A Northeast Ohio native, Jill has called the West Bank of the Flats home for the past six years. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2004 with her BFA in creative writing and from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with her Masters in Library & Information Science. Her first job out of graduate school was as the sole librarian at a minimum security all-male prison on the far west side of Cleveland. Today she is an academic librarian at a small career college located in the 216. She has volunteered for the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Western Reserve Historical Society library, and is a founding board member of Told CLE.
Her blog, The Year of the Phoenix, chronicles her journey from weighing 311 pounds to running 13.1 miles and gaining a healthy lifestyle and losing weight. A two-time half-marathoner, Jill will be completing her third-half marathon this May as a 2015 Ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon. Heavily active in the FitBloggin’ community, she manages their Twitter account (@Fitbloggin) Monday mornings. In July 2014 she became a certified indoor spinning instructor through Harness Cycle, located in the Hingetown neighborhood.
On the weekends, Jill can be found running at Edgewater Park, day drinking at one of the city’s many brew pubs, at a bar in Tremont, watching a movie at the Capitol, or brunching it up in Ohio City or Lakewood. During warmer months she is a regular shopper at the Cleveland Flea and loves covering the walls of her apartment with original art from local artists. She also is often busy fulfilling orders for her Etsy shop, PK Paper Company. While she technically lives downtown, she considers herself a west sider although she can sometimes be coaxed to cross the Cuyahoga with the right incentive.
Originally from Summit County, Jill has a book forthcoming from Arcadia Publishing about her hometown of Hudson, Ohio.