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Maggie Lamond Simone

Maggie Lamond Simone, a national award-winning columnist, has written two books, From Beer to Maternity and POSTED! Parenting, Pets and Menopause, One Status Update at a Time. She blogs on the Huffington Post and has just signed on to be a co-creator of a new anthology series called Not Your Mother’s Book. Her humor and observational essays appear regularly in Family Times, a monthly parenting magazine in central New York.

DC Stanfa and Susan Reinhardt

DC Stanfa (The Art of Table Dancing: Escapades of an Irreverent Woman) and Susan Reinhardt (Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size Six and Don’t Sleep with a Bubba) have “joined farces” to edit a humor anthology, Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups and Crack-ups. The two met at the 2006 workshop, became “fast friends” and sought out a number of other EBWW faculty and participants for the book. Reinhardt, Tracy Beckerman, W. Bruce Cameron and Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant have all served on the EBWW faculty, and several other contributors are past winners of the writing competition.

Terrible tweens

Journalist Jennifer Grant published “Five Ways Toddlers and Tweens Are Similar” on Parentesource. She has written two books about family: Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter and MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family.

All pirates safe

Burton Cole just signed a two-book deal with B&H Publishing Group, a division of Lifeway Christian Resources, for a humor/adventure series for middle-school readers. Bash and the Pirate Pig of the Pond is due out Aug. 1, 2013, in hardback. “No actual pirates were harmed in the writing of this book,” says Cole, a humor columnist and assistant metro editor for the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio. He pens a weekly humor column, “Burt’s Eye View.”

Kevin McKeever

Kevin McKeever, who blogs at Always Home and Uncool, swept the 2012 Connecticut Press Club column-writing awards competition and picked up two more top honors from the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. His work appears regularly in the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate, and his scribblings also have been featured in the (New York) Daily News, The (Toronto) Globe and Mail, USA Today and The Huffington Post. McKeever describes himself as “Father. Husband. Writer. Goofball. Order Subject to Change.”

Scratching the itch

Jennifer Neves, owner of Mad Dash Publishing in Olympia, Wash., published her first book, Backpack Like You Mean It: A Crackpot Tale of Travel Through Southeast Asia. It’s described as a book great for scratching the travel itch, or spreading it.

Lisa Alcalay Klug

Andrews McMeel just published Lisa Alcalay Klug‘s second book, Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe, a humorous pop culture guide described as “a start-to-finish celebration of the strengths, challenges and triumphs of women.” Her bestselling book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, was a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist. She’s an award-winning journalist, humorist, slam poet and popular public speaker.

Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski

Comedy writer Alan Zweibel quips that Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski’s humor “is so smart, insightful and witty that for a moment I thought I was reading something I’d written.” Her first book, Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box, shares the universal misadventures associated with moving. Read an excerpt. An award-winning writer and humorist from Baltimore, Wojo blogs at Wojo’s World. She served on the 2012 EBWW faculty.

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