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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M. Earl Smith

M. Earl Smith is the author of Little Karl. With work for children and adults, he seeks to stretch the boundaries of genre and style. A graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, Smith resides in Philadelphia, PA.Read More

M. Earl Smith is the author of Little Karl. With work for children and adults, he seeks to stretch the boundaries of genre and style. A graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, Smith resides in Philadelphia, PA.

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Lucy A. Snyder

Lucy A. Snyder is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. She wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the nonfiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger.…Read More

Lucy A. Snyder is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author. She wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, the nonfiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Scary Out There, Seize the Night, and Best Horror of the Year. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is faculty in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at http://www.lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.

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Andrew Speno

Andrew Speno grew up as a twin in Ithaca, New York. He attended school, lived and worked in three New England locales before moving to Cincinnati with his wife, Sue, in 1992. His daughter is a senior at Miami University; his son a freshman at the Ohio State University. Andrew taught elementary school for seventeen years.…Read More

Andrew Speno grew up as a twin in Ithaca, New York. He attended school, lived and worked in three New England locales before moving to Cincinnati with his wife, Sue, in 1992. His daughter is a senior at Miami University; his son a freshman at the Ohio State University. Andrew taught elementary school for seventeen years. He is now a substitute teacher and nonfiction children’s author. <i>The Great American Foot Race</i> is his first book.

Jeffrey F. Spieles

Jeffrey Spieles is an elementary schoolteacher in Englewood, Ohio. A nominee for the 2011 Ohio Teacher of the Year award, drama and storytelling have been major influences on his teaching style.Read More

Jeffrey Spieles is an elementary schoolteacher in Englewood, Ohio. A nominee for the 2011 Ohio Teacher of the Year award, drama and storytelling have been major influences on his teaching style.

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Tricia Springstubb

Tricia is the author of books for kids of all ages (grown-ups seem to like them, too). Her work has made numerous Best of the Year lists, been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, and been awarded the Ohioana Award for Children’s Literature (twice!), the Ohio Arts Council Grant for Individual Excellence, and a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.…Read More

Tricia is the author of books for kids of all ages (grown-ups seem to like them, too). Her work has made numerous Best of the Year lists, been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, and been awarded the Ohioana Award for Children’s Literature (twice!), the Ohio Arts Council Grant for Individual Excellence, and a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her two most recent books are the middle grade novel “Every Single Second”, which Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “an unsettling, compelling, and heart-warming tale”, and “Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe”, the second book about Cody, her family and her diverse neighborhood. Tricia is also a book critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a frequent speaker at libraries, schools and conferences. Mother of three grown daughters, she lives with her husband in Cleveland Heights. You can visit her at http://www.triciaspringstubb.com or follow her on Twitter @springstubb.

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Jyotsna Sreenivasan

Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s debut novel, And Laughter Fell from the Sky, has been praised as “a witty, timely exploration of the varying definitions of success, belonging, cultural identity, and the human desire to connect” (Booklist). Jyotsna was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. Her parents are immigrants from India. She earned a B.A.…Read More

Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s debut novel, And Laughter Fell from the Sky, has been praised as “a witty, timely exploration of the varying definitions of success, belonging, cultural identity, and the human desire to connect” (Booklist). Jyotsna was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. Her parents are immigrants from India. She earned a B.A. in English from Kent State University, and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Michigan. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, and she has received literature grants from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Jyotsna has also written two novels for children: Aruna’s Journeys and The Moon Over Crete. She is the author of several nonfiction books: Ela Bhatt: Uniting Women in India; Utopias in American History; and Poverty and the Government in America. Jyotsna is the creator of two web sites: Gender Equality Bookstore, which features books for children that shatter gender stereotypes, and Second Generation Stories, which highlights novels and stories written by children of immigrants. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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Del Sroufe

Del’s cooking career began when he was just eight years old; creating dishes from whatever he could find in his father’s kitchen. By age of thirteen he was flaunting his culinary talents by preparing family dinners, much to his mother’s delight. After high school Del shelved his love for the kitchen and sold men’s clothing while he attended The Ohio State University School of Business.…Read More

Del’s cooking career began when he was just eight years old; creating dishes from whatever he could find in his father’s kitchen. By age of thirteen he was flaunting his culinary talents by preparing family dinners, much to his mother’s delight. After high school Del shelved his love for the kitchen and sold men’s clothing while he attended The Ohio State University School of Business. Selling suits and ties did not polish Del’s wing tipped shoes so he set out to pursue his passion, cooking. He landed a position at one of Columbus, Ohio’s premier vegetarian restaurants, The King Avenue Coffeehouse, and began to establish himself as a leader in the industry.

