New York native Peter Rutkoff has been teaching at Kenyon College in Ohio since 1971, and is currently the Robert Oden Professor of American Studies. Peter took his bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1999-2001, Peter held the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished teaching chair at Kenyon. His current scholarly interests include African American cultural studies and the African-American migrations, which are the subject of his book with Will Scott, Fly Away: The Great African American Migrations. His other books include New York Modern: The Arts and the City with William B. Scott; Shadow Ball: A Novel of Baseball and Chicago; Cooperstown Chronicles: Camp and Other Love Stories; and the novel Irish Eyes. Take a look at his new book, Cyprus Portraits.
Bishop Bill Swing
William E. Swing is the Episcopal Bishop of California VII, retired from that position since 2006. He is the Founder and President of United Religions Initiative, a global interfaith organization devoted to solving the root causes of religious violence. This fascinating book tells the creation story of URI through the adventures of its founder. You can purchase his book here, visit his Author page here, view his book trailer here, and learn more about URI here.
Paul Strauss is an herbalist and expert on botanical medicines. Equinox Botanicals, which he operates with his daughter Alana, provides natural medicinal products to people all over the globe — all grown or harvested on his land in Meigs County, Ohio. Paul conducts classes and workshops for students of all ages who are eager to learn about identifying and using medicinal plants in the wild; he also teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Paul’s 40+ year effort to reclaim his land from strip mining and return it to a natural abundant state is detailed in his book, The Big Herbs, and in an award-winning documentary film by Blis DeVault, The Sanctity of Sanctuary. See Paul’s Author Page — and purchase his book here.
The youngest of our authors, Jordi Alonso studied languages and creative writing and graduated with a BA in English from Kenyon College in 2014. He is currently a first-year MFA candidate and Turner Fellow in Poetry at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. Alonso has been published in The Southampton Review, Mountain Gazette, The Colorado Review, The Lyric, and other journals. His first book of poetry is Honeyvoiced from XOXOX Press. In a recent essay in The MFA Years, Alonso says of his poems dedicated to and inspired by Sappho, “It is that desire to make something lovely that outlasts us, so inherent in poetry, that expanded what I thought would be a single exercise in imitation resulting in one poem to grow into a 108-poem series…” Watch the book trailer for Honeyvoiced here and visit Jordi’s Author Page here. You can purchase the book here.
Fielding Dawson’s fiction, essays and art/literary criticism appeared in books, magazines, anthologies and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad for over thirty years. He published 23 books during his lifetime, including stories, novels, memoirs and poems. His writing roots reach back to Black Mountain College in 1949, where he went to study art and stayed to write and make images. After years spent writing in New York City, he taught writing in U.S. prisons for 17 years, while also working with at-risk teenagers in alternative high schools. Fielding was chairman of the PEN Prison Writing Committee and director of the PEN Prison Writing Workshop Program. His literary archives are held by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. See his books: The Land of Milk & Honey — The Dirty Blue Car — Tiger Lilies
Susan Gluck Rothenberg is an oral historian living in San Francisco. She has used her training as a psychiatric social worker with a variety of populations: troubled families; abused and neglected children; young families learning parenting skills; and older adults. Recently, she has found a niche in helping elders record their life experiences and editing those remembrances into a coherent tale, leaving their families and friends with privately-published books that are far more than just a chronology of their lives. To Be A Man: Johnnie Wilson, Jr. is her first book. Her work has previously been published in The Oral History Review. Meet Johnnie: To Be A Man
Charlene Fix has been a Professor of English at the Columbus College of Art Design for 27 years, and is a member of The House of Toast Poets, a performance and workshop group. She received poetry fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council (1993) and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (1995 and 2002), and has published poems in various literary magazines, among them The Antioch Review, The Ohio Review, Chicago Review, The Journal, The Manhattan Review, Artful Dodge, Rattle, The Cincinnati Review, Alimentum, and Poetry. Her chapbook Mischief is available from Pudding House Publications, and her book of poems, Flowering Bruno: A Dography, a finalist for the 2007 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, is available here. Charlene’s poems were chosen by Eleanor Wilner for the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from The Poetry Society of America in 2007. Her essay, â€œThe Lost Father in Arthur Millerâ€™s Death of a Salesman,” appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review in the summer of 2008. More recently, … her essay, “Yes! and Yass: Dean Moriarty’s Ecstatic and Lugubrious Affirmations in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road,” is forthcoming in Xavier Review. Harpo Marx as Trickster, her book-length study of Harpo Marx in the thirteen Marx Brothers films, was published in spring 2013 by McFarland Publishers Inc. Read Charlene’s author page. Make the four-legged trek: Flowering Bruno
Perry Carlton Lentz served as as Charles P. McIlvaine Professor of English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio through 2011. Perry joined the Kenyon faculty in 1969, and served as department chair and as director of the Kenyon Exeter Program, which he helped establish in 1974. He is the author of the novels The Falling Hills and It Must Be Now the Kingdom Coming and a scholarly study of literature, war and history, Private Fleming at Chancellorsville. Born in Anniston, Alabama in 1943, he attended preparatory school at Indian Springs School, in Helena, Alabama. Married to Jane Anderson in 1965, he has two daughters, Robin and Emily, and five grandchildren. Check out our Perry Lentz Author Page and read his amazing: Perish From The Earth.
