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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Geoffrey Girard

Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, dark fantasy, young adult novels, and short speculative fiction for publications including Writers of the Future and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey graduated from Washington College with a literature degree and worked as an advertising copywriter before shifting to high school English teacher.…

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Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, dark fantasy, young adult novels, and short speculative fiction for publications including Writers of the Future and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey graduated from Washington College with a literature degree and worked as an advertising copywriter before shifting to high school English teacher. He’s since earned an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University and is the Department Chair of English at a private boys’ school in Cincinnati. Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels in 2013: Cain’s Blood, a techno thriller, and Project Cain, a spinoff novel for young adult readers. For more information, visit http://www.GeoffreyGirard.com.

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Peggy Faw Gish

Peggy Faw Gish has been working in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams since October 2002. Peggy lives on a farm near Athens, Ohio, where she is a member of the Church of the Brethren, a mother, grandmother, farmer, and community mediator. She is also a former co-director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network in Athens and has been involved in peace and social justice work for the past 45 years.…

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Peggy Faw Gish has been working in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams since October 2002. Peggy lives on a farm near Athens, Ohio, where she is a member of the Church of the Brethren, a mother, grandmother, farmer, and community mediator. She is also a former co-director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network in Athens and has been involved in peace and social justice work for the past 45 years. Her first book, Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace, covers her first two years of work in Iraq. Her second book, Walking Through Fire: Iraqis’ Struggle for Justice and Reconciliation, continues the story of the Iraqi people through 2011.

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Marty Gitlin

Marty Gitlin is a freelance author and sportswriter based in Cleveland. He has had about 70 educational books published since 2006 in the realms of pop culture, sports, history and biographies about notable people in all walks of life. His professional pride and joy is The Great American Cereal Book, which has been lauded as a fun, funny, colorful coffee table book by the New York Times, Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest and the Wall Street Journal.…Read More

Marty Gitlin is a freelance author and sportswriter based in Cleveland. He has had about 70 educational books published since 2006 in the realms of pop culture, sports, history and biographies about notable people in all walks of life. His professional pride and joy is The Great American Cereal Book, which has been lauded as a fun, funny, colorful coffee table book by the New York Times, Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest and the Wall Street Journal. The book has received excellent reviews in other publications throughout the nation. Gitlin has been interviewed on dozens of radio and television stations in Ohio and around the country, including WGN in Chicago and Fox News in Columbus.

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Martin Gitlin

Martin Gitlin is an award-winning journalist and author based in Cleveland. He has had more than 130 books published since 2006. Most were written for students of all grade levels in the realms of sports, history/social studies, pop culture and biographies. Marty has also authored many very successful trade books, including The Great American Cereal Book and the highly acclaimed Powerful Moments in Sports: The Most Significant Sporting Events in American History.…Read More

Martin Gitlin is an award-winning journalist and author based in Cleveland. He has had more than 130 books published since 2006. Most were written for students of all grade levels in the realms of sports, history/social studies, pop culture and biographies. Marty has also authored many very successful trade books, including The Great American Cereal Book and the highly acclaimed Powerful Moments in Sports: The Most Significant Sporting Events in American History. He is quite proud of his newest book, titled A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History. Marty won more than 45 awards as a newspaper journalist before focusing on freelance writing. He also covered the Cleveland Browns for CBS Sports from 2009 to 2012 and is an experienced and fun presenter at schools and libraries.

Sheldon Gleisser

Sheldon Gleisser was awarded the Individual Artist Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council in 2002 for his short play (written with Robert Flanagan) entitled “Version 2.0.” Gleisser’s short story “Souvenir” was runner-up in the 2006 Mary Shelley awards (sponsored by “Rosebud” magazine) for new stories of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. His short story “Converts” was runner-up for the same award in 2008.…Read More

Sheldon Gleisser was awarded the Individual Artist Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council in 2002 for his short play (written with Robert Flanagan) entitled “Version 2.0.” Gleisser’s short story “Souvenir” was runner-up in the 2006 Mary Shelley awards (sponsored by “Rosebud” magazine) for new stories of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. His short story “Converts” was runner-up for the same award in 2008. Another short story, “Secrets of the Hive,” was runner-up in 2010, with a fourth short story, “Stillborn” runner-up in 2012. All the stories were published in “Rosebud” magazine. Gleisser was part of the 2005 Squaw Valley screenwriting seminar where he was mentored by Pamela Gray. In the 2012 Squaw Valley seminar, he was mentored by Patricia Meyers. His short story “And Son” was published in (614) magazine in December of 2015. “Dianasaurus Rex,” his first novel, was published in October of 2019 by Hydra Publications.

