholz
    Illustrator
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    Bobby Rogers
    Illustrator
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    Nancy Rosenbaum
    Writer
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    Lizzy Shramko
    Writer
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    Emma Trithart
    Illustrator
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    Lauren Van Schepen
    Writer
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    Adam Wahlberg
    Writer
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    Angie Wang
    Illustrator
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    Levi Weinhagen
    Writer
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    Sarah White
    Photographer
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    Jordan Wiklund
    Writer
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    John Willinski
    illustrator
Additional Contributors

Spencer Amundson
Matt Beachey
Charlie Braman
Joe Braman
Gina Culp
Maleek Davis
Maddi Gonzalez
Kate-Madonna Hindes
Becca Knight
Sarah Lutman
Elise Maxwell
Isaac Ruder
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Gail Shore
Andy Sturdevant
Jim Toscano