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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Timothy R. Gaffney

Timothy R. Gaffney is a writer and author who was born in Dayton in 1951 and has lived in the region most of his life. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus in 1974, he worked for the Piqua Daily Call, the Kettering-Oakwood Times and the Dayton Daily News, where he was the aerospace and defense writer for 21 years until his retirement in 2006.…Read More

Timothy R. Gaffney is a writer and author who was born in Dayton in 1951 and has lived in the region most of his life. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus in 1974, he worked for the Piqua Daily Call, the Kettering-Oakwood Times and the Dayton Daily News, where he was the aerospace and defense writer for 21 years until his retirement in 2006. He is the author of 15 books about aviation, space, exploration and science, mainly for children and young adults. He is director of communications for the nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance and a volunteer trustee of the United States Air and Trade Show Inc. and Wright B. Flyer Inc. His interests include aviation, photography, bicycling and hiking. He lives in Miamisburg, Ohio with his wife Jean. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

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David Lee Garrison

David Lee Garrison received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and taught Spanish, Portuguese, and Comparative Literature at Wright State for thirty years. He has given readings and presentations at Sinclair Community College, Earlham University, the University of Dayton, the University of Texas, the University of Kansas, and Wright State; at high schools all over the state of Ohio; and, with his writing group (the Greenville Poets) at the Antioch, West Virginia, and Lourdes College Writers’ Workshops.…Read More

David Lee Garrison received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and taught Spanish, Portuguese, and Comparative Literature at Wright State for thirty years. He has given readings and presentations at Sinclair Community College, Earlham University, the University of Dayton, the University of Texas, the University of Kansas, and Wright State; at high schools all over the state of Ohio; and, with his writing group (the Greenville Poets) at the Antioch, West Virginia, and Lourdes College Writers’ Workshops. His work has appeared nationwide in journals and anthologies such as Connecticut Review, Poem, The Nation, and I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio. Two poems from his book, Sweeping the Cemetery, were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and one of them was selected for Keillor’s new anthology, Good Poems, American Places. The title poem of his new book, Playing Bach in the DC Metro, was featured by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser on his website, American Life in Poetry. With Terry Hermsen, Garrison co-edited the small press best seller, O Taste and See: Food Poems. In recent years Garrison was a prizewinner in the Dayton Daily News annual poetry contest, won the Paul Laurence Dunbar Prize given by Sinclair Community College, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. David and his wife, Suzanne Kelly-Garrison, have lived in Dayton since 1985.

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Janice Gary

Janice Gary is the recipient of the Christine White Award for Memoir/Personal Essay and the Ames Award for Essay and is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Literal Latte, Kaleidoscope, The Baltimore Review, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Potomac Review, and Women Speak Out, an anthology from The Crossing Press.…

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Janice Gary is the recipient of the Christine White Award for Memoir/Personal Essay and the Ames Award for Essay and is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Literal Latte, Kaleidoscope, The Baltimore Review, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Potomac Review, and Women Speak Out, an anthology from The Crossing Press. She leads writing workshops throughout the U.S., including “Writing the Memoir You’ve Been Dreaming About” at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York City. Her book, Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, was released by Michigan State University Press in 2013. For information, visit her website at http://www.janicegary.com.

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Paul L. Gaston

In the research, photography, and writing behind Ohio’s Craft Beers, Paul L. Gaston brought his experience as a photojournalist to bear on a lifelong admiration for craft beer and those who brew it. In his “day job,” he teaches English literature and higher education administration at Kent State University. A frequent speaker in national venues, he is the author of five recent books that, alas, are not about beer.…Read More

In the research, photography, and writing behind Ohio’s Craft Beers, Paul L. Gaston brought his experience as a photojournalist to bear on a lifelong admiration for craft beer and those who brew it. In his “day job,” he teaches English literature and higher education administration at Kent State University. A frequent speaker in national venues, he is the author of five recent books that, alas, are not about beer. His Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why It Must (2014) has proved particularly influential. A resident of Hudson, Ohio, he also serves as Priest Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron.

He is one of four authors of the Degree Qualifications Profile, an important standard for more than 600 colleges and universities. His recent articles consider subjects as varied as early rock ‘n’ roll, the Italian novel, computer dominated futures trading, European higher education reform, George Herbert and the British hymn tradition, and the future of the book.

