About the author
Humor columnist and award-winning freelance writer Joanne Brokaw spends her days dreaming of things she’d like to do but probably never will - like swimming with dolphins, cleaning the attic, and someday overcoming the trauma of elementary school picture day.
She’s spent the majority of her professional writing career covering entertainment, freelancing and penning columns for dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites in the U.S. and Canada. Her extensive writing resume includes Refreshed Magazine, Patheos.com, American Greetings, Beliefnet.com, Christian Voice Magazine, Brio Magazine, Breakaway Magazine - just to name a few. (Click here for writing samples)
She's the recipient of four Evangelical Press Association awards: 2004 Fourth Place Higher Goals Award for Freelance Article; 2010 First Place Higher Goals for her Gospel Soundcheck blog at Beliefnet.com, which was cited by national media outlets including ABCNews.com, The LA Times, and MTV.com; a 2015 First Place Higher Goals Award in the Humorous category; and a 2016 Third Place Higher Goals Award in the Humorous category. She's also the recipient of an Excellence in Writing Award from the Ozarks Christian News.
A collection of her columns, What The Dog Said, was published in 2013 by Wordcrafts Press. The book includes reader favorites culled from columns penned over several years, as well as one new piece about the death of her dog, Scout.
Joanne is working on her next project for WordCrafts, a local history book with a focus on beautiful Mt. Hope Cemetery, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to her favorite local history website, RochesterSubway.com.
When she's not writing, Joanne is walking in cemeteries, binging on Netflix, and exploring the stage in various local improv, acting, and theater adventures. (Click here for a peek at "Dashboard Dramas III: Interforometry", written by Kerry Young and performed at the 2016 Rochester Fringe Festival, and, below, the Village Idiots' Improv 48 Hour Film Project movie short, "Therapy".) You can also catch her in "Midtown", the improvised cop comedy, available on Amazon.com, (season 1, episode "Powerball").
She lives in Western NY with two dogs, a cat, some chickens, an army of dust bunnies, and one very patient husband. You can read more on her blog, www.NotesFromTheFunnyFarm.com.