I’m J Brooke. I awake each day thrilled to be a full-time writer. Maybe that’s in contrast to my previous occupations, maybe it’s the caffeine, or, like Springsteen conjectured in The River, “is it something worse…”
My work has been published more times than Steph Curry scored points (in Game 1, first quarter, of this season’s finals.) I’m the respectful recipient of some incredibly nice honors including winning Columbia Journal’s 2020 Womxn’s History Month Nonfiction Award for an autobiographical essay I wrote about coming out (again).
This winter The Fiddlehead (the oldest Canadian Literary Magazine still in circulation) is publishing one of my stories, and that’s pretty exciting.
And I just found out I’ll have an essay published in an upcoming issue of The Massachusetts Review where I was beyond fortunate to work with genius author and editor Morgan Talty on the final edit.
It always baffles me when writers resist re-working their work… I view it as a most generous gift when fresh eyes spend time and talent in my direction.
Speaking of editing, one of the best jobs I ever loved was being the Nonfiction Editor for The Stonecoast Review. I’d accept that job again in a heartbeat if it didn’t mean I’d have to go back and get another MFA…
Still speaking of editing, I often ghost-edit essays and serve as guest editor or reader for other publications. (There’s a form below to contact me if you’re interested in discussing further.)
Speaking of my MFA, it’s from The University of Southern Maine, and if you’re thinking of pursuing an MFA, (or pursuing another one), I strongly urge you to consider this outstanding program. I touched and took myriad other workshops, classes, programs elsewhere and what I most liked about USM’s was the paramount caliber of student and staff coupled with across-the-board lack of ego.
Speaking of ego, I’m currently working on an essay collection. I’m also simultaneously accepting assignments including interviews and book reviews (there’s that form later to contact me if you’re interested in discussing further.)
Thanks for clicking on, around, or through my website.
J Brooke (They/e)