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Hague, Richard

Born: August 7, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Steubenville Poet and writer Richard Hague was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in Appalachian Ohio’s Mahoning Valley. He earned his B.S. in 1969 and his M.A.in 1971 both at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Hague is the author of more than 10 poetry collections and numerous chapbooks; his collected volume, During the …

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More Staff Picks!

Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB) Staff Picks continue with more reading recommendations. Readers have different tastes, and whether it’s a favorite genre, author or both, every reader has particular reasons for choosing books to read. OCFB staffers share a few, along with several more recommendations: Amy Dawson, Manager, Literature Department/OCFB: “I enjoy literary …

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Gup, Ted

Born: September 14, 1950 Ohio connection: Birth Canton Ted Gup, a Canton, Ohio native, has been an investigative journalist and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work for the Washington Post and Time magazine. He taught journalism at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio prior to becoming Chair of the Journalism Department at Emerson College in Boston, …

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“Creating the Superhero in You” Free Workshop for Youths Ages 10-16

In partnership with the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center, the Cleveland Public Library will host a 9-week workshop for youth ages 10-16. Creating the Superhero in You workshops will be led by artist, Gilberto Rivera, who will teach participants how to create their own superhero through writing, sketching, inking and drawing. The workshop, to …

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Harper, Karen

Born: April 6, 1945 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Bestselling author Karen Harper is a former college instructor and high school literature and writing teacher.  She was born in Toledo, the daughter of Robert A. (an engineer and draftsman) and Margaret (a teacher) Kurtz.  She is married to Don T. Harper and has three adult children.  …

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Hassler, David

Born: August 19, 1964 Ohio connection: Resident Kent David Hassler grew up in Kent, graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. Hassler received a B.A. from Cornell University in New York and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  The author of two books of poetry, Sabishi: Poems from Japan (1994) and Red Kimono, Yellow Barn (2005), he is the program and …

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“The Born Loser” Gives Shout Out to Superman Exhibit at Cleveland Public Library

Look! There in the Comics section of The Plain Dealer . . .  In the Sunday, December 17, 2017 edition of The Plain Dealer, “The Born Loser,” comic strip gives a wonderful nod to the Superman exhibit now showing at the Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Avenue. The daily strip, which was created in 1965 …

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Haygood, Wil

Born: September 19, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Wil Haygood was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1954. His parents divorced soon after his birth and he was raised by his mother, Elvira Burke Haygood, a cook, and his grandparents, whom he credits for teaching him right from wrong.  Haygood graduated from Franklin Heights High School and then …

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Himes, Chester

Born: July 29, 1909 Died: November 12, 1984 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cleveland Chester Himes, son of Joseph Sandy and Estelle (Bomar) Himes, was born in 1909 in Jefferson City, Missouri. His father was African-American and his mother racially mixed. He was raised in a middle-class home in Missouri and later, Ohio. He attended East High School …

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