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My name is Adrienne Martinez. I am a wife and mother to two crazy, emotional and loving kids. I was born and raised in Fort Worth. I left high school thinking about the idea of starting my own magazine, but I had no clue how to even get there. After a few changes in majors, I finally found my passion in graphic design and earned my B.A. in communication design.
After 10 years in the magazine business, I decided to take a chance. I am thrilled to finally be in this moment right now. I have dreamed of this day and after years of planning, kids, delays and just life in general, I am ready to make the leap. Yes, it’s a scary leap, but if I don’t take this leap now, then when? I don’t want to look back and regret the unknown and wonder, “What if?”
I’m bringing you on this journey with me, and I welcome any and all feedback on what you want to see in one of our future issues. The idea of starting a women’s magazine in Fort Worth developed right out the gate with my first job. I loved the idea of showcasing a woman each month within our very own city and telling her story.
I feel like unless you are part of that inner circle, organization or just really good friends with the person, you never get to know all these amazing and fabulous women we have in our community. So I’d like to introduce One to Know Magazine. I want this to be the voice and platform for all the women in our wonderful city of Fort Worth and share their journeys and stories with you.
Her words. Her journey. Her story. Let’s celebrate the women of today and inspire the women of tomorrow.
JOCELYN F TATUM
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I have loved everything about nonfiction storytelling since I was a girl. If things got hard at home, I would escape into tales of strong women, or more often stories about horses like Black Beauty and Jim Key overcoming unimaginable crests and troughs. I’ve always loved horses and still ride English saddle to get my creative nonfiction writing muses singing. In college I loved studying the timeless themes and narrative arcs of Greek tragedies and comedies, which ripped the clothes off of human nature giving me a different view in the mirror.
I never guessed the empathy literature had for me as a child would lead me to my career as a nonfiction writer and journalist telling stories that engage and inspire others like they did me, or lead me to the path that made me a college journalism instructor sharing the craft with aspiring storytellers.
Since I became a professional writer 15 years ago, my hope was that someone hears something that matters to them and their life, and maybe it helps them heal an old wound or start something new. Maybe it inspires them to look inside or take action in their community. If anything, I just want them to know they are not alone. We are all made of the same stuff, like individual threads of the same tapestry, and well-told stories illustrate that for us.
Magazines are my preferred medium because they speak to a specific audience with colorful photographs, delightful design, glossy pages and 2,000-word (or 250-word) narratives. That is my hope for One To Know Magazine.
When Adrienne came to me to create and manage the editorial side of her magazine, I was working around the clock as a faculty journalism instructor and advising the student journalists at an area college. I am foremost a mom of the kindest little boy I know. Busy. But I couldn’t say no to her. I was pulled toward the project. It was a dream come true that I would get to help her create a book every other month that tells women’s stories in my hometown of Fort Worth.
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With nearly 20 years of professional writing experience, Jennifer Casseday began a career by helping her undergrad professors at TCU complete their book projects. She spent nearly a decade as editor/executive editor of Fort Worth Magazine and has contributed to numerous local digital and print publications. Her portfolio includes countless features about significant local issues such as food waste, utilization of drones, the homeless population, synthetic drug use in schools, abuse of power and city development projects. For the past 13 years, Jennifer also covered the Fort Worth food and culture scene. She says that the allure of writing for a magazine is the ability to tell a story to your readers in much more depth than that of a daily publication. Jennifer loves the early stages of the creative process when one must think about where you’re taking your reader and create a logical, relatable, thought-provoking, and often entertaining path. She also believes it’s an incredible honor to be a voice for those who otherwise may never be heard.
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Amber Davis is a mom, an artist, a full-time student, and a lifelong Fort Worthian who is excited to illustrate for an all-women’s magazine. As an oil painter, Amber’s personal art has always focused on the mystery of the divine feminine. So it is so fitting that she would be illustrating Fort Worth’s first women’s magazine. Amber is looking forward to the interesting women this will lead her to meet. In her own words, “I feel this journey was written in the stars.”
