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Inspiring Stories from East Atlanta

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Atlanta’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out East Atlanta’s rising stars below.e

Kellie McGann

I’ve been fascinated with stories for as long as I can remember. I started using writing as a way to share the way I saw the world from a young age. Professionally, I started writing in 2011 working for a nonprofit organization while living in Santiago, Chile, writing newsletters and blog posts. Read more>>

U.Guliz Kavuncuoglu

Born in Turkey, I spent most of my life growing up in the city of the Seven Hills, more commonly known as Istanbul. Coming from a family of generations of serial entrepreneurs, I always had the appetite for innovation and new business development. Read more>>

Kyle Denis

Music has been a major part of my life since as far back as I can remember. Between singing car rides with my Mother and sisters to sneaking down to the basement to watch Pink Floyd’s The Wall with my Pops at age 7, there was always music being played. Read more>>

Tasha Akers

Born name Tasha, known in Atlanta as Lynn. I got my start as a writer and speaker at around the age of 7. Performing on stage, at church and in multiple pageants. Once services for writing and speaking engagement were consistently solicited, I became a Founder and President of a Consulting Firm in 2011, Lynn Collins, LLC. Read more>>

Kate Wright

I’ve been playing in cafes since I was 16 or so, churning out angsty covers of third eye blind and slyly weaving in original songs as I gained confidence. Writing was always the driving factor for me – disguising messages in metaphors and putting them to music a preferred method of communication and catharsis. Read more>>

Pip the Pansy

All my life I have been the “creative type” but I never would have picture myself doing what I am doing now. I was more into the visual arts… went to the University of Georgia for photography and spent four years in the darkroom with my nose in chemicals. Read more>>


I was a very quiet and shy kid growing up and the arts were my way of understanding and expressing how I felt about the world. I love all art forms ( performing, music, literary, etc) but when I was younger, I was really into visual arts. In school, I was the kid that was in the back of the class drawing comic books, writing short stories and writing poems. Read more>>

Courtney Grigoras

As far as I can remember, photography has been a huge part of my family. My father actually went to school for photography very briefly in the 70s and started his own business. He focused on weddings and studio portraits, always setting up lights and props to practice on me and my siblings. Read more>>

Manda McKay

I always knew I was an artist. I began drawing and painting before my second birthday, and I was earning a little money through commissions by age nine. I graduated from UGA at 19 with a Scientific Illustration degree, and I earned a Master of Science in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia when I was 21. Read more>>

Julian Scott

Bird City was formed in October of 2011 by Julian “Scotty” Scott (Drums, Lead Vocals), Larry “Pocket” Thomas (Bass), and Jeremy Saude (Guitar, Dub FX). Being veteran band mates with each other in the Atlanta Reggae band I-Tegrity and current members of Atlanta based Psychedelic/Atmospheric Dub band The Ruination, the three were already well acquainted with making music together. Read more>>

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