Jill Smolowe is the author of the memoirs Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief and An Empty Lap: One Couple’s Journey to Parenthood, and co-editor of the anthology A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents.
An award-winning journalist, she spent 30 years meeting tight deadlines as a foreign affairs writer for Time and Newsweek, and a senior writer for People. Her articles have also appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, More, Money, Red [UK], Bark, Adoptive Families and the Reader’s Digest “Today’s Best NonFiction” series. Her essays have been featured on Fortune.com, Time.com, SheWrites.com and EverydayHealth.com, and appear regularly on the PBS site NextAvenue.org.
After completing Four Funerals and a Wedding, Jill found new expression for her interest in the intersection between grief and resilience by becoming a certified grief and divorce coach. Today, she partners with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia to help them identify, then take, the steps that will restore joy, momentum and purpose to their lives.
Committed to helping other writers realize their goals, Jill has lead memoir workshops since 2015, most recently through The Writers Circle. She has edited memoir manuscripts for more than 20 years.
She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Bob. Their three grown children are frequent visitors.