Joanna Buffum is a writer born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey, and currently living in Maine. She studied English and Anthropology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and then returned to her hometown to join the staff at New Jersey Monthly, first as a research assistant, then Entertainment and Events Editor and eventually also Associate Editor.

Her beats at the magazine ranged from outdoor recreation to science, history, food and public policy, including an award-winning exposé on the Christie administration’s mishandling of the state’s nascent medical marijuana program. Her work also appears in Longreads, MTV Iggy, Refinery 29, New Jersey BrideMonmouth Magazine and Her Campus.

In early 2017, she left New Jersey Monthly and moved back to Maine to focus on her first novel, a historical fiction about a frontier homestead in an area that is now part of Chester, New Jersey. The book, tentatively titled The Skeletons of the Forest: A 300-Year American Folktale, is partially inspired by her experiences at her friends’ small sustainable farm based at the abandoned Larison Turkey Farm in the center of downtown Chester.

Visit her blog, Figments & Frames, where she writes about and photographs her growing antique book collection. When she’s not writing or teaching snowboarding at Sugarloaf Mountain, she likes to explore old bookshops and hike the Maine mountains with one, two or all of her three dogs.

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Writing

HEALTH & MEDICINE

Left Behind: New Jersey’s Dental-Care Gap (NJ Monthly)
For Special Needs Population, Oral Health is a Struggle (NJ Monthly)
The Mystique of Sleep (NJ Monthly)
Growth Business: Inside Montclair’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NJ Monthly)
Cannabis Conundrum (NJ Monthly & Editor’s Pick on Longreads)
Medical Marijuana Patients One Step Closer to Edibles (NJ Monthly)

EDUCATION

Mindful Classrooms: Teaching Kids to Cope, One Breath at a Time (NJ Monthly)
The Fragile Generation: Handling Food Allergies in Public Schools (NJ Monthly)
Shedding Light on Autism in Ghana (NJ Monthly)
Are Public School Teachers Entitled to Free Speech? (NJ Monthly, online)
Higher Ed, High Ideals: History of Women’s Education in New Jersey (NJ Monthly)

HISTORY

Fairy Tale Fortresses: Castles of New Jersey (NJ Monthly)
A Utopia Goes Down in Flames (NJ Monthly)
White House Gardens are Home to Politics, Pleasures and Whimsy (NJ Monthly)
Hercules Powder Company Kenvil Works: The Blast That Rocked NJ
(NJ Monthly)
A Tree Grows in Jersey: History of Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees (NJ Monthly)
Environmentalist Poet Joyce Kilmer: Rooted in Mahwah (NJ Monthly)
Presidential Timber (NJ Monthly & Monmouth University Magazine)

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Roughing it Without the Rough (NJ Monthly)
Skin in the Game: A Day at Sandy Hook’s Gunnison Beach (NJ Monthly)
The Ultimate NJ HIking Guide
(NJ Monthly)
Axe Your Worries Away at Stumpy’s Hatchet House (NJ Monthly)
Chasing Waterfalls (NJ Monthly)
Rapid Transit: Taking the Plunge with Extreme Canoers
(NJ Monthly)
When Elephants Fly (NJ Monthly)
Guide to Path and Park Systems in Morris County (Patch)

FOOD & DRINK

Farm to Market: A Day with Central Valley Farm (NJ Monthly)
Healthy Boardwalk Food (NJ Monthly)
Sweet Talk: 6 Scrumptious Chocolate Shops
(NJ Monthly)
Brew It Yourself
(NJ Monthly)
Crunching Numbers—and Pickles (NJ Monthly)
Local Farms, Locally Funded
(NJ Monthly)
A Toast to Taylor Ham, Egg & Cheese
(NJ Monthly)
Serving Innuendo: Cups Frozen Yogurt
(NJ Monthly)
Oasis in the Food Desert: Camden City Garden Club (NJ Monthly)
Earn Your Pumpkin Degree (NJ Monthly)
David Todd’s City Tavern (Quick Bite, NJ Monthly)
Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza (Quick Bite, NJ Monthly)
The Weirdest Foods From Around the World (Her Campus)

 

ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & POP CULTURE

King of Fantasy: George R.R. Martin (NJ Monthly)
Charlie Puth: Rumson’s Pop Prodigy (NJ Monthly)
Creating Art From Sandy’s Wreckage (NJ Monthly)
New Mercer Stage Takes a Bow (NJ Monthly)
Literary Locales This Fall (NJ Monthly)
Book Fest Bound for Morristown (NJ Monthly)
Weehawken’s Lasting Legacy (NJ Monthly)
How An ABC Family Show Tackled Campus Rape In An Honest & Real Way
(Refinery 29)
15 End of Summer Music Festivals (MTV Iggy)
The Top Ten People Most Likely to Become the Next Justin Bieber (MTV Iggy)
The “Persian Version” of the Jersey Shore (MTV Iggy)
Rest in Peace Christopher Wallace (Her Campus Bowdoin)
Top Ten Movies Set in New Jersey (Patch)

BOOK REVIEWS

Driving the Saudis by Jayne Amelia Larson (NJ Monthly)
The Good Cop by Brad Parks (NJ Monthly)
Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman (NJ Monthly)
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (NJ Monthly)
The Turncoat by Donna Thorland (NJ Monthly)
Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates (NJ Monthly)
Sea of Shelves (personal blog)

CONCERT & EVENT REVIEWS

The Dog Whisperer Live (NJ Monthly)
Funny Or Die Oddball Comedy Festival (NJ Monthly)
Million Dollar Quartet Live Worth the Ticket (NJ Monthly)
Off-Roading Amid the Beasts at Six Flags Wild Safari (NJ Monthly)
Lady Gaga @ Madison Square Garden (MTV Iggy)
Robyn, Kelis, Dan Brown and Far East Movement @ Webster Hall (MTV Iggy)

ALBUM REVIEWS

Femme Fatale by Britney Spears (Her Campus Bowdoin)
Shinobi Ninja EP (MTV Iggy)

FASHION, BEAUTY & BRIDAL

Game of Thrones Wedding Buzz: Sansa Stark’s Winter Wedding (NJ Bride)
Sole Men: Rago Brothers & The Luxury Leather Industry
(NJ Monthly)
Stylephile: A Dress for Every Occasion (NJ Monthly)
Stylephile: Boutique 161 Mom & Daughter Duo (NJ Monthly)
A Surprise Guest (NJ Bride)
Keratin Treatment: Everything You Need to Know
(Her Campus)

INTERVIEWS

Q&A with George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire (NJ Monthly, online)
Q&A with Noelle Skodzinski, editor of Cannabis Business Times (NJ Monthly)
Q&A with Patti Stanger, reality star, Millionaire Matchmaker (NJ Monthly)
Q&A with Rob Fusari, music producer (NJ Monthly)
Far East Movement, artist (video interview, MTV Iggy)

LIFESTYLE & REGIONAL

Saving Seats at Sage Eldercare (NJ Monthly)
Fall Getaway: Cozying up to Chester (NJ Monthly)
Back to the Beach Post-Sandy: 2013 Jersey Shore Guide
(NJ Monthly)
A Feast of Fall Festivals (NJ Monthly)
Lap of Luxury: Morris Animal Inn (NJ Monthly)
The Top Ten Bars in Morristown (Patch)

RELATIONSHIPS & SATIRE

Spring Break Flings: A Great Thing or the Greatest Thing? (Her Campus)
Stage Five Clinger: It Doesn’t Just Apply to Girls (Her Campus)
What to Do When You See Last Semester’s Crush for the First Time (Her Campus)
100 Reasons Why He Hasn’t Responded to Your Text (Her Campus)
Don’t Let All the “Cute” Couples in On the Secret (Her Campus)
Bromance: What Its All About (Her Campus)
How to Interact with Your Guy on Facebook (Her Campus)

PERSONAL ESSAYS

It Was Easier to Give in Than Keep Running (essay published anonymously on Lindy West‘s tumblr project “I Believe You / It’s Not Your Fault,” a resource for victims of sexual assault. The essay went viral and made the front page of Reddit, Yahoo News, and was shared by millions around the world on social media, including writers at Cosmopolitan and Upworthy)
The Diary of a 36DD (Her Campus)
The Things You Notice When You’re Not Drinking (Thought Catalog)
Arianna Huffington on Mothers, Success and Sleep (NJ Monthly)

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Press & Awards

The 2016 Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards

Consumer / Single Article / Health & Fitness: Honorable Mention

November 2015 story Mystique of Sleep

SLEEP CYCLE

New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists

Magazine Reporting: Third Place

November 2014 story Cannabis Conundrum

NJSPJ Award

Yahoo News

“It’s not your fault:” Why this blog post has got lots of people talking

Bowdoin Orient

Buffum ’11 Writes the Right Stuff for Her Campus

Buffum Experiences MTV, Her Campus

Bowdoin College Senior Profile (bowdoin.edu)