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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Josh Rolnick’s short story collection, “Pulp and Paper,” won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li. His short stories have won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize. They have been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, and Gulf Coast, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices. Josh holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MA in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. He formerly served as fiction editor at the Iowa Review as well as Unstuck: A literary annual. Josh has taught writing at the University of Iowa and Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, and has appeared as a guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins and Akron University. He currently serves as an advisor for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and teaches fiction writing at the Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop.
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Mike Roos is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, where he has been employed since 1976. He grew up in southern Indiana and played basketball for Tell City High School, graduating in 1970. He worked for two years as a sportswriter for the Tell City News. In addition to having published numerous scholarly articles, he is also a singer-songwriter and has released three albums of his own material.Read More
Mike Roos is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, where he has been employed since 1976. He grew up in southern Indiana and played basketball for Tell City High School, graduating in 1970. He worked for two years as a sportswriter for the Tell City News. In addition to having published numerous scholarly articles, he is also a singer-songwriter and has released three albums of his own material.
Jerry Roscoe is the author of Mirror Lake (contained in Two Midwest Voices) which received the Ohioana Book Award for 2002, The Unexamined Life and the chapbook S-E-X. Published widely in literary journals, he has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has had his poems read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. For ten years he was poetry reviewer and columnist for The Columbus Dispatch.
I was born, raised, and have lived my entire life in and around Sandusky, Ohio, (yes, the Sandusky, Ohio, of Tommy Boy fame) along the coast of Lake Erie. Other than my college years, my actual home has always been within a mile or two of Erie’s shores. It’s almost impossible for me to imagine living anywhere else.
For both the good and the bad, twenty-six years in Catholic schools (as a student then as a teacher) and countless Sunday masses have gone a long way to form my person and now to inform my writing. As with my family and the Lake, I seem unable to wander from out of the shadow of the Church.
I am not what I “do.” I do many things. I refuse to allow my person to be defined by the occupation through which I earn a living and ensure medical care, but I love teaching. I can’t imagine a more exciting or inspiring place to spend my life than in a high school and with teenagers. There and among them, the past is still erasable, the present is bursting with first-time experiences, and a future full of wonders lies ahead. In fact, I don’t believe that anyone ever graduates from high school, not really. In our minds, we forever walk the halls of our alma mater, and our teenage ghost haunts us wherever we go.
So, I write novels—not because I have to (I don’t have voices clamoring inside my head—well, at least no more than anybody else) but because it enables me to teach lessons of life and literature to individuals in places far beyond the walls of my classroom. No matter how little or how much money I earn as a writer or how many or how few books I sell, when asked, “What do you do?” I will always say, “I am a teacher.”