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.

If you would like to know which Ohio authors and illustrators are available for school and library visits or workshops, visit our School & Library Visits page here.

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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.

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Betty Weibel

Betty Weibel is a lifelong equestrian with a successful career as a journalist and public relations professional. The former newspaper reporter published her first nonfiction book with The History Press in 2014, The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First.   Today, she is a principal in Yopko Penhallurick, an award-winning Chagrin Falls public relations agency, and she is APR certified by the Public Relations Society of America.…Read More

Betty Weibel is a lifelong equestrian with a successful career as a journalist and public relations professional. The former newspaper reporter published her first nonfiction book with The History Press in 2014, The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First.

 

Today, she is a principal in Yopko Penhallurick, an award-winning Chagrin Falls public relations agency, and she is APR certified by the Public Relations Society of America.

A graduate of Lake Erie College, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio History Connection and has served on the Board of Trustees for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Ohio Humanities Council, Geauga Park District’s Chip Henry Institute, Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show.

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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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Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes, and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award. Poems by Wells have appeared or are forthcoming in Alimentum, Ascent, Christianity & Literature, JAMA, Literary Mama, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere.…Read More

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes, and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award. Poems by Wells have appeared or are forthcoming in Alimentum, Ascent, Christianity & Literature, JAMA, Literary Mama, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published by Ascent and River Teeth. Sarah’s poetry has been honored with two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her essay, “Those Summers, These Days” was named a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2012. She has received scholarships to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and West Chester Poetry Conferences. Sarah serves as the Administrative Director for the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University and Managing Editor for the Ashland Poetry Press and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband, Brandon, and their three young children, Lydia, Elvis, and Henry. http://www.sarahmwells.com

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Andrew Welsh-Huggins

By day, Andrew Welsh-Huggins is an editor and reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus. By earlier in the day he is the editor of the "Columbus Noir" anthology from Akashic Books, a collection of 14 mystery stories each set in a different Columbus neighborhood. Andrew is also the author of the Andy Hayes private eye series, featuring a former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned investigator.…Read More

By day, Andrew Welsh-Huggins is an editor and reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus. By earlier in the day he is the editor of the “Columbus Noir” anthology from Akashic Books, a collection of 14 mystery stories each set in a different Columbus neighborhood. Andrew is also the author of the Andy Hayes private eye series, featuring a former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned investigator. In Andrew’s new novel, “An Empty Grave,” Hayes investigates the forty-year-old disappearance of a burglary suspect who shot a police officer and then vanished from sight, and along the way exposes long-hidden crimes and cover-ups. Andrew’s nonfiction book, “No Winners Here Tonight,” is the definitive history of Ohio’s death penalty. When he’s not writing or reporting, Andrew enjoys running, reading, spending time with family, and trying to remember why having three cats, a dog and two parakeets seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Nick White

Nick White is the author of two books of fiction: Sweet & Low, a collection of stories, and How to Survive a Summer, a novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Catapult, The Literary Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University.Read More

Nick White is the author of two books of fiction: Sweet & Low, a collection of stories, and How to Survive a Summer, a novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Catapult, The Literary Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University.

Mary Ann Whitley

Mary Ann Whitley is a longtime journalist, currently a copy editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and lives in the eastside suburb of University Heights, Ohio. She is the co-author of Ohio Tales of the Titanic, self-published in 2012, and the author of two earlier young adult novels which she plans to republish through self-publishing.…Read More

Mary Ann Whitley is a longtime journalist, currently a copy editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and lives in the eastside suburb of University Heights, Ohio. She is the co-author of Ohio Tales of the Titanic, self-published in 2012, and the author of two earlier young adult novels which she plans to republish through self-publishing. She became interested in the Ohio Titanic story in 1998 when she met her co-author, Janet White, and discovered Ohio’s extensive ties to the disaster. Since then, she has researched the Northeast Ohio-bound passengers and interviewed a number of descendants. She has written articles for Titanic International Society’s quarterly journal, Voyage, and served as a trustee of the society for nine years. Mary Ann also has a personal connection to the Titanic, as her grandfather helped to build the ship in Belfast. For more information, visit her online at ohiotitanic.wordpress.com.

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Annette Januzzi Wick

Annette Januzzi Wick is an author, writer and community connector. She grew up in northern Ohio. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Computer Science degree yet still sighs when her cell phone doesn’t work. For a time, she made her home in the Pacific Northwest until firmly planting her feet in Cincinnati. When she’s not writing, she is walking Cincinnati’s fifty-two neighborhoods or finding and making connections in the community.…Read More

Annette Januzzi Wick is an author, writer and community connector. She grew up in northern Ohio. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Computer Science degree yet still sighs when her cell phone doesn’t work. For a time, she made her home in the Pacific Northwest until firmly planting her feet in Cincinnati. When she’s not writing, she is walking Cincinnati’s fifty-two neighborhoods or finding and making connections in the community.

She is the founder Three Arch Press, and has previously published I’ll Be in the Car (2006). I’ll Have Some of Yours (2019) is based on her award-winning blog, Find You in the Sun (http://www.findyouinthesun.com), where additional essays appear.

Her writings have appeared in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Cornerstone, Erma Bombeck Humor Blog, Grief Becomes You: A Narrative of Loss, and Movers and Makers, and have received awards from Writer’s Digest, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Sinclair College, and USA Book News.

Annette is available for speaking events, book signings and writing workshops. Visit annettejwick.com to purchase her book or learn more. I’ll Have Some of Yours is also available for order through Amazon and major distributors.

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Kathy Wiechman

Kathy Cannon Wiechman is a former teacher and a lover of American history. She was awarded the 2015 Grateful American Book Prize for her debut novel LIKE A RIVER. Her newest novel NOT ON FIFTH STREET is loosely based on her father's experiences during the record-breaking Ohio River flood of 1937.Read More

Kathy Cannon Wiechman is a former teacher and a lover of American history. She was awarded the 2015 Grateful American Book Prize for her debut novel LIKE A RIVER. Her newest novel NOT ON FIFTH STREET is loosely based on her father’s experiences during the record-breaking Ohio River flood of 1937.

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Dan Wilbur

Dan Wilbur is a comedian, writer, and avid video game player living in Brooklyn, NY. He only eats fast food on weekends and occasionally exercises by accident (police, fire). He has read nearly half of nearly half of all the books he owns. If you like Dan, even a little, it’s probably because you’ve seen his writing or you’re his parents.…Read More

Dan Wilbur is a comedian, writer, and avid video game player living in Brooklyn, NY. He only eats fast food on weekends and occasionally exercises by accident (police, fire). He has read nearly half of nearly half of all the books he owns. If you like Dan, even a little, it’s probably because you’ve seen his writing or you’re his parents. His writing is featured on Collegehumor.com, McSweeney’s, and the Onion News Network. His is also the creator of Better Book Titles on Tumblr and author of the humor book How Not to Read.