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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Death of a Rainmaker (Akashic Books 2018) is Laurie Loewenstein’s second published novel and her first mystery. Death of a Rainmaker was called a “superb series launch” from Publishers Weekly which gave it a starred review and named it a Pick of the Week.
She has a BA and MA in history. Loewenstein was a reporter, feature and obituary writer for several small daily newspapers. In her fifties, she returned to college for a MA in Creative Writing.
Loewenstein is a fifth generation Ohio native. She now lives in Columbia, MD.
Kylie Logan is the author of the bestselling League of Literary Ladies mysteries. The series premiered with Mayhem at the Orient Express and book #4, And Then There Were Nuns, was released in March of 2015. The books follow the adventures of a court-ordered book club on South Bass Island. Kylie’s newest series is the Ethnic Eats mysteries, set in Hubbard, Ohio. The first book about a chef at a down-on-its-luck restaurant who decides to feature ethnic foods is Irish Stewed. Kylie also writes the popular Pepper Martin series as Casey Daniels.
Gene Logsdon, a self-described “contrary farmer,” is the author of more than two dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction, and is one of America’s most influential writers on sustainable pastoral farming. Logdson won the 2000 Ohioana Career Award. His most recent book is Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever.…Read More
Gene Logsdon, a self-described “contrary farmer,” is the author of more than two dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction, and is one of America’s most influential writers on sustainable pastoral farming. Logdson won the 2000 Ohioana Career Award. His most recent book is Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever. (Photo by Ben Barnes)
Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas, Otis and the Scarecrow and Otis and the Kittens. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, Matt de la Pena’s Love, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. Loren’s new edition of Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas is a modern, more inclusive take on the classic. His most recent works are Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler and the much anticipated picture book, Change Sings written by Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman. The Otis series has been developed as an animated television series, Get Rolling With Otis, on Apple TV, which Loren Executive Produced. To learn more, please visit LorenLong.com, @lorenlong or @thelorenlong on IG.
Visit his website at: https://lorenlong.com/
Scott Longert is a graduate of the Ohio State University and has his M.A. in American History from Cleveland State with an emphasis on the post-Civil Wars years to the Great Depression.
Scott is a retired Park Ranger from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site where he specialized in Civil War talks concerning General Garfield and major battles of the war.
Scott has been writing about Cleveland baseball history for over thirty years and has five books published to date, his latest Cy Young: An American Baseball Hero released in June 2020.
A sixth book, Victory on Two Fronts is due for an early winter 2022 release.
Scott has taught part-time at Cuyahoga Community College, offering courses in several aspects of Cleveland baseball history. He lectures regularly at local libraries and community groups. Scott was recently interviewed for the upcoming documentary, War on the Diamond, a study of the rivalry between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
Matthew J. Louis
Matt Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans and public service professionals. He coaches individuals on their transition efforts and advises employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools. He is the author of the HarperCollins book Mission Transition, a practical guide for veterans in career transition, their families, and their employers.
Matt serves as the veteran Transition Assistance officer for his West Point class. He is also co-chair of the Cincinnati MyVA Community Veterans Engagement Board, serves on the board of the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance in Cincinnati, and actively serves several other veteran collaboratives around the country.
During active commissioned service in the US Army, Matt served in the Southwest Asia combat theater and in the 194th Separate Armored Brigade. During reserve commissioned service, Matt served on the staff of the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and commanded multiple regions around the country for the US Military Academy’s Admissions Office. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves and serves on the Service Academy nominating committee for his local Congressman.
Matt holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Point, and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds the APICS organization’s Certified Supply Chain Professional designation.
Matt also leads global strategy and transformation projects at Deloitte, the largest professional services firm in the world, and is the primary author of “3D Opportunity for the Department of Defense (Additive Manufacturing Fires Up)”, one of Deloitte University Press’ most sought-after articles.
Prior to Deloitte, Matt held operational, production, and quality roles in multiple divisions of both General Electric and Procter & Gamble. His work in both organizations was global in scope, overseeing projects and business in the US, Europe and Asia.
Jeannine de Nobel Love
Jeannine deNobel Love is an independent art historian focusing on American art and architecture from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. She hold an undergraduate degree from Western Reserve University, a M.A. in Art History from Oberlin College, and a certificate from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She has worked at the Detroit Institute of Art’s department of twentieth century art, and served as Director of the Intermuseum Conservation Association, a regional art conservation center located in Ohio. She has published on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his collaborators, patronage and public art, John LaFarge’s stained glass, and contributed to The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art: Guide to the Collections.
As a native Ohioan, born in Cleveland, Dave Lucas earned his B.A. (English) at John Carroll University, M.F.A. (Creative Writing) at the University of Virginia, and M.A. and Ph.D. (English Language and Literature) at the University of Michigan. He has been an instructor at Case Western Reserve University; the Cleveland Clinic Program in Medical Humanities, Lerner College of Medicine; the John Carroll Young Writers Workshop; and Sweet Briar/James Madison University.
His achievements have included: The Reva and David Logan Foundation, For Your Gift grant award; the Cleveland Arts Prize, Emerging Artist in Literature; and a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Greater Cleveland. His work, Weather, was awarded the 2012 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. His poems are anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature and Best New Poets 2005, among other publications.
During his time as poet laureate, Lucas said he wants to help Ohioans use poetry to understand and enhance their lives. He is planning a multimedia project involving people from diverse places and backgrounds allowing them to experience a variety of opinions about poetry.
Anne Marie Lutz
Anne Marie Lutz is the author of three fantasy novels. Her Color Mage novels were re-issued as Black Tide and Sword of Jashan in 2019. Her newest novel, Taylenor, was released in July 2019. She has also written several short stories, appearing most recently in Bards and Sages Quarterly. Anne Marie grew up in the Youngstown area, but has lived in central Ohio for many years. She graduated from the Ohio State University twice, with degrees in Journalism and Business, but she has always wanted to write fiction.
Tammie Lyon is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children. Her first authored picture book, Olive and Snowflake, was released to starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Let's Hear It For Almigal was recently awarded the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal Winner.…Read More
Tammie Lyon is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children. Her first authored picture book, Olive and Snowflake, was released to starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Let’s Hear It For Almigal was recently awarded the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal Winner. My Pup and Bugs In My Hair have both been included on the list of the “Top 100 Best Children’s Books” by the Bank Street College of Education. She is known for her work on the Eloise series for Simon and Schuster as well as her new series, Katie Woo, published by Stonearch Books. Visit her online at http://www.mbartists.com.