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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Barney Taxel

Barney Taxel has lived, photographed, taught, and lectured in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1967, when he moved there from New York City, where he was born and raised. In addition to his award winning career as a commercial photographer, Taxel has several photography books to his credit, including The Lake View Cemetery: Photographs From Cleveland’s Historic Landmark, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking, and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.…Read More

Barney Taxel has lived, photographed, taught, and lectured in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1967, when he moved there from New York City, where he was born and raised. In addition to his award winning career as a commercial photographer, Taxel has several photography books to his credit, including The Lake View Cemetery: Photographs From Cleveland’s Historic Landmark, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking, and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. For more on Taxel, check out his website at barneytaxel.com.

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Laura Taxel

Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author. At twenty-one, she earned a favorable review in the New York Times. Her most recent book, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko, was published by the University of Akron Press in 2012. After more than forty years, she is still thrilled to have a career telling stories.Read More

Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author. At twenty-one, she earned a favorable review in the New York Times. Her most recent book, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko, was published by the University of Akron Press in 2012. After more than forty years, she is still thrilled to have a career telling stories.

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Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas has a PhD in history with a focus on Reformation England and recently leaped from the tenure track into a teaching position at a secondary school near Cleveland, Ohio.

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Sam Thomas has a PhD in history with a focus on Reformation England and recently leaped from the tenure track into a teaching position at a secondary school near Cleveland, Ohio.

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Cindy Thomson

Cindy Thomson is the author of seven books, including Sofia’s Tune, the third book in her Ellis Island series. Being a genealogy enthusiast, she also writes articles for Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today magazines, and children’s short stories for Clubhouse Magazine. As a member of the Society For American Baseball Research she has contributed to various projects and co-authored a biography on the great Cubs pitcher of the early 20th century, Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown.…Read More

Cindy Thomson is the author of seven books, including Sofia’s Tune, the third book in her Ellis Island series. Being a genealogy enthusiast, she also writes articles for Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today magazines, and children’s short stories for Clubhouse Magazine. As a member of the Society For American Baseball Research she has contributed to various projects and co-authored a biography on the great Cubs pitcher of the early 20th century, Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown. She lives in central Ohio with her husband not too far from their three grown sons. Visit her at http://www.cindyswriting.com.

Scott Tracey

Scott Tracey lives just outside of Cleveland in Sheffield, Ohio. He is the author of Moonset and the Witch Eyes trilogy with Flux.

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Scott Tracey lives just outside of Cleveland in Sheffield, Ohio. He is the author of Moonset and the Witch Eyes trilogy with Flux.

Kerry Trautman

Ohio born and raised, Kerry Trautman is a founder/admin of ToledoPoet.com and the "Toledo Poetry Museum" page on Facebook, and she is a poetry editor for Red Fez. Kerry is a member of the Ohio Poetry Association and participates poetry readings and events such as Artomatic 419, Poetry Out Loud, Back to Jack, and the Columbus Arts Festival.…Read More

Ohio born and raised, Kerry Trautman is a founder/admin of ToledoPoet.com and the “Toledo Poetry Museum” page on Facebook, and she is a poetry editor for Red Fez. Kerry is a member of the Ohio Poetry Association and participates poetry readings and events such as Artomatic 419, Poetry Out Loud, Back to Jack, and the Columbus Arts Festival. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various journals, including Midwestern Gothic, Alimentum, The Coe ReviewSlippery Elm, The Fourth River, and Mock Turtle Zine; as well as in anthologies such as Mourning Sickness (Omniarts 2008,) Roll (Telling Our Stories Press 2012,)  A Rustling and Waking Within (OPA Press 2017,) and Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince (NightBallet Press 2016.) Her poetry chapbooks are Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press 2012,) To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press, 2015,) and Artifacts (NightBallet Press, 2017.)

