Our Staff

Sean Derrick
Editor-in-Chief
Photographer/Reviewer – Live Events

Email: sean@midwestrewind.com

Sean is a Successful photographer, business manager, science geek and lover of all things music and sports. Sean started shooting concerts for publications in 1990 and since then has covered over one thousand performances for four newspapers and two online publications. Sean loves the idea of conveying a story or a situation, as well as capturing a moment to remember for all time.

Sean also owns Thyrd Eye Photography.


Michael Pierce
Managing Editor
Reviewer – Books

Michael Pierce is a native of St. Louis, professional historian, genealogist, document preservationist, raconteur, and general all-around decent human being. He likes to read. A lot. He also cooks and bakes. A lot. He currently resides in Ferguson with his wife Cindy and a Basset Hound named Fred.

 


Ryan Ledesma

Photographer/Reviewer – Live Events


Self proclaimed ‘photographer of stuff that looks cool’, Ryan Ledesma has been photographing everything from nature to music for over 10 years. After earning a Degree in Commercial Photography in 2013, he has narrowed his focus on automotive, and live music photography. He fell in love with the live music scene after living in Chicago, and has been learning about and photographing it ever since.

 


Keith Brake
Photographer/Reporter – Live Events

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Keith is a photographer specializing in capturing live music in venues of all sizes. As a current photography enthusiast and former cover band musician, Keith has had an intimate relationship with all things music as well as visual art. Transitioning from the stage to the photo pit was very natural for him and has turned out to be a perfect meld between the two artistic mediums.

Ashley Cox
Reviewer- Live Events
Ashley is fairly recent transplant from Pittsburgh and loves learning about the Midwest’s music, arts, and food scene. She has worked in libraries and archives for over 10 years and is passionate about the preservation of cultural heritage. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Valerie Helton

Reviewer/Photographer – Live Events

 


Robert Shaw

Reviewer/Photographer – Live Events

 


Jon Jackson

Reviewer – Live Events

 

 


 

Marie Taylor

Reviewer – Books/Live Events

Marie is a twenty-something book nerd and old house enthusiast who loves women’s history and reads anything that catches her fancy. She lives with her husband and two Great Danes in St. Louis, Missouri, although she is originally a Detroit, Michigan native. Marie hates whiny characters, mushrooms, and grouchy people (minus her husband), but she adores Agatha Christie, 20th century architecture, and hanging out with family and friends.



 

Jen Cunningham
Reviewer/Photographer – Theatrical/Live Events


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Jen is a successful business owner, artist, photographer, and mother of 4.  She is currently the coordinator for Artists Without Borders in the United States. As an avid art lover, she curates art pieces from all over the world. Jen is also the in house photographer for iHeart Media in St. Louis. Jen has been a professional photographer for 15 years. She spent 3 seasons with the NFL and the St. Louis Cardinals. Jen is also the owner of Gallery Saint Louis, Inc., and currently operates out of her Ste. Genevieve location, Riverside Studios.





Michelle Lindsey

Reviewer – Books/Movies


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Michelle is an Iowan and currently a college student working toward a degree in English. She is a volunteer working with immigrants and refugees learning English, as well as a wife and mother. She finds herself becoming nerdier each year and is borderline obsessive about all things Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes related. Michelle enjoys great literature and finds grammar rules exciting. Her relaxing moments are spent taking long walks, but not on the beach; she hates sand. She loves the idea of living in California, though has never been there and peppermint makes her happy.



 

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