Joel Brigham has been a high school English teacher in Central Illinois for 15 years, teaching Creative Writing, American Literature, Speech, and Yearbook. He is 80 percent of the way through the Teaching & Learning masters degree program at Illinois State University, and when he graduates, he intends to throw a party with cake, even though he’s 36 years old.

As an author, he writes Young Adult fiction, including his debut novel, “Die Enormous,” for which he is currently seeking representation. Having spent so much time with high school kids and having once been a teenager himself, he loves the medium almost as much as the audience.

He writes freelance SEO blogs for small businesses and covered the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers as a senior writer for HOOPSWORLD and Basketball Insiders for 12 years, covering events ranging from the NBA Finals to NBA All-Star Weekend. Having grown up an hour south of Chicago in the 1990s, he remains an avid Bulls fan against his better judgment.

He also enjoys writing in third person, apparently.



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