For some, it’s a working stove and a well-stocked pantry. For others, it’s a perfectly written script and someone yelling, “action!” Some people find it through the syncopated beat of an 808 drum machine. Others find it when they step onstage in front of a live audience. For joseph riley land, it’s a blinking cursor on a blank Word document [Macs only, please]. It is their passion, their love, their raison d’être.
Born and raised in a small town in Tennessee (Olive Hill, population… 600? Maybe. On a day with no funerals and a lot of births.), young Joseph realized he had a passion for the written word at an early age. While in the fifth grade, he made an attempt to read every book in the school library until he got to the books about airplanes and promptly dropped that unfortunate project. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English while studying at Sewanee: The University of the South, where his beloved Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books gave way to the likes of Toni Morrison, William Faulkner and Eudora Welty.
After a slew of odd jobs, Land gave up on Plan B and moved to Harlem in the summer of 2006 with a dream and $78 in his pocket. “I made it work then and am I’m still making it work today,” he proclaims with enthusiasm. “Although my professional background is varied, writing always has been and always will remain my passion.”
Currently writing for UPTOWNflavor, The Couch Sessions and F.I.T. Money Magazine, Land has also made contributions to Bleu Magazine, NorthStar News, HX Magazine and Sewanee Magazine. Additionally, he has maintained a well-received blog [http://www.kitchensofa.com] since 2003. In 2008, he branched out into graphic design and then later that year launched a greeting card line that can be found in boutiques in both New York and his native Tennessee. Currently, he is working on a collection of short stories, any one of which he might turn into a novel – who knows? – entitled “Breathing Butter.”