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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Doreen Uhas Sauer

Doreen Uhas Sauer serves as Board President for Columbus Landmarks Foundation and on a number of boards in the University District, where she is active in historic preservation, urban issues and local history. A longtime Columbus educator with Columbus City Schools, she currently directs a Teaching American History grant and has worked extensively in international civic education.…

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Doreen Uhas Sauer serves as Board President for Columbus Landmarks Foundation and on a number of boards in the University District, where she is active in historic preservation, urban issues and local history. A longtime Columbus educator with Columbus City Schools, she currently directs a Teaching American History grant and has worked extensively in international civic education. She has received statewide recognition for her work in preservation education, developed more than thirty local history/architecture programs and was named Ohio Teacher of the Year in 2003.

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Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar was born in India and immigrated to the U.S. in 1983 to attend The Ohio State University. Umrigar has written for the Washington Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Lambda Literary Award for her novel The World We Found.…Read More

Thrity Umrigar was born in India and immigrated to the U.S. in 1983 to attend The Ohio State University. Umrigar has written for the Washington Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Lambda Literary Award for her novel The World We Found. She is the author of a memoir and six novels, the most recent of which is The Story Hour. Umrigar teaches at Case Western Reserve University. (Photo ©Robert Muller 2009)

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Richard Underwood

Richard H. Underwood, American legal scholar and legal nonfiction and true crime writer, is the Edward T. Breathitt Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His most recent book is Gaslight Lawyers: Criminal Trials & Exploits in Gilded Age New York. He is also the author of CrimeSong: True Crime Stories from Southern Murder Ballads (2016), the recipient of two IPPY Book of the Year Awards and winner of a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award (Bronze, True Crime).…Read More

Richard H. Underwood, American legal scholar and legal nonfiction and true crime writer, is the Edward T. Breathitt Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His most recent book is Gaslight Lawyers: Criminal Trials & Exploits in Gilded Age New York. He is also the author of CrimeSong: True Crime Stories from Southern Murder Ballads (2016), the recipient of two IPPY Book of the Year Awards and winner of a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award (Bronze, True Crime).

Underwood was born in Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up and attended college and law school. He graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1969 and then entered the army. He served four years, with tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam, and later served as the security officer at the Presidio of San Francisco. Underwood left the army with the rank of captain, and he received a number of decorations, including the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star. He then attended the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. After law school, Richard Underwood served as a law clerk for the Honorable David S. Porter, a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, in Cincinnati. He practiced several years with the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease in Columbus, Ohio, before taking a teaching position at the College of Law, University of Kentucky.

Professor Underwood has made many presentations, including a Musicology lecture, “Murdered Girls,” dealing with legal cases memorialized in Southern murder ballads, at the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music (2011), in addition to lectures at the Second World Conference on New Trends in Criminal Investigation and Evidence (1999) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the Worldwide Advocacy Conference (1998) at the Inns of Court School of Law, in London, England. In 2011, Underwood presented at the Bob Dylan and the Law Symposium, co-sponsored by the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Touro Law Center, and the Fordham Urban Law Journal, in New York City.

He has taught a variety of courses, including Evidence, Scientific and Forensic Evidence, Litigation Skills (Trial Advocacy), Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Insurance Law, Remedies, Law and Medicine, Bioethics, and Professional Responsibility (Legal Ethics). His legal publications include many law review articles, and he is the co-author of three legal practice books. Professor Richard Underwood has received special awards from the Kentucky Supreme Court for his work on the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct (1989) and for his service as the chairman of the Kentucky Bar Association Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Committees (1998).

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Carmella Van Vleet

Carmella Van Vleet, co-author with astronaut Kathy Sullivan of TO THE STARS! (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2016), author of ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER (Holiday House, 2014) *a Junior Library Guild selection and 2015 Christopher Award winner* and ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A STAR (Holiday House, TBA)Read More

Carmella Van Vleet, co-author with astronaut Kathy Sullivan of TO THE STARS! (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2016), author of ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG, FAT QUITTER (Holiday House, 2014) *a Junior Library Guild selection and 2015 Christopher Award winner* and ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A STAR (Holiday House, TBA)

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Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir, which Poets & Writers called one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017. Her work has appeared in the Believer, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere.…Read More

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir, which Poets & Writers called one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017. Her work has appeared in the Believer, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library Association, an Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House, and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers, and her essays have twice been notable selections in Best American Essays. She lives in Baltimore, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Towson University.

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J. D. Vance

J. D. Vance is an author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. Hillbilly Elegy is the winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award About Ohio/An Ohioan.Read More

J. D. Vance is an author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. Hillbilly Elegy is the winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award About Ohio/An Ohioan.

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Denise Verrico

Denise Verrico is a New Jersey native who grew up in Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where she majored in theatre arts. For seven seasons she was a member of The Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC where she acted, directed, and wrote plays. Denise has enjoyed vampire stories from the time she was a little girl and was a fan of the Dark Shadows television series.…Read More

Denise Verrico is a New Jersey native who grew up in Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where she majored in theatre arts. For seven seasons she was a member of The Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC where she acted, directed, and wrote plays. Denise has enjoyed vampire stories from the time she was a little girl and was a fan of the Dark Shadows television series. She enjoys reading non-fiction and fiction of all kinds, particularly historical fiction, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, manga, and graphic novels. Every April through October you can find Denise climbing to heights of four hundred plus feet at speeds exceeding one hundred and twenty miles per hour on her favorite roller coasters. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, teenaged son, and flock of six spoiled parrots.

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Wendy Vogel

D. W. (Wendy) Vogel is a veterinarian, marathon runner, SCUBA diver, and cancer survivor. Currently serving as president of Cincinnati Fiction Writers, she leads the area’s premier critique group with the goal of helping others perfect their work in pursuit of publication. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery at Animal Care Center of Fairfield for twenty years and lives in Fairfield with husband chef Andrew Vogel and a houseful of rescue pets.Read More

D. W. (Wendy) Vogel is a veterinarian, marathon runner, SCUBA diver, and cancer survivor. Currently serving as president of Cincinnati Fiction Writers, she leads the area’s premier critique group with the goal of helping others perfect their work in pursuit of publication. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery at Animal Care Center of Fairfield for twenty years and lives in Fairfield with husband chef Andrew Vogel and a houseful of rescue pets.

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Tim Waggoner

Shirley Jackson Award finalist Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections of dark fiction. Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer’s pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though.…Read More

Shirley Jackson Award finalist Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections of dark fiction. Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer’s pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. He hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal. For more ifnformation about Waggoner, check out his website at timwaggoner.com.

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Thomas E Wagner

Thomas E. Wagner is a university professor emeritusin the School of Planningat the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of books and articles on regional history, collective bargaining, and citizen participation.Read More

Thomas E. Wagner is a university professor emeritusin the School of Planningat the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of books and articles on regional history, collective bargaining, and citizen participation.