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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Jeff Suess

Jeff Suess is the author of Lost Cincinnati and Hidden History of Cincinnati (The History Press) and the librarian of the Cincinnati Enquirer, where he keeps the newspaper archive and writes about Cincinnati history. He regularly does presentations on local history and leads discussions on graphic novels at the Mercantile Library and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.…Read More

Jeff Suess is the author of Lost Cincinnati and Hidden History of Cincinnati (The History Press) and the librarian of the Cincinnati Enquirer, where he keeps the newspaper archive and writes about Cincinnati history. He regularly does presentations on local history and leads discussions on graphic novels at the Mercantile Library and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Jeff also writes fiction and has had stories published by Pocket Books, Post Mortem Press and DC Comics.

Jeff grew up in Modesto, California, and graduated from San Francisco State University. He lives in White Oak on Cincinnati’s West Side with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter, Dashiell.

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Marilou Suszko

Marilou Suszko is a journalist, food writer, culinary educator, and author of books including Farms and Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate (Hippocrene 2007), The Locavore’s Kitchen (Swallow Press 2011), and Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking (University of Akron Press), which she coauthored with Laura Taxel.…

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Marilou Suszko is a journalist, food writer, culinary educator, and author of books including Farms and Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate (Hippocrene 2007), The Locavore’s Kitchen (Swallow Press 2011), and Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking (University of Akron Press), which she coauthored with Laura Taxel. Her work has been published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Our Ohio, and Ohio Magazine as well as regional and national publications.

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Joe Sutphin

Joe Sutphin is an illustrator of books for kids such as Andrew Peterson’s beloved Wingfeather Saga, the New York Times bestselling Word Of Mouse by James Patterson, as well as a newly envisioned edition of Little Pilgrim's Progress and the official graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams’s timeless classic, Watership Down (Ten Speed, 2022).…

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Joe Sutphin is an illustrator of books for kids such as Andrew Peterson’s beloved Wingfeather Saga, the New York Times bestselling Word Of Mouse by James Patterson, as well as a newly envisioned edition of Little Pilgrim’s Progress and the official graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams’s timeless classic, Watership Down (Ten Speed, 2022). His love of nature, and of the living creatures in the fields and woods around his home, has informed his art for much of his life. Joe lives in a barn in Ohio with his wife Gina and a bunch of cats.

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Paul M. Sutter

Paul M. Sutter is the cosmological researcher and community outreach coordinator for the Department of Astronomy and The Ohio State University. He is also the chief scientist at the COSI Science Center (Center of Science and Industry). As a new, fresh voice in science communication and an astrophysicist, writer, speaker, producer, and on-air host of podcasts and TV programs, Sutter strives to bring science to new audiences.…Read More

Paul M. Sutter is the cosmological researcher and community outreach coordinator for the Department of Astronomy and The Ohio State University. He is also the chief scientist at the COSI Science Center (Center of Science and Industry). As a new, fresh voice in science communication and an astrophysicist, writer, speaker, producer, and on-air host of podcasts and TV programs, Sutter strives to bring science to new audiences. He is the creator of the Ask a Spaceman! podcast, a contributing editor to Space.com, and the founder of Active Galaxy Productions, a company that blends science with art in groundbreaking ways. Sutter has authored over sixty academic papers on topics ranging from the earliest moments of the Big Bang, to the emptiest places in the universe, to novel methods for detecting the first stars. He has given over 100 seminars, colloquia, and conference talks at institutions around the world. Watch him on YouTube, listen to him on Space Radio, and follow him on social media. Details can be found at http://www.pmsutter.com/outreach.

S. Andrew Swann

S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and—besides writing—works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published over 20 novels since 1993, which include science fiction, fantasy and horror.…Read More

S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and—besides writing—works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published over 20 novels since 1993, which include science fiction, fantasy and horror. Currently he is working on the Dragon* series of light fantasy novels for DAW books, the first of which, Dragon•Princess, came out May 2014. The second, Dragon•Thief is expected in 2015.

