Julia A. Whitehead is the founder and CEO of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Her background includes serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and writing and editing for Random House, Inc., Military Officers Association of America, and the state legislatures of both South Carolina and Indiana. Whitehead taught English to 100 children in Thailand in 2000 and worked for nearly nine years as a medical writer for Eli Lilly and Co. before leaving Lilly to open the Vonnegut Library.
She was a member of Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series Class of 38, and she serves on the Affiliate Steering Committee for Chicago’s American Writers Museum. She is the mother of two readers of banned books, Joseph and Daniel, and is the wife of National Book Award nominee and attorney, J.T. Whitehead
Whitehead’s favorite Vonnegut Book is God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Her favorite Vonnegut character is the little boy “Joe” from the short story DP in Welcome to the Monkey House. Julia’s heart breaks every time she reads this story, yet she continues to reread it.
Her favorite thing about Indianapolis is the that all sectors from nonprofit arts and culture, to human services, to corporations, to educational institutions, to the government (well, sometimes the government) work together to create this thriving city with outstanding ethnic restaurants and unique neighborhoods, world-class music, art, and education… and, of course, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.