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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Tracy Subisak

Tracy Subisak studied industrial design in school, subsequently working in the field internationally for seven years, designing computers for the future, before turning her focus to freelance illustration and design. Tracy’s debut author/illustrated picture book Jenny Mei Is Sad (Little Brown) will be published in June 2021. She is the illustrator of several picture books including Grizzly Boy, Cy Makes a Friend, and Shawn Loves Sharks, which received a starred review from Kirkus, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and received a 2018 Washington State Book Award.…Read More

Tracy Subisak studied industrial design in school, subsequently working in the field internationally for seven years, designing computers for the future, before turning her focus to freelance illustration and design.

Tracy’s debut author/illustrated picture book Jenny Mei Is Sad (Little Brown) will be published in June 2021. She is the illustrator of several picture books including Grizzly Boy, Cy Makes a Friend, and Shawn Loves Sharks, which received a starred review from Kirkus, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and received a 2018 Washington State Book Award. Upcoming nonfiction picture book title Wood, Wire, Wings by Kirsten Larson is a bio of Emma Lilian Todd, the first woman to successfully design and engineer a working airplane.

Tracy is the proud daughter of a Taiwanese mother who was a Chinese language instructor and art teacher, and an American father, son of Polish and Slovakian immigrant parents, who is an engineer. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, has lived in Taiwan, South Korea, NY, and San Francisco, and now makes her home in the PNW in Portland, OR. She is always eager to go adventuring and is a true believer that experience begets the best stories.

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Sam Subity

Sam Subity loves writing stories that explore the magic and wonder of being a kid and is thrilled to share his writing with readers everywhere—both the young in age and the young at heart. When he’s not writing, you might find him running the trails of northern California where the endless, winding miles past fog and ocean inspire stories of adventure and mystery.…Read More

Sam Subity loves writing stories that explore the magic and wonder of being a kid and is thrilled to share his writing with readers everywhere—both the young in age and the young at heart. When he’s not writing, you might find him running the trails of northern California where the endless, winding miles past fog and ocean inspire stories of adventure and mystery. Or he might be mowing his lawn. Because that’s what adults sometimes have to do. But in either case, Sam is very likely imagining himself fighting mythical creatures or at the prow of a dragon ship feeling the wind and sea spray on his face alongside his own Viking queen and their two Vikelets. His greatest hope is that in reading his books, you too may be transported to another place where, for a little while, you can exchange the ordinary for the extraordinary. https://www.samsubity.com

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Joe Sutphin

Joe Sutphin is an illustrator of books for kids such as Andrew Peterson’s beloved Wingfeather Saga, the New York Times bestselling Word Of Mouse by James Patterson, as well as a newly envisioned edition of Little Pilgrim's Progress and the official graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams’s timeless classic, Watership Down (Ten Speed, 2022).…

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Joe Sutphin is an illustrator of books for kids such as Andrew Peterson’s beloved Wingfeather Saga, the New York Times bestselling Word Of Mouse by James Patterson, as well as a newly envisioned edition of Little Pilgrim’s Progress and the official graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams’s timeless classic, Watership Down (Ten Speed, 2022). His love of nature, and of the living creatures in the fields and woods around his home, has informed his art for much of his life. Joe lives in a barn in Ohio with his wife Gina and a bunch of cats.

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Don Tassone

After a long career in the corporate world, Don Tassone has returned to his creative writing roots.  He is the author of a two novels, Francesca and Drive, and six short story collections:  Collected Stories, SnapshotsNew Twists, Sampler, Small Bites and Get Back.  …Read More

After a long career in the corporate world, Don Tassone has returned to his creative writing roots.  He is the author of a two novels, Francesca and Drive, and six short story collections:  Collected Stories, SnapshotsNew Twists, Sampler, Small Bites and Get Back.  Don and his wife Liz live in Loveland, Ohio.

