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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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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David S. FitzSimmons

David S. FitzSimmons is a professor of English at Ashland University in Ohio. A freelance writer and photographer, his work has appeared in Ohio Magazine, Natural Ohio, Popular Photography & Imaging, Shutterbug, and other magazines, as well as in numerous newspapers and online publications.Read More

David S. FitzSimmons is a professor of English at Ashland University in Ohio. A freelance writer and photographer, his work has appeared in Ohio Magazine, Natural Ohio, Popular Photography & Imaging, Shutterbug, and other magazines, as well as in numerous newspapers and online publications.

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Charlene Fix

Charlene Fix, a native of Washington, DC,grew up in Cleveland and attended The Ohio State University. Fix is a professor at Columbus College of Art & Design, where she teaches Writing and the Arts, Film and Literature, American Literature, Writing Poetry, Introduction to Literature, and various literary studies classes. She chaired CCAD’s English and Philosophy Department for more than a decade until she stepped down in the summer of 2012.…Read More

Charlene Fix, a native of Washington, DC,grew up in Cleveland and attended The Ohio State University. Fix is a professor at Columbus College of Art & Design, where she teaches Writing and the Arts, Film and Literature, American Literature, Writing Poetry, Introduction to Literature, and various literary studies classes. She chaired CCAD’s English and Philosophy Department for more than a decade until she stepped down in the summer of 2012. A poet and critic, Fix is the author of several works, including Flowering Bruno, a finalist for the 2007 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry (XOXOX Press, 2006). Fix has received poetry fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, multiple awards from The Poetry Society of America, and the 2002 Columbus Literary Award, administered by Thurber House.

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Erin Flanagan

Erin Flanagan is the author of two short story collections—It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories and The Usual Mistakes. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, Colorado Review, Connecticut Review, Crazyhorse, the Best New American Voices anthology series, and elsewhere. She has held fellowships to Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the UCross Foundation.…

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Erin Flanagan is the author of two short story collections—It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories and The Usual Mistakes. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, Colorado Review, Connecticut Review, Crazyhorse, the Best New American Voices anthology series, and elsewhere. She has held fellowships to Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the UCross Foundation. She is an associate professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. For more information than you’d ever want to know, please visit her website at http://www.erinflanagan.net.

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Julie Flanders

Julie Flanders is an academic librarian by day and a writer the rest of the time. She is also an animal lover and has written features about pets and the importance of animal rescue for media outlets such as Best Friends Animal Society and Cat Fancy. Julie is a television addict, an avid walker, and an obsessive fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.…Read More

Julie Flanders is an academic librarian by day and a writer the rest of the time. She is also an animal lover and has written features about pets and the importance of animal rescue for media outlets such as Best Friends Animal Society and Cat Fancy. Julie is a television addict, an avid walker, and an obsessive fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although a lifelong Ohio resident, Julie nevertheless has an ongoing love affair with the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Julie’s novels include the paranormal thrillers Polar Night and Polar Day as well as the historical love story The Ghosts of Aquinnah. She is also the author of the horror novella The Turnagain Arm, and her horror short story “Cardinal Sin” is part of the Mayhem in the Air anthology. Julie is a history buff who loves incorporating history into her stories, which she calls “mysteries untethered by time.” For more about Julie and her books, go to julieflanders.net

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Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words.…Read More

Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio.
Visit her online at, http://www.amandaflower.com/.

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Lynette Ford

Fourth-generation storyteller Lynette (Lyn) Ford is the author of two collections of orature from her family’s heritage of tales. Both books, Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition, and Beyond the Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food and Folklore, won the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. Lyn’s latest two books from Parkhurst Brothers Publishers are: a collection of twisted folktale adaptations, resource information and creative-writing exercises for older students and adults, Hot Wind Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts; Boo-Tickle Tales: Not-So-Scary Stories for ages 4 – 9, co-authored with friend and fellow storyteller and teaching artist, Sherry Norfolk.…Read More

Fourth-generation storyteller Lynette (Lyn) Ford is the author of two collections of orature from her family’s heritage of tales. Both books, Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition, and Beyond the Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food and Folklore, won the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. Lyn’s latest two books from Parkhurst Brothers Publishers are: a collection of twisted folktale adaptations, resource information and creative-writing exercises for older students and adults, Hot Wind Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts; Boo-Tickle Tales: Not-So-Scary Stories for ages 4 – 9, co-authored with friend and fellow storyteller and teaching artist, Sherry Norfolk.

