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Albacete, M. J.

Born: July 23, 1939 Ohio connection: Birth Canton Manuel Joseph Albacete was born on July 23, 1939 in Canton, Ohio, son of Francisco Albacete (contractor) and Anna Siska Albacete.  Most of his life he has lived in Canton, except for a period of eight years when the family resided in Johnstown, PA from 1946 to 1954.   …

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Adoff, Jaime

Born: June 2, 1967 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs Jaime Adoff was born in New York City. He was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he continues to reside. Jaime is the son of the Newbery-Award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton and the equally renowned poet Arnold Adoff. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State …

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Adoff, Arnold

Born: July 16, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs A champion of multiculturalism and an accomplished poet and anthologist, Arnold Adoff was born in New York City. His father had immigrated to the United States from a town near the Polish-Russian border, and the Adoff family was well-read, with a keen sense of their Jewish heritage. At …

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Adkins, Jan

Born: November 7, 1944 Ohio connection: Birth Gallipolis Born in Gallipolis, OH, and raised across the river in Wheeling, West Virginia, author and illustrator Jan Adkins has said that he is “an explainer, a storyteller with words and images, an advocate for young minds, a resource for images, and a dinosaur holdout for simplicity and grace …

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Adams, John R.

Born: July 22, 1900 Died: April 25, 1994 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati John R. Adams was born July 22, 1900, in Cincinnati, son of Thomas (an engraver) and Margaret (Morse) Adams.  He earned a bachelor’s degree (1920) and a Master of Arts (1922) from the University of Michigan.  He married Jane Ford (a free-lance writer), June 26, …

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Adams, Hazard

Born: February 15, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland The son of Robert Simeon and Mary Leone (Thurness) Adams, Hazard Adams was born February 15, 1926, in Cleveland, OH. One of the leading scholars in the fields of English romanticism and literary theory and criticism, Adams received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1948 and earned his …

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Ackerman, Karen

Born: October 9, 1951 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Karen Ackerman opens a window into the American past through books for children.  Born on October 9, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Woodward High School in 1969.   Ackerman’s first children’s book was published in 1982.  She has since written over 25 books for children, including The …

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Ackerman, Karen

Born: October 9, 1951 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Karen Ackerman opens a window into the American past through books for children.  Born on October 9, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Woodward High School in 1969.   Ackerman’s first children’s book was published in 1982.  She has since written over 25 books for children, including The …

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Abdul, Raoul

Born: November 7, 1929 Died: January 15, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Author and classical singer, Raoul Abdul was once an editorial assistant to Langston Hughes, Abdul was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Hamid who was born in Calcutta, India and Beatrice (Shreve) Abdul.  Abdul attended John Hay High School, and later earned a diploma from …

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