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2010 Ohioana Book Festival Featured Authors
The writer and illustrator of the Scholastic Easy-Reader series, Max Spaniel, inspired by the life and stories of a dear family pet. He created the visual development for the 20th Century Fox feature Horton Hears a Who (2008).
Throughout his career David has written or illustrated over seventy notable and award winning books and has twice been honored by the New York Times with the Best Illustrated Book of the Year award. In 2009, David was presented the Isaac Scott Hathaway Award in recognition of his body of work. The award is named for Isaac Scott Hathaway, an early 20th century African American artist whose work reflected the emerging influences of African Americans on the fabric of the American experience.
In a past life, David was a nine-time winner of the Cox Award for editorial cartooning and has been syndicated to more than 900 newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. He currently lives in Springfield with his wife Deborah and their dogs Beetle, Blu and Tubbs.
A novelist and O. Henry Award-winning short story writer, Dan Chaon’s Await Your Reply was named as one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by Publisher’s Weekly. In 2001, he was a National Book Award finalist for his collection of short stories entitled Among the Missing. In 2006 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland Heights and teaches creative writing at Oberlin College. He was a 2009 “Choose to Read Ohio” author for his book You Remind Me of Me.
A popular and prolific author, Foster has produced more than seventy novels since her first book was published in 1996. She writes romantic novels as Lori Foster, and in recent years has also branched out into the genre of urban fantasy under the name L.L. Foster. Her 2008 book Hard to Handle reached #2 on the New York Times best-seller list. Foster lives in West Chester, Ohio.
The 2010 recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio, poet Andrew Hudgins is also a past nominee for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He won the Poets Prize for his narrative poem, After the Lost War. Born in Texas, Hudgins was educated at Huntingdon College and the Universities of Alabama and Kansas. Hudgins has mentored two generations of poets as a teacher at the University of Cincinnati and at The Ohio State University, where he currently serves as Humanities Distinguished Professor in English.
An Ohioana Award-winning writer of novels and poems for children, Angela Johnson is also a three-time winner of the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award, presented annually for “outstanding inspirational and educational works that promote understanding and appreciation of the cultures of all peoples.” Johnson was born in Alabama and grew up in Windham, Ohio. Now a resident of Kent, Ohio, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2003.
A writer of historical fiction for young adults, Lisa Klein is a native of Peoria, Illinois. She received her B.A. from Marquette and her Ph.D. in literature from Indiana University. Klein was an assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University for eight years, where her special discipline was Shakespeare and Renaissance culture. Klein lives in Columbus.
Martha Moody, author of 2001’s bestseller Best Friends, graduated from medical school in 1982. She finished her internal medicine residency in 1985 and was in private practice as an internist until 2000. Since then she has been the volunteer medical director at a clinic for the working poor, and is a volunteer at Wright State School of Medicine teaching first year med students physical diagnosis. She lives in Ohio with her husband and four sons.
David Lee Morgan, Jr. has been a sports reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal since 1995. He has won several awards for his coverage of high school sports, including the James A. Sutherland Award, given to the top “rookie” reporter in Northeast Ohio and was named the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Writer of the Year three times (2004, 2007, 2009). He is a former high school and collegiate athlete. He played baseball and basketball at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio and baseball at Youngstown State University.
An award-winning cartoonist, graphic novelist, and essayist, Ted Rall was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. Rall has been a political cartoonist and op-ed columnist for United Press Syndicate since 1996, his work appearing in more than 100 newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Village Voice. He currently serves as President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Rall has twice won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and in 1996 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning.
Lucy has a BS in biology and an MA in journalism and is a graduate of the 1995 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop; her classmates included authors Kelly Link and Nalo Hopkinson. She has worked as a computer systems specialist, science writer, biology tutor, researcher, software reviewer, radio news editor, and bassoon instructor. In her past life as an editor, she published Dark Planet and selected poetry and software reviews for HMS Beagle. She currently produces a column for Horror World on science and technology for writers and coordinates the writing workshops at the annual Context conference. Recently, Snyder won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for poetry for her collection Chimeric Machines. She currently lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and occasional co-author Gary A. Braunbeck.
2010 Ohioana Book Fair Authors
Arnold Adoff, Greene County, Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays and Conversations
Arnold Adoff, poet and anthologist, has published more than 30 books in 30 years for young people and their older allies. In 1988, Adoff was awarded, for the body of his work, the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. He travels around the country visiting young readers and writers in their schools, reading his poems and teaching poetry and creative writing. Commenting on his poetry, he has said, “I will always try to turn sights and sounds into words. I will always try to shape words into my singing poems.” Visit Arnold’s website or visit the Virginia Hamilton website.
Kazim Ali, Lorain County, The Disappearance of Seth
Kazim Ali has worked as a political organizer, lobbyist, and yoga instructor. His books include two volumes of poetry, two novels, and a book of lyric prose. He is the founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books. He teaches at Oberlin College and in the University of Southern Maine’s low-residency MFA Program. In 2008 he received a Writers and Friends Award from The Lit, Cleveland’s literary association, and in 2009 he received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Visit Kazim’s website.
