Vocal Spotlight aims to highlight standout creators who are changing the world one story at a time. We're getting to know the storytellers who inspire us the most, and we can't wait for you to meet them.
Creator Spotlight: Members-Only Challenge Winner - Denise Elnajjar
Denise Elnajjar is a fashion & lifestyle illustrator, mixed media artist, and writer based out of New York City. Her creative skills and passions came together beautifully in her submission to the Vocal+ exclusive Members-Only challenge (supported by Memberful), where she ultimately won the largest payout in Vocal challenge history. Denise's first-place-winning piece, "Armchair Traveling to Every Country Through Art," earned her $22,500, and outlined her plan to "implement a project [she's] long thought about, dreamed about, and want[s] to make happen."
Creator Spotlight: Marcel Grabowiecki
Marcel Grabowiecki is an extraordinarily passionate and driven writer, actor, producer, and director based out of London, UK. We'd say he's an up-and-coming talent, but Marcel's accolades suggest that he already came, went, and has solidified himself as a legitimate player in film and entertainment.
Creator Spotlight: Joe Shetina
Joe Shetina is a queer writer, poet, and playwright from Chicago, Illinois. Amongst the many facets of their literary prowess, we find Joe's ability to establish trust with the reader most impressive. Whether that's in a fictional tale of post-apocalyptic Chicago, or in a non-fictional reflection piece on flatulence in middle school gym class, Joe's authority over the narratives they tell leads readers away from storyline skepticisms that so-often plague even the most experienced storytellers.
Creator Spotlight: Suri Chan
Suri Chan is an artist and poet who decorates the internet with beautifully-illustrated, primarily free-verse poetry. Her illustrations add a modest and genuine feel to her work, creating an open space for poetry-lovers and non-lovers alike to enjoy, reflect, and follow along to the narrative behind the stanzas. They create a dream-like layer to her work and inspire a deeper level of connection. A proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Suri inspires her followers to challenge and break free from stale assumptions while offering an honest perspective on what it's like to be newly queer.
Creator Spotlight: Lindsay Rae Brown
Lindsay Rae Brown is a comedic writer with the innate ability to make her readers feel more at home in their existence—and we absolutely adore her. There is no learning curve to understanding the appeal to Lindsay and her work. She's charismatic, approachable, and downright hilarious at first impression; and, as long-time fans, we can say with full confidence that she only gets funnier with time.
Creator Spotlight: Sean Patrick
Sean Patrick Kernan is a journalistic film critic with over two decades of industry experience. While he's most known for his involvement with the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, he also contributes to the "Everyone is a Critic Movie Review Podcast." "Everyone's a Critic" is a weekly series hosted by Sean, music critic Bob Zerull, and film fanatic Josh Adams, and offers three unique perspectives on movies, new and old.
Creator Spotlight: People! Just say Something!
People! Just say Something! is a quirky, collaborative writing project created by writers, artists, and partners Dawid (David) Wiczynski and Atlas. The driven Londoners cover a wide variety of topics on Vocal, such as art, history, travel, and life in general. Their collective's name lends itself perfectly to their subject matter; because, as long as they continue creating, they stay on-brand. With over 70 stories published in under a year, it's safe to say David and Atlas practice what they preach.
Creator Spotlight: Laquesha Bailey
Laquesha Bailey is an expressive, kind-hearted soul currently based out of Ottawa, Canada. Being nearly 2,600 miles from her birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago, she continues to widen her worldview as she perseveres through undergraduate Global and International studies with a specialization in Latin American and Caribbean studies.