Joanna Buffum was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey. 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 Bride, Monmouth 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 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 haunting old bookshops, she’s hiking with one, two or all of her three dogs.