Paul Bauer, Portage County, Circus Parade
Paul J. Bauer is a used and rare book dealer in Kent, Ohio. He is the coauthor of Frazier Robinson’s autobiography, Catching Dreams: My Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues. Along with Mark Dawidziak, he has written introductions to four books by Jim Tully, including Circus Parade. Visit Paul’s website.
Jules Bennett, Scioto County, Love in Bloom
Jules Bennett sold her first romance novel in 2005 and hasn’t looked back. Since then, she has sold 8 books to 3 publishing houses: The Wild Rose Press, Samhain Publishing and Silhouette Desire. Her upcoming books will be from Silhouette Desire and will be published back to back in March and April 2010. She won the Linda Howard Award of Excellence in 2005. Bennett works part-time in a bustling salon, raises 2 little girls and is married to her high school sweetheart. Visit Jules’ website.
Laura Bickle, Franklin County, Embers
Laura Bickle works in information technology and lives in Ohio. She holds an M.A. in sociology/criminology from Ohio State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her previous work and avocations include stints in political science, criminal justice, and cat wrangling. Visit Laura’s website.
George Bilgere, Cuyahoga County, The White Museum
George Bilgere has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, the Society of Midland Authors, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohioana Library Association, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the Fulbright Foundation. In 2009 he received a Pushcart Award. He has read his poetry at venues around the country, including the Library of Congress, the 92nd Street Y in New York, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Bilgere teaches at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Living in Cleveland has made him tough, resolute, and uncomplaining. He also hosts Wordplay, a spoken-word radio program that has been called “the Car Talk of poetry.” Visit George’s website.
Peg Bobel, Summit County, Canal Fever: The Ohio & Erie Canal, from Waterway to Canalway
Peg Bobel, a native of Akron, Ohio, worked for over 30 years as a social worker and nonprofit administrator. She enjoys writing and editing, often combining her interests in natural history and regional history. She and her husband, Rob, have written or edited several popular guides to the local area, including Trail Guide” Cuyahoga Valley National Poark, The Nature of the Towpath, and Towpath Companion.
Gary Braunbeck, Franklin County, Far Dark Fields
Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications. Some of his most popular stories are mysteries that have appeared in the Cat Crimes anthology series. Visit Gary’s website.
Rosa B. Brinkman, Hamilton County, In My Father’s Footsteps
Raised in Albany Georgia, Rosa Brinkman now resides with her husband, daughter and grandson in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has four mature children who compliment her in her full time career as a special educator in Cincinnati Public Schools. Rosa also has seven grandchildren. A graduate of Xavier University, Brinkman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education/Special Education and a Masters degree in Educational Administration which she earned in 1988. She has a profound talent for teaching and is very affectionate in educating children with disabilities, therefore, has continued her life in education. She believes that “high achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectations.” Visit Rosa’s website.
Don Bruns, Allen County, Stuff to Spy For
Don Bruns is the award winning author of nine books and two series, plus the co-editor of the anthology A Merry Band of Murderers. His latest novel, Stuff to Spy For, is a comic/thriller that Publisher’s Weekly calls “laugh out loud funny.” Bruns also writes a grittier series set in the Caribbean. Noted author Sue Grafton says “Don Bruns has carved out his niche. Sex, drugs, rock and roll and murder. What more could you want?” Bruns is an Ohio native and has won ForeWord Magazine’s Mystery of the Year and the Florida Writer’s Association Mystery of the Year. Visit Don’s website.
Carla Buckley, Franklin County, The Things That Keep Us Here
Carla Buckley is the debut author of The Things That Keep Us Here. She was born in Washington, D.C., attended Oberlin College and The Wharton School for Business, and has worked in a variety of jobs, including a stint as an assistant press secretary for a U.S. senator, an analyst with the Smithsonian Institution, and a technical writer for a defense contractor. She is the Chair of the International Thriller Writers Debut Program and a member of RWA. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and children. Visit Carla’s website.
Neil Carpathios, Stark County, Beyond the Bones
Neil Carpathios is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Playground of Flesh (MSR Press), At the Axis of Imponderables (winner of the Quercus Review Press Book Award), and most recently Beyond the Bones (FutureCycle Press, 2009). He also has written several award-winning chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, The Georgia Review, Southern Review, and others. Carpathios attended The Ohio State University and The University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, a Writers and Friends Award from The Lit (Cleveland’s literary association), and several Pushcart Prize nominations. He teaches at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Cinda Williams Chima, Cuyahoga County, The Demon King
Cinda Williams Chima began writing romance novels in middle school. Her NYT bestselling Heir Chronicles young adult fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), and The Dragon Heir (2008), all from Hyperion. Chima’s newest YA fantasy series launched with The Demon King (2009), with The Exiled Queen scheduled for September, 2010. Chima’s books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, to the Kirkus Best YA list, and the VOYA Editors’ Choice and Perfect Tens lists. Chima lives in Ohio with her husband, son, and a neurotic African gray parrot. Visit Cinda’s website.
