Terry Pluto

Speaking Fee – Libraries (NE Ohio): $350
Speaking Fee – Other: Varies based on type of event; please inquire
Hometown: Akron, OH
Restrictions: none

Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for The Plain Dealer. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation’s top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the author of 23 books, including The Curse of Rocky Colavito (selected by the New York Times as one of the five notable sports books of 1989), and Loose Balls, which was ranked number 13 on Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 sports books of all time. He was called “Perhaps the best American writer of sports books,” by the Chicago Tribune in 1997. He lives in Akron, Ohio.

Speaking Topics

Current Cleveland Sports Topics
Stories and insights about current Cleveland sports topics—Indians, Browns, Cavs, high school and more.

The Sportswriter who talks about God
Practical stories on personal faith and the ethical choices we face in daily life

Books by Terry Pluto

Gail Ghetia Bellamy

Speaking Fee: $250
Hometown: Cleveland Hts., OH
Restrictions: increased fee for general food topics

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 Cleveland.

Speaking Topics

Cleveland Food Memories
Includes a look at dining through the decades, bits of local food history, and a discussion of the food memories Clevelanders hold most dear.

Food, Mood and Attitude
A look at today’s food and dining trends at home and in restaurants, with a discussion about how things have changed in the past several decades.

Food and the Arts
From menu to metaphor–food in film, food in literature, food in song lyrics, food in the visual arts

How to Get Started in Food Writing
Includes a discussion of the different types of food writing, common mistakes, tips for approaching editors, a few samples of different styles of food writing, and resources for food writers.

Conscience and Cuisine
How our beliefs can influence our food choices.

Books by Gail Ghetia Bellamy