Ohio loves its writers, and writers love Ohio. There are a wealth of incredible writers, publishers, literary organizations, readers and creatives here. In organizing and attending readings and speaking with other Ohio writers, what I hear over and over again is that the writing community in this state, particularly Columbus, is uniquely supportive and welcoming.

Ohio loves its writers, and writers love Ohio. There are a wealth of incredible writers, publishers, literary organizations, readers and creatives here. In organizing and attending readings and speaking with other Ohio writers, what I hear over and over again is that the writing community in this state, particularly Columbus, is uniquely supportive and welcoming.

We have a lot to be proud of. Although I could easily fill a gargantuan tome with reports of our writers' accolades, I've kept myself to a list of five recent successes. Here's a mere smattering of Ohio writers and organizations in the news at the tail end of 2014 - a sort of literary holiday newsletter in which we unapologetically brag about the accomplishments of our inspiring neighbors.

Natalie Shapero (of Columbus) and Mary Biddinger (of Akron) received National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants in December. Both were awarded Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry.

Rachel Wiley (of Columbus) was a featured poet and panelist at the Dodge Poetry Festival in November. The festival is held every two years in New Jersey, and as its website explains, "It is widely acknowledged as the largest poetry event in North America."

In November, the Columbus Metropolitan Library was given a 5-Star rating by this year's Library Journal's America's Star Libraries. Deborah Fallows wrote an article about CML called "Not Your Mother's Library" for The Atlantic (in October), applauding CML's positioning as crucial "in [Columbus's] trajectory toward a modern, relevant, connected city."

Two Dollar Radio, an independent publisher (and now, film producer!) based in Columbus, published books that appeared on a bajillion (that's scientific) "Best of 2014" lists. Their books earned praise from The Paris Review, NPR, Flavorwire and Electric Literature.

Jacqueline Woodson (who was born in Columbus) won a National Book Award in the category of Young People's Literature for "Brown Girl Dreaming" (published by Nancy Paulsen Books).