Authors

Sher Bailey:
www.SherBailey.com

Sher Bailey is a nationally recognized and highly sought-after marriage and relationship expert licensed through the Universal Life School of One-Hour Online Experts. In her spare time, she is a professional theoretical tap dancer and fire-baton twirler who strings together various and assorted sentences that delight her tens of readers the world over, both in prison and out.

Sher has been the recipient of many prestigious and coveted awards for her essays, such as The Daughters of the American Revolution’s writing contest in sixth grade for her piece on Thomas Jefferson, in which she had the good sense not to mention Sally Hemings—mainly because she did not yet know about her.

You can read words Sher writes on www.SherBailey.com and www.Momcaster.com. What she lacks in talent she makes up for in mentions of keeping her ex-husband’s testicles in Mod Podge-covered mason jars.

Ben Baker:
www.irock109.com/wiregrass.php

Ben Baker is the Redneck Genius. His syndicated humor column probably doesn’t appear in your local newspaper, but you can read it each week at www.irock109.com/wiregrass.php . He’s received more than one hundred awards for work in communications and a few of them actually belonged to him. He dispenses cheap wisdom and drinks expensive bourbon and moderately priced beer from his farm in south Georgia. He is the author of several books that are used to stun laboratory mice prior to their being used in surgical experiments. You can reach him at GodOfHumor@Southernhumorists.com.

Ben has launched a press release and public relations agency with his brother Shag. Baker Brothers Easy Handling Watermelon System PR will soon be found under BakerBrosPR.com . The fabulous Baker Boys have already written PR for more than 2,000 clients across the globe.

Ben has just finished editing “The Journey” a novel about real life voluntary slavery written by an author and his slave who will only be identified by initials on the book cover. The book will disturb a lot of people and many will refuse to believe it is based on real life. Ben will handle public relations and function as a spokesman for the pair. Ben also recently received the “Band Mother” award from the high school marching band for his work in driving the band bus to events and not leaving anyone behind despite near overwhelming temptation.

Mike Ball:
http://www.learnedsofar.com/

Mike Ball is an award-winning humorist who writes the internationally popular weekly syndicated column “What I’ve Learned So Far…” He lives and writes on the shores of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, sharing a roof with his wife and a psychotic Siamese cat. He is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the recipient of the 2003 Erma Bombeck Award, and a finalist for the 2011 Robert Benchley Award.

Mike’s first book, Bikes, Docks & Slush Nuggets, is Part I of the What I’ve Learned… So Far trilogy. Part II, Angels, Chimps & Tater Mitts, was released in April 2012. Part III, Banjos, Boats & Butt Dialing is “coming soon.”

Mike is also a musician. As front man for the band Dr. Mike & The Sea Monkeys, he plays numerous instruments. The band features songs based on Mike’s columns and books, such as, “At Least I’ve Got Most of My Hair,” “Carlson the Pissed Off Angel,” and “The Colonoscopy Song.”

Mike is also the founder of Lost Voices, a Michigan nonprofit group that takes therapeutic roots music writing and performing programs to incarcerated and at-risk youth. For this work he was awarded the Kindness Community Hero Award from USA Today.

Tracy Beckerman:
http://lostinsuburbiablog.com/

Tracy Beckerman writes the humor column and blog LOST IN SUBURBIA®, which is syndicated to over four hundred newspapers in twenty-five states and on two hundred fifty related websites to about ten million readers (give or take a thousand). She is the author of two books, Rebel without a Minivan, which is a compilation of her earlier columns, and Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs, will be published by Perigee books in early 2013.

Tracy has appeared on The Today Show on NBC, The CBS Early Show, Better TV, LX NY, and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, among others, and does stand-up comedy about how to be a cool mom in the suburbs. Yes, she knows that is an oxymoron.

She has won a Writer’s Guild of America Award and a New York EMMY® for her writing, is a past recipient of the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Award and a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award, and was selected as America’s Top Blogger by The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television.

She speaks frequently at conferences about whatever comes to mind at the moment.

Kim Bongiorno:
http://letmestartbysayingblog.com/

Kim Bongiorno is a writer, blogger, mother of two, and wife looking at her suburban life and wondering what the hell just happened. Her blog, Let Me Start By Saying…, earned her a spot as a Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom in 2011 and 2012 and has received the accolades of sites such as Babble, HuffPostParents, NickMom, and BlogHer. When not sharing inappropriately amusing lists on her blog or shocking the innocent in a weekly humor column at InThePowderRoom, Kim can be found tweaking her young adult novel’s manuscript and finding ways to convince her husband it’s OK to spend endless hours on Facebook.

