Our Team

We're a dedicated team of writers, designers, real estate nuts, lawyers, finance pros and creatives who believe little things can make a big impact. On both Detroit and the literary world.

 
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Sarah F. Cox

Co-Founder and Director
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Toby Barlow

Co-Founder and President
Toby is an ad man, working on accounts as varied as DeBeers Diamonds and Doctors Without Borders. He created the award-winning animated series Billy Collins Action Poet. His recently released novel, Baba Yaga, was called one of the best books of the summer of 2013 by Flavorwire. His first novel, Sharp Teeth, 2008, the Alex Award. He was written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, and the literary journal Gargoyle. Detroit's Metro Times once named him the Best Candidate for Intergalactic Ambassador of Detroit.

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Alvin Gay

Now a partner in BLVD Content, Alvin came home to be involved in Detroit's renaissance after living in NYC for 33 years. At one time, he was Senior Vice President at Ogilvy Worldwide, responsible for introducing brands to Eastern Europe and re-introducing them to Europe, Asia and South America. A documentary filmmaker, Alvin's been a member of the Director's Guild of America (DGA) for over 25 years; on the Board of Directors at Architectural Salvage Warehouse, and most recently the Board of Directors with Write A House. 

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Francis Grunow

is an urban policy consultant, writer, and parade maker. In previous lives, he has been a law student, director of Detroit's architectural preservation organization, a retailer, documentary filmmaker, and an urban planner in NYC. Francis loves cities and thinks Write A House is one of the better ideas to come along in Detroit in a long time. 

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Jennifer Irving

attended Bowling Green State University. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and has since worked in various fields. Her first gig out of college was as a Fundraising Assistance for a Michigan State Representative. She worked her tail off and was promoted to work for a U.S. Congressman. It was here Jennifer began to realize the value of quality political leadership and the importance of community, growth and freedom. She then followed her passion and became a writer. Her work has been featured in Ambassador Magazine and RIZZARR. She's currently the content manager for one of the top advertising agencies in the Midwest, allowing her to use her love of words, influence and personality. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys sitting by the lake, singing in the shower, moon gazing, writing poetry, reading, and is currently writing her first novel. 

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Kristin Lusn

previously served as an attorney with Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton from 2009 to 2012. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers SEction, Oakland County Bar Association, and is one of the youngest members elected by her peers to serve on the Workers' Compensation Council on the State Bar of Michigan. She was selected by those in her industry as a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers and as a dBusiness "Top Lawyer" in 2012. In addition, Lusn was recently awarded the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association's "Barristers Community Impact Award" for her dedication to better the Detroit community.

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