He earned the M.A. and the Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

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Paul L. Gaus

P.L. Gaus was born in Athens, Ohio and has lived in Ohio for most of his life. In 1999 he published Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery (Ohio Univ. Press, 1999), the first of a series of mysteries set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. The Names of Our Tears, Gaus’ first book for Plume, was published in 2013.…Read More

P.L. Gaus was born in Athens, Ohio and has lived in Ohio for most of his life. In 1999 he published Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery (Ohio Univ. Press, 1999), the first of a series of mysteries set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. The Names of Our Tears, Gaus’ first book for Plume, was published in 2013. Gaus’ extensive knowledge of the culture and lifestyle of the Ohio Amish comes from over thirty-five years of travel throughout Holmes County and the surrounding area, which is home to the world’s largest Amish and Mennonite population. He lectures widely about Amish culture at libraries, bookstores, and literary societies. His novels have been reviewed in prominent journals and newspapers including Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Ohioana Quarterly, and the New York Times Book Review. Visit Paul at http://www.plgaus.com/.

Claire Gebben

Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland. After earning her BA in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, she eventually settled with her husband in Seattle. She’s worked as a newspaper columnist, newsletter editor, and ghostwriter, all while raising a family and pursuing her first love of writing. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, WA.…

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Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland. After earning her BA in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, she eventually settled with her husband in Seattle. She’s worked as a newspaper columnist, newsletter editor, and ghostwriter, all while raising a family and pursuing her first love of writing. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, WA. Her writing has appeared in Shark Reef, The Speculative Edge, Soundings Review, The Fine Line, and ColumbusKIDS e-zine. The Last of the Blacksmiths is her first novel.

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Carole Gerber

Carole Gerber is a poet and children’s book author living in Powell, Ohio. She has written nearly two dozen picture books, early readers, and chapter books. Gerber has worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and – finally!…Read More

Carole Gerber is a poet and children’s book author living in Powell, Ohio. She has written nearly two dozen picture books, early readers, and chapter books.

Gerber has worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and – finally! – as a freelance writer of hundreds of elementary textbooks, magazine articles, speeches, annual reports, and patient education materials.

Besides being a “Jill” of many trades – or more precisely – one trade, writing, with many incarnations, Gerber is married to Mark, the mother of two grown daughters, Jess and Paige, and “Mimi” to Sara and Tyler, Paige’s children. In addition, she sponsors half a dozen children at a time through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children of all faiths in more than 100 developing countries. Gerber keeps their photos posted to remind her of her blessings and responsibilities.

In her free time, she volunteers as a tour guide for children at a local nature preserve and farm. Gerber also enjoys gardening, though her enthusiasm dwindles as summer progresses, and reading, mostly for her own pleasure and edification. Gerber belongs to a neighborhood book discussion group, enjoys traveling to learn about other countries and cultures, and practices yoga which, like writing, is humbling and challenging. For more information, visit http://carolegerber.com/

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Robin Gianna

After completing a degree in journalism from Ohio State University, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her midlife awakening. She decided she wanted to write the romance novels she’d loved since her teens, and embarked on that quest. Robin loves pushing her characters to grow until they’re finally ready for their well-deserved happily-ever-afters!…Read More

After completing a degree in journalism from Ohio State University, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her midlife awakening. She decided she wanted to write the romance novels she’d loved since her teens, and embarked on that quest.

Robin loves pushing her characters to grow until they’re finally ready for their well-deserved happily-ever-afters! When she’s not writing, Robin’s life is filled with a cheerfully messy kitchen, a needy garden, a grand piano she doesn’t practice enough, her own doctor hero husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog, and one grouchy Siamese cat.

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David Giffels

David Giffels is the author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014), a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and nominee for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His memoir All the Way Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008) received the Ohioana Book Award and appeared on Oprah's "Fantastic Summer Reads" list.…Read More

David Giffels is the author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014), a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and nominee for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His memoir All the Way Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008) received the Ohioana Book Award and appeared on Oprah’s “Fantastic Summer Reads” list. He is coauthor, with Jade Dellinger, of Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (SAF 2003) and, with Steve Love, of Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron (University of Akron Press 1998). His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, ESPN’s Grantland, Redbook, and many other publications. He was a feature writer and columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal from 1994 to 2008. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. His awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for excellence. He is an associate professor of English at University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Visit him online at http://www.davidgiffels.com.

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Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and teaches writing at Otterbein University. Gilbert formerly served as marketing manager of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books dealing with farming. In prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana, where he was honored for public service and feature writing, and was awarded a Kiplinger fellowship to Ohio State University.…

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Richard Gilbert holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and teaches writing at Otterbein University. Gilbert formerly served as marketing manager of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books dealing with farming. In prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana, where he was honored for public service and feature writing, and was awarded a Kiplinger fellowship to Ohio State University. His essays have appeared in Brevity; Chautauqua; Farming: People Land Community; Fourth Genre; Orion; The Shepherd; and other journals. He blogs about writing, books, and the land at his website, richardgilbert.me.

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