Joel Glazebrook was born in Mackay and started writing at the age of six after his grandmother gave him an old typewriter.
After completing a degree in journalism and political science at James Cook University, Townsville, he moved to Canberra where he worked as a media and project officer for the Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations. He then took a job at Centrelink, and relocated to Brisbane last August. Now he has gone back to university, studying to become a high school teacher.
The Broom Closet, an idea that he came across in a newspaper won him State Library of Queensland Young Writer for 2007. He received $2000 and professional development programs with the Brisbane Writers Festival and Queensland Writers Centre.
He is working on a novel, and every Sunday plays guitar and sings at a restaurant in Brisbane's CBD.