With a career that has taken her from Phoenix to New York to Chicago — and a brief stay in Detroit a few years ago — Valerie Morgan recently joined Hour Detroit as creative director. Growing up in Ohio, she always called the Midwest home. “It’s exciting to be back in Detroit right now — there’s an overall feeling of optimism and enthusiasm,” she says. As she jumps into her first issue (including a fashion shoot at a local horse stable), Morgan is excited to work with a group of extremely talented photographers and illustrators. Look for her at cider mills enjoying the fall weather and re-familiarizing herself with Michigan.
Zoë Hu has never liked the cold, and in 2012, she saw an opportunity to flee Michigan’s long winters by attending university in the sandy Middle Eastern city of Abu Dhabi. She may have overshot, however — summers there can get up to 110 degrees. When she’s not busy studying Arabic or literature, Hu dedicates herself to the scientific pursuit of seeing how much hummus she can possibly consume in one semester.
Erin Marie Miller
Erin Marie Miller is a senior at Eastern Michigan University, where she is close to completing her BFA in photography. She has worked as a freelance photographer for several metro Detroit publications over the past four years, and she was able to snap photos of Bruce Weber and Anna Wintour for Hour Detroit at the DIA’s opening of the Bruce Weber: Detroit exhibit. “Being able to photograph and write about talented people from Michigan who are doing wonderful things has been an incredible experience,” Miller says. When she isn’t taking photographs or spending her summers adventuring on the West Coast, Miller enjoys collecting vintage cameras and attending local concerts to support the Detroit music scene.
When he’s not exhausting his bank account on WWE (wrestling) events, this Wayne State University journalism student and Farmington Hills native splits his recreational time between tennis, video games, and ping-pong. Possessing a bizarre sense of humor and a cognitive database of movie quotes that would make Seth MacFarlane weep for mercy, Domol appreciates a good joke. The reason he chose a writing-intensive discipline is because of a genuine interest in putting word to paper. “It wasn’t until my first college classes that I realized I didn’t mind writing papers,” he says. “The whole class would let out a collective sigh whenever one was assigned, whereas I just got the job done and enjoyed every second.”