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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Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her books include Blood Brothers (which received a starred review in Kirkus and appears on several “best of 2017” lists, including two at the millions, and won the 2018 Ohioana Award in nonfiction); Desert Reckoning (winner of the Spur and LA Press Club Awards for nonfiction), and Mustang, a Los Angeles Times “best book of the year.” Mustang is now out in audio with Anjelica Huston, Frances Fisher, Wendie Malick, Richard Portnow, and John Densmore. In addition, she wrote the cult classic, Twentynine Palms, a Los Angeles Times bestseller that Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” She writes the “Letter from the West” column for the Los Angeles Review of Books and is a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert MFA Low Residency Creative Writing Program.
Alison Stine is the author of a novel Supervision, along with three books of poems, most recently Wait. She holds a PhD from Ohio University, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. In 2015, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Charlotte L. Stiverson has been teaching for more than 35 years, working primarily with elementary school students in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Stiverson recognized the need to explain chemotherapy in a sensitive, easy to understand way for young children, which was her purpose behind writing Nellie’s Walk.
Her other works include various articles for educational magazines, along with a number of book reviews published for the Ohioana Library. Recently, Stiverson worked closely with students and Ohio legislators to pass a bill, officially making the Adena Pipe Ohio’s State artifact. She’s also active at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary in Bainbridge, Ohio working to create, coordinate, and implement the annual artist in residence program that provides inspiration and immerses local Ohio artists in the scenic landscape of the area. In her free time, Stiverson enjoys arts and crafts like knitting and sewing, hiking the many trails in her area, reading and writing, and doing volunteer work within her local community.
Dr. Mary Stockwell is a writer who has lived most of her life in the twelve-mile-by-twelve-mile square reserve carved out by Anthony Wayne near the mouth of the Maumee River in the Treaty of Greeneville. Her latest book Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America (Yale University Press, 2018) brings to life the man behind the myth of Mad Anthony. She got her love of history from her father who was proud of his Irish heritage and who took his children along remnants of 19th century canals in Ohio reminding them that their ancestors came to this country to build them and for the freedom and opportunity that America promised. She got her love of storytelling from her mother who was an actress, director, acting teacher, and prize-winning poet.
After completing her Ph.D. in American history at the University of Toledo, where she was the last student of W. Eugene Hollon, the noted historian of the American West, she worked as a writer at Detroit Edison’s Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant. The experience taught her how people make decisions in the real world. These insights helped her become a better writer.
In 1996, she was hired as the American History Professor at Lourdes University, and in 2001, she became the Chair of its Department of History, Political Science, and Geography. She won the Faculty Excellence Award for her superior teaching three times at Lourdes University and was nominated by her institution for national teaching awards. She said goodbye to her teaching and administrative career in 2012 to become a full-time writer and to accept the Earhart Foundation Fellowship at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. She was also awarded a Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship to study at the New York Public Library.
Mary Stockwell is the author of The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians (Westholme, 2015), a finalist for the Ohio Library Association’s Best Book on Ohio Award in 2016. She has also written history books used by young people throughout the United States including The Ohio Adventure, A Journey through Maine, and Massachusetts, Our Home, the 2005 winner of the Golden Lamp Award from the Association of Educational Publishers for Best Book, as well as The American Story: Perspectives and Encounters to 1865, a college level textbook used by students around the world. She is the author of Woodrow Wilson: The Last Romantic in the First Men: America’s Presidents Series, which has been nominated for the 2018 Dartmouth Medal. Her essays on George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt have appeared in major scholarly studies of these presidents. She has written for the website of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Stockwell’s Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians, the first complete study of Grant’s Indian policy, was published by the Southern Illinois University Press in September 2018.
Myrna Stone is the author of four full-length books of poems, the last two of which—In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father and The Casanova Chronicles—were finalists for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her first book, The Art of Loss, earned for her the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. The recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and a Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship, her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous journals such as Poetry, Boulevard, The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, River Styx, and Nimrod. In 2015, as a faculty member at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, she conducted the morning class in Poetry. For more information, visit greenvillepoets.org/profiles/mstone
Diane Stortz writes best-selling books for children and adults. Her goal: making God’s wonders known to the next generation, using experience gleaned from a career in editing and publishing. She loves seeing children and parents engage with her innovative Bible story and devotional books at book shows.
Diane blogs at DianeStortz.com. She and her husband, Ed, a retired juvenile court probation officer, have two married daughters and five young grandchildren—all boys! When she’s not writing, Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and planning her next trip to visit her grandchildren.
Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Mad Scientist Journal. His debut novel Titanshade is forthcoming from DAW Books in 2019. To say hello, visit him at http://www.DanStout.com.
By day, Jessica Strawser is the Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest magazine. By night, she is a fiction writer, and by the minute, she is a proud wife and mom to two super sweet and super young kids in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit JessicaStrawser.com to learn more, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaStrawser.
Amy Stross is a garden writer and educator, and the author of The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People. As a permaculture designer, she specializes in ecologically regenerative and productive landscapes. She lives in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and mischievous farm cat. Her current adventure is transforming a 3-acre property into a micro-farm. She writes about small-scale permaculture on her website, TenthAcreFarm.com.
Walt Sturgeon is a field mycologist with over forty years of experience studying and identifying mushrooms. His photos of mushroom and fungi, some award-winning, can be seen in numerous mushroom field guide publications, three of which he coauthored. One of these, Mushrooms of the Northeast, was awarded the best field guide of 2016 by the National Outdoor Writers Association.