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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jerome A. Pohlen  

Pen Name: Jermone Pohlen

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: Colorado


Illinois Connection

Pohlen currently resides in Berwyn, Illinois, and is an editor at Chicago Review Press.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pohlen is a travel writer and editor. His "Oddball" series of books (''Oddball Illinois, Oddball Wisconsin, Oddball Indiana, and Oddball Colorado'') have been called "the definitive guides to offbeat destinations." He is currently at work on three new editions to the series featuring strange places and unique sights to be found in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio. Reviewers have called his series of books "irresistible, hilarious, well-written and informative".Pohlen works for Chicago Review Press as an editor. He also writes and performs travel essays built around interviews he would tape during his research for his "Oddball Books" for the ''Eight Forty-Eight'' show on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate. He has written for the ''Chicago Reader'', and a little-known magazine called ''Crime Wave''. He has also written about 20 educational books and science kits, few of which are available in trade outlets (or Amazon), but are still sold through teacher book clubs, catalogs, and stores.A lifelong politically active citizen, Pohlen was the youngest delegate at the 1982 Colorado Democratic Convention, has served in the Peace Corps, and has run for Congress.

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-- Parent`s Choice Award, National Parenting Publications Award.