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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A native Ohioan (Westerville High School, 1975), I have worked as a peripatetic librarian, editor, college teacher, and academic administrator. Among my stops were Idaho State University, Montana State University, University of Miami (FL), University at Albany (SUNY), and the Evergreen State College in Washington. Having authored some 60 academic articles, four learned monographs, 300-some reviews, and served as editor of five professional journals, I gradually developed a desire to write something that was fun… and which might actually be read by somebody other than a tenure committee.
Back in the late 1980’s, I wrote some poems and short stories that appeared in various small literary arts journals (does anybody remember The Redneck Review of Literature?). More recently, I conceived of the idea of writing a significant work of fiction as my 50th birthday present to myself.
Hence, I was thrilled that my first novel, Dollarapalooza — or — The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus, was published by Switchgrass Books of Northern Illinois University Press in June, 2011. I hope you like it.
I currently reside in Olympia, WA with my wife Beatrice, where I work as a freelance writer. I have two children, Kelsey and Keegan, and a grandson, Tony.