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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Christina Wald

Christina Wald has done illustration for over 40 children's books. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati DAAP with a degree in Industrial Design and started out illustrating professionally for games including the Star Wars role playing game series, Middle Earth: Wizards, A Lord of the Rings collectible card game, Dragon Magazine, BattleTech, Dune and many others.…Read More

Christina Wald has done illustration for over 40 children’s books.

She graduated from the University of Cincinnati DAAP with a degree in Industrial Design and started out illustrating professionally for games including the Star Wars role playing game series, Middle Earth: Wizards, A Lord of the Rings collectible card game, Dragon Magazine, BattleTech, Dune and many others.

Most recently, she finished picture book illustrations about the ecosystem of New Mexico for the National Science Foundation called One Day in the Desert by Anna Keener out in November 2017. Denni-Jo and Pinto by Buck Buchanan and Cai Chong Weighs and Elephant by Songju Ma Daemicke also have come out in 2017.

Released in 2016, Camas and Sage: A Story of Bison Life on the Prairie by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and funded by the American Prairie Reserve was featured on HuffPost Books and received a Skipping Stones Honor award.

In 2015 she traveled to the San Diego Zoo to take reference for Paws, Hoofs, and Wings Animal Heroes of the San Diego Zoo, the official children’s book to celebrate the zoo’s 2016 centennial. Book research has also led to visiting with bat rescuers in Fort Wayne, IN to obtain reference for the illustrations of Little Red Bat and Yellowstone National Park for The Wild Life of Elk, (A joint venture between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Forest Service) which was a finalist for a 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award.

Other book highlights include: Macarooned on a Dessert Island, Animal Atlas, A Warm Winter Tail (winner of a 2013 Gelett Burgess Award), Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer, Black Beauty, Henry the Impatient Heron (winner of a 2010 Mom’s Choice Gold Award), and many others. She has also done comics for various anthologies/zines and illustration/toy design for National Geographic, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Discovery Kids.

She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband Troy Cooksey and two cats.

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Elise Meyers Walker

Elise Meyers Walker is a graduate of Hofstra University. While in college, she was a freelance writer for several national magazines and also performed in a professional theater troupe based on Long Island.Read More

Elise Meyers Walker is a graduate of Hofstra University. While in college, she was a freelance writer for several national magazines and also performed in a professional theater troupe based on Long Island.

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Laura Maylene Walter

Laura’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poets & Writers, The Sun magazine, The Writer, Tampa Review, Fourteen Hills, Smokelong Quarterly, Inkwell, American Literary Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek Review, South Dakota Review, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, Cat Fancy (yes, Cat Fancy) and elsewhere. She was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize and her novel-in-progress, Opal, was named a runner-up in the 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.…Read More

Laura’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poets & Writers, The Sun magazine, The Writer, Tampa Review, Fourteen Hills, Smokelong Quarterly, Inkwell, American Literary Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Flyway, Crab Creek Review, South Dakota Review, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, Cat Fancy (yes, Cat Fancy) and elsewhere. She was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize and her novel-in-progress, Opal, was named a runner-up in the 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Writers in the Heartland writing residency, and was selected as a scholar for the 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop.

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Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include Barbarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial 2016), and Rosco vs. the Baby (S&S, 2016). She is also the author and illustrator of Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose to Read Ohio Book, When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which was produced into a play by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017.…Read More

Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include Barbarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial 2016), and Rosco vs. the Baby (S&S, 2016). She is also the author and illustrator of Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose to Read Ohio Book, When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which was produced into a play by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017. Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, The Plain Dealer, and the New York Times. Lindsay is currently working on her newest picture books Don’t Forget Dexter and Show and Tell Dexter (Two Lions, 2018). She lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, son, and dog. Visit her online at http://www.lindsaymward.com or follow her on Twitter @lindsaymward.