Lyn’s work is in story anthologies and resources for educators, including: the award-winning The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum and Literacy in the Storytelling Classroom (both from Libraries Unlimited); Sayin’ Somethin’: Stories from the National Association of Black Storytellers (National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.); The August House Book of Scary Stories (August House) and its accompanying educators’ enrichment guide, and Storytelling and QAR Strategies (Libraries Unlimited). Lyn’s CD, When the Gourd Broke, won a 2009 NAPPA Honors Award.

Lyn’s awards include: the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for Leadership and Service and Circle of Excellence Awards; the Friend of Education Award from Reynoldsburg (Ohio) public schools for her contribution of creative learning and enrichment experiences as Herbert Mills Elementary School’s storyteller in residence, and induction into the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Circle of Elders.
For more than 25 years, Lyn has provided stories for libraries and schools, keynote and closing presentations, workshops at universities, education and literacy conferences, and featured programs at some of the most prestigious storytelling conferences and festivals in the United States and Ireland.

Lyn is also a Thurber House mentor to young writers, an Ohio Teaching Artist in The Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, and a great-grandma.

Lori Foster

Lori Foster, 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.…Read More

Lori Foster, 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. Visit her website, http://lorifoster.com/.

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Jessica Fries-Gaither

Jessica Fries-Gaither is the Lower School Science Specialist at the Columbus School for Girls (CSG) in Columbus, Ohio, where she teachers science to grades 1-5. Prior to working at CSG, she was an education resource specialist in the School of Teaching of Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, where she serves as the project director for two National Science Foundation funded projects: Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears and Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.…Read More

Jessica Fries-Gaither is the Lower School Science Specialist at the Columbus School for Girls (CSG) in Columbus, Ohio, where she teachers science to grades 1-5. Prior to working at CSG, she was an education resource specialist in the School of Teaching of Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, where she serves as the project director for two National Science Foundation funded projects: Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears and Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. Both projects supported elementary teachers as they integrate science and literacy instruction. Jessica earned bachelor’s degrees in the biological sciences and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. She received her Master of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. Fries-Gaither taught middle school math and science in Memphis, TN and a variety of grade levels, ranging from 8th grade science to 4th grade self-contained, in Anchorage, AK. Fries-Gaither is the author of Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings, a 2017 Outstanding Science Trade Book, as well as a co-author of the award-winning professional book, Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 3-5 and the recently published Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers in Middle School: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 6-8.

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Ellen Fritz

Ellen Fritz is a retired teacher and high school counselor. Over the years of teaching English to students in grades seven through twelve before becoming a school counselor, she had the great opportunity to discuss numerous favorite books with students and also took their recommendations for her own reading. Ellen finally found herself with the time to give life to the stories that had been patiently waiting for an audience.…Read More

Ellen Fritz is a retired teacher and high school counselor. Over the years of teaching English to students in grades seven through twelve before becoming a school counselor, she had the great opportunity to discuss numerous favorite books with students and also took their recommendations for her own reading.
Ellen finally found herself with the time to give life to the stories that had been patiently waiting for an audience. After two years of writing and searching for a publisher, she signed a contract with Tell-Tale Publishing.
She has now written two different Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction series. Her In the Night series is the story of a young girl who finds herself plunged into a world of vampires. The first three books, Abandoned, Vulnerable, and Forsaken are now available on Amazon.com and on tell-talepublishing.com. The fourth book, Hunted, is under contract.
The first book of Ellen’s Second Birth Chronicles, Mira, is also out and the second book is due out soon.

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