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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Eugene Schmiel

Eugene D. Schmiel is a retired U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer. He was an assistant professor of history at St. Francis University (PA) and has taught at Marymount, Shenandoah, and Penn State universities. He holds the Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University and coauthored, with his wife Kathryn, a book on life in the Foreign Service.

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Eugene D. Schmiel is a retired U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer. He was an assistant professor of history at St. Francis University (PA) and has taught at Marymount, Shenandoah, and Penn State universities. He holds the Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University and coauthored, with his wife Kathryn, a book on life in the Foreign Service.

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Ken Schneck

Ken Schneck is an author, professor, radio host, and rabble rouser. His travelogue, "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here?: The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" was published in 2017, "LGBTQ Cleveland" was released in 2018, and "LGBTQ Columbus" hits the shelves in June of 2019. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, Cleveland Magazine and FreshWater Cleveland, and currently serves as the Editor for Prizm Magazine, Ohio's only LGBTQ publication.…Read More

Ken Schneck is an author, professor, radio host, and rabble rouser. His travelogue, “Seriously, What Am I Doing Here?: The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew” was published in 2017, “LGBTQ Cleveland” was released in 2018, and “LGBTQ Columbus” hits the shelves in June of 2019. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, Cleveland Magazine and FreshWater Cleveland, and currently serves as the Editor for Prizm Magazine, Ohio’s only LGBTQ publication. For 10 years, he was the producer/host of “This Show is So Gay,” the award-winning, long-running radio show/podcast. In his spare time, he is a Professor of Education at Baldwin Wallace University.

Russell Schneider

Russell Schneider is an award-winning sportswriter who wrote for The Cleveland Plain Dealer until his retirement in 1993. He was elected to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and has been nominated for election to the Baseball Writers Wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.Read More

Russell Schneider is an award-winning sportswriter who wrote for The Cleveland Plain Dealer until his retirement in 1993. He was elected to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and has been nominated for election to the Baseball Writers Wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

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E.F Schraeder

An admirer of strange wonders and sleights of hand, Schraeder writes poetry and fiction often inspired by not quite real worlds. The author of Liar: Memoir of a Haunting (Omnium Gatherum, 2021) and Ghastly Tales of Gaiety and Greed (Omnium Gatherum, 2020), Schraeder also authored two poetry chapbooks. Awarded first place in Crystal Lake Publishing's 2021 Poetry Contest, Schraeder’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Vastarien, Mystery Weekly Magazine, The Feminist Wire, and other journals and anthologies.Read More

An admirer of strange wonders and sleights of hand, Schraeder writes poetry and fiction often inspired by not quite real worlds. The author of Liar: Memoir of a Haunting (Omnium Gatherum, 2021) and Ghastly Tales of Gaiety and Greed (Omnium Gatherum, 2020), Schraeder also authored two poetry chapbooks. Awarded first place in Crystal Lake Publishing’s 2021 Poetry Contest, Schraeder’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Vastarien, Mystery Weekly Magazine, The Feminist Wire, and other journals and anthologies.

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Michaela Schuett

Most days, Michaela Schuett can be found somewhere in Ohio counting sunny days, giggles and jelly beans — usually with a sketchbook in hand. Other days, she is in front of her computer designing and drawing amazing things for amazing people. With a degree in journalism from Iowa State University, Michaela worked for many years as a writer, designer, copy editor, and illustrator for various newspapers and magazines.…Read More

Most days, Michaela Schuett can be found somewhere in Ohio counting sunny days, giggles and jelly beans — usually with a sketchbook in hand.

Other days, she is in front of her computer designing and drawing amazing things for amazing people.

With a degree in journalism from Iowa State University, Michaela worked for many years as a writer, designer, copy editor, and illustrator for various newspapers and magazines. Most recently, she worked as the interim Art Director for Dispatch Magazines (2013) and was responsible for the monthly design of Columbus Monthly and its various special publications.

