Who We Are


Whether making a fool of himself onstage, flailing about with his bands Thunderbirds are Now! and Friendly Foes, or weighing in on your new favorite local band from behind a computer screen, Ryan Allen has been a part of Detroit’s ever-evolving musical spectrum much longer than the word “blog” has been a part of our national lexicon. Besides filling the role of Detour’s Managing Editor over the last year, Allen has scribed for Real Detroit Weekly, The Metro Times, Concentrate, Model D, and Metromode. His outspoken nature may occasionally get him into trouble, but he is nothing if not honest, forthright, and passionate about jams, his wife, dogs, cats, buddies, parties, flannel, Elvis Costello, Apple, the 90s, VH1 Celeb Reality, LOST, beers, burritos, Levis, mini vans, cheese, mustaches, and the peculiar and fascinating inter-workings of personal politics. He also loves a good sandwich.

Johnny Loftus is a Chicago-based writer and critic whose work appears regularly in the Village Voice and Metromix Chicago. The former music editor of Metro Times and an OG contributor to Detour, Loftus has also done time on the writing staffs at All Music Guide and Pitchfork Media. He spends too much of his spare time crafting cryptic Facebook status updates.

Mike White is a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes you’ll say “hello” to him, right? And he’ll just walk right by you. He won’t even notice you. And suddenly he’ll grab you, and he’ll throw you in a corner, and he’ll say, “do you know that ‘if’ is the middle word in life?”

Woodwards Friend’s true identity is a closely guarded secret. Pseudonymed after the original Woodwards Friend (later known as “Deep Throat” and even later revealed to be Mark Felt), Friend has no intention of revealing his true identity until old age, when senility and book deal-happy heirs convince him do so.

D’Anne Witkowski is a freelance writer and poet living in Ferndale and working in Ann Arbor. She took a couple of film classes in college, including one in which she learned that the best way to end a relationship is to say, “You’re going to love this. It’s hilarious,” before watching Dancer in the Dark.

Laura Witkowski loves music and loves Detroit. She particularly loves when those two things combine. She is a freelance writer and posts stuff on Pillowfights & Boxing Tuesday. If you see her at a show, she will most likely give you a high five.

Despite a deeply troubled childhood, Adam Joseph O’Connor has made several semi-famous accomplishments, beginning with a summer internship at Vivid Entertainment at age 18. He has also twice served as 2nd assistant statistician for MTV’s Rock n’ Jock B-Ball Jam, co-designed two limited edition watches for Swatch’s 25th Anniversary Collection, spent three seasons overseas as a backup fullback for the Irish National Rugby team, and acted in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino as a stand-in for a neighborhood Hmong teenager. Between writing gigs, O’Connor currently works as a Collection Manager at Steve & Barry’s in the $5 leather jacket department.

Elle Sawa is on teh Internetz at least ten hours a day. She likes painting and watching Asian horror movies (Korean, in particular). She spends most of her nights at local venues and watering holes. Her claim to fame is sharing a birthday with James Spader (date, not year of birth).

Scott Bragg supposedly dresses like an out-of-work librarian. He writes The Post-Rockist blog and for other various publications, tweets here . He is thrilled that the Detroit area has such a vibrant music scene.  On his spare time, he goes to museums, tries to live green, and writes ridiculous songs on the ukulele.

Harry Caul is a former paranoid surveillance expert who ran his own company in San Francisco. Caul is obsessed with his own privacy; his apartment is almost bare behind its triple-locked door, he uses pay phones to make calls and claims to have no home telephone. His office is enclosed in wire mesh in a corner of a much larger warehouse. Caul is utterly professional at work, but he finds personal contact difficult. He is exquisitely uncomfortable in dense crowds and withdrawn and taciturn in more intimate situations; he is also reticent and secretive with work colleagues. He is nondescript in appearance, except for his habit of wearing a translucent plastic raincoat virtually everywhere he goes, even when it is not raining.

Having invested too much time & energy watching movies with nothing to show for it, Antal decided to pursue a degree in film studies at Wayne State University.  He lives in east Dearborn with a cat that followed him home one day in an apartment too small for his ephemera.

Kristina Tuck wants you to know that for a limited time only, YOUR NAME HERE can be featured in her bio. Act now and help a slow-moving journalism student retrieve her car from the impound lot for the fifth time in two years. Operators are standing by. ACT NOW!

Franco Vitella is a local playwright who loves Detroit and wants to see it blossom into the amazing place that he thinks it can become. Most recently he made his Off-Off Broadway debut in NYC with a one-page play. Some people think he curiously resembles a giraffe.

Raised in Motown, this Sagittarius loves sipping on a glass of Pinot Noir while watching Wes Anderson and Fellini flicks. As a Wayne State English grad, books of numerous varied subjects tickle this lil lady’s fancy from cryptozoology to Klosterman. Presently, this vinyl junkie lives in the quaint Woodbridge neighborhood with her three cats and Pez collection.

Lisa Tasios is a native eastsider residing in Grosse Pointe Park. Since receiving her B.F.A. in Art History from Wayne State University, she has been pursuing writing and supporting the arts in Detroit. When she’s not writing you can find her at the library (a touch dorky, but true) or hanging out at O’Flaherty’s Bar.

Trever is a photographer living/working out of the Metro Detroit area, and while his name may appear to be both mispeled (you see what we did there) and an ironic testament to certain not so ‘long’ parts, we like him just the way he is.
Besides working with Detour, Trever also shoots portraits of Detroit based musicians. Watch out Doug Coombe!
You can view more of his work at: www.treverlongphotography.com


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