About the Authors

Caitlin KunkelBrooke PrestonFiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer are comedy writers and satirists whose work has been featured in The New YorkerMcSweeney's, and many other outlets across the vast internet. Together, they co-founded and edit the website The Belladonna, which responds to today's culture, news, and politics with comedy and satire written by women and non-binary authors, for everyone. 


Caitlin Kunkel

Caitlin Kunkel is a comedy writer and satirist. Her work has been featured in The New YorkerMcSweeney's Internet Tendency, and as the writer for Public Radio International's Live Wire Radio.

She created the online satire writing program for The Second City and teaches workshops across the US. You can subscribe to her newsletter for writing advice, and follow her tiny thoughts on Twitter @KunkelTron.


Brooke Preston

Brooke Preston is a Midwest-based comedy writer, satirist and storyteller. Her work has been read or heard on McSweeney’s, Reductress, Romper, and other web and print outlets.

She is a proud faculty member of The Second City Training Center, where she teaches in the Online Satire Writing program. She also leads workshops for the Thurber House, MadLab and others.


Fiona Taylor

Fiona Taylor writes comedy, satire, and fiction. She has been published in Shouts & Murmurs in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Funny Women on The Rumpus and The Establishment, among other places. 

She grew up in Florida, but it’s not her fault. 

Superpowers: always being cold no matter what the actual temperature, alligator wrestling, an amazing repertoire of voices for stuffed animals.

Follow her on Twitter + Medium @fionaleslie


Carrie Wittmer

Carrie Wittmer is a Brooklyn-based comedy writer, entertainment journalist and critic. By day, she writes about television and "Paddington 2" for Business Insider's entertainment team. On nights and Saturdays, she writes jokes. On Sundays, she sings songs she made up about her dog to her dog. 

She's been published in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and Refinery29 and her work has been syndicated on sites including The Independent. Her most gorgeous tweet was liked by Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2017. Twitter + Instagram @carriesnotscary