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Bujold, Lois McMaster

Born: November 2, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Lois McMaster Bujold, winner of numerous Nebula and Hugo awards for her outstanding science fiction and fantasy writing, was born on November 2, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio. She credits her father, Robert Charles McMaster, a former engineering professor at The Ohio State University, for introducing her to science fiction …

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Brady, Philip

Born: August 15, 1955 Ohio connection: Resident Youngstown Poet, publisher, educator and writer Phillip Brady was born August 15, 1955 and raised in New York City.  Brady received a B.A. from Bucknell University, M.A.’s from the University of Delaware and San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton; he has been an …

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Boyle, Kay

Born: February 19, 1902 Died: December 27, 1992 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Kay Boyle was a versatile writer, educator and political activist.  She was twice awarded Guggenheim fellowships and won the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year (“The White Horses of Vienna”) in 1935 and again (“Defeat”) in 1941.  Boyle has …

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Boyer, Dwight

Born: November 18, 1912 Died: October 15, 1978 Ohio connection: Birth Elyria It was perhaps fate that an Elyria native, born in the same year as the tragic sinking of the Titanic, should devote his life to authoring books about life and death on board ships. Dwight Boyer was born in Elyria, Ohio on November …

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Burnett, William Riley

Born: November 25, 1899 Died: April 25, 1982 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield Although an author of Westerns and a successful screenwriter, William Riley Burnett is best known as the originator of the gangster novel. The underworld icons of sleek cars, flashy clothes, bootleg liquor, and tommy guns find their origins in Burnett’s first novel, Little Caesar (1929). …

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Congratulations to 2017 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Northeast Region Finalists

Congratulations to 2017 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Northeast Region Finalists

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the weather was pleasant, mild—certainly not your typical winter day in Cleveland, Ohio. However, for 10 high school students and an audience that included their family members and teachers who gathered at the Cleveland Public Library, the day contained just the right atmosphere for an exceptional  event. To view/print/download the program, …

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Bourjaily, Vance Nye

Born: September 17, 1922 Died: August 31, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 17, 1922, Bourjaily’s family moved several times during his youth; he grew up in Connecticut, New York, and Virginia. His parents separated when he was eleven; they were both writers. Bourjaily’s Lebanese-born father was a journalist and publisher, and …

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Borden, Louise

Born:  October 30, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Louise Walker Borden was born in Cincinnati on October 30, 1949 to William Lee and Louise (Crutcher) Walker.  Inspired by a grandmother who loved history, Borden grew up fascinated by the stories of ordinary people and their relation to historical events. An avid reader of nonfiction and historical …

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