Novelist and YSU professor charged with domestic violence

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Staff report


An acclaimed novelist and Youngstown State University English professor has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence.

Christopher Barzak, 42, of Overlook Drive, appeared in Youngstown Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Elizabeth Kobly granted Barzak, who has no previous criminal history, a $5,000, 10-percent bond.

Tuesday night, Barzak’s husband told police Barzak punched him twice after he refused to have sex with him, according to a police report.

When police arrived at 11:50 p.m., Barzak’s husband was visibly shaken, with a bloody lip and swollen eye, the report said.

The couple went out for dinner earlier Tuesday night and had a few drinks, Barzak’s husband told police.

Barzak said they argued, but denied hitting his husband.

Barzak, who teaches English at YSU, is the author of four novels, one of which was adapted into the film “Jamie Marks is Dead.”

His most recent novel, “Wonders of the Invisible World,” won a Stonewall Library Award from the American Library Association.

He will appear at a pretrial hearing before Judge Robert Milich at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 23 in Youngstown Municipal Court.