C. Fern Cook, Marion County, Wild Evolution and Learning to Love on Indian Time
Fern Cook started out as a freelance writer in the late 90’s doing articles for the how-to and inspirational markets. Today she writes about her passions: small town life, the great outdoors, and all the animals that inhabit this planet with us. When it comes to genres, Cook does not stick with one. If a genre existed for animal stories, that would be her genre. All the characters in Cook’s stories are at the crossroads of life. It’s their chance to grow or run and hide. It’s their chance to prove themselves or a time blend into the background with everyone else. Visit Fern’s website.
Kacy Cook, Franklin County, Nuts and Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays and Conversations
Kacy Cook was born in Columbus, Ohio, the second of six children. Her father was a federal agent and her mother was an artist and dress designer. Cook now has three children of her own and three cats. Since attending Ohio State University, Cook has worked in journalism and publishing. She enjoys nature, children’s literature and contemporary politics and looks forward to continuing to write for young readers. Visit Kacy’s website.
Warren R. Copeland, Clark County, Doing Justice in Our Cities
Warren R. Copeland is Professor of Religion and Director of Urban Studies at Wittenberg University. Appointed to the Springfield, Ohio City Commission in 1988, he was later elected to four four-year terms and went on to serve as mayor between 1990 and 1994. He was elected as mayor again in 1998, a position he still holds. He received his Ph.D. in social ethics from the University of Chicago. In addition to Doing Justice for Our Cities, he is the author of And the Poor Get Welfare and Economic Justice, and the coeditor (with Roger D. Hatch) of Issues of Justice. Visit Warren’s website.
Thomas Crowl, Columbiana County, Murder of a Journalist: The True Story of the Death of Donald R. Mellett
Thomas Crowl is a veterinarian in Ohio. He is an amature social historian and has published several articles in Timeline, History Magazine, and Man at Arms. Visit Thomas’ website.
Gina McKnight D’Andrea, Hocking County, The Blackberry Patch
Gina McKnight D’Andrea lives with her husband and son in the beautiful hills of Hocking County, Ohio. D’Andrea has a Bachelors with Honors from Franklin University. She remembers writing at an early age and was encouraged by her parents, siblings, and teachers. Living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains promotes the inspiration and passion for D’Andrea to help children encounter the beauty of God’s world through outdoor adventure. Visit Gina’s website.
Casey Daniels, Cuyahoga County, Dead Man Talking
Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a tour guide in a cemetery. She didn’t get the job, but she did get the idea for the Pepper Martin mystery series. Daniels learned to love mysteries early thanks to her father, a Cleveland Police detective who enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories and spent his days off searching for stolen cars–with Daniels along for the ride. Later, she read her way through every mystery on the library shelves. Daniels has a degree in English and a background in journalism and teaching. Visit Casey’s website.
Jeffrey T. Darbee, Franklin County, Little Cities of Black Diamonds
Jeffrey T. Darbee is an historic preservation consultant who lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit Jeffrey’s website.
Mark Dawidziak, Summit County, Circus Parade
Mark Dawidziak has been the television critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer since 1999. A theater, film, and television reviewer for about thirty years, his many nonfiction books include The Barter Theatre Story: Love Made Visible, The Columbo Phile: A Casebook, Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing, The Night Stalker Companion: A 25th Anniversary Tribute, Horton Foote’s The Shape of the River: The Lost Teleplay of Mark Twain, and The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula. He is also a novelist and a playwright. Along with Paul Bauer, he has written introductions to four books by Jim Tully, including Circus Parade. Visit Mark’s Cleveland Plain Dealer website or Mark’s Wikipedia page.
Lynda Durrant, Summit County, Imperfections
Lynda Durrant is the author of seven young adult novels including The Beaded Moccasins: The Story of Mary Campbell, Betsy Zane: The Rose of Fort Henry, My Last Skirt, and Imperfections. Several of her novels have received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, and many have won the ALA Notable, the International Readers Award, and Parents’ Choice award. Durrant lives in Bath Township near Akron. She has degrees in English from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Joyce Dyer, Portage County, Goosetown: Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood
Joyce Dyer is director of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, and John S. Kenyon Professor of English. Dyer is the author of three books, The Awakening: A Novel of Beginnings, In a Tangled Wood: An Alzheimers Journey, and Gum-Dipped: A Daughter Remembers Rubber Town, and the editor of Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. She has published essays in magazines such as North American Review, Cream City Review, and High Plains Literary Review. Dyer has won numerous awards for her writing, including the 1998 Appalachian Book of the Year Award and the 2009 David B. Saunders Award in Creative Nonfiction.
