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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Carmella Van Vleet

Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and award-winning author of over a dozen books for kids. Her titles include: Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Big, Fat Quitter, its sequel Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Star, To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space (co-authored with astronaut Kathy Sullivan) and Explore Electricity! She likes lists, cooking shows, and exclamation points.…Read More

Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and award-winning author of over a dozen books for kids. Her titles include: Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Big, Fat Quitter, its sequel Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Star, To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space (co-authored with astronaut Kathy Sullivan) and Explore Electricity! She likes lists, cooking shows, and exclamation points. But not necessarily in that order.

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Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir, which Poets & Writers called one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017. Her work has appeared in the Believer, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere.…Read More

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir, which Poets & Writers called one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017. Her work has appeared in the Believer, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library Association, an Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House, and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers, and her essays have twice been notable selections in Best American Essays. She lives in Baltimore, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Towson University.

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J. D. Vance

J. D. Vance is an author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. Hillbilly Elegy is the winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award About Ohio/An Ohioan.Read More

J. D. Vance is an author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. Hillbilly Elegy is the winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award About Ohio/An Ohioan.

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John A. Vanek

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, John Vanek received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, where his passion for creative writing took root. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, did his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic. While practicing medicine for a quarter century, his interest in writing never waned.…Read More

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, John Vanek received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, where his passion for creative writing took root. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, did his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic.

While practicing medicine for a quarter century, his interest in writing never waned. Medicine was his wife, but writing became his mistress and mysteries his drug of choice. He began honing his craft by attending creative writing workshops and college courses. At first pursuing his passion solely for himself and his family, he was surprised and gratified when his work won contests and was published in a variety of literary journals, anthologies, and magazines.

He now lives happily as an ink-stained-wretch and teaches a poetry workshop for seniors. His Father Jake Austin Mystery Series is set in Lorain County, Cleveland, and elsewhere in Ohio. Much of his poetry deals with the courage and struggles of his patients over the years. He enjoys swimming, hiking, sunshine, good friends, and red wine.

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Denise Verrico

Denise Verrico is a New Jersey native who grew up in Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where she majored in theatre arts. For seven seasons she was a member of The Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC where she acted, directed, and wrote plays. Denise has enjoyed vampire stories from the time she was a little girl and was a fan of the Dark Shadows television series.…Read More

Denise Verrico is a New Jersey native who grew up in Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where she majored in theatre arts. For seven seasons she was a member of The Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC where she acted, directed, and wrote plays. Denise has enjoyed vampire stories from the time she was a little girl and was a fan of the Dark Shadows television series. She enjoys reading non-fiction and fiction of all kinds, particularly historical fiction, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, manga, and graphic novels. Every April through October you can find Denise climbing to heights of four hundred plus feet at speeds exceeding one hundred and twenty miles per hour on her favorite roller coasters. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, teenaged son, and flock of six spoiled parrots.

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Wendy Vogel

D.W. Vogel is a veterinarian, cancer survivor, marathon runner, SCUBA diver and two-time Butler County cake decorating champion.Read More

D.W. Vogel is a veterinarian, cancer survivor, marathon runner, SCUBA diver and two-time Butler County cake decorating champion.