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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Ted Rall

An award-winning cartoonist, graphic novelist, and essayist, Ted Rall was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. Rall has been a political cartoonist and op-ed columnist for United Press Syndicate since 1996, his work appearing in more than 100 newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Village Voice.…Read More

An award-winning cartoonist, graphic novelist, and essayist, Ted Rall was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. Rall has been a political cartoonist and op-ed columnist for United Press Syndicate since 1996, his work appearing in more than 100 newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Village Voice. He serves as President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Rall has twice won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and in 1996 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning. Visit his website: http://rall.com/.

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Raul Ramos y Sanchez

Raul Ramos y Sanchez is the author of multiple novels. After a successful twenty-four year career in advertising that included founding an ad agency with offices in Ohio and California, he developed a documentary for public television, Two Americas: The Legacy of our Hemisphere and created http://myimmigrationstory.com/ — an online forum for the U.S.…

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Raul Ramos y Sanchez is the author of multiple novels. After a successful twenty-four year career in advertising that included founding an ad agency with offices in Ohio and California, he developed a documentary for public television, Two Americas: The Legacy of our Hemisphere and created http://myimmigrationstory.com/ — an online forum for the U.S. immigrant community. In 2004, Ramos began writing his first novel, America Libre. Along with America Libre, House Divided and Pancho Land make up his Class H Trilogy which was inspired by Ramos’s own escape from Fidel Castro’s Cuba in the early 1960s. Ramos has received numerous awards for his work including: Best Novel Award Winner – International Latino Book Awards, Violet Crown Awards Fiction Finalist, Writers League of Texas, Books Into Movies Award Winner presented by Edward James Olmos, USA Today 2009 Summer Reads Author, LATINA Magazine “10 Hottest Summer Reads” for 2009, #1 among “2011 Top Ten Latino Authors” by http://latinostories.com/, and is listed among “Best Hispanic Writers of the 21st century” by http://www.chacha.com/. Ramos grew up in Miami and moved to Ohio in 1968. Visit Raul on his website, http://www.raulramos.com/.

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Mark Rea

For more than 30 years, Mark Rea has been a writer, journalist, editor and columnist at newspapers and magazines for such companies as Scripps-Howard and McGraw-Hill. Throughout the course of his career, Rea has won several writing awards, including several national first-place honors from McGraw-Hill in 2002 and 2003, and an honorable mention in 2004 from the Football Writers Association of America.…Read More

For more than 30 years, Mark Rea has been a writer, journalist, editor and columnist at newspapers and magazines for such companies as Scripps-Howard and McGraw-Hill. Throughout the course of his career, Rea has won several writing awards, including several national first-place honors from McGraw-Hill in 2002 and 2003, and an honorable mention in 2004 from the Football Writers Association of America. In 2009, he authored the book The Die-Hard Fan’s Guide To Buckeye Football.

Rea is the managing editor emeritus of Columbus Sports Publications, a Columbus, Ohio-based firm that publishes sports-related fan newspapers including Buckeye Sports Bulletin and manages the Internet website BuckeyeSports.com. Rea and his wife, Lisa, reside in Washington Court House and have a daughter Jessica, who is currently a graduate student working on her Ph.D. in psychology at Ohio State.

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James Renner

James Renner is the author of several true crime books, as well as the novels The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting. His latest work is the nonfiction thriller, True Crime Addict. He sometimes teaches Composition and Fiction Appreciation at Kent State University and the University of Akron.Read More

James Renner is the author of several true crime books, as well as the novels The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting. His latest work is the nonfiction thriller, True Crime Addict. He sometimes teaches Composition and Fiction Appreciation at Kent State University and the University of Akron.

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Mike Resnick

Science fiction writer Mike Resnick holds a record thirty-six Hugo Award nominations, including five wins. Resnick has written sixty-four novels, over 250 short stories, two screenplays, and has edited forty anthologies. His most recent book is The Fortress in Orion.

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Science fiction writer Mike Resnick holds a record thirty-six Hugo Award nominations, including five wins. Resnick has written sixty-four novels, over 250 short stories, two screenplays, and has edited forty anthologies. His most recent book is The Fortress in Orion.

