Ohio Author Profiles
Ohio has a rich literary heritage as well as some wonderful contemporary authors. Learn more about them here! You can sort by various categories and see who has participated in our annual book festival by using the category search on the left, or search by keyword (including partial author names) by using the search field on the right.
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A product of parochial schools and the social & political upheavals of mid-20th century America, Columbus native Steve Abbott has been a community activist, alternative newspaper writer and editor, criminal defendant, delivery truck driver, courtroom bailiff, private investigator, unemployed stepfather, social-service PR director, and college professor. He was a founding member in 1984 of The Poetry Forum—now the Midwest’s longest-running poetry series—and continues to co-host the weekly event at Bossy Grrls Pin-Up Joint in Columbus. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in English of Columbus State Community College. His poems have appeared in dozens of literary journals as well as in several anthologies. He received an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award in Poetry in 1993 and the following year was the first writer to be awarded an OAC residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He has presented readings throughout the eastern United States.
He has two full-length poetry collections. A Green Line Between Green Fields (Kattywompus Press) was published in 2018, and A Language the Image Speaks, a collection of ekphrastic poems (responses to visual art), was released by 11thour Press in September 2019. He also has five chapbooks: A Short History of the Word (1996) and Greatest Hits (2004), both from Pudding House; The Incoherent Pull of Want (NightBallet Press) and Why Not Be Here Now? (11thour Press) in 2016; and Kicking Mileposts in the Video Age (Moria Poetry, 2017). He has also recorded a live reading on CD titled Stardust in Franklin Park. He edited the anthologies Cap City Poets (Pudding House, 2008), a collection of 74 central Ohio poets, and Everything Stops and Listens (OPA Press, 2013), containing work by members of Ohio Poetry Association. He also edits Ohio Poetry Association’s annual journal Common Threads, and in 2015 he represented the OPA on the Ohio Arts Council panel selecting Ohio’s first Poet Laureate.
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in summer 2017 (you cannot get it anymore and he is very sorry.) His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing.
His next books are Go Ahead In The Rain, a biography of A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don’t Dance No’ Mo’, due out in 2020 by Random House. Yes, he would like to talk to you about your favorite bands and your favorite sneakers.
Lisa Abraham is a columnist and food writer for the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper in Akron, Ohio. A native of Niles, Ohio, she is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Abraham is the recipient of numerous writing and reporting awards and has been named best food columnist by the Association of Food Journalists and was twice named best lifestyle columnist in the Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.
A newspaper writer in Ohio for more than twenty-five years, she previously worked for The Blade in Toledo and the Tribune Chronicle in Warren. Her work regularly appears in newspapers across the country through the McClatchy-Tribune news service. When she’s not working, Abraham can be found at home in her kitchen, cooking up food and fun with her husband, Richard Hart.
Ian Adams is a landscape photographer, writer and educator specializing in Ohio’s natural, rural, historical and garden areas. Twenty-one books of his color photography have been published, including his most recent, A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volume 2, which was released by Ohio University Press in April, 2015 and a centennial edition of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, published by the University of Akron Press in May, 2015. Ian has produced more than 60 Ohio calendars and conducted over 200 seminars and workshops in nature, garden, and digital photography throughout North America. He is an adjunct lecturer at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio where he teaches digital photography. Ian shares a home in Cuyahoga Falls with two cats, Fuji and Spicer, and an assortment of cameras. Find him online at http://ianadamsphotography.com.
Deanna R, Adams
DEANNA R. ADAMS is an award-winning writer, speaker, instructor, essayist and author of eight books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is the “Book Whisperer” at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library’s Writer’s Center, coordinates the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference and teaches online writing courses for the Pennwriters organization. Her web site is http://www.deannaadams.com. She received an Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award in 2009.
Deanna’s first book, Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), was named a finalist for the Ohioana Award for nonfiction, and the ARSC Award (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) for excellence in research. Other books include Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl. Peggy Sue Got Pregnant, Scoundrels & Dreamers, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Venues, and The Writer’s GPS: A Guide to Writing & Selling Your Book. Her latest novel is The Truth about Justyce, to be released in April 2020. Deanna’s email address is Deannawrites10@gmail.com
Frederick Luis Aldama
Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and University Distinguished Teacher at The Ohio State University. He is the award winning author, co-author, and editor of 36 books. He is editor and coeditor of 9 academic press book series as well as editor of Latinographix, a trade-press series that publishes Latinx graphic fiction and nonfiction. Aldama is creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes in comics as well as creator and curator of website, The Planetary Republic of Comics. He is author of the forthcoming sci-fi graphic novel, 2041 and the children’s books, With Papá and The Advetures of Chupacabra Charlie. He is founder and director of the Ohio Education Summit Award, Columbus Council Award, and Obama White House Hispanic Bright Spot winning LASER/Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research.
Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator.
His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008), and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). He has also published a translation of Water’s Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri (Omnidawn Press, 2011), and (with Libby Murphy) L’amour by Marguerite Duras (Open Letter Books, 2013). His novels include Quinn’s Passage (blazeVox books), named one of “The Best Books of 2005″ by Chronogram magazine and The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009), and his books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011).
He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.
Rachele Alpine has loved books since she was young. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read! Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, by night she’s a mom, and she writes during any time she can find in between.…Read More
Rachele Alpine has loved books since she was young. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read! Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, by night she’s a mom, and she writes during any time she can find in between. Rachele lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes middle grade and young adult novels. You can learn more about her at rachelealpine.com.
Jeff Alt is the author of six award-winning books and a talented speaker. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the National Speakers Association (NSA). Alt has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a path of Ireland. Jeff lives with his wife and two children in Mason, Ohio. http://www.jeffalt.com