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David Ozab is the author of A Smile for Anna, an 83,000 word memoir that tells the story of his daughter’s life from the womb to age four, including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her motor-speech disorder, and her irrepressible spirit. He is currently seeking representation.

Read his interview with Speaking of Apraxia author Leslie Lindsay on Practical Parenting . . . with a Twist! (February 4, 2013)

Listen to his interview with Dina Marie Hale on Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, KBVM 88.3 FM Portland and KMME 94.9/100.5 FM Eugene. (March 28, 2012)

Watch him on KVAL 13, the CBS affiliate in Eugene, OR, discussing the Cleft Bear fundraising drive later featured in chapters 26-28 of A Smile For Anna. (August 17, 2007)

He has also been featured in the Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland) and on KEZI 9, the ABC affiliate in Eugene, OR.

To schedule an interview or a speaking engagement, or to request a copy of Ozab’s media kit please email him.


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Local writer to appear on Sirius XM satellite radio.

Eugene, Ore. — April 1, 2014. Area writer David Ozab will be featured on the Catholic Channel (Sirius XM Radio Ch. 129) Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 6:30 a.m PDT. He will be Gus Lloyd’s guest for “Conversion Corner,” a semi-regular feature on Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd.

On the program, Ozab will discuss his conversion story, “Beautiful Whispers” which was posted online at Why I’m Catholic on March 25, 2014, his path to full communion with the Catholic Church, his writing career, and his interest in promoting fatherhood through his blog (FatherhoodEtc.com) and social media presence.

Ozab has recently completed his first book, A Smile for Anna, which tells the story of his daughter’s life from the womb to about age four, including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her motor-speech disorder, and her irrepressible spirit. He is seeking representation as he prepares the book for publication  His writing has also been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, in the Civitas Press anthology Not Afraid: Stories of Confronting Fear, and on a wide variety of parenting, faith, and special needs blogs.

Ozab is a member of the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers, and an contributing author for Faith Catholic Publications. He is a stay-at-home dad who blogs about parenting and life at FatherhoodEtc.com and his writing career at DavidOzab.com.

Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd

This is Ozab’s first appearance on the Catholic Channel’s Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd. Gus Lloyd gets your day started with a prayer and a smile. Seize the Day and live in the joy of the Lord! Gus chats with newsmakers, personalities and callers to discuss what’s on their minds and in their hearts. Seize the Day is broadcast M – F at 7:30 a.m ET (4:30 a.m. PT) and rebroadcast at 10 am ET (7 a.m. PT) and 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT).

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Apraxia Monday: Interview with Apraxia Dad and Writer David Ozab

By Leslie Lindsay
Practical Parenting  . . . with a Twist (http://leslie4kids.wordpress.com)

Eugene, Ore. — February 4, 2013. For stay-at-home Oregon-based dad, David Ozab writing is not just a way to pass the time while his 7-year old daughter is at school.  It’s drive. As a father parenting a spirited little girl born with a cleft lip and diagnosed at the age of two with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), it’s a way of finding answers and sharing them with others.  It’s a way to make the world a better place.

Read the interview on Practical Parenting . . . with a Twist!

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David Ozab “In Person” with Dina Marie Hale on KBVM FM

Portland, Ore. — March 28, 2012. Area writer David Ozab was interviewed by Dina Marie Hale as part of her “In Person” series on Catholic Broadcasting Northwest. The interview aired from 8:10 a.m. to 9 a.m. on FM 88.3 KBVM in Portland, FM 100.5 KMME in Eugene, and online at kbvm.com. A recording of the interview is available at the following link:

LISTEN NOW (52.9 MB mp3)

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Local writer to appear on Portland and Eugene area radio.

Portland, Ore. — March 26, 2012. Area writer David Ozab will be featured on Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 8:10 a.m. PDT. He will be talking “In Person” with host Dawn Marie Hale live on KVBM FM in Portland, KMME FM in Eugene, and online everywhere through Catholic Broadcasting Northwest’s live stream.

On the program, Ozab will discuss his Open Door column in the January/February Issue of Catholic Digest, his path to full communion with the Catholic Church, his writing career, and his interest in promoting fatherhood through his blog (fatherhoodetc.com) and social media presence.

Ozab is currently writing his first book, A Smile for Anna, which tells the story of his daughter’s life from the womb to about age four, including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her difficulties with speech, and her incredible outgoing spirit through it all. His writing has also been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Errant Parent.

Ozab is a guest contributor at MyEugene and a member of the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers. He is a stay-at-home dad who blogs about parenting and life at FatherhoodEtc.com and his writing career at davidozab.com.

