Meet the Offbeat Empire's staff

The Offbeat Empire is a digital publishing company that reaches about a million readers a month. Although we're based in Seattle, we only say that because our founder is there. Our company is staffed by a lean team of remote-working contractors across the United States. Some of us have other jobs too, but working on the Empire is something we love to do together!

Ariel Meadow Stallings

Founder & Publisher

Ariel has been internetting since 1992, blogging since 2000, and founded the Offbeat Empire in 2007. She got her start as the Executive Editor of a rave magazine in the mid-'90s and then as freelance writing for print weeklies. A graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2001, she disappointed her instructors by mostly wanting to talk about the internet. Ariel's first book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives For Independent Brides was first published in 2007, with a third edition out from Seal Press in 2019. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, Today Show, and The Guardian. Ariel lives and loves in Seattle with her son and small dog, and you can follow along with her over on Insta: @arielmstallings.

Catherine Clark

Senior Editor

Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time, she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, cooks lots of things, and cuddles with her feline fur babies.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and on her food and lifestyle blog,

Tiffany Wright

Vendor Relations Manager

Tiffany is coming to you live and in color from New Jersey – complete with big red hair and blue eyeliner! She is really into sideshow performers, and boasts that she has seen at least twelve of the world's sword swallowers in person. Tiffany is also a proud vegetarian who thinks you DO win friends with salad! She also has a hairless cat named Oliver Star, who smells like potatoes.

Kelly "Kellbot" Maguire

Lead Web Developer

Kelly is a web developer and hardcore craft hacker based in Philadelphia. Her home was once described as "an excellent place to bunker down in a zombie attack." When she is not writing code and downing cheesesteaks, she can be found watching professional Starcraft matches (yes, that is a thing) and building treehouses in Minecraft.

Tales of Kellbot's crafts, hacks, and failed DIY home improvement projects can be found on her blog,

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