J. Patrick Lewis

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J. Patrick Lewis

Author of:
Porch Light
The Lottery, 1969

J. Patrick Lewis earned his Ph.D. in Economics at The Ohio State University (1974) and taught at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio until 1998.  He has published extensively in the field of Economics. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous academic journals, as well as The Nation, Technology Review, The Progressive, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and other newspapers and magazines. He has had seven short stories and over ninety poems published in literary journals. In 1991 he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for his adult poetry, a collected volume of which, Gulls Hold Up the Sky, has been published by Laughing Fire Press.

In addition to writing and publishing short stories and poems, Dr. Lewis has published over 65 children’s books, many of them for major publishers. He writes full-time and has won many awards for these books. He also makes over 30 visits to elementary schools each year, keynotes at literature conferences, presents teachers’ workshops on introducing poetry in the classroom, and reviews children’s books for The New York Times. He was the US Children’s Poet Laureate from 2011-2013. jplewis42@gmail.com