Sam Allard is the senior writer at Scene Magazine, Cleveland's alternative weekly. He is an adjunct professor of both fiction and nonfiction at Cleveland State, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Dan Crissman is a senior editor at Belt Publishing. Previously, he has worked for W. W. Norton & Company, The Overlook Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and HarperCollins. For many years, he has also helped self-published authors prepare their works for press. In 2018, he authored his first book, Brewing Everything: How to Make Your Own Beer, Cider, Mead, Sake, Kombucha, and Other Fermented Beverages. He lives in Cleveland.
Suzanne DeGaetano is a co-owner of Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry, which celebrates it's 40th anniversary this year. Mac's hosts readings, author events, book clubs, and writing groups, and provides a free community meeting space for groups and organizations. The monthly poetry reading, ongoing since 1984, is one of the region’s longest established series. Mac’s also keeps a busy offsite events schedule, selling books for library and community author events. Suzanne has twice served on the board of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and is currently on the board of Literary Cleveland.
Alex DiFrancesco is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism who has published work in Tin House, The Washington Post, Pacific Standard, Entropy, The Millions, and more. They are a winner of Sundress Academy for the Arts' OutSpoken Competition for LGBTQ+ work, and a Summer 2018 Firefly Farms Writing Residency participant. Their storytelling has appeared in The Fringe Festival, Life of the Law, and The Heart podcast. Their essay collection Psychopomps (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press) and their second novel All City (Seven Stories Press) are forthcoming in 2019.
Cordelia Eddy writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and teaches creative writing to youth and young adults. As Teen Coordinator at Lake Erie Ink she has worked with Cleveland-area youth to publish two anthologies of teen writing, Home / Away From Home (2017)and Roots & Branches (2018). She also provides tools, resources, and encouragement for youth to share their voices at open mics and writing workshops. Her flash fiction story is published in Found Polaroids (2017) by Aint-Bad. She holds a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts from The New School and a Master's in Women's and Gender Studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cordelia is the 2018 Heights Arts Haiku Death Match champion.
Bonnie Jean Feldkamp
Bonnie Jean Feldkamp has worked as a freelance writer since 2001, publishing service journalism articles as well as personal essays. She received “Best Overall Blog” in the Digital Media Category of the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists Awards for her monthly blog in Cincinnati Family magazine. Also for her work in Cincinnati Family Magazine, Bonnie was named Gold winner by Parent Media Association in 2018 for General Feature Writing. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times; Scary Mommy; and Brain, Child Magazine as well as regional parenting publications. She is a wife and mother of three and she writes from her home office in Northern, Kentucky, where PJs are considered professional attire.
Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio.
Christopher Johnston has published more than 3,000 articles in numerous publications, including American Theatre, Balanced Living, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business, History Magazine, The Plain Dealer, Scientific American, and Time.com. His book, Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice was published by Skyhorse Publishers in May 2018. He is currently writing a biography of a Green Beret who served with distinction in Afghanistan where he was gravely wounded and required several years to recover.
After working as a boilermaker in the steel mills in Ohio, Kevin P. Keating became a professor of English and began teaching at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College, and John Carroll University. His essays and stories have appeared in more than fifty literary journals. His first novel, The Natural Order of Things, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His second novel, The Captive Condition, was launched at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International and is now available in paperback. He is the recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship. He lives with his family in the Cleveland area.
Harriett R. Logan
Harriett R. Logan founded Loganberry Books two decades ago in Cleveland's historic Larchmere neighborhood. The bookstore now holds over 100,000 volumes of new, used and collectible books, and hosts a full schedule of book signings, workshops, book clubs, poetry open mics, and other events, including our signature event, Author Alley (first Saturday in July), featuring 50 local authors of all genres.
Erica has more than 15 years of experience in organizational and leadership development. She has worked with organizations and individuals in the corporate, nonprofit, governmental and academic space. Erica has held leadership roles in Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Case Western Reserve University and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Erica holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Public Relations from Ursuline College and a Master of the Arts Degree in Psychology with a certification in Diversity Management (NTL) from Cleveland State University.
Charlotte Morgan knew she wanted to be a writer by age five and began filling composition notebooks with science fiction stories. Fascinated by nonfiction and literary journalism, she became a reporter and then a music journalist. Her writing has been published locally, regionally and nationally. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction). Presently, she teaches First Year Writing at Cleveland State University. She is completing Judgement in Goshen: A Taxonomy of Ordinary Murder, a crime memoir.
