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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Aiko Ikegami

Aiko was born in Tokyo Japan. As a child, she loved painting, drawing, and animals. She learned oil painting at a young age from Kimie Tanaka (1908-1987), a famous female fantasy oil painter in Japan. In her young life she was surrounded by many picture books, stories, and paintings. Aiko has received a degree in child education in Japan.…Read More

Aiko was born in Tokyo Japan. As a child, she loved painting, drawing, and animals. She learned oil painting at a young age from Kimie Tanaka (1908-1987), a famous female fantasy oil painter in Japan. In her young life she was surrounded by many picture books, stories, and paintings. Aiko has received a degree in child education in Japan. In 1993, she came to the United States and studied psychology at Arizona State University. She continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin and received her Ph.D in neuropharmacology. After working as a scientist for years Aiko left the field and decided to pursue her dream of creating picture books. Friends is her first picture book to be published.

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Dayna Ingram

Dayna Ingram grew up in Cincinnati and has since moved to Northern Kentucky where she lives with her wife, their son, and the maximum number of pets allowed by county law. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Antioch College and her MFA from San Francisco State University. Her first novella, EAT YOUR HEART OUT, won accolades from Publishers Weekly (starred review), Rue Morgue, Lambda Literary and others.…Read More

Dayna Ingram grew up in Cincinnati and has since moved to Northern Kentucky where she lives with her wife, their son, and the maximum number of pets allowed by county law. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Antioch College and her MFA from San Francisco State University. Her first novella, EAT YOUR HEART OUT, won accolades from Publishers Weekly (starred review), Rue Morgue, Lambda Literary and others. ALL GOOD CHILDREN is her first full length novel, which has also received starred reviews from industry powerhouses Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, who hailed the book as “a mashup of The Hunger Games, “The Lottery,” Girl, Interrupted, and Auschwitz, with malevolent buzzards thrown in.” It was also named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016 in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. Dayna is currently seeking agency representation, and her book, All Good Children, is a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in the SF/F/Horror category. Follow her @thedingram, dayna-ingram.tumblr.com, or email Dayna_Ingram@yahoo.com.

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Ryan Ireland

Ryan Ireland was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1984. He lives in the village of Alpha, Ohio with his wife and three children. He is the Publicity and Marketing Officer at Greene County Public Library, and a strong advocate for public libraries across the country—his writing on this has appeared in Public Library Quarterly and VOYA.…Read More

Ryan Ireland was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1984. He lives in the village of Alpha, Ohio with his wife and three children. He is the Publicity and Marketing Officer at Greene County Public Library, and a strong advocate for public libraries across the country—his writing on this has appeared in Public Library Quarterly and VOYA. His fiction has been published in Fogdog Review, Seems, and Writing on the Edge. In 2009 he was recognized by Glimmer Train as one of the 25 Best New Writers. Beyond the Horizon is his first novel. More about Ryan and his advocacy of libraries can be found at http://www.ryangireland.com

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Janet Irvin

J. E. Irvin, an award-winning author and career educator, is a life-long Buckeye whose service to the children of Ohio includes teaching at the middle school, high school and university levels. She is a past recipient of the Ohio Foreign Language Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award. Her debut novel, The Dark End of the Rainbow, won the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Fiction Award for 2015 from the Key West Mystery Fest.…Read More

J. E. Irvin, an award-winning author and career educator, is a life-long Buckeye whose service to the children of Ohio includes teaching at the middle school, high school and university levels. She is a past recipient of the Ohio Foreign Language Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award. Her debut novel, The Dark End of the Rainbow, won the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Fiction Award for 2015 from the Key West Mystery Fest. Irvin’s articles, stories and poems have appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The Dayton Daily News, Flights, Nexus Literary Journal, The Zodiac Review, SPARK a creative anthology, Oasis Journal and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She has been the recipient of a Midwest Writers Workshop fellowship and the Leo Love Scholarship from the Taos Writers Workshop. Irvin has served on the board of the Warren County Arts Council, the Ohio Writing Project at Miami University and as a fellow at the Antioch Writers Workshop. A volunteer docent at the Springboro Historical Society, she was recently appointed to serve on the City of Springboro Park Board. An avid hiker and canoeist, Irvin resides on the edge of a nature park in Springboro, OH, with her husband Gregg and their cat Graycie.

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Maria Isabella

Maria Isabella, author of the hugely popular new cookbook, In the Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs, is an award-winning freelance writer with more than 30 years’ creative experience in advertising, marketing, and publishing. She possesses a degree in Communication from Cleveland State University and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, and Les Dames d’Escoffier.…Read More

Maria Isabella, author of the hugely popular new cookbook, In the Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs, is an award-winning freelance writer with more than 30 years’ creative experience in advertising, marketing, and publishing. She possesses a degree in Communication from Cleveland State University and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, and Les Dames d’Escoffier. Maria is also a cooking instructor and contributes as both a focus group member and recipe tester for Bon Appétit, Zagat, America’s Test Kitchen, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, and General Mills. She is a frequent featured speaker and appears regularly on TV and radio talk shows. Maria is currently working on two new books, both about food, of course. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at a cooking school with her husband of 35 years, trying out new recipes, and baking with her grandchildren.