Hiram College

Author and humor columnist Burton W. Cole grew up on a small farm outside of Conneaut, Ohio, and attended a small-town church with a slew of cousins and buddies. That boyhood inspires his colorful and comical novels today about a bunch of adventuresome kids and their goofy antics on a farm in Northeast Ohio.

His debut novel, “Bash and the Pirate Pig” (2013), was a finalist for the 2014 Selah Award for Best Children’s Book. “Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper” (2014) won the 2015 Selah Award as Best Novel for Middle Grade Readers. The third book, “Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows” (2015) was released May 1.

Cole, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, is assistant metro editor at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren. His humor column, “Burt’s Eye View,” appears in the Tribune Chronicle and in the Star Beacon, Ashtabula.

He and his wife, Terry, live outside of Garrettsville.