Ciara LaVelle
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I'm a versatile writer with a broad range of interests: travel, dining, trends in pop culture, music and literature. My most recent full-time job was working as the arts and culture editor of a regional alt-weekly newspaper, and I also have experience in copywriting, writing and editing custom publications, and launching and editing literary magazines.
Contact Info
  Ciara LaVelle
Miami, FL 
USA

E-Mail: ciara.lavelle@gmail.com
Website: cultistmiami.com
Work Info
 
Expertise
Content Editor (online) 2 Years
Editor 6 Years
Writer 10 Years
Specialty
Entertainment 5 Years
Lifestyle 7 Years
Travel 6 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
10 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Aviation Daily (11+), Cayman Airways Skies (11+), Miami New Times (11+), Recommend magazine (11+), Onboard Media (3-5), Latitudes (3-5), VisitSouth.com (3-5), The Storque (1-2), VegNews (1-2), Draft magazine (1-2), Florida Gulf Coast Weddings (1-2), Frommers (1-2), Go magazine (1-2)
Other Work History
Miami New Times: Arts & Culture Editor
Cayman Airways Skies: Contributing Editor
Recommend magazine: Caribbean editor
Recommend magazine: web editor
The Furnace Review: Editor
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, both Mac and Windows platforms, basic HTML, Adobe InDesign, Dreamweaver, Blogger, Wordpress, Twitter, Facebook, Movable Type
Technical Skills
Photoshop
Equipment
Mac laptop, DSLR camera, digital video camera, audio recorder
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Miami, FL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Miami Arts & Culture  
(VisitSouth.com, 10/8/2014)
Plenty of cities boast a high concentration of writers and readers (and amenities like publishing companies and bookstores to match). But only one American city is home to the country's largest literary festival, and that's the Magic City.
(Miami New Times, 9/19/2014)
What do Questlove, John Cleese, and Judy Blume have in common? They'll join Joyce Carol Oates, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and John Waters -- yes, the John Waters -- among the hundreds of authors, poets, chefs, TV personalities, and others who'll present at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International.
(Miami New Times, 9/18/2014)
Women get a rough deal in the art world. So "Jardim Botânico," an exhibition of work by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes opening at PAMM this evening, is a big deal because the exhibit encompasses two gigantic galleries of over 40 works -- works created by a woman.
(Miami New Times, 9/5/2014)
The spirit of Churchill's Pub's past is alive at Primary Projects. A taxidermied billfish, hung high on the first wall crowds will encounter when "Agalma" opens this Saturday, recalls artist Autumn Casey's six years behind the bar at the legendary Miami dive.
(Miami New Times, 5/4/2014)
In the fight between art and commerce, commerce has won. That's the case for Banksy, at least, whose work, Kissing Coppers, will be auctioned off at a street art exhibition presented by Fine Art Auctions Miami.
(Miami New Times, 2/27/2014)
Profile of Brigid Baker, a native New Yorker who has played a major role in South Florida's fledgling dance scene since she arrived in Miami.
(Miami New Times, 2/5/2014)
Maybe you love Miami's arts scene. Maybe you hate it. Either way, if you want to fix it, now's the time to act.
(Miami New Times, 1/23/2014)
The Sundance Institute announced its winners in short filmmaking at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and Miami filmmaker Bernardo Britto came away with a prize. Britto's short film Yearbook won the Short Film Jury Award: Animation at the awards ceremony.
(Miami New Times, 12/26/2013)
Counting down the stories that brought Miami culture to life in 2013.
(Miami New Times, 12/14/2013)
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. That was certainly true for Dave Chappelle last night, who opened his two-night, four-show series of Miami performances to a hyped-up, sold-out crowd at The Fillmore.
(Miami New Times, 12/2/2013)
During one week in December every year, Miamians dress like attention-whoring art stars, we party all night, all day, and all night again, and we spend hours in causeway traffic. Welcome to Art Basel, y'all.
(Miami New Times, 11/12/2013)
If you're going to promote your hotel using the name of the world's most famous street artist, you'd better be sure you've got your facts straight.
(Miami New Times, 10/25/2013)
Earlier this week, New Times reported that the newly opened Riviera South Beach Hotel claimed to have commissioned street artist Banksy to design tiles that were placed around the hotel, in public areas such as its bathrooms. But that's not true, according to Banksy's publicist, Jo Brooks.
(Miami New Times, 10/8/2013)
Plenty of people move to South Florida to start a new life in the sun and on the sand. But until you've lived here a while, learned a few things, and passed a few tests, most locals won't accept you as a "real" Miamian. Here are ten telltale signs you're not from Miami.
(Miami New Times, 9/27/2013)
Face it: Too much time spent in Miami has the potential to change a person. It might change you for the better; you'll probably pick up some Spanish, for instance, if you weren't raised speaking it. But it might also give you a few bad habits -- and we're not talking about just hookers and yeyo.
(Miami New Times, 9/19/2013)
Rainstorms threatened Miami all day yesterday, but somebody up there must really love vintage movies in a retro, open-air setting. Blue Starlite Miami Urban Drive-In launched its soft opening week last night with Pretty in Pink and damn near perfect weather.
