About Ira Brooker

I’ve done a lot of writing in my life. At the moment, that writing is scattered all over the four corners of the internet. Some of it even predates the days when every piece of writing required a digital record, if you can imagine such a dark age. This site is my attempt at bringing all of – or at least a sizable sampling of – my best writing together under one roof.

On the bio tip, I live in Saint Paul, MN. I’m a freelance writer and editor by trade. I’ve written at least a little bit of pretty much everything, including website copy, email campaigns, product descriptions, blogs, marketing materials, social media campaigns, and plenty more for clients including Best Buy, CHS, Siteimprove, Valere, HalloweenCostumes.com and LiveNation.  My main writerly passion is the arts, which manifests itself in feature writing, artist profiles, reviews, and the like. I’ve been blogging about arts grant recipients for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for several years, and have also written for the Walker Art Center’s MN Artists blog,  Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, City PagesTime Out Chicago, the Chicago Tribune‘s Redeye, Where Y’at, and all manner of other places.  I’ve also served as editor for a variety of publications, most recently the local theater magazine Minnesota Playlist, for whom I still review plays on a regular basis. I have an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and stand as evidence that it is, in fact, possible to find meaningful employment after art school.

I hope you find something here that you can enjoy. If not, well, like the fella said, “You can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.”

Keep the people working,
Ira Brooker

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