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Welcome to the Illinois Authors Wiki!

June 7, 2017, marked the centennial birthday for Illinois' own beloved author and poet, Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Many programs are being planned to celebrate. Go to the Our Miss Brooks website for more information about them.

The Illinois Authors Wiki is a project of the Illinois Center for the Book. It is a comprehensive resource for information on authors, photographers and illustrators who have published books and have lived in Illinois or written about Illinois.

To search for Illinois authors:

Go to the navigational bar on the left and,

  • Click on the first letter of the author's last name in the alpha list, or
  • Insert a keyword (first name, last name, pen name, city, book title, etc.) in the "Search" box below the alpha list.

To contact an author:

Go to the author's profile to find the author's website, email address, post address, agent, etc. and make contact with the author in the manner that you're most comfortable with.

  • Please Note: Emails sent via the "Contact Us" link on the Wiki do not go to the authors; they go to the staff at the Illinois Center for the Book.

To be included in the Wiki:

Determine whether you are eligible to be listed as an Illinois author by reviewing the:

If eligible, complete the Request Author Listing form.

Illinois Authors Featured on the Gwendolyn Brooks Building

The Illinois Center for the Book is located in the Illinois State Library's Gwendolyn Brooks Building in Springfield. One of the unique features of the building, is the names of Illinois authors etched on the building's exterior fourth-floor frieze. These names represent thirty-five distinguished authors who made an indelible mark in literature and in the rich history of Illinois.

These authors also serve as the foundation for the State Library's Illinois Authors Room, where a collection of works by Illinois authors are preserved and displayed. The collection grows daily as new authors donate signed copies of their books.