Meet the people behind QWERTYFEST MKE (QF) and our publication, QWERTY Quarterly (QQ).
TEA KRULOS, QF co-organizer and QQ co-editor Tea is a freelance journalist and author. He’s a contributing writer to Milwaukee Magazine, and his work there has won three Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism awards. His six non-fiction books include Monster Hunters and American Madness. Tea’s other projects include event organization, producing documentaries, and co-hosting a podcast called Tea’s Weird Week.
Molly Snyder is a senior writer and editor for OnMilwaukee; radio/television personality; freelance journalist; book author; poet; typewriter collector; Chihuahua rescuer; and two-time Wisconsin State Fair celebrity cream puff eating contest winner.
Alicia Krupsky (BFA) is an artist and filmmaker based in Milwaukee, WI. Her work pairs self-discovery, joy, freedom, and subculture with imagery historically considered “villainous”, “creepy”, or “taboo”. She works in documentary as well as print, interviewing vampires, demons, and aliens to showcase their view of humanity rather than the roles that we place them in.
Peter Burzyński, PhD (he/they) works as the Book Center Manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Burzyński is the translator of Martyna Buliżańska’s This Is My Earth (New American Press, 2019) and the author of the chapbook A Year Alone inside of Woodland Pattern (Adjunct Press, 2022) as well as the co-poet of the obverse periodical DuetDuet Vol. 7. (pitymilk press, 2023). His first full-length book of poetry, Infinite Zero, will be published in 2024 by Writ Large Press. Peter had worked as a cook at his family’s restaurant for 25 of his 36 years. His poetry, translations, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, jacket2, The Brooklyn Rail, jubilat, RHINO, Storm Cellar, Thrush, Prick of the Spindle, Prelude, Your Impossible Voice, and Forklift Ohio, among others. In Fall 2023 Burzyński will serve as a Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar in the Slovak Republic teaching graduate courses in literature. He is the son of immigrants who call him on the phone every day.
LISA FLOADING, QF Typewriter Technician Lisa enjoys collecting mid-century portable typewriters and learning their different personalities as she amasses a small arsenal of tools to bring these amazing machines back to life. She loves that they are always ready to write — no matter what creative impulse strikes.
ANJA NOTANJA SIEGER, Clackathon Producer and QQ Columnist
Anja Notanja Sieger has been a typewriter poet for over a decade, composing improvised pieces based on client requests at parties and festivals. She also has organized Advice Tents in Milwaukee and Miami featuring the solicited-only opinions of 5-30 themed advisors. During QWERTYFEST MKE she produces and hosts the Clackathon, a competitive typewriter poet gameshow. Anja is also a maker of shadow puppets, podcasts, and story zines.