Humor writer of the month
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.
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.