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Meet the people who make My Funny Valentine what it is: the funniest book of the season. The writers, comics, and cartoonists here represent the best in humor: they've won the top awards, syndicated widely, published books, written for star performers, created TV shows, played rooms in Vegas. Welcome to the "crew"...just click on the list on the right to see individual profiles.

EDITORS

Linton Robinson has been an award-winning professional writers for lo, these many years, writing for top markets from American Photographer to Harpers to Hustler, and syndicating humor columns to most hip urban weeklies in the west. He has edited newspapers, undergrounds, magazines and mail catalogs, published a line of poetry books, and lives off the self-published/pimped, Mexican Slang 101 while plotting how to further waste his God-given drive towards complacency.
Lin's recent books include Imaginary Lines and Sweet Spot, and a novel based on one of his humor columns: The Weekend Warrior.
Karla Telega is a humor writer with a particular eye to the baby boomer generation. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, the class of too long ago to remember. She co-founded and edited The Laughing Trapezezine, a monthly humor anthology, and is a regular contributor on the nationally syndicated Skirt Magazine. Karla’s articles have won two awards in the National Humorpress writing contest. She is a member of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop.
You can read her humor blog at Telega Tales and Tart Cookies.

CONTRIBUTORS

Joel Schwartzberg is Media Director of a PBS newsmag, former head writer at Nickelodeon, founder of the TIME For Kids website, and contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Daily News, and Chicken Soup, as well as winner of too many awards to even think about. Yet primarily thinks of himself as a father, public speaking champ, and Wheel of Fortune fail.
Joel's Website is inspirational, as his most recent, award-spangled book, The 40-Year-Old Version.
Suzy Soro If Suzy Soro looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her on television. Like on Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm or over fifteen standup comedy shows including Comic Strip Live, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Starsearch and An Evening at the Improv.Suzy has toured with both the U. S. O. and M.W.R. and toured Germany, Holland, Macedonia, Serbia, Korea, Johnston Atoll and Japan. She also produced and toured with her own standup group, Single, Married & Divorced, for eight years.
Suzy blogs at Where Hot Comes to Die and you can see snapshots from her comedy career at Suzy Soro. Follow her on Twitter at @hotcomestodie.
Ernie Witham is a humor lifer. A contributor to a dozen of the Chicken Soup anthologies, he also syndicates his column from the Montecito, California Journal on the Senior Wire News Network. Best-selling side-splitter Christopher Moore has called Ernie "the Dave Barry of the West". In addition to his on-going, award-winning humor workshops, Ernie is a photographer, graduate of Brooks Institute.
Admirers of Ernie's fine wit will want to check out his Author Page and his books, Ernie's World and A Day In The Life of a "Working" Writer.
Leigh Anne Jasheway is a humor writer, comedian, and stress management expert. She is the 2003 winner of the national Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award for her true story on how her first mammogram caught on fire. She teaches at both the University of Oregon and Lane Community College , runs a comedy troupe, is a humor columnist for the Register Guard’s Dash Magazine, and is the former host of Women Under the Influence of Laughter, on KOPT 1600 AM.
See Leigh Anne’s seventeen books, including How'd All These Ping Pong Balls Get In My Bag!? The Stressed-Out Woman's Guide to Letting Go with Laughter, Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny, Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause, and Bedtime Stories for Dogs at her website: Accidental Comic.
Barry Parham writes humorous columns, essays and short stories. Music fanatic, 1981 graduate of the University of Georgia, and self-described eco-narcissist, Barry won several awards for the stories, "Going Green, Seeing Red" and "Driving Miss Conception", in his 2009 sleeper, "Why I Hate Straws".
To find out why he hates straws, and experience his other humorous collections, "Sorry, We Can't Use Funny," and the Politically Incorrigible "Blush: Politics and Other Unnatural Acts”, as well as follow his columns and appearances, see Barry’s author page on amazon.com.
Lauren Stevens is an Executive Producer, Showrunner, and Writer in the TV and film industry, with credits at VH1, MTV, ABC, ESPN, Comedy Central and Spike. More recently, she produced digital programming for Sony PlayStation and Mattel. She has recently turned to novels, and humor writing.
See Lauren's humor and observations on her Website and the Blog with the cheerful name.
