VJ Books Presents Author John Green!
John Green was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1977. He grew up in Michigan, Alabama, and Florida. Green attended Kenyon College in Ohio and graduated in 2000 with a double major in Religious Studies and English. Afterwards, he worked as a student chaplain at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Although he initially planned to become an Episcopal priest, and even enrolled in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, before beginning his studies there he decided instead to pursue writing.
While working on his first novel,
Looking for Alaska (2005), Green worked as a publishing assistant and production editor for Booklist. He is best known for his young adult novels and as a YouTube content creator. John Green and his brother, Hank Green, communicated with each other solely through videos for a year on a YouTube channel they called Vlogbrothers. After the year concluded, they continued creating content for this channel, and eventually several other channels as well, and they have achieved an international following. Among other humanitarian projects, the Green Brothers created a charity called the Foundation to Decrease World Suck. They also founded VidCon, an annual conference for online video content creators and their fans.
John Green's novels garnered a spate of awards, and some credit his writing as being part of the impetus behind a shift towards more realistic, contemporary stories in YA novels. Several of his stories have also been adapted to the screen, including the wildly successful
The Fault In Our Stars (2012).
In addition to these achievements, Green has reviewed books for
The New York Times Book Review, and created radio essays for NPR's All Things Considered and WBEZ Chicago. He also has a podcast called The Anthropocene Reviewed, about things which owe their existence or current form to the circumstances of the current epoch of human influence. This podcast spawned a collection of essays under the same name, which was released in 2021 as Green's first non-fiction book.
Green is an Episcopalian, feminist, and avid soccer fan. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and their two children.