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Nita Sweeney

Ohio native Nita Sweeney is the award-winning author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink. The Dog Writers Association of America awarded the book the Maxwell Medallion and it was a Faulkner Award Finalist. Nita is an Ohio Arts Council Governors Award nominee and winner of the Dublin Arts Council Poets Choice Award.…Read More

Ohio native Nita Sweeney is the award-winning author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink. The Dog Writers Association of America awarded the book the Maxwell Medallion and it was a Faulkner Award Finalist. Nita is an Ohio Arts Council Governors Award nominee and winner of the Dublin Arts Council Poets Choice Award.

 

Nita also cocreated the popular writing journal, You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration and Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving, with Brenda Knight (Women of the Beat Generation.)

 

A long-time meditator, three-time marathoner, and former assistant to writing practice originator Natalie Goldberg, Nita founded the Facebook group Mind, Mood, and Movement to support mental well-being through meditation, exercise, and writing practice. Nita’s founded a second Facebook group, The Writer’s Mind, offering guidance in Goldberg’s techniques.

 

For ten years, Nita studied with and assisted best-selling author Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) at week-long writing workshops, teaching the rules of writing practice and leading participants in sitting and walking meditation. Goldberg authorized Nita to teach writing practice and she has taught for more than twenty years.

 

Nita’s articles, essays, and poems have appeared in Buddhist America, Dog World, Dog Fancy, Writers Journal, Country Living, Pitkin Review, Spring Street, The Taos News, WNBA-SF blog, Wide Open Writing, Pencil Storm, The Writing Cooperative, It’s Not Your Journey, Runs with Cookies, and other media outlets. Nita also blogs and publishes the monthly writing resource newsletter, Write Now Columbus. She is a frequent podcast and radio guest.

 

Nita earned a journalism degree from The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, a law degree from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves on the board of the Women’s National Book Association of San Francisco.

 

Nita lives in Upper Arlington with her husband (and biggest fan), Ed, and their yellow Labrador retriever, Scarlet.

 

Download your free copy of Nita’s wellness eBook Three Ways to Heal Your Mind on Nita’s website at https://nitasweeney.com.

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Linda Swink

Linda D. Swink is an Air Force veteran who served on active duty as a photographer with a Photo Reconnaissance Squadron and in the reserves as a base photographer. As an Army wife of ten years, she learned to appreciate the rigorous duty assignments of those wearing the Army green. Her father served with the Marine Corps during World War II in the Battle of Peleiu, giving her a deep respect for the men and women serving during wartime.…Read More

Linda D. Swink is an Air Force veteran who served on active duty as a photographer with a Photo Reconnaissance Squadron and in the reserves as a base photographer. As an Army wife of ten years, she learned to appreciate the rigorous duty assignments of those wearing the Army green. Her father served with the Marine Corps during World War II in the Battle of Peleiu, giving her a deep respect for the men and women serving during wartime. Her first book, Speak With Power and Grace: A Woman’s Guide to Public Speaking, now in its third edition, has helped thousands of women become more confident while making speeches. Her second book, In Their Honor: The Men Behind the Names of Our Military Installations, is a collection of 524 short biographies that tell of courage, dedication, and patriotism. Her latest book, Life on a $5 Bet: Major General Mechenbier, is a biography of an amazing man who survived nearly six years being held in the infamous Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam. Linda is a professional speaker and lives with her family in Hamilton, Ohio.

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Dave Szalay

Dave Szalay is an award winning illustrator, working author, and college professor. Dave, his wife, and three cats live along a steam that runs through the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. They have two adult sons and a granddaughter. www.daveszalay.comRead More

Dave Szalay is an award winning illustrator, working author, and college professor. Dave, his wife, and three cats live along a steam that runs through the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. They have two adult sons and a granddaughter. http://www.daveszalay.com