Hear Me Ohio
University of Akron Press
Hear Me Ohio is a collection of essays about leaving Ohio while always looking back at it from places as far and different as Idaho, to the familiar forest of an arboretum in Kentucky, to the Pennsylvania riverbanks of the Susquehanna River. Hirt writes about loss and discovery, but also horseradish and hold-ups, unicorns and spiders, chestnuts and dobsonflies, dogs and kayaks. Readers will find nature writing, meditations, literary journalism, and memoir—a range of approaches for covering a range of miles and years since a childhood spent growing up in Hirt's Greenhouse in Strongsville, Ohio, which was the subject of her first book.
Jen Hirt is the author of Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees and Too Many Questions About Strawberries. She coedited Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers and Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction. Originally from Valley City, Ohio, she is an associate professor of creative writing at Penn State Harrisburg.