John Barbo

John Barbo has been a fisherman since childhood. A high school science teacher and an active outdoorsman, he enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of fishing with others. He lives in Geneva, Ohio.

Books by John Barbo

Gail Ghetia Bellamy

Gail Ghetia Bellamy is a Certified Culinary Professional with a Ph.D. in creative writing. She is the executive food editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine, has written about food and drink for numerous publications around the country, and has contributed to more than a half-dozen books about food, dining, and the arts. She is also an accomplished poet whose work has appeared in more than 80 publications and has been published in two books and featured in several anthologies. She is the recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship in Literature grant from the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture, funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Gail is a native Clevelander.

John Stark Bellamy, II

John Stark Bellamy II is the author of six books and two anthologies about Cleveland crime and disaster. The former history specialist for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, he comes by his taste for the sensational honestly, having grown up reading stories about Cleveland crime and disaster written by his grandfather, Paul, who was editor of the Plain Dealer, and his father, Peter, who wrote for the Cleveland News and the Plain Dealer.

Eric Broder

Eric Broder’s weekly column, The Great Indoors, ran for many years in Cleveland alternative papers The Edition and Free Times. He has also written for local and national publications such as Men’s Journal, Profiles, Cleveland Magazine, the Plain Dealer, Northern Ohio Live, and Ohio Writer.

Books by Eric Broder

Peter Chakerian

Peter Chakerian is an award-winning writer, reporter and journalist. His byline has appeared in The Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Sun Newspapers, Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live, Scene Magazine, America Online,, and dozens of other publications throughout the Midwest. Chakerian is the Managing Editor of, a weekly online newsletter on arts, culture, economic development and all things cool in Cleveland. A lifelong Northeast Ohio resident and Browns fan, he lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

Books by Peter Chakerian

Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin has covered Cleveland sports for more than four decades, as a sportswriter for The Plain Dealer (1964-1982) and on WJW-TV 8 (since 1983). His columns also appeared in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Medina Gazette, Lake County News-Herald, Painesville Telegraph and other newspapers. He was twice named Ohio sportswriter of the year and was honored with an Emmy award. He traveled with  the Browns and Indians, and covered some of the biggest college football games of the 20th century, including five major bowl games. He was at ringside for several world championship fights as well as the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier series. He covered 17 Indianapolis 500s and several auto races in Europe. He lives in Rocky River, Ohio.