Johanyak, D.L. 1953-

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JOHANYAK, D.L. 1953-
(Debra L. Johanyak)


Born January 14, 1953, in Marietta, OH; daughter of John and Leone Holodnak; married Nasrolah Kamalie, December 6, 1974 (marriage ended); married Mike Johanyak (a professor of English), March 22, 1986; children: Jason, Mathew, Stephen, Bethany. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of Akron, B.A., 1977, M.A., 1982; Kent State University, Ph.D., 1988. Politics: Conservative. Religion: Protestant. Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, reading, travel.


Office—Wayne College, University of Akron, 1901 Smucker Rd., Orrville, OH 44667. E-mail[email protected].


University of Akron, Wayne College, Orrville, OH, professor of English, 1992—. Mogadore Christian Academy, past member of board of directors; business writing consultant.


National Council of Teachers of English, Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (past president).


Shakespeare's World, Prentice Hall (Upper Saddle River, NJ), 2004.

Jonah! (play), 2004.

Work represented in anthologies. Contributor to periodicals, including College Language Association Journal, Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Journal, Pennsylvania English, and Mississippi Quarterly.


D.L. Johanyak told CA: "I have enjoyed writing as a creative outlet since fifth grade. I began keeping a journal at age thirteen and still do, today. Writing is one of humanity's most vital activities for self-expression and cultural preservation. Writing lets me share ideas and insights in a structured way. Although I especially enjoy the early American authors like Hawthorne and Poe, as well as the British Shakespeare from a few centuries earlier, I enjoy reading any author with a thoughtful or lively style.

"I wrote Shakespeare's World to help make classical literature and study more accessible and less formidable. I am coediting a collection of essays by scholars from around the globe on representations of Asia in the English Renaissance. I am also revising a book, Behind the Veil, about my experiences in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis."



Library Journal, February 1, 2004, Shana C. Fair, review of Shakespeare's World, p. 86.

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