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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Patricia Averbach

Patricia Averbach, a Cleveland native, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in Chautauqua, New York. Her first work of fiction, Painting Bridges (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) was described by Michelle Ross, critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, as an intelligent, introspective and moving novel. Her second novel, Resurrecting Rain, will be released by Golden Antelope Press February, 2020.…Read More

Patricia Averbach, a Cleveland native, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in Chautauqua, New York. Her first work of fiction, Painting Bridges (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) was described by Michelle Ross, critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, as an intelligent, introspective and moving novel. Her second novel, Resurrecting Rain, will be released by Golden Antelope Press February, 2020. Her poetry chapbook, Missing Persons (Ward Wood Publishing, 2013) received the London based Lumen/Camden prize in 2013 and was listed by Times of London Literary Supplement (November 14, 2014) as one of the best short collections of the year.

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Ellis Avery

Ellis Avery is the author of award-winning books. Her second novel, The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012), inspired by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, won the 2013 ALA Stonewall Fiction Award. The Last Nude has received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal as well as praise from The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, SF Weekly, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and NPR.…

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Ellis Avery is the author of award-winning books. Her second novel, The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012), inspired by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, won the 2013 ALA Stonewall Fiction Award. The Last Nude has received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal as well as praise from The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, SF Weekly, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and NPR. In addition to The Last Nude, Avery is the author of a first novel, The Teahouse Fire. Set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan, The Teahouse Fire won Lambda, Ohioana, and American Library Association awards and was translated into five languages. Avery is also the author of The Smoke Week, an award-winning 9/11 memoir. Ellis grew up in Columbus, Ohio, attending Columbus School for Girls until the age of eleven. She received a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an M.F.A. from Goddard College and now teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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Ruth Awad

Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry and the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and she won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest.…Read More

Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry and the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and she won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review, Sixth Finch, Crab Orchard Review, The Adroit Journal, BOAAT Journal, and elsewhere. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2.

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Chuck Ayers

Chuck Ayers is a graduate of Kent State University and is from Summit Co., Ohio. Following graduation, he became the editorial cartoonist for the Akron Beacon Journal. He’s been the artist on Crankshaft since its inception and is a huge fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Akron RubberDucks. Ayers has been a cartoonist most of his professional life and was a longtime political cartoonist for the Akron Beacon Journal.…Read More

Chuck Ayers is a graduate of Kent State University and is from Summit Co., Ohio. Following graduation, he became the editorial cartoonist for the Akron Beacon Journal. He’s been the artist on Crankshaft since its inception and is a huge fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Akron RubberDucks. Ayers has been a cartoonist most of his professional life and was a longtime political cartoonist for the Akron Beacon Journal. Ayers and his wife, Lisa, have two grown children.

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Christopher Bachelder

Chris Bachelder's fourth novel, The Throwback Special, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and the winner of The Paris Review's Terry Southern Prize for humor. His other novels include Abbott Awaits, U.S.!, and Bear v. Shark. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cincinnati, where he teaches writing at the University of Cincinnati.Read More

Chris Bachelder’s fourth novel, The Throwback Special, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and the winner of The Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize for humor. His other novels include Abbott Awaits, U.S.!, and Bear v. Shark. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cincinnati, where he teaches writing at the University of Cincinnati.

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Jennifer Bahney

Jennifer Bowers Bahney is an award-winning journalist and newspaper editor with a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a BA in history from Smith College. She has written and produced both local news and internationally for CNN. Her first book, "Stealing Sisi’s Star," was a finalist for the 2016 Ohioana Book Award in Nonfiction. She lives in central Ohio with her daughter and German Shepherd Dog, Kaiserin Viktoria.Read More

Jennifer Bowers Bahney is an award-winning journalist and newspaper editor with a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a BA in history from Smith College. She has written and produced both local news and internationally for CNN. Her first book, “Stealing Sisi’s Star,” was a finalist for the 2016 Ohioana Book Award in Nonfiction. She lives in central Ohio with her daughter and German Shepherd Dog, Kaiserin Viktoria.

