John Schlimm is a Harvard-trained educator, artist, advocate, and international award-winning author of twenty books.

His newest book is EXTRAORDINARY DOGS: Stories from Search and Rescue Dogs, Comfort Dogs, and Other Canine Heroes. John’s other books include the Christopher Award-winning memoir Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest QuestionsMoonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit; Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!; and a series of plant-based cookbooks, including The Tipsy VeganGrilling Vegan StyleThe Cheesy Vegan, and The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour. John’s first children’s book, The Star Jumped Over the Moon, will be released in 2022.

A professor in the Division of Communication and the Arts at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, John has also traveled the country speaking about inspirational/motivational topics, his artwork, Generation Z, cooking and entertaining, and public relations, including his university commencement address titled “The Road to YES is Paved with Many NOs” and his “Embrace Compassion, Change the World” keynote address on Capitol Hill. He has appeared on such national media outlets as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, NPR, Martha Stewart Living’s Everyday FoodThe Splendid Table, QVC, and EWTN’s The World Over.

John’s essays and other writings have been widely published, including at The Huffington Post and as an “Architect of Change” for MariaShriver.com.

John is also the creator of such Participatory Art projects as The Gen-Z Time Capsule in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum and THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours), which has been installed across the country, including at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. His other works include Text COMPASSION; Planting COMPASSION; Planting PEACE / #5dayPEACEchallenge; My America Is…; SMILE & WAVE; The Garden of GratitudeA Garden of Kindness coloring book; and “A Family Poem for the World.”