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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Margaret Peterson Haddix
Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University of Ohio. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis and a community college instructor in Danville, Illinois, before her first book was published in 1995. She has since written more than 35 books for kids and teens, including the Shadow Children series, the Missing series, the Palace Chronicles series, and the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her newest books are Palace of Lies (the third in the Palace Chronicles series), Revealed (the seventh in the Missing series), and a YA stand-alone, Full Ride. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status; the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. Her books have also been translated into more than twenty languages.
Haddix and her husband, Doug, live in Columbus, Ohio, when they’re not in the midst of traveling or moving their college-age kids to or from school. Her website is http://www.haddixbooks.com.
Richard Hague (born 1947) is an American poet and writer.
Larry C. Hansgen
Larry Hansgen and his wife Marty live in northeast Columbus. Before retiring he worked in sales and sales management. He also worked in radio as a disc-jockey and weekend newsman, and was a freelance sports writer in the early 1990s. In addition to The Ohio State University Buckeyes, he is an avid Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns fan. Since retiring he has been active as an actor in community theatre. A Buckeye Remembers is Larry’s first book to be published. His memoir as a lifelong Buckeye fan intertwines everyday life in Columbus, Ohio, with the excitement of following Ohio State athletics. Larry brings his readers an enjoyable perspective and recollection of the ups and downs of the university’s gridiron and hoops.
Brett Harper is the son of Charley and Edie Harper. He is the executor of the Charley and Edie Harper Estates and the director of the Charley Harper Art Studio. He is also an artist.
Steve Harpster has illustrated over 100 books for kids. He now travels all over the country and does online visits all over the world teaching kids how to draw using numbers and letters. Harpster wants to show kids they have the power to draw, create, and imagine their own worlds and stories. Visit his website at http://www.harptoons.com to watch his how to draw videos.
Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America, selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread, for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year, and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks. He is also author of the memoir The River Lock: One Boy’s Life Along the Mohawk. He has a Ph.D. in American Civilization from New York University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Parnassus, Literary Imagination, Crazyhorse, Guernica, Salmagundi, Northwest Review, Image, Western Humanities Review, World Literature (Beijing), and in many other journals. He is Director of the Ashland University MFA Program in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction in Ashland, Ohio, and Director of the Ashland Poetry Press.