Candice Watkins

Candice Watkins was born in Columbus, Ohio. She is a glass and neon artist; a writer; a photographer; has interviewed dozens of musicians, artists and others; and is deeply involved in community arts and music in Columbus. Candy has traveled extensively and her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the country. She has co-authored several books about music in Ohio.…

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Candice Watkins was born in Columbus, Ohio. She is a glass and neon artist; a writer; a photographer; has interviewed dozens of musicians, artists and others; and is deeply involved in community arts and music in Columbus. Candy has traveled extensively and her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the country. She has co-authored several books about music in Ohio. Watkins’ most recent book, Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State has been nominated for the 2012 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

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Adam F. Watkins

Adam F. Watkins is a husband, father, and author/illustrator. He spent four years at the Columbus College of Art and Design learning illustration techniques from several of the nation’s best illustration instructors, including C. F. Payne. He has published 5 books with Penguin/Random House and his 6th book is set to release this June. Adam lives in the rolling country of southern Ohio and enjoys his time working, playing with his two kids, Lucy and Fletcher, and exploring in the woods.Read More

Adam F. Watkins is a husband, father, and author/illustrator. He spent four years at the Columbus College of Art and Design learning illustration techniques from several of the nation’s best illustration instructors, including C. F. Payne. He has published 5 books with Penguin/Random House and his 6th book is set to release this June. Adam lives in the rolling country of southern Ohio and enjoys his time working, playing with his two kids, Lucy and Fletcher, and exploring in the woods.

Betty Weibel

Betty Weibel is fortunate to have been able to combine her equestrian life with her career as a journalist and public relations professional. Early in her career, she oversaw public relations for the national American Grand Prix Association, managing media and sponsor relations for the thirty-event national series, as well as other top show jumping events.…Read More

Betty Weibel is fortunate to have been able to combine her equestrian life with her career as a journalist and public relations professional. Early in her career, she oversaw public relations for the national American Grand Prix Association, managing media and sponsor relations for the thirty-event national series, as well as other top show jumping events. Today, she is a principal in Yopko Penhallurick, a public relations agency that was instrumental in the Ohio Bicentennial celebration and received top honors for its work, and she is APR certified by the Public Relations Society of America. A graduate of Lake Erie College, she is a Trustee of the Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and the Ohio Humanities Council. She lives with her family on a small horse farm in Geauga County, Ohio. For more information about her work, go to clevelandgrandprix.com

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Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes, and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award. Poems by Wells have appeared or are forthcoming in Alimentum, Ascent, Christianity & Literature, JAMA, Literary Mama, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere.…Read More

Sarah M. Wells is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes, and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award. Poems by Wells have appeared or are forthcoming in Alimentum, Ascent, Christianity & Literature, JAMA, Literary Mama, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published by Ascent and River Teeth. Sarah’s poetry has been honored with two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her essay, “Those Summers, These Days” was named a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2012. She has received scholarships to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and West Chester Poetry Conferences. Sarah serves as the Administrative Director for the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University and Managing Editor for the Ashland Poetry Press and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband, Brandon, and their three young children, Lydia, Elvis, and Henry. http://www.sarahmwells.com

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Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, a legal affairs reporter for The Associated Press, is the author of Capitol Punishment, the third installment in the Andy Hayes mystery series, set in Columbus and featuring an ex-Ohio State quarterback turned private eye. The Columbus Dispatch called the first book in the series, Fourth Down And Out, “an entertaining, easy-to-read tale worthy of Robert B.…Read More

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, a legal affairs reporter for The Associated Press, is the author of Capitol Punishment, the third installment in the Andy Hayes mystery series, set in Columbus and featuring an ex-Ohio State quarterback turned private eye. The Columbus Dispatch called the first book in the series, Fourth Down And Out, “an entertaining, easy-to-read tale worthy of Robert B. Parker.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch said of the second book, Slow Burn, to “Expect a late—and rewarding—night of addictive reading.” Welsh-Huggins is also author of the nonfiction books No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States and Hatred at Home: Al-Qaida on Trial in the American Midwest. A 1983 Kenyon College graduate, Welsh-Huggins enjoys running, reading, watching movies, spending time with family, and waiting for the light on the waffle machine. Visit him online at https://andrewwelshhuggins.wordpress.com.

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Nick White

A native of Mississippi, Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017). He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review,The Literary Review, Lit Hub, and elsewhere.…Read More

A native of Mississippi, Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017). He is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review,The Literary Review, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. His short story collection, Sweet & Low, will be published on June 5, 2018 (Blue Rider/Penguin).