Mary Ellis, Medina County, A Widow’s Hope
Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community, Geauge County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian Community. She and her husband now live in Medina County. Close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, meet Amish families, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Ellis enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Visit Mary’s website.
Terry W. Ervin, II, Champaign County, Flank Hawk
Terry W. Ervin II is an English teacher who enjoys writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. His short fiction has appeared in a number of places including The Sword Review, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Fear and Trembling, and Bewildering Stories. In addition to writing, Ervin is an editor for the speculative fiction magazine MindFlights and a guest contributor to Fiction Factor, an ezine for writers. Visit Terry’s website.
Georgia Evans / Rosemary Laurey, Franklin County, Bloody Good, Bloody Awful, and Bloody Right
Georgia Evans grew up in England, in a village in the Mole Valley where her early years were filled with family stories about survival and loss during World War II. The magical world of Brytewood and its unusual inhabitants come from a childhood spent surrounded by the remnants and scars of war and the old magic and folklore of the North Downs, all given the free rein in a writer’s imagination. Evans is the pen name of paranormal romance writer Rosemary Laurey. Visit Georgia’s website or Rosemary’s website.
Jerry Gabriel, Hocking County, Drowned Boy
A native Ohioan, Jerry Gabriel has also lived in Arizona, Iowa, New Zealand and New York. His first book of fiction, Drowned Boy, was the winner of the 2008 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Gabriel holds degrees from Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His short stories have appeared in One Story, Epoch, and Fiction, among other magazines. His work has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize, and he was awarded an artist grant in 2004 by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Visit Jerry’s website.
Carole Gerber, Delaware County, Little Red Bat
Little Red Bat (Sylvan Dell Publishing 2010) is Carole Gerber’s 16th picture book. Her previous picture book, Winter Trees (Charlesbridge 2008), was selected as an outstanding trade book by the Children’s Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association. Carole has also written 100+ elementary texts and several chapter books, including Through Children’s Eyes: Tales of Old Columbus for the Columbus Historical Society. Carole earned a B.S. in English education and an M.A. in journalism from OSU. A former teacher, she makes author visits to elementary schools through the Greater Columbus Arts Council Artists-in-Schools program. Visit Carole’s website.
Linda Gerber, Franklin County, Death By Denim
Linda Gerber grew up in Utah and has lived in many places across the United States and the world including California, Arizona, Michigan, Washington D.C., Finland and Japan, but currently calls Ohio home. She is the author of the Death By series and the S.A.S.S. series for young adults. Visit Linda’s website.
David Giffels, Summit County, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-down House
Former Beavis and Butt-Head writer David Giffels is a creative writing professor at the University of Akron and the author of All the Way Home, which received a 2009 Ohioana Book Award. A former columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, he has won dozens of journalism awards and has been nominated five times for the Pulitzer Prize. Giffels has Bachelor’s degrees in English and Mass Media and a Master’s degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of Akron. He writes in the former servant’s quarters of a semi-rehabilitated Tudor Revival home in Akron, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a large but uncounted number of bats. Visit David’s website.
Marilyn Greenwald, Franklin County, Cleveland Amory: Media Curmudgeon and Animal Rights Crusader
Marilyn Greenwald is a professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She teaches undergraduate courses in news reporting, review writing and a graduate class in biography writing. She worked as a news and business reporter at the Columbus Citizen-Journal and the Columbus Dispatch. She grew up in Euclid, Ohio, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism from Ohio State University and a PhD in Communications from Ohio State University. Visit Marilyn’s Amazon.com Author page.
James Greer, Montgomery County, The Failure
James Greer was born in or near Boston, MA and has lived in Charlottesville, VA, New York City, Dayton, OH, Los Angeles, CA and a lot of other cities and towns. His novel Artificial Light won a California Book Award for best debut novel, and his follow-up, The Failure, is due from Akashic Books in March 2010. He is also the author of Guided By Voices: A Brief History, a biography about a band for which he briefly played bass. He is currently working on a rock musical about Cleopatra starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, and a slurry of other literary or meta-literary stuff.
Karen Harper, Franklin County, The Queen’s Governess
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Karen’s books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county. Her author collection is with The Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscript Library. Visit Karen’s website.
Steve Harpster, Franklin County, The Giggle Fit Series
Steve Harpster has illustrated over eighty books for children in the past ten years. He created the cartoon illustrations for the Giggle Fits joke book series. Wrote and illustrated ten how to draw books titled Pencil, Paper, Draw and is now working on a series of kid friendly graphic novels. Harpster lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit Steve’s website.
Will Hillenbrand, Hamilton County, Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep
Will Hillenbrand grew up and continues to live in Cincinnati, Ohio. After going to art school, Hillenbrand worked in advertising, but after taking a class in picture book art he decided to try his hand at illustrating children’s books. He is now the illustrator and/or author of numerous children’s books including the ALA Notable Book Traveling to Tondo, and the Publisher’s Weekly Starred review book Counting Crocodiles. Visit Will’s website.
