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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Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020.…Read More

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.

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Dan Gearino

Dan Gearino is a lifelong comics reader with tastes that swing from the classic Legion of Super-Heroes to the work of Michel Rabagliati. As a business reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, he has won national recognition for his work. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters.…Read More

Dan Gearino is a lifelong comics reader with tastes that swing from the classic Legion of Super-Heroes to the work of Michel Rabagliati. As a business reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, he has won national recognition for his work. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters. Find him at http://www.dangearino.com.

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Claire Gebben

Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland, Ohio. Her historical novel "The Last of the Blacksmiths" (Coffeetown Press, 2014), based on the true story of a German immigrant blacksmith to Ohio, has been named a Notable Book at Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library, and Book of the Month with the German American Heritage Foundation.…Read More

Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland, Ohio. Her historical novel “The Last of the Blacksmiths” (Coffeetown Press, 2014), based on the true story of a German immigrant blacksmith to Ohio, has been named a Notable Book at Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library, and Book of the Month with the German American Heritage Foundation. Her memoir, “How We Survive Here: Families Across Time” (Coffeetown Press, 2018) recounts the author’s quest to trace and write the truth about her ancestors. The memoir received a Finalist Award in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. In the name of historical research, Ms. Gebben has harvested grapes in the German Rhinelands and wielded a blacksmith hammer on fiery hot steel. She lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. More info at: http://clairegebben.com.

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Becky Gehrisch

Becky Gehrisch grew up drawing dogs and farm scenes after visiting her grandparents' homes in the country. It’s no wonder that she went on to create Escape To Play after earning an art degree from The Ohio State University. Becky moved to a rural town in Ohio where she is constantly inspired by the beautiful countryside and wildlife just outside her window.…Read More

Becky Gehrisch grew up drawing dogs and farm scenes after visiting her grandparents’ homes in the country. It’s no wonder that she went on to create Escape To Play after earning an art degree from The Ohio State University. Becky moved to a rural town in Ohio where she is constantly inspired by the beautiful countryside and wildlife just outside her window. You can find her getting into her own kind of shenanigans with her husband and kids as they explore the USA in their RV.

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Jennifer Geiger

Jennifer Geiger, the daughter of an oil company dispatcher, was born in Kansas, and because of her father’s job, transferred to Ohio during her elementary years. Growing up, Jennifer entertained her friends and family with stories she invented using characters they supplied. It wasn’t until after she married and had children of her own, that her desire to create stories resurfaced through those she created for her own.…Read More

Jennifer Geiger, the daughter of an oil company dispatcher, was born in Kansas, and because of her father’s job, transferred to Ohio during her elementary years. Growing up, Jennifer entertained her friends and family with stories she invented using characters they supplied. It wasn’t until after she married and had children of her own, that her desire to create stories resurfaced through those she created for her own. She is the mother of three grown daughters, who have given her seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She has been married over 30 years to her husband, Jim. Her passion for writing nearly died out until her younger brother encouraged her to finish the stories she had started. Encouraged at his words, Jennifer sat down at her computer and completed her first book, Witness; a story with an interesting twist revolving around the apostle John as he witnessed life with Jesus. Jennifer followed Witness with an eight-session video and workbook series created so the reader could step into the shoes of the apostle John thereby experiencing life with Jesus through the eyes of the disciple He loved. Continuing the story, Jennifer produced her latest novel, Patmos. Her new adventure picks up where Witness left off—filling the gaps of John’s life during his banishment where he receives a special revelation from God.

Carole Genshaft

Carole M. Genshaft is Curator-at-Large at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she has organized many exhibitions about the life and work of Aminah Robinson. Dr. Genshaft has been with the Museum since 1984 and was Director of Education from 1996-2006. She has an undergraduate degree in art history from Syracuse University, a master's degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University, and earned her doctorate in art education from The Ohio State University.Read More

Carole M. Genshaft is Curator-at-Large at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she has organized many exhibitions about the life and work of Aminah Robinson. Dr. Genshaft has been with the Museum since 1984 and was Director of Education from 1996-2006. She has an undergraduate degree in art history from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University, and earned her doctorate in art education from The Ohio State University.

