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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Marilyn Greenwald

Marilyn Greenwald is a professor emerita of Journalism at Ohio University, where she taught courses in news reporting, biography writing and the writing of reviews and criticism. She also worked for ten years as a news reporter and business writer at daily newspapers in Ohio. She is the author of four biographies, including A Woman of the Times: Journalism, Feminism and the Career of Charlotte Curtis, (1999).Read More

Marilyn Greenwald is a professor emerita of Journalism at Ohio University, where she taught courses in news reporting, biography writing and the writing of reviews and criticism. She also worked for ten years as a news reporter and business writer at daily newspapers in Ohio. She is the author of four biographies, including A Woman of the Times: Journalism, Feminism and the Career of Charlotte Curtis, (1999).

Robert Greer

Robert Greer is author of the CJ Floyd mystery series and medical thrillers. He has also published a short story collection, Isolation and Other Stories. His book, a literary novel entitled SPOON, won The Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction and The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Media of the Year Award and won a gold medal for Best Regional Fiction/West-Mountain from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and was a finalist for both the SPUR Award for Best Western Short Novel and the High Plains Best Fiction Book Award.…Read More

Robert Greer is author of the CJ Floyd mystery series and medical thrillers. He has also published a short story collection, Isolation and
Other Stories. His book, a literary novel entitled SPOON, won The Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction and The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Media of the Year Award and won a gold medal for Best Regional Fiction/West-Mountain from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and was a finalist for both the SPUR Award for Best Western Short Novel and the High Plains Best Fiction Book
Award. Greer lives in Denver, where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Greer’s award winning short stories have appeared in numerous national literary magazines and two short story anthologies showcasing western fiction. He is founding editor of the nationally acclaimed High Plains Literary Review. In 1983 a Greer-led research group was the first in the world to report a link between smokeless tobacco use, oral infection with the human papillomavirus and cancer of the oral cavity. In addition to writing, medicine, and his molecular biological research, Greer reviews books for Denver National Public Radio affiliate, KUVO, and he owns a cattle ranch in the Laramie River Valley in Wyoming. More of Robert may be found on his website: http://www.robertgreerbooks.com/.

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Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith’s most recent novel, Trophy (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best 25 Books of Fiction for 2011. His previous books, both from Arcade, are the novel Spikes and the story collection Bibliophilia. Griffith is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.Read More

Michael Griffith’s most recent novel, Trophy (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best 25 Books of Fiction for 2011. His previous books, both from Arcade, are the novel Spikes and the story collection Bibliophilia. Griffith is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.

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Megan E. Griffiths

Megan E. Griffiths is an adjunct professor in the department of Biological Science at Kent State University. Over the past two decades, Dr. Griffiths has studied plant-plant interactions with particular focus on understanding the mechanisms by which disturbance and competition impact plant communities.Read More

Megan E. Griffiths is an adjunct professor in the department of Biological Science at Kent State University. Over the past two decades, Dr. Griffiths has studied plant-plant interactions with particular focus on understanding the mechanisms by which disturbance and competition impact plant communities.

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W.H. Chip Gross

Freelance writer, photographer, speaker, and editor Chip Gross has been fascinated by the out-of-doors all his life. At an early age, Gross was taught to fish by his grandfather and as a young teenager learned to hunt from his father. Gross attended Ohio State University, majoring in Wildlife Management. In 1976, Gross was hired by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, as a State Wildlife Officer.…

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Freelance writer, photographer, speaker, and editor Chip Gross has been fascinated by the out-of-doors all his life. At an early age, Gross was taught to fish by his grandfather and as a young teenager learned to hunt from his father. Gross attended Ohio State University, majoring in Wildlife Management. In 1976, Gross was hired by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, as a State Wildlife Officer. He has also written four books: Home, At Last, Is The Hunter, a fiction novel; Pro Tactics: Steelhead & Salmon; Ohio Wildlife Viewing Guide; and Young Beginner’s Guide to Shooting & Archery. A member of Outdoor Writers of Ohio and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Gross has been tired from the Ohio DNR since 2002.

Blair P. Grubb

Blair Grubb is professor of cardiovascular medicine and pediatrics and Director of Electrophysiology Services at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He writes poetry and essays and is a pen and ink artist. His essays have been published in Toledo Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Pen World and PACE. He is also the author of The Fainting Phenomenon: Understanding Why People Faint and What Can Be Done About It.Read More

Blair Grubb is professor of cardiovascular medicine and pediatrics and Director of Electrophysiology Services at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He writes poetry and essays and is a pen and ink artist. His essays have been published in Toledo Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Pen World and PACE. He is also the author of The Fainting Phenomenon: Understanding Why People Faint and What Can Be Done About It.

