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.

If you would like to know which Ohio authors and illustrators are available for school and library visits or workshops, visit our School & Library Visits page here.

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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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Kezia Sproat

Kezia Sproat, a native of Chillicothe, raised her family in Columbus, teaching English and Comparative Literature at Ohio State, where her 1975 dissertation on Shakespeare immediately won a national competition. A member of Women’s Poetry Workshop for 25 years, she co-founded the Community Film Association in 1978, and coordinated a “Festival of Dionysus” poetry competition in City Council Chambers at the 1987 Greater Columbus Arts Festival.…Read More

Kezia Sproat, a native of Chillicothe, raised her family in Columbus, teaching English and Comparative Literature at Ohio State, where her 1975 dissertation on Shakespeare immediately won a national competition. A member of Women’s Poetry Workshop for 25 years, she co-founded the Community Film Association in 1978, and coordinated a “Festival of Dionysus” poetry competition in City Council Chambers at the 1987 Greater Columbus Arts Festival. Dr. Sproat was editor at OSU Center for Human Resource Research 1978-1985; writer/editor, Creative Services at Abbott Labs 1987-1990; and coordinator, SCOPS South Central Ohio Preservation Society, 1993-2013.

In 1987 Dr. Sproat began a serious study of nonviolence and founded Highbank Farm Peace Education Center in 1994. Her response to 9/11, “A Short Course in Nonviolence,” won recognition from Morehouse College and membership in the Board of Sponsors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Chapel in Atlanta. A handbook, Beginning Nonviolence, appeared in 2013.

Tuwyn, her first book of poetry, was written during her Columbus years. In 1998 she restored her childhood home, where she lives in Chillicothe. A second poetry collection, Eh Tih Zwell, is set to release December 2019. Also in the pipeline are her collected essays, Sisterhood in Shakespeare.

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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

Linda Stanek has a passion for teaching, animals, and conservation. Her book, Cheetah Dreams (Arbordale Publishing), released in fall of 2018. Other books include award-winning Once Upon an Elephant (Arbordale Publishing) Night Creepers (Arbordale Publishing), Beco’s Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns One, (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium), and more. She is the author of Sheeba and the Private Detectives (AZ Corp, 2018) a leveled comic book series that teaches STEM concepts to children in Pakistan. …Read More

Linda Stanek has a passion for teaching, animals, and conservation. Her book, Cheetah Dreams (Arbordale Publishing), released in fall of 2018. Other books include award-winning Once Upon an Elephant (Arbordale Publishing) Night Creepers (Arbordale Publishing), Beco’s Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns One, (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium), and more. She is the author of Sheeba and the Private Detectives (AZ Corp, 2018) a leveled comic book series that teaches STEM concepts to children in Pakistan.  She is a co-author of college textbook Cheetahs: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (Academic Press, 2017). In addition to winning the Children’s Choice Book Award’s 3rd-4th grade Book of the Year, Linda’s books have been nominated for a number of other awards, and have been placed on state reading lists. Her book Once Upon an Elephant is a 2019-2020 Choose to Read Ohio title. She is a frequent visitor in schools, and has spoken at zoos and at conferences for museum personnel, librarians, teachers, and writers. In 2019, Linda will work with the Columbus Zoo and The Ohio State University on a scientific study to measure the impact of authors, literature, and ambassador cheetahs in schools.

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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.

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Aileen Stewart

Aileen Stewart is the award winning author of the Fern Valley Series which includes Fern Valley, Return to Fern Valley, and Cooking in Fern Valley, as well as the new Quack and Daisy Picture Book Series, a public speaker, amateur photographer, a blogger, and SCBWI member. In addition, she hosts writing workshops for children in first to sixth grade, offers library and school visits, and speaks at events.…Read More

Aileen Stewart is the award winning author of the Fern Valley Series which includes Fern Valley, Return to Fern Valley, and Cooking in Fern Valley, as well as the new Quack and Daisy Picture Book Series, a public speaker, amateur photographer, a blogger, and SCBWI member. In addition, she hosts writing workshops for children in first to sixth grade, offers library and school visits, and speaks at events. She resides in lovely Shelby, Ohio with her beautiful daughter, wonderful husband, and their crazy cats Max, Daisy, and Fluffy. Her motto is “Kids Who Read Can Do Anything!”