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David Baker

David Baker was born in 1954 in Maine, grew up in Missouri, and now lives in Granville, Ohio. He received his B.S.E. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Central Missouri and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, where he also served from 1980-83 as Editor and Poetry Editor of Quarterly West.…Read More

David Baker was born in 1954 in Maine, grew up in Missouri, and now lives in Granville, Ohio. He received his B.S.E. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Central Missouri and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, where he also served from 1980-83 as Editor and Poetry Editor of Quarterly West. He is the author or editor of eighteen books, including twelve books of poetry (Laws of the Land, 1981; Haunts, 1985; Sweet Home, Saturday Night, 1991; After the Reunion, 1994; The Truth about Small Towns, 1998; Changeable Thunder, 2001; Midwest Eclogue, 2005; Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems [UK], 2007; Umul Alchimic [Romania], 2009; Never-Ending Birds, 2009; Scavenger Loop, 2015; Swift: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming in 2019); as well as seven chapbooks.
Baker has seen his individual poems published in the country’s finest journals, including American Poetry Review, Antaeus, The Atlantic Monthly, DoubleTake, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Criterion, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, Raritan, The Southern Review, Tin House, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Yale Review. His poetry has been anthologized in The Longman Anthology of Poetry, The Making of a Sonnet, The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and many others. He has won awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Mellon Foundation, Poetry Society of America, Pushcart Prize Foundation, Utah Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and Ohioana Library Association. Baker’s articles and critical essays have appeared in The American Book Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New England Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Writers Chronicle, and elsewhere. His six prose volumes are Seek After: Essays on Modern Lyric Poets (2018), Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems (2014); Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (with Ann Townsend, 2007), Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (2000), and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996). Baker has taught at Kenyon College, the University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, as well as at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, The Frost Place, Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown), Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Catskills Poetry Workshop, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops in Italy and Ohio. He is currently Professor of English at Denison University where he holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing. He serves regularly on the faculty of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College and is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.

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Bree Baker

Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small town high jinks, sweet tea and the sea. She's been telling stories to her family, friends and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and recipe she's sure to ruin. Now, she's working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries.…Read More

Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small town high jinks, sweet tea and the sea. She’s been telling stories to her family, friends and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and recipe she’s sure to ruin. Now, she’s working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. Her debut title, Live & Let Chai releases from Sourcebooks in July 2018. Bree is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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David Baker

David Baker was born in 1954 in Maine, grew up in Missouri, and now lives in Granville, Ohio.  He received his B.S.E. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Central Missouri and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, where he also served from 1980-83 as Editor and Poetry Editor of Quarterly West.…Read More

David Baker was born in 1954 in Maine, grew up in Missouri, and now lives in Granville, Ohio.  He received his B.S.E. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Central Missouri and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, where he also served from 1980-83 as Editor and Poetry Editor of Quarterly West.  He is the author or editor of eighteen books, including twelve books of poetry (Laws of the Land, 1981; Haunts, 1985; Sweet Home, Saturday Night, 1991; After the Reunion, 1994; The Truth about Small Towns, 1998; Changeable Thunder, 2001; Midwest Eclogue, 2005; Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems [UK], 2007; Umul Alchimic [Romania], 2009; Never-Ending Birds, 2009; Scavenger Loop, 2015; Swift: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming in 2019); as well as seven chapbooks.

Baker has seen his individual poems published in the country’s finest journals, including American Poetry Review, Antaeus, The Atlantic Monthly, DoubleTake, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Criterion, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, Raritan, The Southern Review, Tin House, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Yale Review.  His poetry has been anthologized in The Longman Anthology of Poetry, The Making of a Sonnet, The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and many others.  He has won awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Mellon Foundation, Poetry Society of America, Pushcart Prize Foundation, Utah Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and Ohioana Library Association.  Baker’s articles and critical essays have appeared in The American Book Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New England Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Writers Chronicle, and elsewhere.  His six prose volumes are Seek After: Essays on Modern Lyric Poets (2018), Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems (2014); Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (with Ann Townsend, 2007), Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry (2000), and Meter in English: A Critical Engagement (1996).  Baker has taught at Kenyon College, the University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, as well as at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, The Frost Place, Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown), Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Catskills Poetry Workshop, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops in Italy and Ohio.  He is currently Professor of English at Denison University where he holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing.  He serves regularly on the faculty of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College and is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.

 

Thomas E. Barden

Thomas E. Barden is Professor of English and Dean of the Honors College at the University of Toledo.Read More

Thomas E. Barden is Professor of English and Dean of the Honors College at the University of Toledo.