In 1997 Del opened his own bakery, Del’s Bread, where he created, prepared and served delicious vegan pastries, breads, potpies, calzones, smoothies and other sorted delicacies to the palate of his Columbus based clientele. In 2001, Del transitioned from his bakery business to start a vegan Personal Chef Service, preparing eclectic plant-based cuisine to his already captivated audience. During this time, he developed what became a very popular cooking class series, sharing many of the delicious recipes he had created over the years with his students. In 2006, Del joined Wellness Forum Foods as Executive Chef, where today he continues the tradition of delivering great tasting plant-based meals to clients locally and throughout the continental United States. Del continues to teach cooking and health classes and is a keynote speaker at local venues and events around the country.

Del is the author of Forks over Knives: the Cookbook, on the New York Bestseller list for more than 30 weeks; Better than Vegan, the story of his struggle with weight loss and gain, and how he managed to lose over 200 pounds on a low fat, plant based diet, and The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook.

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Catherine St. John

Catherine St. John is the owner and director of the Western Reserve School of Cooking located in Hudson, Ohio. She received her culinary training at Tante Maria's Cooking School in San Francisco, California.Read More

Catherine St. John is the owner and director of the Western Reserve School of Cooking located in Hudson, Ohio. She received her culinary training at Tante Maria’s Cooking School in San Francisco, California.

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Linda Stanek

As an early and middle childhood educator, Linda Stanek wants to inspire young learners, including children with written language disabilities, to write about things that excite them. Her own passion for saving endangered animals and teaching children about the importance of each link in natural world provide the inspiration for Once Upon an Elephant. Linda has also written The Pig and Miss Prudence and Beco’s Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns One.…Read More

As an early and middle childhood educator, Linda Stanek wants to inspire young learners, including children with written language disabilities, to write about things that excite them. Her own passion for saving endangered animals and teaching children about the importance of each link in natural world provide the inspiration for Once Upon an Elephant. Linda has also written The Pig and Miss Prudence and Beco’s Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns One. Linda has two grown sons and lives in Ohio with her feline family members. Visit her website at http://www.lindakstanek.com.

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Sherry Stanforth

Sherry Cook Stanforth, a native of Clermont County, Ohio, grew up in a circle of traditional Appalachian musicians who played dulcimers, guitars, fiddles, banjos and mandolins late into the night. Her singing, flute, tin whistle and harmonica styles were inspired by these old time jammers of her childhood. Over the years, she has performed regionally with Sunset Dawn and Tellico, a three-generation family band named for her father’s Tellico Plains Cherokee ancestry.…Read More

Sherry Cook Stanforth, a native of Clermont County, Ohio, grew up in a circle of traditional Appalachian musicians who played dulcimers, guitars, fiddles, banjos and mandolins late into the night. Her singing, flute, tin whistle and harmonica styles were inspired by these old time jammers of her childhood. Over the years, she has performed regionally with Sunset Dawn and Tellico, a three-generation family band named for her father’s Tellico Plains Cherokee ancestry. “Of all the venues I play, the Fraley Festival of Traditional Music at Carter Caves, Kentucky, and my own back porch overlooking the Ohio River bring the most joy.”

As founder and director of Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program Sherry promotes regional authors, providing high-energy, interactive literary arts events for under-served populations in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community. She teaches fiction, poetry, environmental and ethnic literature, and folklore, and often collaborates with TMC students to provide school and public events that blend creative writing with music and the natural world. Currently, she serves as co-editor for Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary journal of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative, and as faculty adviser for Words, the campus literary magazine.

Drone String, her first full poetry collection, was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Her other writing appears in various journals, anthologies, and NCTE books. She enjoys keeping bees, hiking mountains, and studying native plants. With her husband, David, she raises four children, two trusty hound dogs and a garden.