Last Saturday (March 5, 2016), Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood hosted an Author Fair with more than a dozen local authors. Ten authors gave 10-minute readings, so it was a great opportunity to get to hear all of the diverse voices in the community. Here are photos of all of the speakers in the order they appeared.
Author of the adoption memoir I Knew You By Name.
Molly is a two-time Erma Bombeck award winning writer. She hosts her own intelligent and funny blog, www.mollydcampbell.com, as well as writing for the popular international web site “Moms Who Need Wine.”
Author Barbara T. Cerny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, which at that time was a small town of 30,000 people. She left that little burg to see the world, garner three college degrees, and to serve in the US Army. After eight years on active duty and fourteen years in the reserves, she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2007. While deployed to the Middle East in 2005, Ms. Cerny finally figured out she had to get going on the real love of her life, writing. She wrote her first two novels during that time and hasn’t stopped. Online at https://barbaracernybooks.wordpress.com/.
A native West Virginian, Ed Davis is a novelist, poet, and educator. His newest novel, The Psalms of Israel Jones, a father-son journey toward spiritual redemption, was published by West Virginia University Press in September 2014. Online at DavisEd.com.
Ann Hagedorn is the award-winning author of The Invisible Soldiers and four previous books: Wild Ride, Ransom, Beyond the River, and Savage Peace, and has been a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News and San Jose Mercury News. She has taught writing at Northwestern University‘s Medill School of Journalism, Columbia University‘s Graduate School of Journalism, Xavier University, and Miami University. Ann Hagedorn’s latest book The Invisible Soldiers tells the urgent story of the privatization of America’s national security and the dramatic rise of a bold new industry of private security contractors. Online at AnnHagedorn.com.
Katrina was born in Illinois but has lived in the Dayton area since first grade, (except for her Year as a Gypsy). She taught high school English and theatre at Centerville High School for five years, and she taught middle school English and theatre at the Miami Valley School for six. Katrina is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, and The Blessings of the Animals, all with HarperPerennial. She’s online at KatrinaKittle.com.
Alex Kudera has survived a decade of adjunct-teaching overloads but in some circles is better known for his mysterious injuries. He has bussed dishes in two countries and loitered in bookstores on several continents. A lifelong Philadelphian until fall 2007, Alex currently teaches literature and writing at Clemson University in South Carolina. Fight for Your Long Day is his first published novel.
P. Andrew Miller
Short story and sci-fi author, P. Andrew Miller teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University and also Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati. Online at PAndrewMiller.com.
Rebecca Morean is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter. Her work has appeared in Salon, Sundial Press, The Tishman Review, The Lost Coast Review, Piker Press, Ploughshares, Kalliope, Bella and more, and her novels are with St. Martin’s Press, Avignon Press, Escape Publishing (AU), Roundfire Books (UK), and Breese Books (UK). She teaches English composition and creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. She’s online at RAMorean.com.
Sharon Short is the author of the novel My One Square Inch of Alaska (Penguin Plume) in which a pair of siblings escape the strictures of the 1950s industrial Ohio town on the adventure of a lifetime. Sharon is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News and is the Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is part of a fiction manuscript consulting group, “The Write Sisters.” She’s online at SharonShort.com.
Suzanne Kelly is the author of the novel, Stolen Child, an Irish American coming of age story set on the eve of the election of John F. Kennedy. You can find her on Facebook.
David Lee Garrison
David Lee Garrison was born in Bremerton, Washington. He earned his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, taught Spanish and Portuguese at Wright State University from 1979 to 2009, and is now retired. Garrison’s poems have appeared widely in journals such as Connecticut Review, Poem, and Rattle, and also in several anthologies. Two poems from his book, Sweeping the Cemetery, were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and one was included in Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places. The title poem from his book, Playing Bach in the D. C. Metro, was featured by Ted Kooser on his website, American Life in Poetry.
Many thanks to the Wright Memorial Library for hosting such a great event!
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