Humor writer of the month
Dan Zevin‘s “laugh-eliciting” pieces in The New York Times and Jerry Zezima‘s conversational, whimsical columns in The Advocate (Stamford, Conn.) took first-place honors in humor writing in large and small newspapers, respectively, at the 2014 annual column contest sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Viking/Penquin will publish Mike Sacks’ fourth book, Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers, this month (June 2014). It’s a sequel to his 2009 book, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft. He has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Radar, Funny or Die, MAD, New York Observer, Premiere, Believer, Vice, Maxim, Women’s Health and Salon. He has worked at The Washington Post, and is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair.
Elaine Ambrose’s newly released book, Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter After 50, has been described as “an Erma Bombeck-esque tribute to women who are over 50 and ready to explore life on new terms.” It recently won a Silver Medal for Humor from the Independent Book Publisher’s Book Awards Program. She’s the author of nine books, including Menopause Sucks. Her blog, “Midlife Cabernet,” is published on BlogHer.com, ProjectEve.com and her web site. She is the owner of Mill Park Publishing in Eagle, Idaho, organizes writing retreats and has been named a 2014 Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review.
When you watch “head humorician” Patricia Wynn Brown tease the audience with her Hair Theater performances or if you’ve ever experienced her special wit at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, you know this woman is flat-out funny. She’s the author of two books, Hair-A-Baloo: The Revealing Comedy and Tragedy on Top of Your Head and Momma Culpa: One Mother Comes Clean and Makes her Maternal Confession, and a three-time winner of the James Thurber Summer Writing Contest.
Leighann Lord calls herself the best African-American female humor writer in America. “Well, I wanted to be the best African-Canadian female humor writer in Canada, but they have very strict rules about that sort of thing…some nonsense about me not actually being a Canadian citizen. Blah, blah, blah… whatever. Their loss, right?” She’s a stand-up comedian (Comedy Central, HBO, The View, Si TV), writer (The Huffington Post, Stagetime Magazine) and culture commentator (Fox News, MSNBC, CNN) — and she pens the blog, “The Urban Erma.”
Greg Schwem is a corporate stand-up comedian and author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad. He writes a weekly nationally syndicated humor column for Tribune Media Services. Many of his columns appear in The Huffington Post.
Lois Alter Mark is the 2013 winner of Blogger Idol, described as the premier blogging contest for bloggers. She also won BlogHer Voices of the Year Awards in 2012 and 2013. Check out her work at Midlife at the Oasis and The Huffington Post. Her Amster-damn blog received the greatest number of votes during the Blogger Idol finale.
Beth Bartlett, a freelance writer by day, a humorist by night and a caffeinated procrastinator by mid-afternoon, won second place for humor in the 2013 National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ competition (under 50,000 circulation) for her irreverent “Wisecrack Zodiac” column. She blogs at www.plaidearthworm.com.