John Schlimm is a Harvard-trained educator, artist, activist, and international award-winning author of seventeen books.
His books include the memoir Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life's Greatest Questions, the call-to-action anthology Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!, and several cookbooks, including The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour, The Cheesy Vegan, Grilling Vegan Style, The Tipsy Vegan, and more.
John has traveled the country speaking about inspirational/motivational topics, cooking, entertaining, and public relations, including his "Embrace Compassion, Change the World" keynote address on Capitol Hill. He has appeared on such national media outlets as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, NPR, Martha Stewart Living's Everyday Food, The Splendid Table, QVC, and Fox & Friends.
A member of one of the country's oldest and most historic brewing families, John sits on the Board of Directors at Straub Brewery in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Founded in the 1870s by his great-great-grandfather Peter Straub, this American Legacy Brewery and Pennsylvania landmark destination was named one of the five best places in America to drink American beer by Fodor's Travel.
For more than 20 years, John has honed his talents as an artist, working in a variety of different mediums from wood, canvas, and acrylics to marker, paper, photography, and video, and genres ranging from primitive Folk Art to Contemporary. Recently, he debuted his participatory art piece titled THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours) with installations in Canada and Washington, D.C. In 2013, John was honored with the Elk County Council on the Arts' “Heart in the Arts” humanitarian award.
John graduated summa cum laude from Marymount University with a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations and a minor in Studio Arts, earned his dual Secondary Education Certifications in English and Speech Communications at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and completed his Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University.