Brooke Preston is a Midwest-based writer, satirist and storyteller. Her humor writing has been published in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Reductress, Men’s Health, Romper, The Huffington Post, Electric Literature, Weekly Humorist, The Cooper Review, The Billfold, Slackjaw, Live Wire Radio, Columbus Monthly magazine, and other web and print outlets.
She is one of the founders and editors of The Belladonna Comedy, a satire site by women and non-binary writers, for everyone. She and her fellow editors co-authored a satire book called "New Erotica for Feminists", published in November 2018 by Plume/Penguin Random House in the US, and Sceptre/Hodder & Stoughton in the U.K.
Trained in satire writing at The Second City and sketch and improv at Portland's Curious Comedy Theater, She is now a proud faculty member of The Second City Training Center, where she teaches the Online Satire Writing program. She also leads workshops for the Thurber House, MadLab and others.
She enjoys adventuring and binge-watching things with her husband, daughter and doofy labs.
The New York Times: Literary Agents Seeking Fresh Voices
The Belladonna editors are back with a satirical look at what lit agents really want these days. This appeared online and in the April 21 print edition in the Loose Ends column of the Sunday Review section.
McSweeney's: New Erotica for Feminists
The piece that launched more than 100k Facebook shares, hundreds of LaCroix-based Tom Hardy fantasies, and your very favorite satire gift book.
Vulture (New York Mag) Named "New Erotica for Feminists" #4 On Its 10 Best Comedy Books of 2018!
When David Sedaris is #1 and you're #4, you had a very, very good 2018.
Forbes Profiles the Authors of New Erotica for Feminists on How to Turn a Viral Article Into a Published Book
Thanks to Forbes for making us feel like titans of industry for a day.
Paste Magazine Names The Belladonna One of 7 Humor Sites You Should Be Reading.
Says writer Graham Techler (about the Belladonna, a satire site I co-founded with Caitlin Kunkel, Carrie Wittmer and Fiona Taylor in 2017), "It’s a site that’s both continually increasing the standards of internet humor while pushing back against the patriarchal status of the comedy industry at the same time." We're proud to be included and so proud of our more than 250 writers--and counting!
Hey, I’m in Writer’s Digest! “The Comedy Writers and Satirists of the #MeToo Movement”
I and my fellow Belladonna editors are thrilled to be featured/quoted in this great Writer’s Digest piece on the female satirists of the #MeToo movement.
Columbus Monthly: A Modern Runway Fantasy
I freelance regularly for Columbus Monthly, but this was the first time they've commissioned me for a satire piece. This was a humor response piece to problematic comments made by a local VS exec. Thanks to my hometown heroes Columbus Monthly for asking me to envision a better, more egalitarian runway.
New Erotica for Feminists: The Book
By Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor and Carrie Wittmer
"He takes me into his office and closes the door...to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy."
NOW AVAILABLE on Plume in the U.S. (Penguin Random House) and Sceptre in the U.K. (Hachette/Hodder & Stoughton), New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust and Equal Pay is a satirical book based on the now-viral McSweeney's piece of the same name. Full of hilarious snippets of love, lust and equal pay, you'll want to buy a copy for every feminist you know.
Order HERE! Do you own a store or website that wants to carry the book? Please reach out using the contact form below.
I am represented by Susan Raihofer at the David Black Agency (literary) and Mary Pender-Coplan of UTA for tv/film rights. For book-related inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form below to reach me.