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Carole Gerber

Carole Gerber is a poet and children’s book author living in Powell, Ohio. She has written nearly two dozen picture books, early readers, and chapter books. Gerber has worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and – finally!…Read More

Carole Gerber is a poet and children’s book author living in Powell, Ohio. She has written nearly two dozen picture books, early readers, and chapter books.

Gerber has worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and – finally! – as a freelance writer of hundreds of elementary textbooks, magazine articles, speeches, annual reports, and patient education materials.

Besides being a “Jill” of many trades – or more precisely – one trade, writing, with many incarnations, Gerber is married to Mark, the mother of two grown daughters, Jess and Paige, and “Mimi” to Sara and Tyler, Paige’s children. In addition, she sponsors half a dozen children at a time through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children of all faiths in more than 100 developing countries. Gerber keeps their photos posted to remind her of her blessings and responsibilities.

In her free time, she volunteers as a tour guide for children at a local nature preserve and farm. Gerber also enjoys gardening, though her enthusiasm dwindles as summer progresses, and reading, mostly for her own pleasure and edification. Gerber belongs to a neighborhood book discussion group, enjoys traveling to learn about other countries and cultures, and practices yoga which, like writing, is humbling and challenging. For more information, visit http://carolegerber.com/

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Robin Gianna

After completing a degree in journalism from Ohio State University, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her midlife awakening. She decided she wanted to write the romance novels she’d loved since her teens, and embarked on that quest. Robin loves pushing her characters to grow until they’re finally ready for their well-deserved happily-ever-afters!…Read More

After completing a degree in journalism from Ohio State University, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom for a few years, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her midlife awakening. She decided she wanted to write the romance novels she’d loved since her teens, and embarked on that quest.

Robin loves pushing her characters to grow until they’re finally ready for their well-deserved happily-ever-afters! When she’s not writing, Robin’s life is filled with a cheerfully messy kitchen, a needy garden, a grand piano she doesn’t practice enough, her own doctor hero husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog, and one grouchy Siamese cat.

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David Giffels

David Giffels has written six books of nonfiction, most recently "Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America" (Hachette Books, 2020), described by Publishers Weekly as a “trenchant mix of memoir, reportage, and political analysis,” and selected as one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of 2020.” His other titles include the memoir "Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life" (Scribner, 2018), a Book of the Month pick by Amazon and Powell’s and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” and winner of the Ohioana Book Award.…Read More
David Giffels has written six books of nonfiction, most recently “Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America” (Hachette Books, 2020), described by Publishers Weekly as a “trenchant mix of memoir, reportage, and political analysis,” and selected as one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of 2020.” His other titles include the memoir “Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life” (Scribner, 2018), a Book of the Month pick by Amazon and Powell’s and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” and winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His previous books include “The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt” (Scribner 2014), a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and nominee for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir “All the Way Home” (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008), winner of the Ohioana Book Award. Giffels is the coauthor, with Jade Dellinger, of the rock biography “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!” and, with Steve Love, “Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron.” A former Akron Beacon Journal columnist, his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic.com, Parade, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, The Iowa Review, and many other publications. He also wrote for the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head.” His awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a General Excellence award from National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He was selected as the Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer in Residence for 2018-2019. Giffels is a professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) Program.
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Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and teaches writing at Otterbein University. Gilbert formerly served as marketing manager of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books dealing with farming. In prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana, where he was honored for public service and feature writing, and was awarded a Kiplinger fellowship to Ohio State University.…

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Richard Gilbert holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and teaches writing at Otterbein University. Gilbert formerly served as marketing manager of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books dealing with farming. In prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana, where he was honored for public service and feature writing, and was awarded a Kiplinger fellowship to Ohio State University. His essays have appeared in Brevity; Chautauqua; Farming: People Land Community; Fourth Genre; Orion; The Shepherd; and other journals. He blogs about writing, books, and the land at his website, richardgilbert.me.