Lisa Brower:
www.prettybutshallow.com

Lisa Brower wound her way through a dizzying path of careers; from punked out fashionista hair dresser/ underdressed strip club cocktail waitress, crusading social worker/ poor single mother, to prim librarian/ dedicated military wife, and finally to blissed out massage therapist/ tortured comedy writer. She has been a contributor to the Huffington Post and NPR. She is currently living in Nashville, Georgia. Her website is www.prettybutshallow.com.

W. Bruce Cameron:
http://www.brucecameron.com/

W. Bruce Cameron is a Benchley Award winner for humor and was the 2012 NSNC Newspaper Columnist of the Year. He has written for TV (8 Simple Rules, based on his book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) and cowrote the feature film 40 is the New Dead, which will be released in 2013.

His novel A Dog’s Purpose spent forty-nine weeks on the New York Times best seller list. DreamWorks is developing it as a film and Cameron and his writing partner, Cathryn Michon, wrote the screenplay. The sequel, A Dog’s Journey, was published in May 2012, and was instantly a New York Times best seller.

Cameron’s novel The Dogs of Christmas will be published in the fall of 2013. He is currently unsure if he can even write a book without dogs in the title.

Charles Dowdy:
http://www.charleswdowdy.com

Charles Dowdy is a broadcaster living in Louisiana. He is husband to one, father to four, and the morning show host on WYLK The Lake, where he has learned to deftly navigate from the sponsored obituary report (the list of who kicked off overnight) to songs like “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. His book, I Wear the Shorts in this Family, is available on Amazon.

Brittany Gibbons:
BrittanyHerself.com

Brittany Gibbons is a writer, humorist, and catalyst. Known for her satirical wit and self-deprecation, Brittany authors the award-winning humor blog BrittanyHerself.com, in which she over-shares bits of her life between phonetically spelled sound effects and excessive ellipses. She is also a ted speaker, a television personality, and the founder of the body image advocacy site CurvyGirlGuide.com

Hollis Gillespie:
www.ShockingRealLife.com

Hollis Gillespie is an award-winning humor and travel columnist, with her column appearing every month on Atlanta Magazine‘s coveted back page. She is also a best-selling memoirist, NPR commentator, professional speaker, comedian, and guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She has been featured on scores of TV shows and blogs and runs Shocking Real Life, the largest writing school in Atlanta, which offers workshops on blogging and social media. She is the author of Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales from a Bad Neighborhood, Confessions of a Recovering Slut and Other Love Stories, and Trailer Trashed; My Dubious Efforts Toward Upward Mobility. Two of her books have been optioned for television. These days she gets most of her exercise running to catch flights. Contact Hollis through www.ShockingRealLife.com.

Shauna Glenn:
ShaunaGlenn.com

You know that rumor that Southern women are well mannered and slightly submissive? Though ridiculously good looking, Shauna Glenn is neither of those things. In fact she’s borderline offensive—the accent just makes it endearing. She is a stellar mother of four children, even though they often forget to give her presents on her birthday and Mother’s Day. They did give her lice once, but it’s mostly gone now.

The rare times Shauna is let out of her house, she gives keynote addresses at conferences such as BlogWorld, or reads from her latest novel, Relative Insanity, at book signings. She writes a humor column for Fort Worth, Texas magazine and has been featured on various websites that she can’t remember the names of. Shauna’s website is ShaunaGlenn.com; here, she talks about her experiences raising teenagers, and about wine. (The two are related.)

Her next book, titled, Your Vagina Is Not A Rattlesnake: And Other Things They Don’t Teach You At Church Camp, will probably never get published because it’s a collection of true short stories from her childhood and she’s afraid her family will never speak to her again if she puts it out there for the world to read.

Lisa Golden:
http://lisahgolden.blogspot.com/

When Lisa Golden began blogging, she assumed the persona of a political blogger in a lacy black bra. In a classic bait and switch, she began a series titled Adventures in Real Parenting and found that, much to her surprise, some of her readers actually remained.

Mining her family’s situation as part of the growing former American middle class for humor, she wrote her way through two long years of unemployment.

Away from the tyranny of the written word, Lisa plays the part of a cheerful eccentric with a recently acquired office job, three imperfect teen and young adult children, a quartet of politically active cats, an overdrawn bank account, and a flaming addiction to sugar.

Her husband plays her straight man when he’s not threatening to teach her calculus against her will.

