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.

If you would like to know which Ohio authors and illustrators are available for school and library visits or workshops, visit our School & Library Visits page here.

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Carmella Van Vleet

Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of numerous hands-on science and history books. Her debut picture book, To The Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space (co-authored with astronaut Kathy Sullivan) is from Charlesbridge. Her middle grade novel, Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Big, Fat Quitter (Holiday House), is a Junior Library Guild selection, 2015 Christopher Award Winner, and 2017-18 Choose to Read Ohio selection.…Read More

Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of numerous hands-on science and history books. Her debut picture book, To The Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space (co-authored with astronaut Kathy Sullivan) is from Charlesbridge. Her middle grade novel, Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Big, Fat Quitter (Holiday House), is a Junior Library Guild selection, 2015 Christopher Award Winner, and 2017-18 Choose to Read Ohio selection. Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly was released in fall 2016 from Nomad Press. Carmella has a thing for cooking shows, lists, nail polish, and PEZ dispensers, but not necessarily in that order. You can visit her online at http://www.carmellavanvleet.com.

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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, marathon runner, SCUBA diver, and cancer survivor. She was raised on Cincinnati chili and is a really terrible bowler. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband chef Andrew and a houseful of special needs pets.Read More

D.W. Vogel is a veterinarian, marathon runner, SCUBA diver, and cancer survivor. She was raised on Cincinnati chili and is a really terrible bowler. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband chef Andrew and a houseful of special needs pets.