Joel Keller Freelance Writer

About Joel Keller

I'd like to say I was born in a log cabin, skipped ahead three grades in grammar school, wrestled grizzly bears in Alaska, and married Pamela Anderson. But sadly, that's someone else's life... somewhere...

As for me, I am a native of a tiny New Jersey suburb; in one essay, I affectionately called it the "Greater Butler Metropolitan Area". After graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology with a computer engineering degree, I toiled away at various Information Technology jobs for about a dozen years, most of them in the employ of one of the biggest names in the industry. Mostly I did system administraton work, which invloved setting up servers and networks, fighting viruses, and making sure customer applications kept humming along without a hitch. If you're not sure what company I'm talking about, I'll just say that their name is three letters, their color is blue, and they like to make computers that beat people at chess.

Anyway, I've always had a desire to write; when I was a kid, I'd write really bad mystery stories -- complete with their own hard-boiled detective character -- and submit them to Ellery Queen magazine. Then, when I was older, I wrote for the school papers in both high school and college. During my post-college years, I wrote humorous essays from time to time, fancying myself as a more potty-mouthed version of Dave Barry.

I got really serious about getting published a few years ago, while I was still working my IT job. Since then, things have been on the upswing. I've published essays, reported articles, and profiles in a number of different publications, from local New Jersey lifestyle magazines to large-scale publications like The New York Times and Salon. In 2005, I started writing for the AOL blog TV Squad, where I was able to parlay my love of TV into a paying gig (not bad work if you can get it).

Right now, I live in New Jersey, not far from where I grew up. I like writing about what interests me, including technology, compelling personalities, food and restaurants, and travel. And, of course, I still like writing funny essays whenever I get a chance. Even though I may not want to be Dave Barry anymore, I still want his salary.