Jen Hirt, Cuyahoga County, Under Glass: The Girl with a Thousand Christmas Trees
Jen Hirt grew up in Valley City, Ohio and spent much of her time at her family’s well-known greenhouse, Hirt’s Greenhouse and Flowers, in nearby Strongsville. She graduated from Hiram College in 1997, worked as a journalist for the Record-Courier newspaper, and then moved on to graduate school at Iowa State University. It was there that she began writing about the great old greenhouses in which she grew up. She also holds an MFA from the University of Idaho. Her creative nonfiction has received multiple grants for works-in-progress, including the 2003 Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library, and in 2009, a $5,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Visit Jen’s Google profile or Jen’s Facebook page.
Kerrie Logan Hollihan, Hamilton County, Isaac Newton & Physics for Kids
Kerrie Logan Hollihan has a bachelor’s degree in history from Alleheny Collage and a master’s degree in journalism. While her children were in school she worked with the Hands On Science Outreach program and became excited by the idea of showing children how science works in the world they know. Several years ago she asked herself “how do I nurture my inner sixth grade girl, the one who loved social studies and traced each flight of the Mercury astronauts?” and found the answer in writing nonfiction for children. Visit Kerrie’s website.
Michelle Houts, Mercer County, The Beef Princess of Practical County
Michelle Houts is an elementary school special-education teacher. Her authentic view of ranching draws upon her own experiences living in west central Ohio, where she resides on a grain and livestock farm with her husband and their three children, as well as cattle, hogs, a golden retriever, and a goat who believes he is a golden retriever. The Beef Princess of Practical County is her first novel. Visit Michelle’s website.
Daniel A. Hoyt, Cuyahoga County, Then We Saw the Flames: Stories
Daniel A. Hoyt’s short story collection, Then We Saw the Flames, won the 2008 Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published in May of 2009 by the University of Massachusetts Press. His short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Meridian, and other literary magazines. He received his B.J. and M.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts, and he has worked at newspapers in Columbia, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Binghamton, New York. Dan lives with his wife, Sarah, in Berea, Ohio, where he is an assistant professor in the English Department at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Lesley Jenike, Franklin County, Ghost of Fashion
Lesley Jenike recently published her first book of poems Ghost of Fashion. Her poems have appeared or will appear soon in Poetry, Quarterly West, The Journal, Drunken Boat, diode, Sou’Wester, Pool, Gulf Coast, and others. She’ll be working on her new full-length play project at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts this spring. She’s currently Assistant Professor of English at Columbus College of Art and Design.
Marlane Kennedy, Wayne County, The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes
Marlane Kennedy spent her teen years in Circleville, Ohio, the setting for Me and the Pumpkin Queen. She graduated from Ohio State University and worked a few years in a bank adjusting mortgage rates on loans while dreaming of becoming a writer. She now writes full time from her home in Wooster, Ohio with her husband, children, an enormous chocolate lab, and a very bossy black cat. Visit Marlane’s website.
Ralph Keyes, Greene County, I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech
Ralph Keyes is the author of 15 books. His bestseller Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical. Chancing It was a New York Times “Notable Book.” The Courage to Write has been in print for fifteen years. Keyes has appeared on television shows such as Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, and 20/20. He’s been interviewed often on NPR. People Magazine has featured him twice. His own work has been published by magazines ranging from GQ through Good Housekeeping to the Harvard Business Review where an article by him won the McKinsey Award for Best Article of the Year. A 1967 graduate of Antioch College, Keyes lives in Yellow Springs. Visit Ralph’s website.
Jonathan Knight, Franklin County, Classic Cavs: The 50 Greatest Games in Cleveland Cavaliers History
A lifelong follower of Cleveland athletics, Jonathan Knight has written five books on Cleveland sports history and numerous articles. He has a degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and worked as a sportswriter in Columbus, Ohio, for seven years. Knight currently manages communications for Franklin University. Visit Jonathan’s website.
Leonard Kress, Wood County, The Orpheus Complex
Leonard Kress was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in and around Philadelphia. He studied religion at Temple University, Slavics at Indiana University and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and creative writing at Columbia. He has received two grants in playwriting and poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in poetry and two grants from the Ohio Arts Council. He currently teaches writing, philosophy, and religion at Owens College in northwest Ohio. He lives in Perrysburg, Ohio with his wife and three children. Visit Leonard’s website or Leonard’s blog.
Tiffany Ann Laufer, Cuyahoga County, The Porch Dream
Tiffany Ann Laufer met her muse and the subject of her children’s books at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Tiffany went back three times and each time Bellafonte Dixie Daisy dog was there waiting for her. Some things are meant to be. Tiffany attributes her love of art and drawing to spending long days at the Cleveland Museum of Art as a child. She also holds an MFA in cinematography from The American Film Institute and has shot numerous short films, music videos and the feature film “Christmas at Maxwell’s.” Tiffany is also a screenwriter, her script ‘Emily & the Blue Heron’ was a semi-finalist in the Sundance Writer’s Lab. Visit Tiffany’s website.