Susan Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. She is the author of the novels The Super Ladies (2018), Throw Like a Woman (2015) and A Body at Rest (2009), which won a bronze medal for regional fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY). Her short story, “Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out” (Conclave, 2010) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. On the non-fiction side, Susan’s work has appeared on CoolCleveland.com and ESPN.com, and she co-owns the Cleveland Indians blog, ItsPronouncedLajaway.com, for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot network. She is also one of the co-founders and board member of Literary Cleveland (litcleveland.org). Susan holds a master’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University and lives with one husband, one daughter, and far too many dogs in a little house near some medium-sized woods.
Mimi Plevin-Foust recently won the Gordon Square Review Poetry Contest and has written and published poems, screenplays and articles in numerous magazines and journals including Fourteen Hills, LearnVest/Forbes.com, and POZ Magazine. Over her career, she has been a poet, glass artist, screenwriter and filmmaker with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU. Mimi serves on the executive board of God Before Guns, a multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities working to reduce gun injuries and deaths.
Before becoming a full-time writer, D.M. Pulley worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Her structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The disappearance of a family member in 1949 formed the basis for her second novel, The Buried Book. Her third historical mystery, The Unclaimed Victim, is scheduled for release in November 2017. Pulley lives just outside Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
L.S. Quinn is a writer, artist, performer, and activist. She is the founding director of The Reading Room, a nonprofit bookstore startup that funds after-school programs for Cleveland students. Her work focuses on issues of identity and spirituality, often seen through a the lens of domestic life and interpersonal relationships.
The third owner of Appletree Books located in Cleveland Heights for over 40 years, Lynn brings extensive retail experience to the bookstore she purchased in 2014. A graduate of Lafayette College with a Masters in Art History from Case Western Reserve University, Lynn is in her spare time a horticulture judge with a keen interest in gardening. Originally from New Jersey, Lynn married a native Clevelander and has enjoyed being a Cleveland resident for 35 years.
Brad Ricca is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated Mrs. Sherlock Holmes (St. Martin's, 2017) and the Ohioana Award-winning Super Boys (St. Martin's, 2013). He is also the author of a book of poetry, American Mastodon (Black Lawrence Press, 2010), winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. He is the recipient of a Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature. He teaches at Case Western Reserve University and is a lifelong Clevelander.
Marc Sumerak is an Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comic book writer and editor. Over the past decade and a half, Mr. Sumerak has had the opportunity to contribute to countless tales of today's most popular characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The X-Men. His work has been published by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Scholastic, Insight Editions, and many others. For more information, visit www.sumerak.com
After spending 15 years serving health care and nonprofit organizations as a social worker, Pam Turos transitioned into a second career providing communications and web development support to mission-driven organizations. In her role as founder and managing partner of Good Cause Creative, Pam’s creative problem-solving skills, collaborative spirit and passion for social justice combine to empower clients such as Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Women's Recovery Center, Lorain County Free Clinic, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Waiting Child Fund / Kinnect Ohio and 30 Days to Family Ohio. She is also the founder and contributing editor of WISH Cleveland, an online news publisher dedicated to celebrating changemakers and social good in northeast Ohio.
Laura Maylene Walter
Laura Maylene Walter is the Editor-in-Chief of Gordon Square Review, Literary Cleveland's national online literary journal. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, TheSun, Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She was a Yaddo Fellow, a Tin House Writers’ Workshop Scholar, the recipient of the Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, and a past Fiction Editor of Mid-American Review. Her debut story collection, Living Arrangements (BkMk Press), won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize, a national gold IPPY, and a Foreword Book of the Year Award. Laura holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University, blogs for the Kenyon Review, teaches writing workshops in Cleveland, and works for Cleveland Public Library.
Matt Weinkam is a writer, editor and college instructor with published work in Denver Quarterly, Sonora Review, New South, Midwestern Gothic, Split Lip, Covered w/ Fur, DIAGRAM, Quarter After Eight, Electric Literature and Mutilations on a Theme: Best Innovative College Writing among others. Matt is founding editor of Threadcount Magazine and a former Managing Editor of Passages North literary journal. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University, an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University, and he has taught creative writing as far away as Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China. He currently lives in Cleveland with his wife, cat, dog, and book collection.
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