Novelist, journalist and teacher, P.F. Kluge is Writer in Residence at Kenyon College. His six previous novels include Eddie And The Cruisers and Biggest Elvis. His non-fiction books include The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia and Alma Mater, an account of a year in the life of Kenyon College. Two films, Dog Day Afternoon and Eddie And The Cruisers, have been based on his work. His journalism appears in National Geographic Traveler, where he is a contributing editor, and elsewhere. A native of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, Kluge lives in Gambier, Ohio with his wife, Pamela Hollie. See P. F.’s author page here. Read his college mystery: Final Exam and go visit his website
Laura teaches full time at Brookdale Community College where she founded the Creative Writing Program and in the Sierra Nevada Low-residency MFA program, and has taught at the Richard Stockton College of NJ and at Ramapo College. She has been a finalist for the Brittingham and Felix Poetry Prize, the Isabella Gardner Award, and the Frost Place residency and has been awarded scholarships or fellowships from Sewanee Writers Conference, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, and others. Her essays, criticism, poems, creative non-fiction, and short fiction have appeared in Diode, Plume, Drunken Boat, The Georgia Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Pank, The Good Men Project, The Writer’s Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Pedestal, Painted Bride Quarterly, and others. She was the founding editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations and currently acts as an editor-at-large. Visit Laura’s author page and go See What Men Want
Author of the Marine Corps novel Maggot (Warner Books) and the short story collections Naked to Naked Goes (Scribner’s) and Loving Power (Bottom Dog), Robert Flanagan was born in Toledo, Ohio. He worked as a dishwasher, night watchman and janitor before serving in the Marine Corps Reserve and attending the University of Toledo and theUniversity of Chicago. The cruel and beautiful sport of boxing has been his long-time passion. Taught the rudiments of the sport by his father, an ex-marine combat vet and amateur southpaw lightweight, he sparred ineptly at the YMCA in Toledo and boxed in a few platoon bouts at Camp Geiger from which he received two detached retinas. Retired from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was Professor of English and director of creative writing, Flanagan at present is at work on a novel, Champions, and still works the peanut and heavy bags in his basement. He lives in Delaware, Ohio with his wife Katy. See his book: Fight Night
Peter White is the former chairman of U.S. Trust Bank in Manhattan. Upon his retirement from the bank, Peter published Ecology of Being, a deeply insightful assembly of reflections upon the primacy of meaning in out direct experience. Distilling human nature, purpose and destiny into a clear sense of basic being in a framework of underlying beliefs, Ecology of Being taps into intuitive knowledge to clear the path for conscious and positive action in one’s life. Peter divides his time between Gambier, Ohio and Montana. Spend time with: Ecology of Being
Mike Newell is the author of No Bottom: In Conversation with Barry Lopez, which includes what reviewers have described as a relaxed, wide-ranging and original interview and a critical inquiry that greatly advances scholarship on Lopez’s writing. Newell previously published three books of poetry — uNderground Fires, The Unlived Life and Aestivation — and is listed in the directory of Poets and Writers. Following his years as a wildland firefighter in Alaska in the 1970s and early 1980s, he taught at-risk populations in a variety of venues that included public schools and correctional facilities. In 2000 he re-certified his wildland firefighting qualifications and has worked numerous Western fires. Newell lives and writes in upstate New York. Take a look: No Bottom
Michael Barich has taught at Kenyon College in Ohio since 1985. His courses there include Greek and Latin at all levels, literature in translation, and ancient history, and he has recently offered advanced Greek and Latin courses on Plato, Aristophanes, and Petronius. His scholarly work is devoted in particular to epic poetry and the literature of the early Roman Empire. Barich also has had a lifelong interest in astronomy, and in recent years has helped conduct public sessions at the Kenyon Franklin Miller Observatory to introduce students and others to the wider universe. He earned his B.A. at Haverford College and his Ph.D. at Yale. Become an Argonaut: Argonautica
