Gail Bellamy, PhD, is a Certified Culinary Professional, a widely published poet, book author and food writer. An award-winning food journalist, she is executive food editor of a national magazine for the restaurant industry. Her seven published books include Cleveland Food Memories (Gray & Co.); Victual Reality: Food Poems and Traveler’s Salad poetry collections (Pudding House); and The Vegetable Storybook (Keiki O Ka Aina Press) that won a “Best in the U.S.” Gourmand World Cookbook Award. Gail's poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in approximately 100 publications. She was the 2009-2011 Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate and received a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship in Poetry, funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Dan Chaon’s most recent book is Ill Will, a novel. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story Prize; the national bestseller Await Your Reply and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, and he was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Ohio and teaches at Oberlin College
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His scripts had been produced on Broadway (Tony-nominated The Velocity of Autumn), by Disney (Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple), and in Las Vegas (upcoming production at Paris Casino), as well as Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Cleveland Public Theatre, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include two AATE Distinguished Play Awards for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants.
Casey Daniels fell in love with books the moment she walked into a library. She remembers getting her very first pink cardboard library card and the first book she took out of the Cleveland Public Library--Horton Hatches the Egg. Under a variety of names, Casey has published more than 50 novels. She began her career writing historical romance and has also written young adult horror, a children’s book and contemporary romance. These days, she is concentrating on mysteries. As Casey Daniels she writes the Pepper Martin series about a woman who works in a historic Cleveland cemetery and solves mysteries for the ghosts there. As Kylie Logan, she writes the League of Literary Ladies mysteries and the Ethnic Eats mysteries. Her newest books include Graveyard Shift and Gone with the Twins. When a friend introduced her to tarot, she realized she could tap into their symbolism to spark creative ideas. Armed with a deck of tarot cards and her trusty Power Point presentation, Casey enjoys teaching this innovative technique to other writers.
Cordelia Eddy has guided youth in many cities to develop and magnify their voices and build community through writing. She is particularly drawn to sharing the truths found in fiction, the poetic in prose, and the magical dialogue between words and images in comics and zines. Cordelia is left-handed, and often takes notes backwards in cursive like Leonardo da Vinci (mostly to avoid smearing her words). She believes that creative writing is a powerful tool for growth and understanding that helps us to think critically about the world and better understand our place within it.
Sharon Holbrook, a former attorney, is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Cleveland Magazine, Belt, and other local and national publications. She lives with her family in Shaker Heights. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Dave Lucas is the author of Weather (Georgia, 2011), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. The same year, Rita Dove named him as one of thirteen “young poets to watch.” He has also been awarded a “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, and a 2016 Cleveland Arts Prize. A co-founder of Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery and Cleveland Book Week, he teaches at Case Western Reserve University and serves as the inaugural Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer in Residence at the William N. Skirball Writers’ Center.
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.
Ray McNiece is the author of eight books of poems and dramatic monologues. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Italy twice with legendary Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He has performed at Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama, Ensemble and the Cleveland Public Theatre where he premiered his newest solo theater work, The Lives of A Poet, in 2015.
Dana Norris is the founder of Story Club, a nonfiction storytelling show held in Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, and Belgrade. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Story Club Magazine and currently writes for Role/Reboot and Cleveland Scene. Her work has appeared in/on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, Tampa Review, WCPN Cleveland and WBEZ Chicago, among many others. You may view her upcoming performance schedule at dananorris.net
Caryl Pagel is the author of two collections of poetry, TwiceTold (2014) and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death (2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Entropy, The Iowa Review,Jacket2, and The Mississippi Review, among other journals, and she is currently at work on a collection of nonfiction entitled The Reality of the Unseen. Caryl is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press, a poetry editor at jubilat, and the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She teaches undergraduate classes in creative writing at Cleveland State University as well graduate poetry and nonfiction courses in the NEOMFA Program in northeastern Ohio.
Lance Parkin is a British author living in Cleveland. Best known for his Doctor Who books, including The Eyeless, Ahistory and Whoniverse, he has written or co-written around thirty books, including biographies of Alan Moore and Gene Roddenberry.
J. Everett Prewitt is a Vietnam veteran and a former Army officer. His debut novel Snake Walkers placed first for fiction in four different literary contests. Prewitt’s second novel, A Long Way Back, received the Seal of Approval from Literary Classics and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal from the Eric Hoffer Awards.
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.
Hillary Rettig is a writer, teacher, and coach whose mission is helping people achieve joyful productivity and values-based time management. Her latest book, The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block (Infinite Art, 2011), has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Russian. Hillary has taught writing productivity at leading venues including The Mark Twain House & Museum, Cape Cod Writers Center, Grub Street Writers, numerous Romance Writers of America chapters, and online at Loft.org andSavvyAuthors.com.
Ken Schneck is the producer/host of This Show is So Gay, the award-winning, long-running radio show/podcast. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, and his forthcoming book Seriously, What Am I Doing Here?: The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew will be published by 1984 Publishing in Spring 2017. In his spare time, he is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Leadership in Higher Education Program at Baldwin Wallace University.
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 15 years in social work at Cleveland area health care and non-profit agencies,Pam Turos transitioned into a freelance writing career. Her clients and past employers include Waiting Child Fund, Crown Point Ecology Center, Rebecca Scritcfield, RD, Cleveland Clinic, Hospice of the Western Reserve, and The Alzheimer's Association. She is also the founder and contributing editor of The Good Cause Blog, a newsletter and website dedicated to celebrating and inspiring social good in northeast Ohio.
Laura Maylene Walter
Laura Maylene Walter is the author of the short story collection Living Arrangements (BkMk Press), which won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize and a national gold IPPY. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, The Sun, Poets & Writers, Michigan Quarterly Review, Tampa Review, Portland Review, and elsewhere. She was a 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop fiction scholar, the recipient of the 2011 Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, and the former fiction editor of Mid-American Review. She is a contributing editor for Cherry Tree and Neutrons/Protons and blogs for the Kenyon Review.
Damien Ware has organized as well as hosted various public performances and open mics and facilitated creative writing workshops for all ages. A zine-maker and poetic video blogger, Ware loves to share his talent for writing with the community, through self-publishing and public / web-based performances. In 2016, D.L. Ware’ partnered with LAND Studio and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in publishing his poetry as public art installations in the Buckeye Neighborhood (Love Lunes over Buckeye & The Buckeye Road Green Infrastructure project).
Ware holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and a Bachelors Degree in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University. He is a husband and father of three and writes daily.
Annie Zaleski is a freelance writer, editor, journalist and marketing consultant/strategist. A 2002 Harvard graduate, she's been writing professionally since 1999. Her work has appeared in dozens of print publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Alternative Press, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, New York Journal News and Boston Herald as well as online publications like Vulture, The A.V. Club, Amazon.com, Salon and Billboard.com. She's also been a regular guest on various radio stations and previously served as managing editor of Alternative Press, the nation’s premiere music magazine for punk, alternative and underground music.