Rick Karlin will be taking over the Arts & Entertainment section from JW Arnold. JW will continue to contribute to the A&E section going forward, so you’ll still see his name in the newspaper.
“I want to personally thank JW for his contributions to the A&E sections for the South Florida Gay News and OutSFL. I have worked with him since 2011 and there is no one better in the local A&E business than him,” said Jason Parsley, publisher of OutSFL. “He built the A&E section for the SFGN from scratch and gave it credibility. We’re sad he’s taking a step back to focus on his career, but our door will always be open for whatever he wishes to contribute.”
Rick was the long-time food editor for SFGN. He’ll continue in that role for OutSFL. As the Arts & Culture editor he’ll be submitting food reviews, theater previews and reviews, travel pieces, compiling our weekly to-do calendar and more.
Rick has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist. Besides OutSFL he also contributes to The Bay Area Reporter, Grab Magazine and Out Traveler. His resume is extensive.
He’s an author as well. His non-fiction titles include “Last Call Chicago: 1001 LGBT-Friendly Taverns, Hang-outs and Haunts,” and “Paper Cuts: My Life in Chicago’s Volatile LGBT Press.” Now he’s working on “Last Call South Florida,” an encyclopedia of LGBT bars from Palm Beach to Key West. His novels include “Show Biz Kids,” “Tales of the Second City,” and “Death on the Rocks.” His plays include “Turning Tables”, “Witches Among Us” and “Spin Cycle.”
Rick was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 1997.
“Rick has an extensive resume, so we’re excited he’ll be expanding his role at OutSFL,” Parsley said. “I’ve worked with Rick for many years editing his food column. So I’m looking forward to showcasing his voice in our other areas of arts and culture.”
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