Lee Leonard, Franklin County, A Columnist’s View of Capitol Square: Ohio Politics and Government, 1969-2005
Lee Leonard covered the Ohio Statehouse for United Press International and the Columbus Dispatch until his retirement in 2005. He also wrote pieces for Columbus Monthly magazine, Ohio Magazine, and State Legislatures Magazine.
Donna MacMeans, Delaware County, The Seduction of a Duke
By day, a mild-mannered accountant, Donna MacMeans transform at night to an impassioned author of romantic historical novels, paranormals, and suspense. She lives outside of Columbus, Ohio with her husband of many, many years, two adult children, and her canine shadow – a mixed breed mutt named Oreo. When not knee deep in tax returns as a self-employed CPA, or typing away on another manuscript, she is active in several writing organizations. Visit Donna’s website.
Sean Manning, Summit County, Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Players of All Time
Sean Manning is editor of the nonfiction anthologies The Show I’ll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience (named one of the “12 Best Music Books of the Decade, 2000-2009″ by Paste magazine); Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music’s Greatest Rivalries, Decided; and Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time. Originally from Akron, Ohio, he lives in New York.
Paul Melko, Delaware County, The Walls of the Universe
Paul Melko lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife and four children. He is an active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, where he sits on the board of directors as the South-Central Regional Director and is chair of the Grievance Committee. Paul Melko’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Spider Magazine, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and other magazines and anthologies. His work has been translated into Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, and Russian. Visit Paul’s website.
Brandon Marie Miller, Hamilton County, Benjamin Franklin, American Genius: His Life and Ideas
Brandon Marie Miller is an award-winning author of U. S. History for young people. She earned a degree in American History from Purdue University and now lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her books have been honored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the Society for School Librarians International, Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), Bank Street College, and the Junior Library Guild. Visit Brandon’s website.
Gay Morgan Moore, Stark County, Canton
Currently living in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Gay Moore retains an interest in her Canton, Ohio roots. She enjoyed collecting the postcards and researching the history of Canton. Along the way she learned many things about her hometown and met a number of helpful and interesting people. Gay is the author of two additional books: New Rules to Live By: Parenting One Day at a Time, daily reading book for parents and Barney and the Missing Shoes, a children’s book. She is also a contributor to the “American Diversity Report,” an on-line magazine. Having recently retired from Chattanooga State Community College, she devotes her time to writing and traveling with her husband, Sandy. Visit Gay’s website.
Dara Naraghi, Franklin County, Terminator Salvation: Official Movie Prequel
Dara Naraghi was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in Columbus, Ohio where he currently resides with his family. A graduate of Ohio State University, he balances his professional life as an IT specialist with a burgeoning freelance writing career. He is a founding member of the Columbus-based comic book writers and artists collective known as PANEL. Visit Dara’s website.
Daniel Nelson, Summit County, A Passion for the Land: John F. Seiberling and the Environmental Movement
Daniel Nelson is emeritus professor of history at the University of Akron and former director of the University of Akron Press. He has authored many books, including Northern Landscapes: The Struggle for Wilderness Alaska and American Rubber Workers & Organized Labor 1900-1941, as well as several articles and book reviews in national publications such as Journal of American History, Journal of Policy History, Ohio History, and Alaska History.
Brenda Nixon, Knox County, The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start
Brenda grew up as the notorious middle child who still dares to color outside the lines. She lives with her husband and two daughters enjoying vacations to the OBX, organic foods, dark chocolate, and garage sales. Her devoted office mates are Opie and Andy…two mini-doxies. She earned a Masters Degree in Religious Education, worked as a hospital chaplain, parent educator, and then served as the parenting expert on FOX TV4 in Kansas City, while living in Missouri. In 2001, The Nixons moved to Brenda’s home state, Ohio. Today, she speaks nationally, writes, and teaches on child behavior and parenting. Visit Brenda’s website.
Andrew O’Toole, Warren County, Winning in the Trenches: A Lifetime of Football
Andrew O’Toole is the author of seven books, most recently, Paul Brown: the Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Football’s Most Innovative Coach (now available in trade paperback from Clerisy Press) and the acclaimed Sweet William: the Life of Billy Conn. A native of Pittsburgh, O’Toole resides in Lebanon, Ohio, with his wife, Mickie. Visit Andrew’s website.
Phillip Payne, Marion County, Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy
Phillip G. Payne is a native of Ironton, Ohio, and a graduate of Marshall University and Ohio State University. He currently is an associate professor of history at St. Bonaventure University in western New York, where he teaches courses in United States and public history. He worked for the Ohio Historical Society at the Warren G. Harding Home in Marion, Ohio. He lives in East Aurora, New York, with his wife and children. Visit Phillip’s website.