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Brad Ricca

Brad Ricca lives and works in Cleveland. He is a SAGES fellow who teaches classes on writing, comics, popular culture, and narrative biography at Case Western Reserve University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and is a recipient of the Richard A. Bloom, M.D. Award for Distinguished Teaching. He also teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art.…

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Brad Ricca lives and works in Cleveland. He is a SAGES fellow who teaches classes on writing, comics, popular culture, and narrative biography at Case Western Reserve University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and is a recipient of the Richard A. Bloom, M.D. Award for Distinguished Teaching. He also teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His latest book is the first literary biography of the creators of Superman, Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster – The Creators of Superman, named to several year-end lists, including a Top 10 Book on the Arts for 2013 by Booklist and a 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Nonfiction. He is the Vice-President of the Siegel and Shuster Foundation, a local non-profit organization and is a frequent contributor to media outlets such as NPR, the BBC, and others about comics and pop culture. He has presented at meetings all over the world, including in Oxford, Kyoto, and at the San Diego Comic-Con. He won the St. Lawrence Book Award for his first book of poetry, American Mastodon, which was featured on A Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Ricca’s first documentary film, Last Son, won a Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. Ricca won a Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature for Emerging Artist of 2014.

Daniel L. Rice

Daniel L. Rice was the Chief Zoologist for the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He spent 25 years with the Division documenting populations of Ohio’s rare and endangered species and retired in 2002.Read More

Daniel L. Rice was the Chief Zoologist for the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He spent 25 years with the Division documenting populations of Ohio’s rare and endangered species and retired in 2002.

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Donald Tunnicliff Rice

Donald Tunnicliff Rice is a freelance writer based in Columbus, Ohio. His essays, short stories, and satires have appeared in periodicals ranging from The New York Times to Scholia Satyrica to the Journal of Caribbean Literature. He is the author or editor of nine published books. Cast in Deathless Bronze: Andrew Rowan, the Spanish-American War, and the Origins of American Empire earned Rice a $5,000 Individual Achievement Award from the Ohio Arts Council.…Read More

Donald Tunnicliff Rice is a freelance writer based in Columbus, Ohio. His essays, short stories, and satires have appeared in periodicals ranging from The New York Times to Scholia Satyrica to the Journal of Caribbean Literature. He is the author or editor of nine published books. Cast in Deathless Bronze: Andrew Rowan, the Spanish-American War, and the Origins of American Empire earned Rice a $5,000 Individual Achievement Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He is currently working on a novel set in Tampa just prior to the start of the Spanish-American War.

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Emilie Richards

Emilie Richards has written more than seventy novels, including series romances, romantic suspense, futuristic fantasy, paranormal, mysteries, and single title women’s fiction. Her novel series include the Ministry is Murder, the Shenandoah Album, and the Goddesses Anonymous novels. Richards is also a quilter and has published five Quilting Along With Emilie Richards books to complement the books in her Shenandoah Album series.…

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Emilie Richards has written more than seventy novels, including series romances, romantic suspense, futuristic fantasy, paranormal, mysteries, and single title women’s fiction. Her novel series include the Ministry is Murder, the Shenandoah Album, and the Goddesses Anonymous novels. Richards is also a quilter and has published five Quilting Along With Emilie Richards books to complement the books in her Shenandoah Album series. Her books have been published in more than sixteen languages in more than twenty countries, and eight have been made into movies for German TV. Richards is a past winner of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the highest prize given to romance authors. She grew up in Florida but lived in Cleveland for twelve years where she raised her children and continued her prolific writing career. Richards has worked as a therapist in a mental health center, a parent services coordinator for families enrolled in Head Start, and in several pastoral counseling centers. Married to her college sweetheart, Richards recently returned to live in Florida. Visit Emilie’s website, http://emilierichards.com/.

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Natalie D. Richards

A lifelong Ohioan, Natalie D. Richards spent many years applying her writing skills to stunningly boring business documents. Fortunately, she realized she’s much better at making things up and has been writing for teens ever since. A champion of aspiring authors, Richards is a frequent speaker as schools, libraries, and writing groups. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at www.nataliedrichards.com.…Read More

A lifelong Ohioan, Natalie D. Richards spent many years applying her writing skills to stunningly boring business documents. Fortunately, she realized she’s much better at making things up and has been writing for teens ever since. A champion of aspiring authors, Richards is a frequent speaker as schools, libraries, and writing groups. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at http://www.nataliedrichards.com.

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