Meet The Author—Barnstorming Ohio

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A former Akron Beacon Journal columnist, his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine,, Parade, The Wall Street Journal,,, The Iowa Review, and many other publications. He also wrote for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head.

His awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a General Excellence award from National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He was selected as the Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer in Residence for 2018-2019.

Giffels is a professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.


The question of America’s identity has rarely been more urgent, and no American place has ever more reliably illuminated that identity than Ohio.

Award-winning author and essayist David Giffels, dubbed “the bard of Akron” by the New York Times, has spent a quarter century writing about what it means to live in a state he calls “an all-American buffet, an uncannily complete everyplace.”

As an historic 2020 presidential election approaches, Barnstorming Ohio is Giffels’ account of a year on Ohio’s roads, visiting people and places that offer valuable reflections of the national questions and concerns, as well as astounding electoral clairvoyance—since 1896, Ohio has chosen the winner in twenty-nine of thirty-one presidential elections, more than any other state.

– via the author’s website

Video Premieres June 24, 2021