Stan Purdum, Stark County, Pedaling to Lunch: Bike Rides and Bites in Northeast Ohio
Stan Purdum is a writer, editor, and pastor who has written for both general and religious journals. A long-distance cyclist, Stan is the author of Roll Around Heaven All Day, an account of his cross-nation ride, and Playing in Traffic, which recounts his bicycle journey from Niagara Falls, New York, to El Paso, Texas, on U.S. 62. He has also written a book of short stories, New Mercies I See, and a study of the ministry of Jesus, He Walked in Galilee. He lives in North Canton, Ohio. Visit Stan’s website.
Raul Ramos y Sanchez, Greene County, America Libre
A long-time resident of the U.S. Midwest, Cuban-born Raul Ramos y Sanchez is a founding partner of BRC Marketing, an ad agency established in 1992 with offices in Ohio and California. Ramos began writing America Libre in 2004, with the input of scholars from Latin America, Spain, and the United States. After five months as a self-published edition, America Libre, was acquired by Grand Central Publishing. A revised version of the novel by Grand Central Publishing was released in 2009. Grand Central Publishing also acquired El Nuevo Alamo, the sequel to America Libre. El Nuevo Alamo is slated for release in 2010. Visit Raul’s website.
James D. Robenalt, Cuyahoga County, The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War
Jim is a partner in Thompson Hine’s Business Litigation practice group. He has been named as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Jim has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer through the independent research of Law & Politics, which generally consists of the top 5% of the attorneys in the state. Jim is a member of the Advisory Board for the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. He is also an instructor for National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Linda Robertson, Medina County, Vicious Circle
Linda Robertson is the mother of four boys, owns three electric guitars, is followed around by two big dogs, and loves one rockin’ fella named Jim. Once upon a time she was a lead guitarist in a heavy metal cover band and has worked as a graphic artist. She still composes and creates art when time permits. She writes and rocks in Northeast Ohio. Visit Linda’s website.
Julie K. Rubini, Lucas County, Hidden Ohio: A Search and Seek Book
Julie K. Rubini has traveled many paths in her lifetime (literally and figuratively), leading her to the opportunity to write Hidden Ohio. Upon the death of her oldest child, Claire, in July of 2000, Julie, along with family and friends, created an annual children’s book festival in honor of her daughter, who loved to read and tell stories. Claire’s Day, A Celebration of Life, Authors, Illustrators and Reading Excellence is a free children’s book festival held annually on the third Saturday of May at the Maumee Library. When she is not writing, reading or traveling, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, as well as participating in a variety of outdoor sports and activities, including gardening, playing tennis and golf, and running. Visit Julie’s website.
Karin Shah, Delaware County, Starjacked
From childhood, Karin Shah wrote herself into her favorite TV shows before falling asleep every night. But, despite graduating with a degree in English as a Writing Art from SUNY Oswego, Karin had no plans to write as a career. She got her Master’s in Library and Information Science at the State University at Buffalo and worked as a School Librarian in a suburb of Rochester, NY, for five years, before discovering writing was where her heart lay. Karin lives with her amazing husband Nikhil, brilliant children Natalie and Roman, and a mischievous basenji, in Westerville, Ohio. Her first book, Starjacked, is available now from Samhain Publishing. Visit Karin’s website.
Larry Smith, Erie County, The Long River Home / The Kanshi Poems of Taigu Ryokan
Larry Smith is a native of Mingo Junction, Ohio, in Appalachia’s Panhandle region of the Ohio River Valley. Smith has worked as a steel mill laborer, a high school teacher, a college professor, and a writer and editor. A graduate of Mingo Central High School, Muskingum College, and Kent State University, he is the author of seven books of poetry, a book of memoirs, two books of fiction, two biographies, and two books of translations from the Chinese. Now a professor emeritus of Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College, he is the director of the Firelands Writing Center and of Bottom Dog Press. Smith has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature to Italy. Smith is the father of three adult children, and is married to Ann Smith a family counselor and professor emerita of Nursing at the Toledo University of Ohio. Visit Larry’s website or Larry’s Blog.
Jane Snow, Summit Couty, Jane Snow Cooks: Spirited Recipes and Stories
Jane Snow is the former food editor of the Akron Beacon Journal. Her work has appeared in newspapers nationwide. She has won two James Beard Awards for food writing and has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Akron, Ohio, with her husband, Tony, a sushi chef and owner of Sushi Katsu, an Akron sushi bar. Visit Jane’s website.
Timothy A. Snyder, Clark County, Rainbows of Rock, Tables of Stone: The Natural Arches and Pillars of Ohio
Tim Snyder was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio. He received a BS in biology education at Evangelical College in Springfield, MO, and a masters degree in recreation resources with an emphasis on interpretive services from Colorado State University. In 1980, he began his career at the Ohio Division of Parks and Recreation after graduating from Park Ranger Academy. He retired from ODNR in 2005, and continued to work on the Ohio Natural Arches and Pillars Survey, a project he started some 26 years ago. This survey has resulted in Snyder’s book. Visit Timothy’s website.
