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.
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.
All of my blog material is copyright-protected.
My name is Patrick Kerin, and I am a writer, teacher and poet in southern Ohio. I hope you enjoy Buckeye Muse.