Joseph Barbato is an author and journalist whose books include Writing for a Good Cause and several literary anthologies. He is a former columnist and contributing editor at Publishers Weekly, and has written about books and authors for The Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Progressive, Smithsonian, the San Francisco Chronicle, America, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He was born and raised in New York City and earned an M.A. in American studies at New York University, where he worked for many years as a writer and editor. He was co-editor of The Remington Review, a literary magazine, and served twice as president of Washington Independent Writers. A former editorial director at The Nature Conservancy, he has been a consultant to MIT, the Brookings Institution, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and other nonprofits. He lives in Alexandria, VA.