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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Felicia Zamora is a poet, educator, and editor currently living in OH. She is the author of six books of poetry including: I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize released from the University of Iowa Press in April 2021, Quotient forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in 2022, Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2018), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press). She’s received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard, authored two chapbooks, won the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize, the 2019 Wabash Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO. Her poems and essays are found or forthcoming in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review, Boston Review online, Georgia Review, Guernica, Literary Hub, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is the associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.
Visit her website at: https://www.feliciazamora.com/
Maria Zampini runs the horticultural marketing firm, UpShoot, LLC, in Lake County, Ohio. She researches plant trends and develops and introduces new plants to the horticultural market. Zampini lives in Springfield, Ohio.
Scott A. Zanon
Scott Zanon is the author of two gardening books, Desirable Trees for the Midwest and his most recent, Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest. An accomplished and long-time gardener, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Agronomy (turfgrass science) and Horticulture (landscape horticulture) from The Ohio State University.Read More
Scott Zanon is the author of two gardening books, Desirable Trees for the Midwest and his most recent, Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest. An accomplished and long-time gardener, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Agronomy (turfgrass science) and Horticulture (landscape horticulture) from The Ohio State University.
Ticana Zhu is a free spirit with a traditional heart. Her stories embody this essence, playing at the tension between what one wishes to do and what needs to be done. Her main characters are Asian; many channeling her experiences growing up on two sides of the world. She prefers to write memoir style, getting into the psyche of the protagonist. Her favorite way to disconnect and dive into her make-believe worlds is going on long hikes with her “wolves” (dogs), Hadrian and Vercingetorix. Learn more at: https://space-tigers.com/
Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest (2016), The Bluebird Effect (2012), and Letters from Eden (2006), is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Her blog, Julie Zickefoose on Blogspot, entertains more than 32,000 visitors each month. A five-year run as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” sharpened her storytelling skills. Her writing style, while breezy and entertaining, packs a high information content, and great empathy and understanding of the mental and emotional capabilities of animals and birds. Some say that, after reading her books, they see birds in an entirely different light. Julie loves to introduce people to birdwatching, and now leads natural history excursions abroad. She travels to speak for nature festivals, clubs and horticultural societies, and lives with her family on an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. Indigo Hill has hosted 194 bird species and 78 species of butterflies as of 2016.
Katherine Ziff developed ArtBreak while working as an Ohio-licensed professional school counselor. At present she teaches in the graduate online counseling program at Wake Forest University. She also maintains a child therapy practice in Athens, Ohio. Ziff holds a doctorate in counselor education from Ohio University. She is also an exhibiting artist.
Dominic Zuccone was born in Youngstown Ohio. Graduated Xavier University B.A. in Theology and Education. Graduated Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has worked in Alternative Education in Kentucky and Texas and been a private Educational Consultant for over twenty-five years. He has professionally presented on Visual Perception, Spectral Filters, Suggestopedia, Reading Disabilities, Affective Classroom Interventions and Dyslexia. D E Zuccone has published poetry in Borderlands, Water Stone, International Review of Poetry, Southern Indiana Review, Schuylkill Review, Hurricane Review, Big River, Apalachee Review, Deep Water Literary Review, South Florida Poetry Review, and Garden Box. My work has been in anthologies from Round Top, Taos Artists, Words& Art, Mutabulis Press, and Big Poetry Review. I curated the on-line poetry discussion Ex Libris and was on the Board of Directors for Houston’s “Public Poetry”. I have been a featured reader in Houston, Brooklyn, Taos, Los Angeles, and a frequent reader at Archway Gallery and Words & Art at Rice University and the Menil Museum.
Neil Zurcher originated “One Tank Trips” for Channel 8 in Cleveland in 1980, and he has been reporting on Ohio travel ever since. Called “One of the most respected and knowledgeable travel writers in the state” by former Ohio governor George Voinovich, Zurcher was inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received their Living Legacy Award in 2007. He has also received the Distinguished Service award from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Silver Circle award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has written five books about Ohio, including “Ohio Oddities” and “Strange Tales from Ohio.”