Called "a stylish and sparkly writer" by the New York Times, Jill Grunenwald is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian (Skyhorse, 2019) which was shortlisted for the 2020 In the Margins Social Justice & Advocacy Book Award and was a finalist for the 2020 Ohioana Book Awards. Her first memoir, Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack, was published by Skyhorse in 2017. She has her BFA from Bowling Green State University and her MLIS from the University of Kentucky.
Jill's writing has also appeared in Cleveland Magazine, Bitch, BUST, Fatventure Mag, The Millions, and Tor.com. Currently, she is employed as a marketing & communications specialist at OverDrive, the ebook and audiobook app for libraries and schools, where she is also the creator and co-host of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. She lives and works in Cleveland.