If you believe anonymous blog commenters, she’s just another boring blogger who thinks she’s creative, but until they take away her laptop, Lisa will continue to bore the readers of her blog That’s Why, most of whom come around to comfort themselves with the knowledge that, no matter how bad their lot in life, at least they aren’t her.

Aimee Heckel:
aimeeheckel.blogspot.com

Aimee Heckel is a freak. She also writes an award-winning humor style column (turns out, fashion is funny) and has written on nearly every beat at daily newspapers in Colorado for more than a decade. She also writes a fitness column and has been a newspaper and magazine editor. She has a lengthy background of awards and honors, including eight first place awards, both state- and nationwide. She was named the top journalism graduate in the nation in 2001 and now is honored to be part of MediaNews Groups’ Idealab, an elite group of twenty-five journalists nationwide tasked to shape the future of the field. Heckel has also edited and ghostwritten seven books; she runs multiple blogs; she is a social network guru for multiple companies; and she sells her soul in the form of words in any way possible—basically, if words are involved, so is she. Oh, and she loves poodles and lipstick. Stalk her at aimeeheckel.blogspot.com, where you can find links to all of the crazy projects she does.

Lockie Hunter:
www.lockiehunter.com &  www.WritingAdjunct.wordpress.com

Lockie Hunter is from a town in Appalachia where oral storytelling is vital to the community. She’s been known to spin quite a few tall tales, so she thought she’d make it official and get a degree in fiction (a license to lie). Thus, Lockie holds an MFA in fiction from Emerson College in Boston and teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College. She tries to instill an appreciation for the absurd into her students, as they are the leaders of tomorrow and will need as much of a sense of humor as possible. Lockie’s words have somehow found their way into numerous journals including the Baltimore Review, Brevity, the Main Street Rag, The Christian Science Monitor, and others. Her humor has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Opium, The Morning News, and many other venues. Lockie is fueled by fast food, iced tea, and cheap red wine. She is writing a fat Low Country novel that it is certain to find her disinherited. You may find more of her work at www.lockiehunter.com and read of her teaching adventures at her new blog, www.WritingAdjunct.wordpress.com.

Roberta Beach Jacobson:
http://www.RobertaBeachJacobson.com

Author and humorist Roberta Beach Jacobson is the author of Honey, Dust Bunny: Introducing Hubby to 101 Things in the Real World (2011) and Grab Life by the Tail: Activities for Bored Cats (2011). She has authored, ghostwritten or translated dozens of nonfiction books published on four continents and her humor writing has been anthologized in best-selling series such as Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Roberta is a member of the Authors Guild and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Leigh-Anne Jasheway-Bryant:
accidentalcomic.com

Leigh Anne Jasheway won the Erma Bombeck Humor Writing prize in 2003 with her true column on how her first mammogram caught on fire. She’s the author of eighteen books, including Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause. She writes a monthly humor column for the Register-Guard’s Dash magazine and has written for dozens of magazines and ‘zines. Leigh Anne is also a nationally known humorous motivational speaker and stress management expert, as well as a stand-up comic, comedy coach, editor, and grammar instructor. Her website is accidentalcomic.com.

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh:
http://geminiandscorpio.com

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh’s fiction has been widely published online and offline. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she received the school’s highest honor for writing, the Mary Lyons ’35 Prize. Her nonfiction work has won a Silver Clarion Award for Excellence in Journalism. She has served as editor in chief of “Vital Juice,” the daily e-mail newsletter about healthy living, and as features and entertainment editor for Woman’s World Magazine, and she is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids. She is currently completing a novel.

Nicole Knepper:
http://www.chicagonow.com/moms-who-drink-and-swear/

Nicole Knepper is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor whose blog, “Moms who drink and swear,” became the basis for her first book, “Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind.” “Nikki,” or the “Queen of Cussin,” as she is known to her fans in the social media, is known for her commitment to using her vast and diverse audience to raise awareness and funds for charitable organizations. Her unique style of writing weaves common sense, healthy psychology, and humor into her off-color, profanity laced blogs and stories. This honest, nothing topic is ever off limits approach to writing about the hilarity and heartache of parenting consistently draws in new readers, and has resulted in a large and army of loyal readers who identify themselves proudly as fellow moms who drink and swear.

