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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Sam Thomas has a PhD in history with a focus on Reformation England and recently leaped from the tenure track into a teaching position at a secondary school near Cleveland, Ohio.Read More
Sam Thomas has a PhD in history with a focus on Reformation England and recently leaped from the tenure track into a teaching position at a secondary school near Cleveland, Ohio.
Chera Thompson was born and raised in California’s San Fernando Valley. She attended Kent State University and has a BS in Journalism from Ohio University and an MS in Adult Education from Buffalo State College. Her career in travel enabled her to see a lot of the world. Her later career, teaching English as a Second Language to adults, brought her much gratification. Her fiction has been published in the Los Angeles Review and was selected as a finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest. Other publication credits include Let’s Have Fun Vol. 2, Queen City Flash, and Have a NYC 3. Most recently her non-fiction pieces were published in Pamela Des Barres’s Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir. She lives with her husband and two dogs in a bluff overlooking Lake Erie and enjoys traveling with their two adult children and collecting beach glass. http://www.cherathompson.com https://www.facebook.com/author.cherathompson/ ATimeToWander@gmail.com (We love hearing our readers thoughts and comments)
A TIME TO WANDER
An email exchange between former college lovers take them back to their college years at Kent State, the 1970’s. The Vietnam War is raging. Anti-war rallies hit the breaking point. It was a time of bell bottoms, vinyl, incense, free love, and travel by thumb. Kris and Lena on May 1, 1970 were strangers on two quite different paths, a thrown beer bottle shatters the lives they have known, bringing them together by chance. Lena is attracted to Kris and his live-in-the-moment personality. When he invites her to join him on a winter break hitchhiking trip, she kicks aside her uptight attitude and accepts the adventure. The trip is harrowing at times, comical during others, and poignant as Lena and Kris learn about themselves and each other. The events that shape and seal the fate of their relationship in unpredictable ways is revealed in the authors’ female/male alternating perspectives. Inspired by true events, A TIME TO WANDER is a magical tale of freedom before the future takes hold.
THE WRITER’S BLOCK INTERVIEW ON LA TALK RADIO https://drive.google.com/…/19Ek-y4eViqfn59N_J0Fl4pr1-…/view…
AKRON BEACON JOURNAL PRESS RELEASE
Medium.com Book Review https://medium.com/@patpendleton/heady-days-6b19b15badba
5 STAR REVIEW BY READER’S FAVORITE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR https://www.amazon.com/gp/customerreviews/R2ZZV3QL6W0PWH/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1625268750
–Teri Case, Author of TIGER DRIVE and IN THE DOGHOUSE
EXCERPT from A TIME TO WANDER
The cursor hovers over the SEND button. I swivel my chair away from the screen and gaze out the window. Slowly I get up from the desk and head toward the attic. Sitting in a cobwebbed corner is my grandmother’s old steamer trunk she gave me when I left for college. I open the lid and catch the faint scent of patchouli. I rummage through sealing wax, sandalwood incense sticks, and tarot cards. There, lying at the bottom… my college journal. I slide my hand over the time-worn cover and open it up, my heart pounding. Should I be doing this? A photo sticks out from between the pages. A long-haired Kris with wire-rimmed glasses, patched jeans and an army jacket stands holding a cardboard sign with the word “Chicago” scrawled in black magic marker. Next to him, a smiling girl flashes the peace sign. Silver hoop earrings peek out from under her long frizzy hair and even in the faded photo, there’s a shine in her eyes. I remember that girl. And that chance meeting in the middle of all the chaos
Known for the inspirational Celtic theme employed in most of her books, Cindy Thomson is the author of six novels and three non-fiction books, including her newest Celtic Son. A genealogy enthusiast, she writes from her home in Ohio where she lives with her husband Tom near their three grown sons and their families. Visit her online at http://www.cindyswriting.com
John Thorndike is the author of five books. He grew up in New England, spent seven years in El Salvador and Chile, and moved to Athens, Ohio in 1974 with his three-year-old son. For ten years his day job was farming. Then it was construction. His first novel, Anna Delaney’s Child, is set in southern Ohio, as are parts of his third book, the memoir Another Way Home, about his wife’s schizophrenia and life with his son Janir. A second memoir, The Last of His Mind, describes his father’s descent into Alzheimer’s. His latest novel is A Hundred Fires in Cuba, named by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Indie Fiction of 2018, and he’s at work on the next novel, a half-fictional evocation of his mother’s life. His website is http://www.johnthorndike.com.
is a commercial photographer based in southeast Ohio.
She enjoys oil painting, hanging with her family and her cats, and eating delicious
Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics (Silverfish Review Press, 1998) and The Coronary Garden (Sarabande Books, 2005). She is an editor, with David Baker, of a collection of essays, Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (Graywolf Press, 2007), and is currently at work on a collection of essays on poetry, translation, and the natural world. Her poetry and essays have appeared in such magazines as Poetry, Paris Review, The Nation, Kenyon Review, and many others. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, she has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Bernheim Arboretum, and the Lannan Foundation. She is the cofounder of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. In 2016 she, along with cofounders Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu, accepted the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, given in recognition of their work for the larger literary community. A professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Ann Townsend hybridizes modern daylilies at Bittersweet Farm.
Scott Tracey lives just outside of Cleveland in Sheffield, Ohio. He is the author of Moonset and the Witch Eyes trilogy with Flux.Read More
Scott Tracey lives just outside of Cleveland in Sheffield, Ohio. He is the author of Moonset and the Witch Eyes trilogy with Flux.
Ohio born and raised, Kerry Trautman is a founder/admin of ToledoPoet.com and the “Toledo Poetry Museum” page on Facebook, and she is a poetry editor for Red Fez. Kerry is a member of the Ohio Poetry Association and participates poetry readings and events such as Artomatic 419, Poetry Out Loud, Back to Jack, and the Columbus Arts Festival. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various journals, including Midwestern Gothic, Alimentum, The Coe Review, Slippery Elm, The Fourth River, and Mock Turtle Zine; as well as in anthologies such as Mourning Sickness (Omniarts 2008,) Roll (Telling Our Stories Press 2012,) A Rustling and Waking Within (OPA Press 2017,) and Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince (NightBallet Press 2016.) Her poetry chapbooks are Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press 2012,) To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press, 2015,) and Artifacts (NightBallet Press, 2017.)
Author photo by Adrian Lime
Otis Trotter lives in North Canton, Ohio. He never really planned to be a writer, but by late 2011, he succumbed to a calling that he’d had since his forties, and started writing a book about his life experiences and his large, unique family in a small Ohio town. Otis is a graduate of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio with a bachelor’s of science in Psychology. In 2009, he retired after 30 years of service with the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Currently, he is an Independent Provider for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.