Robert Hamburger’s first three books have been the subject of an exhibition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as well as television, radio and theatrical treatments. They form a loose nonfiction trilogy of studies of race and social injustice in contemporary America, and were praised by the likes of Dr. Kenneth Clark, Robert Coles, and Julian Bond. Hamburger has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Paris and in India and Morocco, and has had several residencies at the MacDowell Colony and at the Ossabaw Island Project. He has been the recipient of research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in New York City. Travel his road to: Shiraz
Loranne Marsh Temple grew up in Louisiana and now lives with her husband in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She began writing fiction after many years spent raising their six children. She won the “Best of Ohio Writers” prize for a story in 2000. Her stories have been published in Potpourri and The Ohio Writer magazine. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from The Ohio State University in 2007. She recently completed a new novel called Lady House, the story of three generations of Louisiana family. Read her enchanting stories: Coming to You from the Blue Room
Patrick Meanor, Ph.D. has taught at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta since 1974. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award and the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. A graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, Patrick completed his Ph.D. at Kent State University. A prolific writer, he has published six books and more than 120 essays and reviews. Dr. Meanor teaches a wide array of courses on Contemporary Literature at SUNY Oneonta, and in his spare time, is a contributing editor forFanfare Magazine, where he reviews classical CDs and interviews musicians. Sober up with laughter: The Wrath of Grapes
Bruce Haywood was a professor and provost at Kenyon College in Ohio for seventeen years, then president of Monmouth College in Illinois for fourteen years. Born in 1925 in York, England, he served with army intelligence in Germsany at the end of World War II, then continued his education at Leeds University. He is a 1950 graduate of McGill University in Montreal and earned a Harvard Ph.D. in 1956. His books include The Essential College and Allerton Bywater, both from XOXOX Press, and Bremerhaven. Bruce resides in Galesburg, Illinois. Read his books: The Essential College — Allerton Bywater
Harry Marten is Edward E. Hale, Jr., Professor of Modern British and American Literature at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He has published in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, The Gettysburg Review, The Ohio Review, New England Review, The Cortland Review, ELH, Agenda, The Centennial Review, Contemporary Literature, and and elsewhere. He has written books on Conrad Aiken (The Art of Knowing: The Poetry and Prose of Conrad Aiken) and Denise Levertov (Understanding Denise Levertov). His personal essay on the subject of old age and dementia, “Shadowlands,” is online in the August, 2006 issue of Inertia Magazine. Harry has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Huntington Library. See what didn’t happen: But That Didn’t Happen to You
Ed Schiebel works for IBM Software Group out of his home, where he may or may not choose to put on pants on any given day. Ed’s former home is Littlewood Farm, a couple miles off highway 62, near Johnstown, Ohio. Littlewood holds a long gravel driveway, their house, the barn and fields, fences, lines of trees. Adjacent farmers grow corn and soybeans; the Schiebels keep pasture for their horses. It’s from his front porch where Littlewood Farm 5AM was recorded. In his spare time (when not coding software and tending horses), Ed drums for the jazz quintet, Padula Oblongata.
August Franza is a novelist and poet living on the south shore of Long Island with his wife, Amy. He is the author of four novels:The Murder of Hitler (2002), The Events At Vista Bay (2005 — optioned for film development), If I Die Before I Live (2008) and The Man in the Middle (2009). The last-named novel is volume one of a completed trilogy called American Ecstasy. His literary archives are held by the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned a Ph.D. in English in 1981. Stop by his author page, then step into The Events at Vista Bay and visit Gus Franza’s website.
Galbraith Miller Crump married Joan Lee in 1952 and spent the next 54 years by her side, raising five sons while teaching in the United States, Canada, France and England. He took his B.A. from Hamilton College, then a Masters at Reading University, England and a Ph.D. at St. John’s College, Oxford. He taught at the University of Wisconsin; Yale; the University of Mount Allison in New Brunswick, Canada; the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France; the University of Exeter in England; and at Kenyon College in Ohio, where he served as the John Crowe Ransom Professor of Literature and as Editor of the Kenyon Review from 1982 to 1987. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters by Kenyon College in 1990. Settle into: A Slant of Light