About Us

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Pyragraph is an online career and lifestyle magazine for artists, musicians, writers and other creatives worldwide. We feature resources, blog posts and other content from working creatives, sharing entertaining stories and lessons learned.

Our bloggers include visual artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, community organizers,writers, dancers, comedians, contortionists and many others forging their own paths. Their posts share the good, the bad, the ugly, and the mildly unsettling in the life of being an independent creative. Through storytelling and sharing practical tips, Pyragraph’s bloggers help illuminate the path for others heading into similar territory.

Pyragraph’s content reflects an inclusive range of perspectives on creative careers and lifestyles, including juggling side jobs, finding markets, managing money, and more.

Pyragraph’s bloggers represent many different types of creative work, and a broad range of career stages, from those just getting started in creative projects to veterans and professionals. They share what they’ve learned, and what they are learning—including the good, bad, and ugly—along the way.

Pyragraph also offers resources such as downloadable contract templates and e-guides to help creatives pursue projects and self-employment. Some are free and some are available for purchase; you’ll find all of them on our Resources page.

Pyragraph’s extensive content is all aimed at helping readers keep their creative fires burning and chart a course to success on their own terms.

Who We Are

Peri Pakroo

Peri Pakroo—Founder, Publisher, Editor 

Outside her work with Pyragraph, Peri is a business author and coach, specializing in creative and smart strategies for self-employment and small business. She has started, participated in, and consulted with businesses and nonprofits for more than 20 years. Her focus is on helping people build structure for their passions to find success on their own terms. 

Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995, and a year later began editing and writing for Nolo, specializing in business and intellectual property issues. She is the author of several top-selling Nolo titles on small business and nonprofit start-ups including The Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit and Starting & Building a Nonprofit.

Peri accidentally started her first band The Moist Towelettes at the age of 40 with her husband Turtle O’Toole. Since then she has played in a number of bands including the blurts and her own downer-country project, Peri & the FAQs.

In 2012, Peri saw the need for a resource featuring the voices of a wide range of creative workers and the many different career paths they take. She founded Pyragraph to fill this need. Here’s the Pyragraph start-up story.

Clarke Conde, Creative Director - PyragraphClarke Condé—Contributing Editor At Large

Clarke Condé is a photographer and New York expatriate, and served as Pyragraph’s Creative Director and Managing Editor (though not necessarily in that order). He has held high positions at lowly publications in New York, but has settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico to live the simple life of a food and folk photographer. His hobbies include washing dishes, rewashing dishes and throwing out perfectly good food. You can see more of his work at his website or in his latest book, Work in Rochester.

Sage HarringtonSage Harrington—Contributing Editor At Large

Sage Harrington is a musician. She writes catchy songs with weird lyrics, singing and strumming a ukulele all the while. She also secretly plays the fiddle. Her silly songs catalog the mundane details of everyday life: listen to some of them and never take things seriously again. Do you like refrigerator lights? Do you like it when soap floats? Of course you do. Who doesn’t?


Josh StuyvesantJosh Stuyvesant—Contributing Editor At Large

Josh writes and paints and makes in Albuquerque. He believes in little else than whimsy and irony. A mild hoarder. An incessant warbler.


JeremyJeremy Kinter—Contributing Editor At Large

Jeremy is a writer, filmmaker, and co-founder of Humbird, a locally based alternative promotions company and online publication.


Eva AvenueEva Avenue—Contributing Editor At Large

Eva Avenue works daily in the fields of art, music and journalism. She has lived in Amsterdam, Portugal, France, Florida, New Mexico, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Seattle. She sits at Zen centers and takes ballet on the side.