(Miami New Times, 8/15/2013)
In a city like Miami, "Art Snob" isn't a derogatory term. It's a necessary way of life for people who are passionate about art living in a town where the culture -- in museums, in galleries, and in the street -- grows and evolves so quickly. A little jaded? A little too serious? Who cares? If it's a
(Miami New Times, 7/8/2013)
Gun motifs have been prominent and popular in art, design, and fashion for years. So is it any wonder that Wynwood, Miami's cultural hub, is finally getting a taste of the real thing?
(City's Best Miami, 6/9/2011)
Calling all party people, and the naughtier the better: This weekend marks 15 years since the beginning of Miami's recurring bacchanalia, also known as Back Door Bamby. Not to worry if you're feeling tame -- there's plenty else happening in Miami this weekend that won't involve a single whip or chai
(City's Best Miami, 6/7/2011)
Remember the record low temperatures in Miami a few months ago? Yeah, neither do we. It's time to hit the best pool parties in the city! Though they're usually at hotels, these are far from tourist traps. Here's where (and when) to dive in.
(City's Best Miami, 5/17/2011)
ArtOfficial has a unique view of Miami -- the city is a major influence in the band's hip-hop/jazzy style, and much of its denizens follows them around from gig to gig. With a new album on the way and a country-wide tour planned for the summer, we talked to the band about music, Miami and what's nex
(City's Best Miami, 5/4/2011)
The 2011 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, also known as the city's best excuse to sip straight rum in the middle of the day, has sadly come to an end. If you missed the grand tasting -- or if you just want to relive the experience -- you're in luck. We've selected of our favorite cocktail recipes fro
(City's Best Miami, 4/28/2011)
Here in Miami, Mexican culture is often overshadowed by the melting pot of Latin influences that call our city home. But there's one exception -- Cinco de Mayo -- and it's just around the corner! But don't break out that sombrero just yet. The best way to celebrate this holiday is with a glass of te
(City's Best Miami, 4/12/2011)
Lady Gaga brings her Monster Ball tour to Miami on April 13, but the American Airlines Arena isn't the only place in the city to find her freaky, avant-garde style. From over-the-top fashion to fabulous nightclubs, there are plenty of Miami attractions with Gaga appeal. Keep an eye for The Lady hers
(RareDaily Miami, 4/21/2009)
Say hello to River Lounge, the new nightlife temple set to debut at the Epic Hotel.
(RareDaily Miami, 4/14/2009)
Introducing Zushi Flirt, Miami’s newest sushi spot with plenty of passion to go around.
(RareDaily Miami, 3/26/2009)
Three letters: WMC.
Books  
(Latitudes, 11/1/2009)
Book review: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Food/Dining  
(City's Best Miami, 5/6/2011)
Remember how much you loved food as a kid? Back before you cared about organic produce and watching your carb intake, you just ate what tasted good -- and that usually included candy, ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches with the crusts cut off. At Angelina's Coffee and Yogurt, you can relive tho
(City's Best Miami, 5/2/2011)
The award for "strangest name for a bar" goes to Who, a tiny pub in MiMo making a soft opening this week. Set along Biscayne in Kingdom's old space, Who aims to combine the best of Miami (sunny outdoor seating; Caribbean-inspired cuisine) with the best aspects of a successful sports bar (craft beers
(City's Best Miami, 4/26/2011)
It's National Pretzel Day -- a fake holiday, perhaps, but also an excuse to indulge in some of the city's most unique delicacies. From salty to savory to sweet and decadent, here are Miami's best places to get twisted (dough, that is).
(City's Best Miami, 4/20/2011)
One of the most exciting discoveries at last weekend's United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival isn't even open for business yet. The Local, promising "craft food and drink," opens in Coral Gables on Saturday, and from their presentations at Taste & Toast and Brews & Bites, it'll be worth the wait.
(Draft magazine, 5/1/2010)
The marriage of burgers and beer has proved everlasting; now, bars and restaurants are dedicating entire menus to the pair. Ciara LaVelle steers you to the nation's best, and we point out a few burger-inclined breweries along the way.
(Twice Baked, 1/27/2010)
I grew up in a house of sweet-toothed women, raised by a mother who insisted we finish our vegetables quickly so that she could bring out the dessert already. I can't trace all of my eating habits back to her, but when it comes to breakfast, her influence is clear: I want sugar first thing in the mo
(Twice Baked, 1/23/2010)
I was talking to Joe about this blog last night when I realized why I love baking so much. Of course it's partly about the end results--the sweet, sweet end results. But mostly, I said, the reasons I like baking are the same reasons I like writing. First, it's a love of the process, of putting ingre
(Twice Baked, 1/19/2010)
Lessons learned during my first attempt at baking scones: 1) I totally love making scones 2) I totally suck at making scones
Travel  
(Miami New Times, 5/15/2013)
That was when I learned the tantalizing truth about Disney World's special disabled lines: Anybody can use them. And anybody -- not just "rich Manhattan moms" who can afford disabled guides -- can scam the system.
(VegNews, 2/1/2009)
Belize’s best-kept travel secret exemplifies veg-friendly serenity, with organic farms, botanical gardens, and eco-adventures galore.
(GO magazine, 1/1/2009)
(GO magazine, 1/1/2009)
(Skylights, 9/1/2007)
Atlanta has transformed into a haven for beer snobs, with independent microbreweries, brewpubs and a beer festival celebrating all things sudsy.