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John Thorndike

John Thorndike grew up in New England, graduated from Harvard, took an MA from Columbia, then lit out for Latin America. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and two, with his wife and child, on a backcountry farm in Chile. Eventually he settled with his son in Athens, Ohio, where for ten years his day job was farming.…Read More

John Thorndike grew up in New England, graduated from Harvard, took an MA from Columbia, then lit out for Latin America. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and two, with his wife and child, on a backcountry farm in Chile. Eventually he settled with his son in Athens, Ohio, where for ten years his day job was farming. Then it was construction. His first two books were novels, followed by a memoir, Another Way Home, about his wife’s schizophrenia and his life as a single parent (“The directness, the honesty, the terrible plain chant of the narrative stunned me.”—Doris Grumbach.) A second memoir, The Last of His Mind, describes his father’s year-long descent into Alzheimer’s, and was a Washington Post Best Book of 2009. The novel A Hundred Fires in Cuba follows an affair between a young American photographer and one of the heroes of the Cuban Revolution, Camilo Cienfuegos. The World Against Her Skin, Thorndike’s latest book, is a half-fictional evocation of his mother’s life.

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Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of eight novels and three picture books. A former journalist, she is a recipient of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and a winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize. She is a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.Read More

Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of eight novels and three picture books. A former journalist, she is a recipient of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and a winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize. She is a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

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Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon served as Ohio’s 2019 Poet of the Year and is the author of four books, most recently the Halcyon Poetry Prize winner, Portals. Her poetry and creative nonfiction appear in Diode, Verse Daily, Cultural Weekly, and others. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.Read More

Laura Grace Weldon served as Ohio’s 2019 Poet of the Year and is the author of four books, most recently the Halcyon Poetry Prize winner, Portals. Her poetry and creative nonfiction appear in Diode, Verse Daily, Cultural Weekly, and others. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.

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TG Wolff

TG Wolff writes mysteries that play in the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. She creates puzzles, meant to be solved. Diverse characters mirror the complexities of real life and real people, balanced with a healthy dose of entertainment. TG Wolff holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.Read More

TG Wolff writes mysteries that play in the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. She creates puzzles, meant to be solved. Diverse characters mirror the complexities of real life and real people, balanced with a healthy dose of entertainment. TG Wolff holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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Donte Woods-Spikes

Donte Woods-Spikes began working with youth in the Near Eastside of Columbus Ohio in 2011. His first youth project, A Talk With Our Sons consisted of youtube video interviews with young Black male youth and life experiences within the city. As the project gained recognition, Woods-Spikes was selected to give a TEDxColumbus Talk titled Young Black Men Not Left Out Again.…Read More

Donte Woods-Spikes began working with youth in the Near Eastside of Columbus Ohio in 2011.

His first youth project, A Talk With Our Sons consisted of youtube video interviews with young

Black male youth and life experiences within the city. As the project gained recognition,

Woods-Spikes was selected to give a TEDxColumbus Talk titled Young Black Men Not Left Out

Again.

Woods-Spikes also mentors young children. He created a documentary titled Donte &

Day’Mariah, which highlighted his journey mentoring a young Black girl and the dynamics and

benefits of cross gendered mentorship.

Woods-Spikes worked at a community center then transitioned into the columbus city schools

as a teachers aid for 3 years. 1 of those years taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic

which inspired him to write his book So. Long. Unfinished Good-byes with the Children of

COVID-19. His time is now devoted to professional development and contract work with schools

to create diverse inclusive environments for all children.

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Donna Wyland

Donna Wyland is an award-winning author, editor, and coach whose personal essays and poetry have appeared in numerous collections and magazines. She is the author of picture books, ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus, Your Home in Heaven and If I Could Ask Jesus; gift book, Surrender; and a novel, Autumn’s Harmony.…Read More

Donna Wyland is an award-winning author, editor, and coach whose personal essays and poetry have appeared in numerous collections and magazines. She is the author of picture books, ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus, Your Home in Heaven and If I Could Ask Jesus; gift book, Surrender; and a novel, Autumn’s Harmony. Through her written work, Donna seeks to entertain and encourage readers to draw near to God to experience freedom, forgiveness, peace, love, and the hope of eternal life in heaven.