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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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 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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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.

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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.

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Jeffery Ford

Jeffrey Ford (well-builtcity.com) was born on Long Island in New York State in 1955 and grew up in the town of West Islip. He studied fiction writing with John Gardner at S.U.N.Y Binghamton and has been a college English teacher of writing and literature for thirty years. He is the author of eight novels including The Portrait of Mrs.…Read More

Jeffrey Ford (well-builtcity.com) was born on Long Island in New York State in 1955 and grew up in the town of West Islip. He studied fiction writing with John Gardner at S.U.N.Y Binghamton and has been a college English teacher of writing and literature for thirty years. He is the author of eight novels including The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Shadow Year, and the forthcoming Ahab’s Return: or, The Last Voyage. His short story collections include The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and A Natural History of Hell. Ford’s short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Conjunctions, and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. Both books and stories have been translated into nearly twenty languages. Ford is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson Award, Hayakawa, World Fantasy, Nebula, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire awards. He lives in Ohio in a hundred and twenty year old farm house surrounded by corn and soybean fields and teaches part time at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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