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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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.
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.
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.