Joy Parks

Ottawa, Canada

Professional Experience

I have nearly 30 years of experience in writing reviews, interviews, profiles and articles for magazines, newspapers and other publications. In addition, I have worked in marketing communications and advertising as a copywriter in both freelance and staff capacities. My commercial clients have ranged from small boutique food chains to international high tech companies. During my years as a marketing writer, I had the opportunity to write advertising campaigns, online campaigns and websites, newsletters, brochures, radio spots, catalogues and a variety of other communications materials. Currently, in addition to my freelance work, I provide research and writing services for a national postal administrations philatelic (stamp) operations. This work includes topical copy for collectible products such as covers and booklets, articles for a branded content publication and marketing/pr materials.


20 Years
25 Years
Other, Specify
25 Years


Books & Literature
25 Years
Consumer Products
5 Years
9 Years


Advertising, client side
5 Years
Advertising agency
10 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

27 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Publisher's Weekly (10+), Globe and Mail (Toronto) (3-5), Imbibe Magazine (1-2), San Francisco Chronicle (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

A consumer product design start-up (10+), PR and promotions for (10+), A regional specialty food retailer (6-10)

Other Work History

In addition to holding senior creative staff positions at graphic design studios, publishing/communications firms and advertising agencies, I have worked as the copy chief at the in-house agency of a major software developer. I have also worked as an editor at a small children's publishing company, ghost-written columns for tech CEOs on recruitment, innovation and other business issues, written professional summaries of business books for a well-known corporate education publisher, and freelanced as a monthly book columnist and feature writer for a national news magazine. In my spare time, I write fiction and have published close to a dozen short stories.

Computer Skills

Word, PowerPoint


I have won more than 50 awards for my work in advertising and marketing. In early 2008, I was informed I had won (in a three-way tie) the Gaylactic Spectrum award for my short story "Instinct," published in The Future is Queer (Arsenal Pulp).


National Book Critic's Circle, AvantGuild



I received the 2007 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Short Fiction (representing the best science fiction, fantasy or horror short fiction with significant positive GLBT content) for Instinct, published in the multiple award-winning anthology, The Future Is Queer (Arsenal Pulp Press).
WINNER OF THE 2011 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR LESBIAN EROTICA Winner of the 2011 National Leather Association International's Samois Anthology Award


My occasional blog on branded content, social media, copywriting, marketing and related topics.
My personal blog on books, baking and other heady stuff.


Branded content on stamps to celebration Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign.
A story on a set of commemorative stamps on Canadian inventions.
A collection of links to articles of mine that have appeared in Herizons magazine.
A profile of writer Karen Tulchinsky
Interview with Nicole Conn, author and filmmaker.
How Ann Bannon changed lesbian fiction by writing about the butch of her dreams.
An essay on the history and mystery of the egg cream.
When you're printing millions of dollars worth of stamps a day, there's no room for error.
What made the historic Canadian Bank Note Company tear a hole in their roof?
What happens when a feminist reveals her passion for fashion?
A historic look at the role women have played in creating advertising directed at women's markets.
An essay about my childhood affection for To Kill A Mockingbird's Scout.
I wrote all editorial content in the Winter 2011 issue of Details magazine.
A story on one of Canada Post's semi-postal stamps
A story on a stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Miss Supertest III Harmsworth victory.
A story on the Roadside Attractions Stamp series.
All editorial content for the Spring 2011 issue of Details magazine.
Interview with write Ivan E. Coyote and a review of One Man's Trash
An essay on the "mainstreaming and masculinization" of lesbian sexuality.
An interview with Ivan E. Coyote
Interview with Tracey Ryder, editor-in-chief of the Edible Communities' 50+ local food magazines.
Interview with Minnie Bruce Pratt--on economics, poetry and the place where the two connect.


A review essay on two books that examine the relationship between food production/consumption and urbanism.
Book review of a recent work by a well-known lesbian author.
Review of Margaret Atwood's The Tent
Review of Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights by Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell
Review of The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag And Other Intimate Literary Portraits of the Bohemian Era by Edward Field
Review of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Birth of the Lesbian Rights Movement By Marcia M. Gallo
Review of Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 by Nan Alamilla Boyd
Review of The Last Time I Saw You By Rebecca Brown
A review of Joyland by Emily Schultz
Brief book reviews
A review essay on Carole Pope's Anti Diva
A closer look at Meaker's relationship with mystery writer Patricia Highsmith.
A review of Wendy Wasserstein's Elements of Style.
A review of Baby Remember My Name, edited by Michelle Tea
Review of Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950-1965, edited by Katherine V. Forrest
Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men, edited by Melissa de la Cruz and Tom Dolby
A review of Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity, by Anna Camilleri and Chloë Brushwood Rose
Review of "Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex" by Regina Marler
A review of Felicia Luna Lemus' Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties
A review essay on lesbian domestic violence
Review of the novel Motherless Child.
Review of Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography by Mary Soderstrom
A review of Gastropolis: New York City and Food
A review of Virginia Woolf's "lost" first novel.
Review of Susann Cokal's Mirabilis.
A review of Gallo's history of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Birth of the Lesbian Rights Movement.
Review of Ivan E. Coyote's Bow Grip
Review of translated Russian novel by Perrine LeBlanc; David Scott Hamilton, trans
A review of Michelle Landsberg's Writing the Revolution--a collection of her Toronto Star newspaper columns.



My marketing and advertising writing for various clients.
My content/copywriting consulting company