Linda Swink, Butler County, In Their Honor: The Men Behind the Names of Our Military Installations
Linda D. Swink is an Air Force veteran, who served on active duty as a photographer with a Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, and then in the reserves as a base photographer. As an Army wife of ten years, she learned to appreciate the rigorous duty assignments of those wearing the Army green. Her father served with the Marine Corps during World War II in the Battle of Peleiu, giving her a deep respect for the men and women serving during wartime. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso and gained extensive research experience writing for consumer and trade magazines and military base newspapers. She lives with her family in Hamilton, Ohio. Visit Linda’s website.
Cindy Thomson, Licking County, Celtic Wisdom, Treasures from Ireland
Cindy Thomson has written a historical novel, Brigid of Ireland and co-authored a baseball biography, Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Clubhouse Magazine, True West, Internet-Genealogy, and publications of the Society for American Baseball Research. She writes full-time from her home in Central Ohio and mentors writers through the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. Visit Cindy’s website.
John Thorndike, Athens County, The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s
John Thorndike grew up in Connecticut, read a thousand novels as a child and always wanted to write one. After four desperate years at a New England prep school he went to Harvard, wrote some fiction, studied night and day. Then a master’s degree from Columbia, two years in the Peace Corps and a year of doctoral studies at NYU, brought to an end by the delirious sixties, marriage and parenthood. When he divorced in 1974, he settled with his son in Athens, Ohio. Visit John’s website.
Bonnie Verdinek, Mahoning County, Enjoying Your Journey Even When the Road is Out
Bonnie Verdinek is a teacher of the word of God who insists on staying on the positive road in life. She views life as an adventure, and she takes the readers along with her as they venture this life on their own journey. Bonnie is a sought after speaker as well as pastor of the ministry Righteousness Being Restored where she resides in Austintown, Ohio, with her husband Wayne. Her greatest loves are the Lord, her family, ministry, friends, and her two cats. Visit Bonnie’s website.
Christina Wald, Hamilton County, Henry the Impatient Heron
Christina Wald has done illustration for a wide variety of toys, games, books and magazines. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1991 with a degree in Industrial Design. From a book that featured hundreds of animals on each page, to games including the Star Wars role playing game series and Middle Earth: Wizards, A Lord of the Rings collectable card game, to a comic on a GI Joe toy box for Hasbro, every assignment covers something new and exciting. She loves doing research for her projects which often include learning a lot about the animals she is illustrating. She frequently does artwork for Scholastic News magazines and books she has illustrated include: Little Red Bat, Black Beauty, Henry the Impatient Heron, Big Cats and many others. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband Troy and two geriatric cats. Visit Christina’s website.
Sarah M. Wells, Ashland County, Acquiesce
Sarah M. Wells’ most recent chapbook won the 2008 Starting Gate Award from Finsihing Line Press. Poems by Wells have appeared in The Fourth River, The New Formalist, Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression, and elsewhere. Her poem, “The Angry Gardener” received an honorable mention in the Akron Art Museum’s 2009 New Words Poetry Contest. She is the Administrative Director of the low-residence MFA Program at Ashland University, where she serves as Managing Editor for both the Ashland Poetry Press and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. Wells lives in Ashland, Ohio with her husband, and their two young children. Visit Sarah’s website.
Will Wells, Allen County, Unsettled Accounts
Will Wells has published poems and literary translations widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. His first book of poetry, Conversing with the Light, won the 1987 Anhinga Award. Wells’ newest book, Unsettled Accounts, won the 2009 Hollis Summers Prize from Ohio University/Swallow Press. He is a professor of English/Humanities at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio and was awarded a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in poetry at the 2010 Sewanee Writers’ conference.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Franklin County, No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States (Law Society & Politics in the Midwest)
Andrew Welsh-Huggins is a graduate of Kenyon College where he majored in Classics. After college he was a volunteer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservations for two years, earned a master’s in comparative literature from Brown University and taught English as a second language to immigrants in Rhode Island. He worked at newspapers in Providence, Rhode Island, Bloomington, Indiana, and Youngstown, Ohio before joining the Associated Press in Columbus. His coverage areas include the death penalty, terrorism, criminal justice, the federal courts, health, politics and state government. Visit Andrew’s OU Press profile or Andrew’s Facebook page.
Mitch Wieland, Tuscarawas County, God’s Dogs
Mitch Wieland was born and raised in Dover, Ohio. He holds an MFA from the University of Alabama, where he served as fiction editor of Black Warrior Review. His novel, Willy Slater’s Lane received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and was optioned for a film. In addition to teaching courses in fiction writing and editing/publishing, he serves as founding editor of the award-winning literary journal, The Idaho Review. He is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, and two Literature Fellowships from The Idaho Commission on the Arts. He is currently working on a novel set in Tokyo, where he lived for several years. Visit Mitch’s website or see Mitch’s interview on Idaho Public Television.