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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Tim Waggoner

Shirley Jackson Award finalist Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections of dark fiction. Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer’s pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though.…Read More

Shirley Jackson Award finalist Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections of dark fiction. Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer’s pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. He hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal. For more ifnformation about Waggoner, check out his website at timwaggoner.com.

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Thomas E Wagner

Thomas E. Wagner is a university professor emeritusin the School of Planningat the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of books and articles on regional history, collective bargaining, and citizen participation.Read More

Thomas E. Wagner is a university professor emeritusin the School of Planningat the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of books and articles on regional history, collective bargaining, and citizen participation.

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Christina Wald

Christina Wald has done illustration for over 40 children's books. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati DAAP with a degree in Industrial Design and started out illustrating professionally for games including the Star Wars role playing game series, Middle Earth: Wizards, A Lord of the Rings collectible card game, Dragon Magazine, BattleTech, Dune and many others.…Read More

Christina Wald has done illustration for over 40 children’s books.

She graduated from the University of Cincinnati DAAP with a degree in Industrial Design and started out illustrating professionally for games including the Star Wars role playing game series, Middle Earth: Wizards, A Lord of the Rings collectible card game, Dragon Magazine, BattleTech, Dune and many others.

Most recently, she finished picture book illustrations about the ecosystem of New Mexico for the National Science Foundation called One Day in the Desert by Anna Keener out in November 2017. Denni-Jo and Pinto by Buck Buchanan and Cai Chong Weighs and Elephant by Songju Ma Daemicke also have come out in 2017.

Released in 2016, Camas and Sage: A Story of Bison Life on the Prairie by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and funded by the American Prairie Reserve was featured on HuffPost Books and received a Skipping Stones Honor award.

In 2015 she traveled to the San Diego Zoo to take reference for Paws, Hoofs, and Wings Animal Heroes of the San Diego Zoo, the official children’s book to celebrate the zoo’s 2016 centennial. Book research has also led to visiting with bat rescuers in Fort Wayne, IN to obtain reference for the illustrations of Little Red Bat and Yellowstone National Park for The Wild Life of Elk, (A joint venture between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Forest Service) which was a finalist for a 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award.

Other book highlights include: Macarooned on a Dessert Island, Animal Atlas, A Warm Winter Tail (winner of a 2013 Gelett Burgess Award), Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer, Black Beauty, Henry the Impatient Heron (winner of a 2010 Mom’s Choice Gold Award), and many others. She has also done comics for various anthologies/zines and illustration/toy design for National Geographic, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Discovery Kids.

She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband Troy Cooksey and two cats.

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Elise Meyers Walker

Elise Meyers Walker is a graduate of Hofstra University. While in college, she was a freelance writer for several national magazines and also performed in a professional theater troupe based on Long Island.Read More

Elise Meyers Walker is a graduate of Hofstra University. While in college, she was a freelance writer for several national magazines and also performed in a professional theater troupe based on Long Island.

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Laura Maylene Walter

Laura’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poets & Writers, The Sun magazine, The Writer, Tampa Review, Fourteen Hills, Smokelong Quarterly, Inkwell, American Literary Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek Review, South Dakota Review, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, Cat Fancy (yes, Cat Fancy) and elsewhere. She was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize and her novel-in-progress, Opal, was named a runner-up in the 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.…Read More

Laura’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poets & Writers, The Sun magazine, The Writer, Tampa Review, Fourteen Hills, Smokelong Quarterly, Inkwell, American Literary Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek Review, South Dakota Review, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, Cat Fancy (yes, Cat Fancy) and elsewhere. She was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize and her novel-in-progress, Opal, was named a runner-up in the 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Writers in the Heartland writing residency, and was selected as a scholar for the 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop.

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Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include Barbarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial 2016), and Rosco vs. the Baby (S&S, 2016). She is also the author and illustrator of Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose to Read Ohio Book, When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which was produced into a play by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017.…Read More

Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include Barbarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial 2016), and Rosco vs. the Baby (S&S, 2016). She is also the author and illustrator of Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose to Read Ohio Book, When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which was produced into a play by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017. Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, The Plain Dealer, and the New York Times. Lindsay is currently working on her newest picture books Don’t Forget Dexter and Show and Tell Dexter (Two Lions, 2018). She lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, son, and dog. Visit her online at http://www.lindsaymward.com or follow her on Twitter @lindsaymward.

Candice Watkins

Candice Watkins was born in Columbus, Ohio. She is a glass and neon artist; a writer; a photographer; has interviewed dozens of musicians, artists and others; and is deeply involved in community arts and music in Columbus. Candy has traveled extensively and her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the country. She has co-authored several books about music in Ohio.…

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Candice Watkins was born in Columbus, Ohio. She is a glass and neon artist; a writer; a photographer; has interviewed dozens of musicians, artists and others; and is deeply involved in community arts and music in Columbus. Candy has traveled extensively and her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the country. She has co-authored several books about music in Ohio. Watkins’ most recent book, Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State has been nominated for the 2012 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

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Adam F. Watkins

Adam F. Watkins is a husband, father, and author/illustrator. He spent four years at the Columbus College of Art and Design learning illustration techniques from several of the nation’s best illustration instructors, including C. F. Payne. He has published 5 books with Penguin/Random House and his 6th book is set to release this June. Adam lives in the rolling country of southern Ohio and enjoys his time working, playing with his two kids, Lucy and Fletcher, and exploring in the woods.Read More

Adam F. Watkins is a husband, father, and author/illustrator. He spent four years at the Columbus College of Art and Design learning illustration techniques from several of the nation’s best illustration instructors, including C. F. Payne. He has published 5 books with Penguin/Random House and his 6th book is set to release this June. Adam lives in the rolling country of southern Ohio and enjoys his time working, playing with his two kids, Lucy and Fletcher, and exploring in the woods.

Betty Weibel

Betty Weibel is fortunate to have been able to combine her equestrian life with her career as a journalist and public relations professional. Early in her career, she oversaw public relations for the national American Grand Prix Association, managing media and sponsor relations for the thirty-event national series, as well as other top show jumping events.…Read More

Betty Weibel is fortunate to have been able to combine her equestrian life with her career as a journalist and public relations professional. Early in her career, she oversaw public relations for the national American Grand Prix Association, managing media and sponsor relations for the thirty-event national series, as well as other top show jumping events. Today, she is a principal in Yopko Penhallurick, a public relations agency that was instrumental in the Ohio Bicentennial celebration and received top honors for its work, and she is APR certified by the Public Relations Society of America. A graduate of Lake Erie College, she is a Trustee of the Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and the Ohio Humanities Council. She lives with her family on a small horse farm in Geauga County, Ohio. For more information about her work, go to clevelandgrandprix.com

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Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of poetry collections titled Tending (2013) and Blackbird (2019), as well as a handbook of alternative education, Free Range Learning. Her poetry appears in Verse Daily, Neurology, J Journal, Penman Review, Literary Mama, Penman Review, and elsewhere. Her creative non-fiction appears in Wired, Under the Gum Tree, Tikkun, Geez, The MOON Magazine, and elsewhere.…Read More

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of poetry collections titled Tending (2013) and Blackbird (2019), as well as a handbook of alternative education, Free Range Learning. Her poetry appears in Verse Daily, Neurology, J Journal, Penman Review, Literary Mama, Penman Review, and elsewhere. Her creative non-fiction appears in Wired, Under the Gum Tree, Tikkun, Geez, The MOON Magazine, and elsewhere. Laura works as an editor, teaches memoir classes, and tries to keep up with chores on her small farm in Litchfield, Ohio. Connect with her at lauragraceweldon.com.

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