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Jack Shuler is an  award-winning author, independent journalist, and essayist based in Ohio. He is professor of English  and director of Journalism at Denison University. He is an advocate for local journalism and stories about people who do not often make the headlines. With colleagues Doug Swift, Beth Lossing, Alan Miller, and Molly Born, he has helped launch The Reporting Project, a local media source focused on Licking County and Central Ohio. With colleague Michael Croley he organizes and hosts the Between Coasts Forum at Denison University.

Shuler holds a Ph.D. in English (Graduate Center – CUNY) and an MFA in Poetry (Brooklyn College).

He is the author of Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights (Mississippi University Press, 2009), Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose (PublicAffairs, 2014), This is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and the Struggle for a New America (Counterpoint, 2020), and with Michael Croley, Midland: Reports from Flyover County (Simon and Schuster/Tiller, 2020).

Shuler writes a monthly column about the overdose crisis for Matter News. Shuler’s writing has also appeared in Pacific Standard, The New RepublicThe Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Los Angeles Times, Columbus Monthly, Alive, Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Bill Moyers and Company100 Days in Appalachia, Journal of Southern History,  Hanging Loose, and Failbetter, among others.

Before teaching at Denison, Shuler taught at Brooklyn College and worked as a project and development director for the Brooklyn College Community Partnership, an organization working to expose youth in under-served communities to the college experience. Shuler was born and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Twitter: @jackshuler

Instagram: @jackshulerauthor


Upcoming Appearances

September 11 @ 1-5pm, The SummitCAN (Change Addiction Now) Fest, Akron, OH

October 3 @ 10AM, Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville, NC

October 3 @ 6PM, Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC

Selected Past Appearances

White Whale Books; Wright State University; Mercantile Library; West Virginia University; Marshall; Shawnee State University; Grinnell College; Huffington Post Live; Colin McEnroe Show, WNPR Connecticut Public Radio; University of Dayton; Letters and Politics-Pacifica Radio; Decatur Book Festival; Think-KERA; University of Tromso; University of Utrecht; UU Southeast District Racial Justice Conference; National Conference on Diversity, Race, and Learning, The Ohio State University; Kenyon College; Denison University; All Sides with Ann Fisher-WOSU; SC Center for the Book; Landrum Public Library; Charleston County Public Library; SC Book Festival; Avery Research Center; Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World, College of Charleston; SC Book Festival;  Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery; Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University.

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