Liz Langley:
http://liz-langley.blogspot.com/

Liz Langley is the author of Crazy Little Thing: Why Love & Sex Drive Us Mad and Pop Tart: A Fresh-Frosted Sugar Rush Through Our Pre-Packaged CultureA freelance writer and columnist for twenty-one years, she has seen her work published in/on about twenty publications, including Salon, Glamour, the Toronto Sun, and the Orlando Weekly. She currently writes a science column for Alternet.orgTen Mind-Blowing Discoveries This Week. She’s also been a radio personality, karaoke hostess, and playwright for, well, not quite as long as she’s done the other stuff. She loves you from afar.

Jen:
www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com

Jen is the anonymous blogger throwing hilarious punches peppered with a liberal dose of f-bombs on her blog www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com. Yeah, the name pretty much sums it up. It ain’t called Rainbows & Unicorns, people, so tread lightly and watch yourself in the comments section—knife fights have been known to break out occasionally. Jen’s 51,000+ fans on Facebook are constantly accusing her of saying what everyone else is just thinking. No one is safe from her ire. She’s gone after innocent elves on shelves, douchey dads, placenta-eating movie stars, and annoying parents. Her sarcastic, irreverent, snarky, and polarizing blog averages one million hits a month.

Jen hasn’t got a book or a newspaper column that you can read—apparently she’s allergic to ink. She has been featured on HuffingtonPost.com and Babble.com. (That’s almost like having a syndicated column in a hundred newspapers around the country or a book on Amazon, right?)

The various awards that she’s received include such keepers as honoree for the BlogHer 2012 Voice of the Year, first place in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Funniest Mom Blogs and Cutest Blog Award (this one was sent to her accidentally and has since been rescinded; her blog looks like shit).

http://www.thebeardediris.com/

Leslie Marinelli is a humorist, editor, and blogger currently living in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She created her blog, The Bearded Iris: A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All, in 2008, to relieve the tedium of being an invisible vessel for grandchildren and PTA donations. Today she is a BlogHer Voice of the Year, a Babble.com Top 100 Mom Blogger, and a Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom. She also tweets like she parents: loudly and with a lot of apologies.

Shannon McKinnon:
www.shannonmckinnon.com

Shannon McKinnon‘s weekly column “Slice of Life” has been appearing in Canadian newspapers since 1991. Her humor-filled garden columns are a regular feature in Gardens West, Gardens Central, and Gardens East magazines. She was the writer and editor at large for the 2012 edition of Container Gardens, put out by Harris Publications in New York.

Shannon lives on sixty acres northwest of Dawson Creek, British Columbia in Canada (mile zero of the Alaska Highway). When she isn’t writing, she is busy doing the organic thing and trying to live as simply and self-sufficiently as possible. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Darcy, and they have two grown sons. Sometimes she golfs. And sometimes she even enjoys it. You are warmly invited to follow her humor column at www.shannonmckinnon.com

Lisa K. Nelson:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-K-Nelson/293366150695726?fref=ts

Lisa K. Nelson has been a working writer since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Illinois. Realizing quickly that news writing was not for someone who liked to make things up, she switched to advertising and became quite proficient. Prone to extreme impulsivity and disdain for all things safe and secure, she was propelled by one sketch writing class at Chicago’s The Second City to Hollywood to write for situation comedies such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Suddenly Susan, and Ellen. The following decade, Lisa moved back to Chicago—dedicating herself to raising her three children, who quickly grew into ungrateful urchins who kvetched endlessly about her not staying in Hollywood and making more money.

An award-winning columnist, blogger, and podcaster, Lisa is headed back to Hollywood in 2012 to write for the Disney Channel sitcom Crash and Bernstein, where she will once again be paid for blurting inappropriate comments—a tendency that has received mixed reviews in midwestern suburbia.

She will be writing for this season’s Last Man Standing on ABC.

Robin O’Bryant:
http://www.robinschicks.com/

Robin O’Bryant is a humor columnist and stay-at-home-mother to three daughters born within four years. She finally figured out where babies come from and got herself under control. Her first book, Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves, has been rated #1 by reader reviews on Amazon in two genres, Humor Essays and Parenting & Families, since December 2011. O’Bryant won the South Carolina Press Association’s award for Best Humor Column for 2012. She was a Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Funniest Moms 2011 and 2012. Babble has listed Robin’s Chicks as a Top 10 Funniest Parenting Blog, and her work has been featured on Huffington Post. She uses her blog and newspaper columns to teach women helpful tips such as: how to breastfeed behind your back,* how to talk to your daughters about man parts, and how to write a proper goldfish obituary.

*Only applies to lactating women with a DD cup or larger.

