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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Lisa J. Amstutz is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for children and many magazine and newspaper articles. Her background includes a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science/Ecology. She loves sharing amazing facts about science and nature with kids.
Jarod K. Anderson
Formerly, Jarod taught English at Ohio University. Currently, he works at a foundation that raises money for a wide range of college scholarships. He writes about education by day and ghosts, monsters, and madmen by night. It’s a good arrangement.
Jarod is a fan of comic books, tattoos, pulp detective novels, herpetology, folklore, video games, and all things sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Growing up, he wanted to be either a ninja or a maple tree. These aspirations led him to teach college English. Teaching college English led him to try other things.
Jarod’s work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Electric Spec, The Colored Lens, Fantasy Scroll, Fourteen Hills, Stupefying Stories, and elsewhere. He lives in Central Ohio.
Jodi Andes’ debut, Master of Deceit, is a true crime book about John Donald Cody, one of the most formidable conmen in modern history, who defrauded veterans of $100 million using the name Lt. Commander Bobby Thompson, and stayed one step ahead of law enforcement for 25 years. By time law enforcement could catch him, Cody would be wanted for frauds, stolen identities, questioning in espionage and accused in one of the greatest security breaches in White House history. Master of Deceit focuses on Cody’s crimes, and the mysteries surrounding political access he gained as the fake lieutenant commander. It is slated to be published in March 2020 through Micro Publishing Media, Inc.
The book began attracting media attention before publishing. The book was featured on the Perfect Scam podcast, an AARP podcast hosted by the author of Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale. She has been asked to do two magazine articles about the book – one for a historical Ohio magazine and the other, for a trade publication for members of the Arizona Attorney Bar Association.
Ms. Andes spent much of her career as a newspaper reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. She left in 2009 on the verge of the newspaper’s downsizing, though she later returned to journalism to head up an investigative team for WBNS-10TV news for two years. Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray hired Ms. Andes to serve as his senior investigator, which is where she was assigned to work on the Bobby Thompson case. She has also spent more than five years doing communications for governmental agencies. She currently is a Public Information Officer for the Franklin County Commissioners. She lives in Pickerington with her two sons and their two dogs.
Nin Andrews’s poems and stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2003, 2013), The Best American Erotic Poems from 1800, The Best American Prose Poems, No Boundaries, Sudden Stories: A Mammoth Anthology of Miniscule Fiction, The House of Your Dreams: An International Collection of Prose Poems, Seriously Funny, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence. The recipient of an individual artist grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 1997 and again in 2003, she is the author of six chapbooks and six full-length poetry collections. Her book, Why God Is a Woman, won the 2016 Ohioana award in poetry. Her next book, Miss August, will be published in the spring of 2017. The mother of two grown children, she lives in Poland, Ohio, with her husband, a physics professor and bass player, and their Boston terrier, Froda.
Dan Andriacco is the author of ten mystery novels. His primary series, featuring Professor Sebastian McCabe and brother-in-law Jeff Cody, is set in a small college town in southern Ohio. The latest published in that series is Erin Go Bloody, about the hijinks surrounding a St. Patrick’s Day parade. The final novel in his Enoch Hale trilogy of historical mysteries, written with a co-author, is The Egyptian Curse. Dan has also been a mystery reviewer and taught non-credit classes in mystery fiction. He once won a bet with a colleague that he could write a novella in less time than it took her to read one of his novels. You can read more about Dan on his blog, Baker Street Beat, at danandriacco.com.
Fred Andrle is a poet and playwright. He is the author of the poetry collections: What Counts and Love Life. His poetry was featured in the anthology Prayers to Protest: Poems that Center and Bless Us, and his poem “The Book,” was read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.” Fred has received playwriting and poetry fellowships from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.…Read More
Fred Andrle is a poet and playwright. He is the author of the poetry collections: What Counts and Love Life. His poetry was featured in the anthology Prayers to Protest: Poems that Center and Bless Us, and his poem “The Book,” was read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.” Fred has received playwriting and poetry fellowships from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Fred is an Associate at the Ohio State University Humanities Institute. Before his retirement in 2009, Fred spent twenty years at WOSU, the NPR affiliate in Columbus, as Executive Producer and Host of “Open Line,” a daily public affairs talk show. Prior to that, he was Executive Producer for WOSU-TV. He has received Ohio Public Broadcasting and Regional Emmy awards for his radio and television programs. The Ohio Humanities Council gave Fred their 2010 Bjornson Award for Distinguished Service in the Humanities. Fred taught courses in mass media at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Dominican University, and Northern Arizona University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from Stanford.
Beth Armstrong spent much of her life caring for and observing gorillas—first as a keeper and then as head keeper at the Columbus Zoo, 1982–1996. She became a passionate proponent and voice for gorillas in the wild—and many other species—as the first Field Conservation Coordinator at the Columbus and Brevard Zoos, respectively. She continues to promote the role of zoos in supporting fieldwork that actively protects great ape species in the wild.
After beginning his career as a marketing professional, Michael Armstrong changed course and joined the nonprofit world. He served as the Executive Director of The ALS Association, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and other nonprofit organizations.
When his daughter was born, Mike left his job to become a stay-at-home dad. Soon after, he began writing children’s books (and rekindled his love affair with Play-Doh). Today he is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and is represented by Curtis Brown, Ltd. His first book, Best Day Ever, will be released by Sterling Publishing in Spring 2020. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mindee Arnett is the author of the critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Avalonas well the Arkwell Academyseries. An avid eventer, she lives on a farm near Dayton, Ohio with her husband, two kids, and assorted animals. When not telling tales of magic, the supernatural, or outer space, she can be found on a horse, trying to jump anything that will stand still. Onyx and Ivoryis her first foray into high fantasy. Find her on the web at mindeearnett.com
Patricia Averbach, a Cleveland native, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in Chautauqua, New York. Her first novel, Painting Bridges dealt with historic issues in deaf education. It was described by Michelle Ross, critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, as “an intelligent, introspective and moving novel.” Averbach was the 2013 winner of the London based Lumen/Camden Prize for Poetry. Her poetry chapbook, Missing Persons, was featured in the Times of London Literary Supplement as one of the top poetry pamphlets of the year. For more on Averbach go to her website at patriciaaverbach.com.