Not Fancy Bio

I am an INTJ Slytherin Scorpio Xennial fat feminist that the New York Times once called "a stylish and sparkly writer." I write essays on pop culture and body politics, including mental health and internalized fatphobia (BUST), why Tom Hanks was a big ol' catfish (Bitch), and why Harry Potter should have been a Slytherin (Tor).  Sometimes I also write books about my life, including my "prison librarian memoir" which reached #6 on the Wall Street Journal nonfiction ebook bestseller list. I live in Cleveland, AKA best city in the entire world (don't @ me) and am a former librarian. These days my official job title is Communications Specialist but my unofficial job title is Professional Book Nerd. My three favorite words are All Day Breakfast.

Sort of Fancy Bio

A Northeast Ohio native, I was born and raised in the city of Hudson. My love of books and writing started early, scribbling away during math class and, later in the evenings when I should have been doing my math homework. In high-school, I began working at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. I continued to work there for the next couple of years, including on and off when I was at Bowling Green State University getting my BFA in Creative Writing. Those years were formative in my decision to eventually pursue my Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Kentucky.


Upon graduating with my MLIS, I moved back to Northeast Ohio, this time to downtown Cleveland. My first professional job was as the sole librarian at an all male, minimum security prison on the far west side of the city. After two years behind bars, I transitioned to academica and worked as a librarian at a very small technical college. Currently, I work on the marketing team of OverDrive where I get to tell librarians and readers all the awesome things about ebooks. It's pretty much the best job ever.


When not working and writing, I am the body positive blogger behind The Year of the Phoenix, where I discuss body liberation and being your own hero. Other writing has appeared on Bitch, BUST, Fatventure Mag, The Millions, and Tor.com.

My three favorite words are still All Day Breakfast.

Very fancy Bio

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, which was shortlisted for the 2020 In the Margins Social Justice & Advocacy Book Award, and Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack . 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 leading 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. 

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Last updated June 8, 2020