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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Kathy Fagan

Kathy Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. In 2017 Fagan was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year and the Raymond J. Hanley Prize. Her first book was a National Poetry Series winner and her second collection won the Vassar Miller Prize. Recent work appears in The New York Times, The Nation, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, The Bennington Review and Tin House.…Read More

Kathy Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. In 2017 Fagan was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year and the Raymond J. Hanley Prize. Her first book was a National Poetry Series winner and her second collection won the Vassar Miller Prize. Recent work appears in The New York Times, The Nation, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, The Bennington Review and Tin House. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council. Fagan currently directs the MFA Program at Ohio State, where she also serves as Series Editor for the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize. Her website is http://www.kathyfagan.net.

Kathy Fagan

Kathy Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. In 2017 Fagan was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year and the Raymond J. Hanley Prize. Her first book was a National Poetry Series winner and her second collection won the Vassar Miller Prize. Recent work appears in The New York Times, The Nation, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, The Bennington Review and Tin House.…Read More

Kathy Fagan’s fifth book is Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. In 2017 Fagan was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year and the Raymond J. Hanley Prize. Her first book was a National Poetry Series winner and her second collection won the Vassar Miller Prize. Recent work appears in The New York Times, The Nation, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, The Bennington Review and Tin House. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council. Fagan currently directs the MFA Program at Ohio State, where she also serves as Series Editor for the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize. Her website is http://www.kathyfagan.net.

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Donna Farland-Smith

Donna Farland-Smith is an Associate Professor of Science Education in The School of Teaching & Learning at The Ohio State University. Her research that focuses on students’ perceptions and attitudes toward science and scientists as well as the characteristics of scientists that most positively affect the girl’s perception of scientists. She has over a decade’s experience in the classroom and previously taught science all grades K-12. …Read More

Donna Farland-Smith is an Associate Professor of Science Education in The School of Teaching & Learning at The Ohio State University. Her research that focuses on students’ perceptions and attitudes toward science and scientists as well as the characteristics of scientists that most positively affect the girl’s perception of scientists. She has over a decade’s experience in the classroom and previously taught science all grades K-12. She is co-author of two books for teachers through NSTA Press, Eureka! Science Alive through Scientists’ Stories and Intermediate Science Activities and Eureka! Science Alive through Scientists’ Stories and Primary Science Activities.

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Nikia Farmer

Nikia Monique Farmer is a single mother of two lovely boys. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where she developed a passion for writing during high school. A dependable friend, Nikia enjoys supporting her family and friends in their times of strive. She also has a passion for cooking and creating. While studying to be a nurse in 2012, God placed it in her heart to become an author.…Read More

Nikia Monique Farmer is a single mother of two lovely boys. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where she developed a passion for writing during high school. A dependable friend, Nikia enjoys supporting her family and friends in their times of strive. She also has a passion for cooking and creating.

While studying to be a nurse in 2012, God placed it in her heart to become an author. At that time, she didn’t think it possible because of her studies and responsibilities as a full time mom, but with God all things are possible. Nikia graduated in 2013 with her Practical Nursing diploma and made the decision to trust God with His plans for her life. She started to write and hasn’t stopped since. Nikia writes to encourage single mothers and women to continue to walk with God no matter how hard times may get. Nikia has also written a devotional called 100 Devotionals for A Virtuous Lady, Being a Lady and Representing Christ and Hidden Jewels, Life Set Apart and Hidden In Christ. Nikia hopes her experiences will help others that may have gone through similar experiences and that her stories will uplift the hearts of women all over the world.

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Polly Farquar

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Brad Felver

Brad Felver is a fiction writer, essayist, and teacher of writing. His debut collection of stories, The Dogs of Detroit, won the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September 2018. His fiction and essays have appeared widely in magazines such as One Story, New England Review, Colorado Review, Hunger Mountain, and many others.…Read More

Brad Felver is a fiction writer, essayist, and teacher of writing. His debut collection of stories, The Dogs of Detroit, won the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September 2018.

His fiction and essays have appeared widely in magazines such as One Story, New England Review, Colorado Review, Hunger Mountain, and many others. His honors include the O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and the Zone 3 Fiction Prize.

He lives in northern Ohio with his wife and two sons.

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Kathleen M. Fernandez

Kathleen M. Fernandez, a graduate of Otterbein College with a B. A. in History, is the former site manager at Zoar Village and Fort Laurens State Memorials for the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection), retiring in 2004. She worked as the Executive Director of the North Canton Heritage Society from 2006-2016. She has been the Executive Director of the Communal Studies Association since 2004.…Read More

Kathleen M. Fernandez, a graduate of Otterbein College with a B. A. in History, is the former site manager at Zoar Village and Fort Laurens State Memorials for the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection), retiring in 2004. She worked as the Executive Director of the North Canton Heritage Society from 2006-2016. She has been the Executive Director of the Communal Studies Association since 2004. She is the author of A Singular People: Images of Zoar (Kent State University Press, 2003), and has written numerous papers and articles about the Zoar Separatists for journals and conferences. She has just completed work on a general history of Zoar called Zoar: The Story of an Intentional Community, (Kent State University Press, 2019) as well as a new exhibit at Zoar’s Number One House.

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Norman Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein is the author of eleven books of poetry and five books of literary criticism. A widely published scholar in the fields of modern American poetry and Jewish literature, he was born in New York City in 1954, and lives in Cincinnati, where he is Professor of English at Xavier University. His most recent books of poetry are The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New & Selected Poems (Dos Madres, 2016) and From the Files of the Immanent Foundation (Dos Madres, 2018).…Read More

Norman Finkelstein is the author of eleven books of poetry and five books of literary criticism. A widely published scholar in the fields of modern American poetry and Jewish literature, he was born in New York City in 1954, and lives in Cincinnati, where he is Professor of English at Xavier University. His most recent books of poetry are The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New & Selected Poems (Dos Madres, 2016) and From the Files of the Immanent Foundation (Dos Madres, 2018). A book of critical essays, Like a Dark Rabbi: Modern Poetry & the Jewish Literary Imagination, is forthcoming from Hebrew Union College Press in 2019.

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Pia Fitzgerald

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David S. FitzSimmons

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. His nonfiction picture books have won twelve national book awards, including an IBPA Best Picture Book award in 2016. His Curious Critters children’s picture books have sold over 100,000 copies. A life-long educator, David has taught on all grade levels and now frequently visits schools to talk about connecting children and nature.Read More

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. His nonfiction picture books have won twelve national book awards, including an IBPA Best Picture Book award in 2016. His Curious Critters children’s picture books have sold over 100,000 copies. A life-long educator, David has taught on all grade levels and now frequently visits schools to talk about connecting children and nature.

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