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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Frank W. Porter

Dr. Frank W. Porter earned his Ph.D. in Historical Geography at the University of Maryland and came to his appreciation of native plants by a circuitous route. He spent most of his childhood overseas as his father was transferred from one Army post to another, and he has vivid memories of fields of poppies in France, alpine plants in the Alps, and dark forests in Germany.…

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Dr. Frank W. Porter earned his Ph.D. in Historical Geography at the University of Maryland and came to his appreciation of native plants by a circuitous route. He spent most of his childhood overseas as his father was transferred from one Army post to another, and he has vivid memories of fields of poppies in France, alpine plants in the Alps, and dark forests in Germany. After a career as a Native American scholar, Dr. Porter returned to southern Ohio and began growing plants as a hobby, which quickly turned into a vocation. Porterbrook Native Plants nursery, on the banks of the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio, is devoted to the native plants of southern Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. Dr. Porter continues to collect seeds from interesting and endangered species in the area, and friends and associates send him seeds from plants in neighboring states. He provides native plants for gardeners and public gardens, which he also designs throughout Ohio and West Virginia.

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Bonnie Proudfoot

Bonnie Proudfoot has an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, and currently teaches at West Virginia University.  She is a recipient of a Fellowship for the Arts in Creative Writing from the West Virginia department of Culture and History, and has had fiction and poetry published in the Gettysburg Review, Kestrel, Quarter After Eight, and other journals.…Read More

Bonnie Proudfoot has an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, and currently teaches at West Virginia University.  She is a recipient of a Fellowship for the Arts in Creative Writing from the West Virginia department of Culture and History, and has had fiction and poetry published in the Gettysburg Review, Kestrel, Quarter After Eight, and other journals. Her poetry has received recognition in various competitions, including Sheila Na-Gig, and Ohio’s Power of Poetry Festival.  Her first novel, Goshen Road, has been released from Swallow Press in January of 2020.

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Jason Prufer

Jason Prufer received his bachelor’s degree in art history from Kent State University and has been employed by the Kent State University Library for nearly 20 years. He has written for the Cleveland Free Times, Kent Patch, and numerous historical rock and roll blogs. Since 2011 Prufer has also worked as publicist and social media manager for the Numbers Band, an experimental rock band formed in Kent in 1969.Read More

Jason Prufer received his bachelor’s degree in art history from Kent State University and has been employed by the Kent State University Library for nearly 20 years. He has written for the Cleveland Free Times, Kent Patch, and numerous historical rock and roll blogs. Since 2011 Prufer has also worked as publicist and social media manager for the Numbers Band, an experimental rock band formed in Kent in 1969.

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D.M. Pulley

Before becoming a full-time writer, D.M. Pulley worked as a Professional Engineer, rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, <i>The Dead Key</i>, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The disappearance of a family member formed the basis for her second historical mystery, <i>The Buried Book</i>.…Read More

Before becoming a full-time writer, D.M. Pulley worked as a Professional Engineer, rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, <i>The Dead Key</i>, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The disappearance of a family member formed the basis for her second historical mystery, <i>The Buried Book</i>. Pulley’s third novel, <i>The Unclaimed Victim</i>, delves into the dark history behind Cleveland’s Torso Killer and is due out November 14, 2017. She lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, two children, and a dog named Hobo, and she is hard at work on her fourth book.

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