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TheCoolist: Meet the team

TheCoolist is a mood board for your headspace. Always on trend with a flair for DIY, we bring you the best in design, style, crafts, and general intrigue. Curate your cool with TheCoolist’s reviews, round-ups, and deep dives.

Meet the team who makes it happen:

TheCoolist Team - Alex Ion - Editor in ChiefALEX ION

Editor in Chief

Alex has a nose for the good life, and brings his passions to bear cultivating TheCoolist. Having taken over the project from Seamus Payne fully in 2016, he continues to steer the ship towards a rapidly evolving horizon of lifestyle cravings.

An avid traveler, Alex has been all over the world and lacks nothing for inspiration to draw from his experiences. That said, he is most content with the simple things: fresh powder on the ski slopes, a well-maintained tennis court, and dinners with friends and family showcasing his signature dishes.

Setting third-person descriptions aside, I just want to say how honored I am to bring the best of the Internet to the fore with TheCoolist. Helping our readers take action to enhance their lifestyles and the world around us is a responsibility I take very seriously.

TheCoolist Team - Diego Villena - Managing EditorDIEGO VILLENA

Managing Editor

A connoisseur of miscellany and minutiae, Diego curates TheCoolist’s content coalition as its ebullient editor. When he’s not busy poring over alliterative thesauri, he’s amassing a book collection, building and using astronomical telescopes, planning and executing DIY projects, rules-lawyering board games, or strumming his Pomeroy on the porch.

Despite his name and birthplace of Madrid, Diego is a denizen of the Dirty South through and through. He enjoys arguing politics, money, and religion at the dinner table; marveling over science, technology, and human achievement; and acting as a veritable heat seeker for BIFL quality in all its many forms. His ideal of the modern renaissance man is a cross between Carl Sagan and Hank Hill.

TheCoolist Team - Kathryn Cannon - ContributorKATHRYN CANNON

Editor

Kathryn Cannon is a freelance content writer for thecoolist.com. When she isn’t waxing poetic about the finer things in life, she works as a special education paraprofessional.

Thanks to her background in classical studies, Kathryn offers carefully curated copy with a unique voice. She spends her remaining free time keeping up-to-date on the latest trends, and scaring herself with true crime podcasts.

TheCoolist Team - Alex Laybourne - ContributorALEX LAYBOURNE

Editor

Alex is a man who has seen what the real world has to offer, didn’t like it much and so became a writer.

A wordsmith to his very core, Alex would more often rather delve into an article or a story than embrace the real world. A man of many passions and interests, he is all too happy to pick up a pen and let the words flow.

Fuelled by caffeine and nourished by sarcasm, he survives the United Kingdom’s wet winters by pining for the usually wetter summers and dreaming of a potential damp spring.

When not squinting into the laptop he is often found out and about with his family or with reading a good book.

TheCoolist Team - Maria Mikkelsen - WriterMARIA MIKKELSEN

Writer

Bolivian-born and of Danish-Malawian descent, Maria Mikkelsen is what you’d call a third culture person. She’s spent her entire life around the globe, surrounded by diverse cultures and peoples. This experience nurtured an insatiable appetite for the written word that’s since matured into a career as a freelance content writer and published author.

As a purveyor of words, she prides herself as a generalist. When she does niche down, she contributes to health and wellness blogs, targeting mental health, nutrition, and self-improvement in her writing. She’s also experienced in therapy, telehealth, and relationship blogging.

When not writing articles, she’s chipping away at her novels, creating poetry, and developing video games. She’s been featured in several anthologies and occasionally creates digital collages to accompany her creative work.

TheCoolist Team - Kinette Joy Sumadia - WriterKINETTE SUMADIA

Writer

With a background in design and engineering, she found much-needed solitude and passion in creative content writing instead, specializing in home improvement and lifestyle niches.

From reading to writing, her love for words runs deep. She enjoys diving into different topics and creating content that inspires, entertains, and informs. In past lives, she’s been a closeted poet, a coffee writer, a pet blog author, and a wine reviewer.

When she’s off work, you can find her hanging with her pup sipping iced coffee or vodka lemonade, pretending to be a mixologist, and being bad at writing romance.

TheCoolist Team - Megan Bryant - WriterMEGAN BRYANT

Writer

All it took was one trip to South East Asia for Megan to realize that living in the UK just wasn’t for her. The best decision she ever made was moving out to Bali, Indonesia, and fulfilling her lifelong dream of having not one, but two Dachshund puppies.

After wanting a change of career, Megan found a huge passion for writing which brought her here to our wonderful team at TheCoolist.

When she isn’t writing you’ll find her relaxing on the beach, being the ultimate dog mom, watching The Big Bang Theory for the 50 millionth time, or spiraling down a YouTube true crime rabbit hole.

To get involved with TheCoolist, contact us — we’d love to hear from you!