 

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Otis Trotter

Otis Trotter lives in North Canton, Ohio. He never really planned to be a writer, but by late 2011, he succumbed to a calling that he’d had since his forties, and started writing a book about his life experiences and his large, unique family in a small Ohio town. Otis is a graduate of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio with a bachelor’s of science in Psychology.…Read More

Otis Trotter lives in North Canton, Ohio. He never really planned to be a writer, but by late 2011, he succumbed to a calling that he’d had since his forties, and started writing a book about his life experiences and his large, unique family in a small Ohio town. Otis is a graduate of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio with a bachelor’s of science in Psychology. In 2009, he retired after 30 years of service with the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Currently, he is an Independent Provider for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

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Connie Remlinger Trounstine

Connie Remlinger Trounstine grew up in Delphos, Ohio and is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She worked as an editorial assistant for Writer’s Market in Cincinnati until joining The Kentucky Post, a Scripps Howard newspaper, where she was a reporter for 29 years. She is the author of the children’s chapter book The Worst Christmas Ever and Fingerprints on the Table, a picture book about a table in the White House used to sign peace treaties.…Read More

Connie Remlinger Trounstine grew up in Delphos, Ohio and is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She worked as an editorial assistant for Writer’s Market in Cincinnati until joining The Kentucky Post, a Scripps Howard newspaper, where she was a reporter for 29 years. She is the author of the children’s chapter book The Worst Christmas Ever and Fingerprints on the Table, a picture book about a table in the White House used to sign peace treaties. Her book The Phantom Five is a book for middle-grade students about life at home during World War II. She lives in Cincinnati.

TJ Turner

TJ Turner is an aspiring novelist, research scientist for the US Air Force, and a Federal Agent as a reserve member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He graduated from Cornell University, where his love of writing was almost snuffed out by a 350 page doctoral dissertation. After rekindling his passion for the writing life he has written three novels, the most recent being Lincoln’s Bodyguard (due out from Oceanview Publishing in April 2015).…Read More

TJ Turner is an aspiring novelist, research scientist for the US Air Force, and a Federal Agent as a reserve member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He graduated from Cornell University, where his love of writing was almost snuffed out by a 350 page doctoral dissertation. After rekindling his passion for the writing life he has written three novels, the most recent being Lincoln’s Bodyguard (due out from Oceanview Publishing in April 2015).

As a reserve military officer, the federal government as generously provided him with numerous overseas vacations at taxpayer expense, where during his most recent deployment his love of writing was almost snuffed out again, this time by a 107mm rocket fashioned into a crudely made roadside bomb. In 2013 he was awarded a Bronze Star for combat action in Afghanistan, including the capture of 16 insurgents and the neutralization of 12 weapons caches. An essay he wrote for about his deployments to Afghanistan—The Power of Teddy Bears—was accepted and read on NPR’s This I Believe national essay series. He also serves as the vice-president of the Antioch Writer’s Workshop in Yellow Springs, OH.

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Jane Ann Turzillo

Jane Ann Turzillo, an Agatha Award nominee and National Federation of Press Women award winner, writes about true crimes in Ohio history. As an original owner of a large Ohio weekly newspaper, she covered police and fire news and wrote a historical column. She taught writing and literature at the college level and helped keep things rolling in the public information office of the Akron Art Museum.…Read More

Jane Ann Turzillo, an Agatha Award nominee and National Federation of Press Women award winner, writes about true crimes in Ohio history. As an original owner of a large Ohio weekly newspaper, she covered police and fire news and wrote a historical column. She taught writing and literature at the college level and helped keep things rolling in the public information office of the Akron Art Museum. Many of her short stories and articles have been published in newspapers and magazines across the United States and Canada. When she isn’t writing books or giving presentations on historical crimes, she is either bicycling or photographing in the Cuyahoga National Park. She holds degree in Criminal Justice Technology and Mass-Media Communication from The University of Akron. Her memberships include Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and NFPW. Visit her at janeturzillo.com

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