Dr. Mary Stockwell is a writer who has lived most of her life in the twelve-mile-by-twelve-mile square reserve carved out by Anthony Wayne near the mouth of the Maumee River in the Treaty of Greeneville. Her latest book Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America (Yale University Press, 2018) brings to life the man behind the myth of Mad Anthony. She got her love of history from her father who was proud of his Irish heritage and who took his children along remnants of 19th century canals in Ohio reminding them that their ancestors came to this country to build them and for the freedom and opportunity that America promised. She got her love of storytelling from her mother who was an actress, director, acting teacher, and prize-winning poet.
After completing her Ph.D. in American history at the University of Toledo, where she was the last student of W. Eugene Hollon, the noted historian of the American West, she worked as a writer at Detroit Edison’s Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant. The experience taught her how people make decisions in the real world. These insights helped her become a better writer.
In 1996, she was hired as the American History Professor at Lourdes University, and in 2001, she became the Chair of its Department of History, Political Science, and Geography. She won the Faculty Excellence Award for her superior teaching three times at Lourdes University and was nominated by her institution for national teaching awards. She said goodbye to her teaching and administrative career in 2012 to become a full-time writer and to accept the Earhart Foundation Fellowship at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. She was also awarded a Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship to study at the New York Public Library.
Mary Stockwell is the author of The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians (Westholme, 2015), a finalist for the Ohio Library Association’s Best Book on Ohio Award in 2016. She has also written history books used by young people throughout the United States including The Ohio Adventure, A Journey through Maine, and Massachusetts, Our Home, the 2005 winner of the Golden Lamp Award from the Association of Educational Publishers for Best Book, as well as The American Story: Perspectives and Encounters to 1865, a college level textbook used by students around the world. She is the author of Woodrow Wilson: The Last Romantic in the First Men: America’s Presidents Series, which has been nominated for the 2018 Dartmouth Medal. Her essays on George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt have appeared in major scholarly studies of these presidents. She has written for the website of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Stockwell’s Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians, the first complete study of Grant’s Indian policy, was published by the Southern Illinois University Press in September 2018.
Myrna Stone is the author of four full-length books of poems, the last two of which—In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father and The Casanova Chronicles—were finalists for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her first book, The Art of Loss, earned for her the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. The recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and a Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship, her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous journals such as Poetry, Boulevard, The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, River Styx, and Nimrod. In 2015, as a faculty member at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, she conducted the morning class in Poetry. For more information, visit greenvillepoets.org/profiles/mstone
Joe Sutphin lives in a red barn in Ohio. He’s the illustrator of Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, as well as many other books kids. When he’s not drawing, he can be found herding cats. Seriously.
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.
Barney Taxel has lived, photographed, taught, and lectured in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1967, when he moved there from New York City, where he was born and raised. In addition to his award winning career as a commercial photographer, Taxel has several photography books to his credit, including The Lake View Cemetery: Photographs From Cleveland’s Historic Landmark, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking, and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. For more on Taxel, check out his website at barneytaxel.com.
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
Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World: Broken Branch Falls (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She’s a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife. Make every day an adventure!
How to find:
twitter – @taratylertalks
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Carmella Van Vleet
Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and award-winning author of over a dozen books for kids. Her titles include: Eliza Bing Is (Not) A Big, Fat Quitter, its sequel Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Star, To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space (co-authored with astronaut Kathy Sullivan) and Explore Electricity! She likes lists, cooking shows, and exclamation points. But not necessarily in that order.
D.W. Vogel is a veterinarian, cancer survivor, marathon runner, SCUBA diver and two-time Butler County cake decorating champion.
Shirley Jackson Award finalist Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections of dark fiction. Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer’s pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. He hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal. For more ifnformation about Waggoner, check out his website at timwaggoner.com.
Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include the Amazon Bestselling Dexter T. Rexter series: Don’t Forget Dexter!, It’s Show and Tell, Dexter!, and Vacation for Dexter! with Two Lions. She is also the author and illustrator of This Book Is Gray (Two Lions, 2019), Let’s Go! (HarperCollins, 2019), Brobarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial, 2016), Rosco vs. the Baby (S&S, 2016), Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose to Read Ohio Book, When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which was produced into a play by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017. Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and the New York Times. Lindsay is the founder of Critter Lit, a free picture book manuscript and illustration critique service for up-and-coming authors and illustrators. Lindsay lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, author Frank Tupta, two sons, and dog. Visit her online at lindsaymward.com or follow her on twitter @lindsaymward.
Betty Weibel is a lifelong equestrian with a successful career as a journalist and public relations professional. The former newspaper reporter published her first nonfiction book with The History Press in 2014, The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First.
Today, she is a principal in Yopko Penhallurick, an award-winning Chagrin Falls public relations agency, and she is APR certified by the Public Relations Society of America.
A graduate of Lake Erie College, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio History Connection and has served on the Board of Trustees for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Ohio Humanities Council, Geauga Park District’s Chip Henry Institute, Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show.
Laura Grace Weldon
Laura Grace Weldon is the author of poetry collections titled Tending (2013) and Blackbird (2019), as well as a handbook of alternative education, Free Range Learning. Her poetry appears in Verse Daily, Neurology, J Journal, Penman Review, Literary Mama, Penman Review, and elsewhere. Her creative non-fiction appears in Wired, Under the Gum Tree, Tikkun, Geez, The MOON Magazine, and elsewhere. Laura works as an editor, teaches memoir classes, and tries to keep up with chores on her small farm in Litchfield, Ohio. Connect with her at lauragraceweldon.com.
By day, Andrew Welsh-Huggins is an editor and reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus. By earlier in the day he is the editor of the “Columbus Noir” anthology from Akashic Books, a collection of 14 mystery stories each set in a different Columbus neighborhood. Andrew is also the author of the Andy Hayes private eye series, featuring a former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned investigator. In Andrew’s new novel, “An Empty Grave,” Hayes investigates the forty-year-old disappearance of a burglary suspect who shot a police officer and then vanished from sight, and along the way exposes long-hidden crimes and cover-ups. Andrew’s nonfiction book, “No Winners Here Tonight,” is the definitive history of Ohio’s death penalty. When he’s not writing or reporting, Andrew enjoys running, reading, spending time with family, and trying to remember why having three cats, a dog and two parakeets seemed like a good idea at the time.
Mary Ann Whitley
Mary Ann Whitley is a longtime journalist, currently a copy editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and lives in the eastside suburb of University Heights, Ohio. She is the co-author of Ohio Tales of the Titanic, self-published in 2012, and the author of two earlier young adult novels which she plans to republish through self-publishing. She became interested in the Ohio Titanic story in 1998 when she met her co-author, Janet White, and discovered Ohio’s extensive ties to the disaster. Since then, she has researched the Northeast Ohio-bound passengers and interviewed a number of descendants. She has written articles for Titanic International Society’s quarterly journal, Voyage, and served as a trustee of the society for nine years. Mary Ann also has a personal connection to the Titanic, as her grandfather helped to build the ship in Belfast. For more information, visit her online at ohiotitanic.wordpress.com.