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Jill Grunenwald

Jill Grunenwald has her BFA from Bowling Green State University and her MLIS from the University of Kentucky. She is the author of two memoirs: Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack(Skyhorse, 2017) and Reading Behind Bars: A Memoir of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian (Skyhorse, 2019). Currently, she is employed as a marketing & communications specialist at OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook app for libraries, where she is also the creator and co-host of the Professional Book Nerds podcast.Read More

Jill Grunenwald has her BFA from Bowling Green State University and her MLIS from the University of Kentucky. She is the author of two memoirs: Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack(Skyhorse, 2017) and Reading Behind Bars: A Memoir of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian (Skyhorse, 2019). Currently, she is employed as a marketing & communications specialist at OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook app for libraries, where she is also the creator and co-host of the Professional Book Nerds podcast.

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Jeff Gundy

Jeff Gundy, long-time professor of English at Bluffton University, has published many books of poems and prose, including Abandoned Homeland, Somewhere Near Defiance, Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace, and Spoken Among the Trees. His earlier Bottom Dog books include Rhapsody with Dark Matter and Inquiries.…Read More

Jeff Gundy, long-time professor of English at Bluffton University, has published many books of poems and prose, including Abandoned Homeland, Somewhere Near Defiance, Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace, and Spoken Among the Trees. His earlier Bottom Dog books include Rhapsody with Dark Matter and Inquiries. A 2008 Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Salzburg, he taught at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania in spring 2015. He plays 6- and 12-string guitar, and puts in as many miles as possible on his road bike and, with his wife Marlyce, on their Cannondale tandem.

His poems and essays have appeared in Georgia Review, The Sun, Image, Kenyon Review, Christian Century, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Conrad Grebel Review, Nimrod, and many other magazines. Other honors and awards include multiple Ohio Arts Council fellowships, two C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureships, Bechtel and Yoder Lectureships, a Nancy Dasher Award, a Society of Midland Authors Poetry Award, and the 2015 Simons Lectures at Bethel (KS) College. He was named the Ohio Poet of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Society for Somewhere Near Defiance.

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Kari Gunter-Seymour

Kari Gunter-Seymour’s poetry collections include A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020) winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award; and Serving (Crisis Chronicles Press 2018/2020) runner up, Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems appear in numerous journals and publications including Verse Daily, Rattle, The NY Times, and on her website: www.karigunterseymourpoet.com.…Read More

Kari Gunter-Seymour’s poetry collections include A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020) winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award; and Serving (Crisis Chronicles Press 2018/2020) runner up, Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems appear in numerous journals and publications including Verse Daily, Rattle, The NY Times, and on her website: http://www.karigunterseymourpoet.com. Her work was selected by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to be included in the PBS American Portrait crowdsourced poem, Remix: For My People. A poem she wrote in support of families living in poverty in Athens County, OH, went viral and was seen by over 100,000 people, resulting in thousands of dollars donated to her local food pantry. Gunter-Seymour has provided poetry workshops to incarcerated teens and adults and women in recovery as well as teaching an ongoing series of virtual monthly generative free-writing workshops. A ninth generation Appalachian, she is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) (www.womenofappalachia.com) and editor of the WOAP anthology series, Women Speak, volumes 1-6. She is the Poet Laureate of Ohio.

Ted Gup

Ted Gup is the author of the bestseller The Book of Honor, winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book-of-the-Year Award, and Nation of Secrets, winner of the Shorenstein Book Prize. He is Professor and Chair of the Journalism Department at Emerson College. A former investigative reporter for The Washington Post, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Time magazine, he has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar.…Read More

Ted Gup is the author of the bestseller The Book of Honor, winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book-of-the-Year Award, and Nation of Secrets, winner of the Shorenstein Book Prize. He is Professor and Chair of the Journalism Department at Emerson College. A former investigative reporter for The Washington Post, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Time magazine, he has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar. He has written for publications such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Village Voice, Sports Illustrated, Slate, GQ, Mother Jones, Audubon, Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, and Newsweek. Visit Ted’s website: http://www.asecretgiftbook.com/.