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Robert Glinski

Robert Glinski is the author of A Friendship of Criminals, his first novel. A graduate of Washington University and Temple University School of Law, he was a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia and New Jersey for a decade before transitioning to investments and global asset positioning. With two writing pieces recently optioned in Hollywood, he now spends his time crafting his next novel and finishing his first screenplay.…Read More

Robert Glinski is the author of A Friendship of Criminals, his first novel. A graduate of Washington University and Temple University School of Law, he was a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia and New Jersey for a decade before transitioning to investments and global asset positioning. With two writing pieces recently optioned in Hollywood, he now spends his time crafting his next novel and finishing his first screenplay. He lives in Mason, OH with his wife and two children and enjoys traveling anywhere he can bring his fly-fishing rod.

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Steve Goble

Steve Goble, author of the Spider John historical novels blending piracy and mystery from Seventh Street Books, is introducing a hard-boiled detective series in 2021 with CITY PROBLEMS, from Oceanview Publishing. After more than 30 years in journalism, he now works for a cybersecurity company based in Cleveland. He lives in Ashland County, Ohio.Read More

Steve Goble, author of the Spider John historical novels blending piracy and mystery from Seventh Street Books, is introducing a hard-boiled detective series in 2021 with CITY PROBLEMS, from Oceanview Publishing. After more than 30 years in journalism, he now works for a cybersecurity company based in Cleveland. He lives in Ashland County, Ohio.

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David Gold

David Gold retired a few years ago from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, where he worked as an attorney. He holds a PhD in history from The Ohio State University and is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles in law and history journals. His works include two volumes on his native Sullivan County, New York; three judicial biographies; a collection of Civil War letters; and a history of the Ohio General Assembly.…Read More

David Gold retired a few years ago from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, where he worked as an attorney. He holds a PhD in history from The Ohio State University and is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles in law and history journals. His works include two volumes on his native Sullivan County, New York; three judicial biographies; a collection of Civil War letters; and a history of the Ohio General Assembly. His latest book is Slavery and Scandal: The Ohio Gubernatorial Debates of 1859.

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Eliese Colette Goldbach

Eliese Colette Goldbach received an MFA in nonfiction from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Best American Essays 2017. She received the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Award and a Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library Association, which is given to a young Ohio writer of promise.…Read More

Eliese Colette Goldbach received an MFA in nonfiction from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Best American Essays 2017. She received the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Award and a Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library Association, which is given to a young Ohio writer of promise. She lives in Willoughby, OH, with her husband.

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Shari Goldhagen

Shari Goldhagen is the author of the adult novels IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) and FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS (Doubleday, 2006), as well as the YA novel 100 DAYS OF CAKE (Atheneum, 2016). A fellow at both Yaddo and MacDowell and the winner of Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, Shari has a BSJ from Northwestern University and an MFA from The Ohio State University.…Read More

Shari Goldhagen is the author of the adult novels IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) and FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS (Doubleday, 2006), as well as the YA novel 100 DAYS OF CAKE (Atheneum, 2016). A fellow at both Yaddo and MacDowell and the winner of Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, Shari has a BSJ from Northwestern University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in outlets including, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Prism International, Esquire.com, Conjunctions, Small Spiral Notebook, Indiana Review, and KGB Bar Lit, and she regularly writers about pop culture, travel and relationships for publications including Us Weekly, Life & Style Weekly, Penthouse, NY Metro, and DaySpa. Shari has taught creative writing at OSU, Mediabistro, and the Gotham Writers Workshop. You can find out about her at Sharigoldhagen.com (when she remembers to update her website).