Ohio native Nita Sweeney is the award-winning author of two books. Her running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink was awarded the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion winner and was a Faulkner Award Finalist. She is an Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award nominee and winner of the Dublin Arts Council Poet’s Choice Award.
Nita coauthored the writing journal, You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration and Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving, with award-winning author and Associate Publisher Brenda Knight.
Nita’s articles, essays, and poems have been published in major magazines, books, newsletters, and blogs including Buddhist America, Dog World, Dog Fancy, Writer’s Journal, Country Living, and The Writing Cooperative. She writes the blog, Bum Glue and publishes the monthly email newsletter, Write Now Columbus.
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.
For ten years, Nita studied with and assisted best-selling author Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) at week-long writing and meditation workshops. Goldberg authorized Nita to teach her methods, which Nita has taught for twenty years.
A retired lawyer, Nita coaches creatives, teaches writing and meditation, runs marathons, and lives in Upper Arlington with her husband and best friend Ed, and their yellow Labrador retriever, Scarlet.