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.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bob
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 00:37:31

    Wonderful blog, Patrick. I hope you can keep this going for many years. Sorry that I haven’t met you but hope I can sometime soon. Thanks again,

    Bob Kennedy


  2. Randy McNutt
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 15:37:35

    Great blog, great stories! Keep them coming, Patrick.

    Randy McNutt


    • buckeyemuse
      Jul 04, 2015 @ 16:45:22

      Thanks, Randy! Really great to hear from you. I was wondering if you had gotten a chance to check this out. Look forward to featuring you and Cheryl and the books you both have written. Speak with you soon, and thanks again!


  3. Richard Hague
    Jul 19, 2015 @ 19:25:50

    A correction: I never taught at the Bread Loaf School of English; I was a Scholar in Nonfiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s conference. Please amend the entry which lists that. Thanks Richard Hague


    • buckeyemuse
      Jul 19, 2015 @ 19:40:13

      Thanks for the information. I shall amend for my sins! 🙂


  4. Thom Hickey
    Sep 24, 2015 @ 17:41:05

    Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you will enjoy the wide variety of music featured and perhaps make some discoveries. I usually post once a week and your comments are welcomed. Regards and good luck with all your projects. Thom


    • buckeyemuse
      Sep 24, 2015 @ 17:46:08

      Thanks, Tom. I was already following but the posts were coming into my google email, so I clicked to see it come up in the wordpress feed. I have really enjoyed all your posts—I guess I am getting some education about the mechanics of wordpress today.


  5. greg critser
    Dec 30, 2015 @ 17:27:52

    Thanks for this blog! I am an American journalist and author. I was born in Steubenville in 1954. I am interested in learning more about my great grandfather, John Manley Caldwell, of Wellsvillle. Do know anyone who knows much about Wellsville in the early to mid 20th century?


    • buckeyemuse
      Dec 30, 2015 @ 19:03:40

      Thanks! I’m glad you like this.I have not been to Wellsville myself, but I looked up the town on Wikipedia, and I saw a work of local history referenced at the bottom of that entry that had a phone number attached. Perhaps you can order a copy of this book. I would recommend contacting the city offices for leads on local history sources there–the head of the local historical society, if there is one, or residents who might be resources. The local library might have a local history or genealogy section–I have found that it is not unusual for small communities to have one of these in the local library. Census records can also hold valuable information. I hope these things can help you with your search, and hope you can actually get to the town itself and get “out on the ground” and see what you can find. Good luck with your search, and thanks again for your comment and blog visit!


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