Tim Rickard is one of the funniest guys alive. Not usually said about Mensa Members who graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan. In addition to his multi-awarded comic strip "Brewster Rockit: Space Guy"--syndicated by Tribune Media and a hilarious warping of SF settings and icons to his own fiendish satires--Tim has illustrated three dozen book covers and drawn for publications ranging from Better Homes to The Washington Post.
Follow Tim's comic strip adventures of the starship R.U. Sirius, his blog at the Greensboro, N.C. News and Record... and definitely check out amazon for his probably dangerously funny book, Brewster Rockit: Space Guy, Close Encounters of the Worst Kind.
Barb Best is the 2010 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner and a Top Ten in The Robert Benchley Writing Competition. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Saturday Evening Post, and Today Magazine among many other publications, and her humor has been performed by prominent comediennes, including Joan Rivers. Her new ebook, 100 Fast & Funny is available on amazon.com.
Barb's work can be seen at online magazines More.com and Divinecaroline.com and Humorwriters.org in addition to her own LOL-able blog “BarbBest.com” and at Alltop "Best of the Best" Humor News. Follow Barb on Twitter at @HaBarb.
John Boston is recognized as one of America’s top humorists and political satirists: winner of over 119 awards across the country, culminating in the Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award. His adventure/comedy novel, ”Naked Came the Sasquatch”, was required reading at Harvard. He lives on Scared o’ Bears Ranch in Santa Clarita, California, with his 8-year-old daughter, Indiana..
Fans of Johns voluminous past work are certain to enjoy his new venue, TheJohnBostonMagazine.com, His latest novels include the Orwellian, “Adam Henry” and the much anticipated/dreaded “Honey, I Never Slept With Sarah Palin”.
E. Mitchell is an award-winning humorist, novelist, playwright-ist with literary bling from Thurber House, the Robert Benchley Society and the Will Rogers Writers’ Workshop. Anthologies include Chicken Soup and A Cup of Comfort as well as non-brothy books like Bad Austen and In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000.
E. (e. for short) is author of the sci-fi humor novel The Amazing, Incredible Shrinking Colossal Bikini-Crazed Creature from the Public Domain,recently adapted for the stage in San Diego and Chicago, heading for Broadway via the Donner Pass. The 2010 Writer’s Digest screenwriting awardee currently dishes the Film Hound blog for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Seek further befuddlement at emitchellhumor.com.
Jonathan Shipley is a freelance writer living in Seattle with his wonderful daughter. His play, “Deviled Eggs,” a humorous look at his painful romantic life, was produced and performed at the Blue Heron Theatre. His poetry has been published in a German welding magazine. Seriously. It was romantic poetry for welders. He likes Skittles, but only the original flavors. He makes his seven year old daughter laugh, especially that one time they were at the University of Washington library and looked up the word ‘fart’ in an old giant dictionary. “Intestinal gas expelled through the anus.” He is currently at work on a novel about cubicle life and finding other words in the dictionary that’ll make his daughter giggle.
Jonathan's prolific work has widely published, including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Diner Journal, Fine Books Magazine, Lexus Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Not to mention Hobart Pulp, Seattle Salmon, Yankee Potroast and Cap’n Wacky. Other anthologies include Mountain Man Dance Moves and The McSweeney’s Joke Book of Book Jokes. He edited the book Bat Boy Exposedfor the Weekly World News. More on this amazing, weirdo writer at jonathanshipley.blogspot.com
Robert Ferrell is one of America’s most beloved literary personalities, with well over a dozen enthusiastically reviewed books to his credit when he died in 1961…wait, I’m thinking of James Thurber. Ferrell is actually the author of well over two books the youthful citizen-journalist reviewers infesting numerous literary Web sites were unwilling to read, since they contain more than 140 characters. He also has won awards as a calligrapher and fine artist, bookbinder, iconographer, photographer, and woodworker. He is a classically-trained percussionist and has served as house percussionist for both a dinner theater and a community theater, as well as a member of a regional symphony orchestra, a touring Jazz/Dixieland band, numerous Celtic and Early Music ensembles, and the folk rock group Restless Wind Mr. Ferrell’s works can be found on Amazon.com, on Scribd, and in Login: Magazine. His writing has been variously described as “brainy fiction,” “bitingly clever social satire,” and “File Not Found.”
Robert has authored two quirky speculative fiction novels, Tangent and Infinite Loop, the tongue-in-cheek fantasynovel Goblinopolis, the award-winning hallucinogenic novella Infinity or Bust, and a host of short stories and belles-lettres.  He is a member of The Netwits and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Robert Benchley Society Humor Writing award.
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