Ohio Outback is a unique compilation of writings by Claude Clayton Smith about his experiences of living in Ohio for the past twenty-two years. Smith offers a vibrant, humorous portrait of life that focuses on individuals and events in out-of-the-way places throughout northwest Ohio. The pieces in this book reflect a growing curiosity and fondness for Ohio, with topics ranging from the manufacturing process of NFL footballs and the anatomy of ditches to an Ohio section of a ten-thousand mile drive by interstate highway across the forty-eight states and Smith's reflections as a licensed professional boxing judge. Ohio Outback also contains "Yard Wars of the Ohio Outback," a lighthearted piece that forms the book's narrative core with tales of bird, pool, and driveway battles.
Claude Clayton Smith is professor emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University and the 2008 Claridge Writer in Residence at Illinois College. He is author of a novel, two children's books, three nonfiction books (including Lapping America: A Man, a Corvette, and the Interstates), four produced plays, and a variety of poetry, short fiction, essays, and reviews.