Raised on the East Coast near Baltimore, Joel moved to Montana in the spring of 2015. After securing a job editing an art textbook for his first year in Kalispell, he spent his spare time writing poetry, hiking in Glacier Park and beginning his third book, his first fictional novel. Joel has published work in over sixty magazines, newspapers and websites. He had written for National Public Radio, Verizon, Wells Fargo, The Alzheimer’s Association of America, Home Instead Senior Care, Homegamers and Wolters Kluwer Publishing. He was the chief editor for Two Cents a Mile by Nevres Cefo and The Barnstone Method by Myron Barnstone, and authored Wednesdays with Myron. Other published works include 144 Ways: A Guide to Spirituality and How I Made $20,000 in my Underwear. Joel also Co-founded the Maryland Ensemble Theatre and directed The Comedy Pigs, a sketch/improv troupe in Frederick, Md. for 10 years. During his tenure at the theatre, he wrote dozens of comedy sketches and songs, many of which are still performed regularly at the MET.