Not Quite Sunday is a Minneapolis-based arts & culture blog dedicated to emerging creative professionals’ stories of achievement and personal development and growth. Our founding partners have an eclectic blend of freelance writing (and life) experiences which they hope will inspire creative ambition.
Barbara is a freelance writer and health coach in Minneapolis. Barbara attends the University of Minnesota, where she is a Master’s Degree candidate in Integrative Health and Well-being Coaching. She graduated from Bentley University in Massachusetts with a B.A. in Marketing and English Creative Writing.
Barbara is passionate about present-moment living, mindfulness, and the impact of attuned emotional intelligence. She explores these topics through creative writing on her site, The Day Between Blog. In 2019 she founded the Minneapolis-based culture blog, Not Quite Sunday, where her writing serves as a bridge between her professional practice and real life. She has published in Life in Minnesota, PIecework Bentley University, Bier Magazine, and Level Renner. In her early professional life, Barbara was a Brand Marketing Rep with Nike, Inc. in New York City and Northeast Sales Manager for the Skechers Performance Running Specialty Market. As part of a career shift into Health & Wellness, she partnered with a Functional Medicine practitioner in Minnesota, where she was soon appointed Wellness Director.
As the middle child of twelve from a small town in rural Western Massachusetts, Barbara connects with and understands the need to speak up and stand out. Committed to health and wellbeing, she is an avid fitness enthusiast, completing eight marathons and twice qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
A California friend recently described her as “Non Stop. Eclectic. Adventurous. And Spunky.” Another, perhaps more truthful, friend from NYC described her as “Passionate. Purposeful. Pursuant. And Impulsive. F*ck, that’s a lot of P’s.”
Kirk Klocke is a freelance writer, editor, and creative producer in Minneapolis. He holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in Medical and Scientific Journalism.
Kirk has written for International Business Times, Scientific American Blogs, Elite Daily, Sharing Mayo Clinic, Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Marine Science and Technology Foundation, the consumer tech startup Unboxed.tv, and numerous commercial copywriting clients. He serves as a storytelling coach and assistant producer for The Nocturnists, a San Francisco based live medical storytelling event and podcast. In his free time he volunteers as a news room assistant at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, and he continues to write for and develop the culture blog, Not Quite Sunday. His 2009 audio interview with Stormé DeLarverie, who was credited with throwing the first punch in the Stonewall riots and kicking off the worldwide gay rights movement, will appear this fall 2019 at Queer Forms, a multidisciplinary group exhibition and series of public programs at University of Minnesota’s Regis Center For Art, Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
As a kid, Kirk grew up in a medical family with a Dad who was a physician and Mom who was a nurse; both of his parents are also artists - a master woodworker and master quilter, respectively. He was always curious about how the world works, and was never satisfied with the answer, ‘because I said so.’ Over the years his interest has shifted from how things work to why people do what they do. That intense drive to explore complex social phenomena stems from his social awkwardness and desire to connect. His written and documentary journalism will continue to explore social nuances and greater truths that drive human behavior.