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, co-author with astronaut Kathy Sullivan of TO THE STARS! (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2016), author of ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER (Holiday House, 2014) *a Junior Library Guild selection and 2015 Christopher Award winner* and ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A STAR (Holiday House, TBA)Read More

Carmella Van Vleet, co-author with astronaut Kathy Sullivan of TO THE STARS! (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2016), author of ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER (Holiday House, 2014) *a Junior Library Guild selection and 2015 Christopher Award winner* and ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A STAR (Holiday House, TBA)

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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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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. (Wendy) Vogel is a veterinarian, marathon runner, SCUBA diver, and cancer survivor. Currently serving as president of Cincinnati Fiction Writers, she leads the area’s premier critique group with the goal of helping others perfect their work in pursuit of publication. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery at Animal Care Center of Fairfield for twenty years and lives in Fairfield with husband chef Andrew Vogel and a houseful of rescue pets.Read More

D. W. (Wendy) Vogel is a veterinarian, marathon runner, SCUBA diver, and cancer survivor. Currently serving as president of Cincinnati Fiction Writers, she leads the area’s premier critique group with the goal of helping others perfect their work in pursuit of publication. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery at Animal Care Center of Fairfield for twenty years and lives in Fairfield with husband chef Andrew Vogel and a houseful of rescue pets.