Humor writer of the month
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.
Dan Zevin is the 2013 winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His latest book, Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad, along with his previous one, The Day I Turned Uncool, have been optioned by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. He has followed his readers through each phase of life, from post-college coping (Entry-Level Life) to tying the knot (The Nearly-wed Handbook) to developing a disturbing new interest in lawn care and wine tastings (Uncool). And that was all before he had kids.
Leslie Marinelli is editor-in-chief of In The Powder Room, an online global community for women. Her new book, with 38 other women bloggers, is a humorous anthology of original short stories, You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth: And Other Things You’ll Only Hear from Your Friends In The Powder Room. She is the creative force behind the riotous blog, The Bearded Iris: A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All. Leslie was named a BlogHer Humor Voice of the Year in 2013 and 2012, and a Babble Top 100 Mom Blogger in 2011.
This is not your ordinary writing duo. Noah is a wise and witty horse who blogs, tweets and writes the occasional book with his business partner, Mary Farr. He calls her “Madam” and “The Management.” She’s the author of four books and frequently presents on topics that foster health, happiness and healing. Their funny and inspirational book, Never Say Neigh, won an honorable mention in the 2013 Paris Book Festival.
A nearly 30-year veteran of the Akron Beacon Journal, Bob Dyer has earned 52 regional and national writing awards — including this year’s top humor award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for large newspapers. In 2008, the National Society of Professional Journalists voted him Best Columnist in the Nation. He has been named Best Columnist in Ohio by at least one professional journalism organization for six consecutive years. He was one of the lead writers for A Question of Color, a yearlong examination of racial attitudes in Akron that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. In addition, he has written two books.
Laura Rafaty, a columnist for the St. Helena Star, took first place for humor writing in both the 2012 and 2013 National Society of Newspaper Columnists award competition (newspapers with 50,000 and under circulation). She resides in the Napa Valley where she bases her law firm, Napa Valley Immigration Law. She is producing director of the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater and operates an online retail site and perfume company. A Tony-nominated theatrical producer, she co-authored the book, Straight Women, Gay Men: Absolutely Fabulous Friendships. She blogs at Up the Valley with Laura Rafaty. Read one of her winning essays here.
Abby Heugel is a professional writer, editor and aspiring hermit in Michigan who is waiting to be discovered as either a brilliant blogger, creator of yoga pants that double as lint rollers or a professional asparagus eater. Her work has been featured on numerous websites, including The Huffington Post. Her latest of two self-published books is Abby Still Has Issues. Check out her funny blog here.
Gina Barreca launched her publishing career with They Used to Call Me Snow White…But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor. University Press of New England is re-releasing the book with a new intro exploring the last two decades of women’s humor. Ms. Magazine calls Gina a “feminist humor maven” and Dave Barry grudgingly concedes she’s “Very, very funny. For a woman.”