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’s sixth poetry collection is Bad Hobby (Milkweed Editions, 2022). Her previous book, Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Award. She’s been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Ingram Merrill fellowship, residencies at The Frost Place, Yaddo and MacDowell, and was named Ohio Poet of the Year for 2017. She has also been honored with awards from Ohioana Library, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Raymond Hanley Foundation via the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Fagan’s work has appeared in venues such as The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry. She co-founded the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where she teaches poetry and co-edits the Wheeler Poetry Prize Book Series for The Journal and OSU Press. Her website is http://www.kathyfagan.net.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Michelle Fishpaw began writing Claire’s Voice – her first book – more than a decade ago following the injury of her, daughter, Claire, who was shaken by a babysitter in her home town of Columbus, Ohio. After being in the teaching field for 20 years, she chose to pursue another career and is currently a licensed massage therapist. Michelle remains a passionate advocate in creating hope and helping others, and currently lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She enjoys walks on the beach, collecting sea glass and shells along the nearby coastline. For more information visit: michellefishpaw.com
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.