Jade Emerson Hebbert
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Jade is excited and honored to be writing for One To Know! She loves capturing the world in ink and has a deep passion for storytelling- in all its forms and fashions. In addition to writing on her blog, Grow Wild & Free, Jade has written for the Copenhagen Post while living in Denmark. Last year, she was selected as a finalist for her debut stage play “Ten Days in Mad-House: The Story of Nellie Bly & the Women of Blackwell Island.” She is currently studying journalism at the University of Texas in Austin. She likes Hemingway, earl grey tea, traveling, and the study of historical dress, but words will always be one of the great loves of her life.
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Being a 1st generation immigrant. Gina learned the value of hard work from her parents. Although she was a teen mom, that didn’t stop her from earning her Bachelor’s Degree at Texas A & M International University. She’s not only passionate about being a mom or helping others. She wants to teach women that the “F” word makes women smarter. F for FINANCES! Gina makes money fun.
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I was originally assigned to the Sports section at Texas Wesleyan University’s college newspaper The Rambler as a contributing photographer. I loved taking photos of campus life but reporting on Sports was not my forté. I love telling stories, but in what way? Then my editor said “Hey, you’re always eating, why don’t you write about Food.” So came the column ‘The Longest Lick of Lancaster’, which explored hole-in-the-wall restaurants up and down Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth. It was an instant hit.
The column ended when my college career was over, but Instagram quickly became the new social platform, and for the past 10 years I’ve shared hidden gems across Fort Worth through photos and micro captions. For the past few years friends and family have recommended that I start a designated page for all my foodie finds but I was hesitant and frankly a little nervous to put myself out there like that. THE year was 2021. I launched Pero Like, Let’s Eat! March 13. A small space on Instagram where anyone can visit and discover new-to-them eateries.
I’m a wife and mom to two beautiful children, one being my daughter who equally shares my passion for food. I work full time and am currently pursuing my masters degree.
I’m privileged to be a part of One To Know Magazine. I’m a product of strong influential women of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. The women who started One To Know have been so incredibly supportive and uplifting not only in my pursuit of getting back in the game of journalism, but also through my own personal growth and goals.
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Jessica Strange is a writer, editor, and content creator in Fort Worth. (Well, technically North Richland Hills, but sometimes her mail says Fort Worth, and that just sounds cooler.)
She spends most of her time with her two somewhat high-maintenance kids and her two extremely high-maintenance dogs.
Writing about what goes on around town is her jam. She loves all the wonderful art, music, food, culture, and people Fort Worth has to offer.
If she happens to find a moment of free time, you can bet she’s either roller skating in the park or hopping on her bike to go for a decent cup of coffee.
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Shilo lives to travel, loves animals, and likes to think that her words in One To Know Magazine will inspire women to recognize their self-worth. Raised in the Fort Worth area, Shilo is a restless soul who has visited 60 countries and lived in Austin, Maine, Paris, Seattle, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. Before becoming a freelance writer, she held over three dozen jobs, from French teacher and farmhand to tour guide and record label manager.
Writing about culture and history makes Shilo giddy, and she focuses on food, music, art, and travel—all the good stuff. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Fort Worth Magazine, Fort Worth Weekly, PaperCity, 360 West, Madeworthy, Fort Worth Business Press, and Afar. She now lives in Funky Town with her two wiener dogs, Steve and Lenny. Current obsessions: the Russian Revolution, model kits, Jamestown on PBS, Oaxaca, the Stuart dynasty, and HEB’s buttercream frosting.
Sonya Cisneros Wierzowiecki
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Sonya is an endlessly curious storyteller. A 2008 graduate of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University, she has written about a wide variety of subjects for publications including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and its former entertainment website DFW.com, the Fort Worth Business Press, and Fort Worth, Texas: The City’s Magazine, where she was associate editor in 2012. One of her most memorable interviews was with Detective Jim Leavelle, who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot.
She loves art and has worked in the museum industry for more than a decade, including at the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where she currently oversees development efforts and membership programs. For several years, Sonya has volunteered at Lena Pope, an organization dedicated to providing access to important education and mental health counseling services for children of all ages.
One might find her practicing yoga, reading, making travel plans, hosting parties, or spending time with friends at a book club comprised of mothers and daughters who have met every month for 10 years.
Aside from a summer spent couch surfing in France, Sonya has never lived outside of Fort Worth. She now resides in a personally restored mid-century modern house with two rescue dogs and her husband and daughter, who make anywhere feel like home.