Biography


Joel


I am an author, editor, marketing communications writer, journalist and playwright in Connecticut. I began writing professionally at the age of 17 as a stringer for my hometown newspaper, The Westbury Times, and continued as a student journalist at Hofstra University, from which I graduated with a degree in communication arts.


Joel


My career began on a video industry trade magazine, where I was an assistant editor, followed by a similar position on a photo industry trade magazine. After that I moved into marketing communications for such firms as Bozell & Jacobs Public Relations, for which I was an account executive; Olympus, as public relations manager; Agfa, where I served as employee and corporate communications manager; and Fujifilm Medical Systems, for which I work on a wide variety of employee communications projects.



As a freelance copywriter I have written many successful websites, direct mail brochures, ads, press releases and case studies for clients in industries ranging from retirement communities and digital product manufacturers to publishers and insurance companies. As a journalist my features, essays, columns and trade articles have appeared in many publications, including Hartford Magazine, The New York Times, New Jersey Savvy Living Magazine, Mobility Magazine, Dramatics Magazine and others.



Magazine articles, newsletters, corporate & employee communications


I am the author of several nonfiction books, including 2016’s “Some Kind of Lonely Clown: The Music, Memory, and Melancholy Lives of Karen Carpenter,” and a biography of my grandfather, a noted novelty songwriter. On behalf of my books, I have appeared at more than three dozen film festivals, book fairs and community centers coast to coast, as well as on several radio and cable TV shows. Two of my short plays have been performed on stages in New York and Connecticut.