I believe blogs and other online publishing options can help support a meaningful and vital literary culture. While most blog entries are short, I hold to a contrarian view that this need not always be the case, and that some readers are willing to read lengthier material in the blog format. I hope you enjoy Buckeye Muse.
About the Author
I am a writer, poet, and teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio. My writing career began in high school with reporting sports news for a small community paper and later working as a sports stringer for the Cincinnati Enquirer. I majored in English in college, graduating from the University of Kentucky with an English degree and a core concentration in film studies. While at the University of Kentucky I took creative writing classes taught by Gurney Norman, James Baker Hall, and Percival Everett.
After college I worked as both a full time and freelance journalist in Cincinnati, writing a wide range of news and feature stories and covering topics as diverse as Cincinnati municipal government, fair housing, local business, education, social justice initiatives, historic sites and structures, and local history. It was a great education to wander the city, meeting many different people and seeing places and observing events that make for the vibrant life of a community. One of my all time favorite stories to write was an in-depth profile of Al “Wallpaper” Wolff, the last of Eliot Ness’s Untouchables. Another was a series of articles on a local woman who had visions of the Virgin Mary and created a storm of excitement among some in Cincinnati’s Catholic community.
After a number of years in journalism I returned to school, earned a secondary school teaching license and taught middle school English, later earning a master’s in secondary education and also a certificate in post-secondary adult literacy, both from the University of Cincinnati. I currently work as an adjunct instructor and field service professor for the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education.
This varied background in writing and teaching has given me experience with many different disciplines related to language: literary criticism and literary history; creative writing; journalism and creative nonfiction; reading pedagogy, literacy, and adult developmental reading and writing. My focus as a writer now is on creating poetry and also writing posts here on my blog.
About the Blog
Buckeye Muse is a blog focused on Ohio and Ohio Valley writers and and writing, past and present, and Ohio Valley literary culture. Writers featured range from canonical figures to lesser known authors, and the blog will also feature songwriters, journalists and historians. Nonfiction writing, including works of history, essays, journalism, memoirs and primary source material relating to Ohio history are also featured here. In addition, entries will include features on sites of literary and historical significance in Ohio and the Ohio Valley.
Entries on specific authors will range from biographical data to examinations of specific aspects of life and career to examinations of influence and place in Midwestern and American culture. Entries on works may be short appreciations or meditations on the work or more full-scale literary criticism.
Another feature of the blog is an occasional section called "Beyond the Books," in which significant events in Ohio Valley history or famous or infamous individuals are profiled. These will highlight larger national trends and changes in American culture that are part of the context in which American authors with Ohio Valley connections worked.
The authors featured have some kind of connection to the region, being either born and reared in the Ohio Valley, or having spent some time in this midland section of the United States. Works specifically relating to the Ohio Valley and its culture are also featured.
In addition, information about readings, book festivals and other literature-related events will be posted whenever possible. One of the goals of this blog is to promote literary culture in the region and to make people aware of the area's rich culture and cultural history.
All of my blog material is copyright-protected.