Adoff, Jaime

Born: June 2, 1967

Ohio connection: Resident

Yellow Springs

Jaime Adoff was born in New York City. He was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he continues to reside. Jaime is the son of the Newbery-Award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton and the equally renowned poet Arnold Adoff. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State University in Ohio, where he studied drums and percussion. He returned to New York City in 1990 where he attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied drums and voice. Jamie Adoff then went on to pursue a career in songwriting and fronted his own rock band for eight years. He released two CD’s of his own material and performed extensively in New York City and throughout the US. Having a strong desire to make a positive and lasting contribution to children and young adults, Adoff turned his creative energies to writing. Themes running through his opus include the fears and aspirations of young adults, and an exhortation for mutual tolerance, respect, and deeper understanding. Jaime’s publications include The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music, (2002), Names Will Never Hurt Me (2004), Jimi & Me (2005), and The Death of Jayson Porter (2008).

In 2013 Jaime Adoff received his M.Ed. from Antioch University.  He teaches 9th grade English/language arts in a high school near Yellow Springs.  As Adoff confesses, “I have not published a novel in a while, but oh, the stories I could tell after almost three years teaching high school students!”


Jimi & Me (2005) was the recipient of the 2006 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, a 2006 YALSA quick pick for reluctant readers, a 2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age and was selected to the VOYA Top Shelf fiction list for 2005. The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music (2002) was the 2003 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book for The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth; (2004) IRA Notable Book for Names Will Never Hurt Me; (2002) a VOYA poetry pick and a CCB Best Book of 2002 for The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth; Teen Buckeye Book Award (2010) for The Death of Jayson Porter.