Jackie Papandrew:
http://jackiepapandrew.com/

Jackie Papandrew airs a lot of dirty laundry on her Facebook fan page (36,761 fans as of right this minute), which seems to amuse the deviant group of folks who frequent the page. She’s the author of two humor books—Airing My Dirty Laundry and The Desperate Dad’s Guide to Getting Some— as well as a motley mix of lifestyle articles, parenting primers, and business writing. Her humor columns have appeared in newspapers such as The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Tampa Tribune, and The Oklahoman, as well as in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and many other publications. Jackie has won a Neal Award from American Business Media, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association, Parenting Publications of America, America’s Funniest Humor Press, and the Florida Freelance Writers Association.

When she’s not airing dirty laundry or advising desperate dads, Jackie cuts an imposing figure in the business world (or not) as the CEO of Bare Board Group, a supplier of printed circuit boards with offices in Florida, Canada, and Taiwan. Bare Board Group was recently included on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Felice Prager:
http://www.FelicePrager.com

Felice Prager is a freelance author and multisensory educational therapist from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the author of five books: Waiting in the Wrong Line, Negotiable and Non-Negotiable Negotiations, TurboCharge Your Brain, SuperTurboCharge Your Brain, and Quiz It: ARIZONA. Prager’s sixth book, How to be the Coolest Parent on the Block, is slated for publication in the fall of 2012. Her essays have been published locally, nationally, and internationally in print and on the Internet. You can find out more about Felice Prager’s books and view samples of her writing at http://www.FelicePrager.com

Rick Rantamaki:
http://rantamaki.blogspot.com/

Rantamaki, Rick (ran-ta’-macky [Finnish]) Contributor to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Born circa 1966, Quotes: “My existence alone proves humor knows no bounds.”; on the Cereal Theory of Relationships, “Some settling may occur.”; on the Adopted Theory of Relativity, “Everywhere I go DAMN there I am.” noun 1: Ohio-born humorist who, after stumbling upon a forbidden map of the United States (revealing other states), became the first in his class to relocate to a warmer climate. 2: Bumbling father, photographer, trail runner, engineer, IT manager, writer, and commuter who enjoys going bumper to bumper with his fellow rush hour captives. 3: Amateur weather guesser. verb 1: To prank. “We waited till nightfall before we rantamakied their yard with police tape.” 2: To heal with divine powers. “His presence alone was enough to rantamaki the computer.” verb transitive 1: To botch an ideal relationship. “Wedding bells were in the air, until I rantamakied the plans with my adolescent behavior.” syn: see OAF, IDIOT, DOLT, FOOL, BAD DATE.
Rick’s a member of SouthernHumorists.com (despite his Yankee heritage) and the CIA (Certifiable Idiots of America).

Susan Reinhardt:
http://susanreinhardt.com/

Susan Reinhardt is the author of the Amazon and Malaprop’s bookstore top seller, in its seventh printing, Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size Six (Kensington, 2005) and Don’t Sleep with a Bubba (Kensington, 2007), winner of a January Magazine Book of the Year award. Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin, a culinary bestseller, came out in May 2008.

Many of her stories have been anthologized in the best-selling More Sand in My Bra series (May 2007), featuring heavy hitters like Laurie Notaro and Ellen DeGeneres, and she has a story in Southern Fried Farce, which features authors such as Roy Blount, Jr. and Celia Rivenbark. She was one of twelve authors chosen to write the serial novel Naked Came the Leaf Peeper, also a Malaprop’s best seller.

Reinhardt is a syndicated columnist with Gannett Newspapers, the largest chain in the country, and her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including The Washington Post, where she has a syndicated piece.
She has won dozens of national awards, including Gannett’s Outstanding Writer of the Year, and for twelve consecutive years she was named best columnist in western North Carolina.

Reinhardt stars in videos for the newspaper, some which have gone viral. Have you seen her Sarah Palin impression? Hundreds of thousands have!

She has also delivered hundreds of speeches, including the keynote address—along with Dave Barry—at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Conference.

Her column appears in countless newspapers across the country each week, reaching more than one million readers. She is also a regular guest on radio stations across the country and has been featured in More magazine and appeared on the Today Show. Reinhardt is the mother of two, and for kicks, she rides a unicycle and twirls a baton—at the same time. She loves doing stand-up comedy and performs for charities.

Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle, Reinhardt’s first novel, will be out in late June.

Patch Rose:
One Year to Live?

