Erin O'Brien (writer)

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Erin O'Brien
OccupationWriter, blogger, managing director
Known forFreshwater Cleveland
Notable work
Harvey and Eck, The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts

Erin O'Brien (born 1965) is a fiction and nonfiction writer in the Cleveland area. From 2006 to 2010, she wrote a biweekly column "Rainy Day Woman," originally for the Cleveland Free Times and then the Cleveland Scene; and her eclectic features and essays have appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer,[1] the New York Times,[2] the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.[3] Her first novel, Harvey and Eck, was published by Zumaya publications in 2005.[4][1] Her first book of nonfiction The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts, was published by Red Giant Books in 2012.[5]

She writes a blog, The Erin O'Brien Owner's Manual for Human Beings.

Erin O'Brien is the sister of writer John O'Brien, author of Leaving Las Vegas. His novel The Assault on Tony's (Grove Press, 1996), had been left unfinished at the time of his death and was completed by Erin for posthumous publication.[6][1][7]

For five years, O'Brien was the editor of the Broadview Journal in Broadview Heights, OH, and is currently managing editor of the site Freshwater Cleveland.[3]

She also writes under the name "Erin Nowjack".[7]


  1. ^ a b c Michael Heaton, "Erin O'Brien keeps the flame for her brother, author John O'Brien, while staring her own literary fire", The Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 25, 2009 (accessed 23 Feb. 2016)
  2. ^ Erin O'Brien, "Meanwhile, Back in Cleveland..." New York Times, July 10, 2010 (accessed 23 Feb. 2016)
  3. ^ a b Freshwater Cleveland, About Managing Editor: Erin O'Brien (accessed 23 Feb. 2016)
  4. ^ Maryann Miller, Book Reviews: Harvey and Eck, Forward Reviews, August 18, 2009 (accessed 24 Feb. 2016)
  5. ^ Red Giant Books, Authors (accessed 24 Feb. 2016)
  6. ^ Jeff Kunerth, "Alcohol Fuels The Plot, Characters In O'Brien's Final Work," Chicago Tribune, August 7, 1996 (accessed 23 Feb. 2016)
  7. ^ a b "Erin O’Brien interview," QRD, No. 29, November 28, 2005 (accessed 23 Feb. 2016)

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