This is Ozab’s first appearance on Catholic Broadcasting Northwest, a listener-supported not-for-profit radio station situated on the campus of the University of Portland, whose mission is to proclaim the Gospel through programs that embrace the Church’s teachings and promote its devotions.

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Writer led down long road to Catholic Church

by Ed Langois, Staff Writer
Catholic Sentinel

Eugene, Ore. — February 18, 2012 — David Ozab’s journey to the Catholic Church started 28 years ago when his mother purchased an old National Geographic at a garage sale. Ozab, then a teen, opened the dusty volume and out slipped a picture of Jesus, lovingly showing his Sacred Heart.

Something about the image said to Ozab, “Here I am.” He’s hung it at his bedside ever since.

Ozab, a 46-year-old writer and member of St. Mary Parish in Eugene, described his long conversion in a short Catholic Digest article issued this month.

Continued at CatholicSentinel.org

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Local Catholic writer featured in national publication.

Eugene, Ore. – January 10, 2012 – Area writer David Ozab recounts his path to the Catholic Church in the latest issue of Catholic Digest. Ozab’s story is featured in this month’s “Open Door,” a recurring column featuring true first-person stories about individuals who have joined the Church or recovered their lost Catholic faith.

In “A garage sale treasure brought me to the Church,” Ozab talks about the long path he followed, guided by a picture of the Sacred Heart he found between the pages of an old book.

“Conversion can be a sudden, earth shattering event,” says Ozab, “like St. Paul on the way to Damascus, or it can be a process that last many years. God led me down the longer road.”

Ozab’s writing has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Errant Parent. He is currently writing his first book, A Smile for Anna, which tells the story of his daughter’s life from the womb to about age four, including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her difficulties with speech, and her incredible outgoing spirit through it all.

Ozab is a guest contributor at MyEugene and a member of the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers. He is a stay-at-home dad who blogs about parenting and life at FatherhoodEtc.com and his writing career at davidozab.com.

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Eugene writer finds place in national publication

By Holly Menino
KEZI News

EUGENE, Ore. — October 6, 2011 — Chicken Soup for the Soul books can be found at bookstores across the country and in countless American homes.

Now a Eugene writer has found his way into the national publication.

David Ozab’s background is in music, but he’s found a passion for writing. His latest work was inspired by his daughter.

It was in utero at 22 weeks that Ozab and his wife found out their unborn child had a cleft lip.

After her birth she was diagnosed with a speech disorder called apraxia of speech.

Ozab wrote about this experience and his story struck a chord with the authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times. His work is in the latest publication.

“Whatever difficult period you’re going through in your life, somebody else has gone through something similar and that person whoever they are, whichever one of the 101 people who are in this book has a story similar to you,” said David Ozab.

Ozab wanted to let parents of children with a cleft lip or palate or those who have children with apraxia of speech know that they aren’t alone.

He took a chapter of a larger manuscript he’s working on, cut it down to 500 words, sent it in and was selected. The book hit store shelves this week.

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On the set of KEZI 9 News with Holly Menino.

Interview: Chatting with David Ozab

by Holly Menino
KEZI News

EUGENE, Ore. — October 6, 2011 — You’ve probably heard of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. These books are sold in bookstores across the country and have been on bookshelves for years. A local writer is breaking into the national book scene with a publication in the latest Chicken Soup book.

Writer David Ozab joined KEZI 9 News This Morning to talk about how he was selected and how it feel to be in a national publication. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times is in stores now.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times

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Local writer breaks in with national publication

Eugene, Ore. – October 4, 2011 – Area writer David Ozab is among 101 writers selected for the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul volume, titled “Devotional Stories for Tough Times.” The book is now on the shelves of both national book chains and independent bookstores across the country and is also available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Powell’s Books in Portland.

Ozab’s devotional, titled “Truth at the Benefit Sale” is taken from Chapter 4 of his first book (in progress) titled “A Smile for Anna.”

“The book tells the story of my daughter’s life from the womb to about age four,” says Ozab, “including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her difficulties with speech and her incredible outgoing spirit through it all.”

Ozab was previously featured in local media, along with his wife and daughter, in 2007 when they arranged a fundraising drive together with a local church and area hospitals. They raised over $2,000 to buy special bears through the Cleft Palate Foundation for children undergoing cleft surgery.

Ozab is a guest contributor at MyEugene and a member of the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers. He is a stay-at-home dad who blogs about parenting and life at FatherhoodEtc.com and his writing career at davidozab.com.

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