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Monday July 22nd 2024

Introducing New alley Volunteer Mara Brooks!

Mara Brooks, Courtesy Tangled Trails Media

The alley welcomes volunteer Mara Brooks to our small but mighty copyediting team! We are excited about the new energy and perspectives they bring to the alley. As an introduction, we asked Mara a few questions to learn a little bit more about them.

Where did you grow up and what brought you to Minneapolis?
I grew up in rural New Hampshire – my hometown probably has more cows than people. I visited Minneapolis a lot while dating somebody who went to school here, and I immediately fell in love with the city’s food, abundance of nature, and tight-knit neighborhoods. It was an easy decision for me to move out here after college – it’s been two years out now and I’m having a blast!

What is something you enjoy doing in your free time?
I try to spend as much time outside as I can. If you live on the southside, you’ll probably see me wandering around Powderhorn Park most days of the week birdwatching or hammocking by the pond. I am also an avid climber and new sourdough baker!

What inspired you to volunteer for the alley?
I was an English major in college and have always enjoyed writing/editing projects. I also love that the alley is community run and oriented, creating opportunities for folks to connect with their neighbors through storytelling, events, activism, and comic strips. This is important to me, especially as a Minneapolis transplant who is still getting to know my neighborhood!

Thanks, Mara, for contributing your talents to the alley!

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