In November 2005, Herald reporter and freelance writer Patch Rose was diagnosed with a GBM brain tumor. Statistically, GBM patients live about one year after diagnosis. His book, One Year To Live? is based on Patch Rose’s true-life story. “What’s the most basic, fundamental lesson I have learned from my cancer experience? Don’t open suppository wrappers with your teeth,” is a typical quip–mining humor while tip-toeing around land-mines—from the book.

That same year Patch won the coveted Mona Schreiber Prize for X Marks The Spot, “A wonderfully absurd rumination on the religious practice of Ash Wednesday,” according to Brad Schreiber—founder of the contest. Brad wrote a story about Patch and the meaning of “writers community” after learning of his death in 2009. “He was a man who managed to make a scar on the side of his head look as natural as his smile. He was one of the most vibrant people I have ever met.”

Patch’s series of columns compiled in book form won first place in its category in the New Mexico Press in 2007 and was chosen as the editors’ favorite in Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups, and Crack-ups. Three years after Patch’s passing, he remains an important part of our writers’ community. To view the full article, go to http://redroom.com/member/brad-Schreiber/writing/patch-rose-and-the-meaning-of-a-writers-community

Joel Schwartzberg:
www.joelschwartzberg.net

A nationally published essayist, public speaking coach, Internet executive, law school dropout, and doomed Wheel of Fortune contestant, Joel Schwartzberg is the author of the personal essay collection The 40-Year-Old Version (www.bookfordad.com), which won first place in the humor category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and second place in the humor category of the 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.

Joel’s work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, New Jersey Monthly, The Star-Ledger, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Babble.com, PBS Parents, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, AOL ParentDish, and in regional parenting magazines across the US and Canada.

A father to three, husband to one, and slave to six cats, Joel can be reached through his portfolio at www.joelschwartzberg.net.

Del Shannon:
http://www.goodreads.com/delshannon

Del Shannon is a civil engineer who designs and constructs (and sometimes even deconstructs) dams around the world. When not damming, he has written award-winning essays and children’s stories. His first children’s book was the serialized novella The Map, published in several newspapers. Captain Disaster is his second, a novel. Del lives with his family in Colorado and always seems to be daydreaming of Captain Disaster. http://www.captaindisasterbook.com/

DC Stanfa:
http://dcstanfa.com/

DC Stanfa is the author of The Art of Table Dancing: Escapades of an Irreverent Woman (Orange Frazer Press), which was recognized as one of the top ten memoirs at the New York Book Festival in June 2007. It was published internationally by Librario.

After a couple of decades selling empty boxes for a living, Stanfa embarked on a second tree-killing profession (and finally put that PR/journalism degree to some use) as a writer.

She has made various television appearances and was featured in an interview for In The Tank, a documentary program on PBS. Stanfa has appeared in several publications, including The Cincinnati Enquirer and Ohio Magazine, and has appeared several times in Susan Reinhardt’s column. She also contributed a story and a parody diet to Reinhardt’s Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin.

Stanfa was a regularly featured guest/book reviewer on Cincinnati radio station Q102’s website Amy’s Table: A Girl’s Guide to Living, for a segment called “Two Books and a Beach.”

Hosting dozens of beach party book signings, this beach fanatic traipsed from the Midwest to Caribbean and Atlantic Coast beaches. Her trademarked phrase, Will Dance For Margaritas™, adorns hats and other promotional items, and is also the title of her forthcoming book. Stanfa mentors women in both business and the arts. She has also been on faculty at several writers’ conferences, teaching humor writing workshops.

She has a real diamond but is only fake-engaged to her pool boy/retired police chief/bodyguard boyfriend. Her website is www.dcstanfa.com. 

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley:
sherrystanfa-stanley.com

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley is fond of saying she is a recent empty-nester who now devotes her spare time to caring for rescued animals. In reality, the grown children keep coming home and she caters to a bunch of spoiled and badly behaved pets. By day, Sherry is a communication director at a midwestern university, and by night she writes women’s fiction, humor, and human interest stories. Sherry’s work has appeared here and there, and now here… She received one of nine national fellowships in 2011 by the Midwest Writers Workshop. She is currently changing her life through 52 eye-opening, frightening and humiliating new experiences. Follow along on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The52at52Project.

Bob Woodiwiss
https://twitter.com/bwsez

Bob Woodiwiss writes a humor column for Cincinnati Magazine and is a regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is the author of Keys to Uncomfortable Living: An Indulgence of My Peculiarities, An Indictment of Yours, and his work is included in The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals. He is also the owner of and Director of Undirected Thinking at Bob, The Agency, a creative boutique. Look for him sitting alone on a couch at parties or follow him on Twitter @bwsez.