After nearly 13 years working full-time (2001-2013), she is now a freelance designer and illustrator.

Whether she’s working in corporate communications, editorial design, picture books, or small business—everything she does comes from the heart—with a passion for making complex information easy to understand.

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Salvatore Scibona

Salvatore Scibona’s most recent novel, The Volunteer, was called "a masterpiece" by the New York Times. His first novel, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award. His work has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and a Whiting Award; and The New Yorker named him one of its “20 under 40” fiction writers.…Read More

Salvatore Scibona’s most recent novel, The Volunteer, was called “a masterpiece” by the New York Times. His first novel, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award. His work has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and a Whiting Award; and The New Yorker named him one of its “20 under 40” fiction writers. He directs the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

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Jillian Scudder

Jillian Scudder is an astrophysicist and assistant professor at Oberlin College. Her writing has also been published in Forbes, Quartz, Medium, and The Conversation. She was born in Sarasota, Florida, and has been on the move ever since. She completed her undergraduate degree at Macalester College in 2009, taking the unusual double major of Physics & French.…Read More

Jillian Scudder is an astrophysicist and assistant professor at Oberlin College. Her writing has also been published in Forbes, Quartz, Medium, and The Conversation. She was born in Sarasota, Florida, and has been on the move ever since. She completed her undergraduate degree at Macalester College in 2009, taking the unusual double major of Physics & French. She completed her Ph.D in astrophysics at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. In her spare time, she enjoys origami, coloring books, and video games.

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Julie Seabrook Ream

JULIE SEABROOK REAM is an artist who never could pick a favorite color. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.Read More

JULIE SEABROOK REAM is an artist who never could pick a favorite color. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Cathy Seckman

Cathy Hester Seckman is a lifelong resident of East Liverpool, Ohio, and a graduate of East Liverpool City High School and West Liberty State College (now University). She is a writer, indexer, speaker, and dental hygienist. Arcadia Publishing released her book, East Liverpool, an Images of America title. Seckman is also the author of Weirdo World, a young adult fantasy novel.…Read More

Cathy Hester Seckman is a lifelong resident of East Liverpool, Ohio, and a graduate of East Liverpool City High School and West Liberty State College (now University). She is a writer, indexer, speaker, and dental hygienist.

Arcadia Publishing released her book, East Liverpool, an Images of America title. Seckman is also the author of Weirdo World, a young adult fantasy novel. She is an indie co-author of Bad Moon Rising, a murder mystery set between Woodstock and the Kent State shootings, and an anthology, H2O Mysteries. Her short fiction has been published in several magazines and she has written hundreds of magazine articles and thousands of newspaper articles.

As a back-of-the-book indexer, she has also written more than 130 indexes, mostly for textbooks, on a wide range of topics from dentistry to terrorism to literary criticism.

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Steve Sefner

Steve Sefner is a former play-by-play announcer for Kent State Athletics. He has broadcasted well over 1,000 basketball & football games in his career including the 2001-2002 men's basketball Golden Dream Season. Steve spent several years in the sports industry, most notably Division I Athletics, the NHL, AFL, and MLS. Steve has had the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities including broadcasting, corporate sponsorship, ticket sales, marketing, promotions, and management.…Read More

Steve Sefner is a former play-by-play announcer for Kent State Athletics. He has broadcasted well over 1,000 basketball & football games in his career including the 2001-2002 men’s basketball Golden Dream Season. Steve spent several years in the sports industry, most notably Division I Athletics, the NHL, AFL, and MLS. Steve has had the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities including broadcasting, corporate sponsorship, ticket sales, marketing, promotions, and management. He enjoys public speaking, a CTA (Certified Tourism Ambassador) and is on the Board of Directors for his local Chamber of Commerce. Steve is a native of Northeast, Ohio and an avid sports fan. Check out his new book here: The Golden Dream: The Story of the 2001-2002 Kent State Men’s Basketball Elite Eight Season