Author: Mikey Haverman

Morrison, Toni

Lorain Born: February 18, 1931 Ohio connection: Birth Toni Morrison, hailed as a “literary artist of the first rank” by the Swedish Academy when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in the small, industrial town of Lorain, Ohio, on February 18, 1931. Raised by nurturing, hard-working, story-telling parents, …

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Moon, Carl

Wilmington Born: October 5, 1878 Dead: June 24, 1948 Ohio connection: Birth Karl (originally spelled with a K, later changed to Carl) Everton Moon was born in Wilmington on October 5, 1878, to Sylvester Bronson Moon, a medical doctor, and Lucy (Brunette) Moon. He attended public school and graduated from Wilmington High School, class of 1897, soon …

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Moody, Minnie Hite

Granville Born: June 23, 1900 Ohio connection: Birth Over a professional writing career that spanned eight decades, Granville and Licking County’s best known writer, Minnie Hite Moody, wrote numerous poems, short stories, novels, and book reviews. Her husband of 57 years, Wilkie Osgood Moody, became director of athletics for the city schools in Atlanta, Georgia. But after …

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Montanari, Richard

Cleveland Born: December 6, 1955 Ohio connection: Birth Richard Montanari was born in Cleveland, Ohio, into an Italian-American family.  He attended Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. He lived for a time in England selling encyclopedias and clothing. He eventually returned to the States, where begun his writing career. Richard has written many mystery novels, …

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Mda, Zakes

Athens Born: October 6, 1948 Ohio connection: Resident A novelist and playwright, Zakes Mda has won every major South African literary prize. He is the author of six novels, among them Ways of Dying (winner of the M-Net Award for best novel and the Olive Schreiner Prize), The Heart of Redness (winner of the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award for Fiction; a New …

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McLain, Paula

Cleveland Born: October 7, 1965 Ohio connection: Resident Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. After aging out of the system, she supported herself …

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McGraw, Erin

Columbus Born: December 20, 1957 Ohio connection: Resident Erin McGraw was born December 20, 1957, in Los Angeles, CA; the daughter of C. Thomas (a physician) and Eva Marie (a homemaker) McGraw.  She attended the University of California-Davis, earning an A.B. in 1979; and Indiana University-Bloomington, where she earned her M.F.A. in 1986. McGraw’s first two books, Bodies …

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McFarland, Ronald

Bellaire Born: September 22, 1942 Ohio connection: Birth Educator and poet, Ronald Earl McFarland was born September 22, 1942, in Bellaire, OH.  The son of Earl A. and Maxine Stullenburger, McFarland grew up in Ohio and Florida. His education includes Brevard Junior College, A.A., 1962; Florida State University, B.A., 1963 M.A., 1965; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, …

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Markle, Sandra

Fostoria Born: November 10, 1946 Ohio connection: Birth Sandra Markle was born in 1946 in Fostoria, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Sauler) Haldeman. She received a B.A. degree from Bowling Green University in 1968. That same year, she married William Markle, with whom she had two children, Scott and Holly. Sandra Markle went on to …

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Mackall, Dandi Daley

West Salem Born: March 24, 1949 Ohio connection: Resident Dandi Daley Mackall, originally from Missouri, has published about 400 books for children and adults, with sales of 4 million in 22 countries. Her works have been published by numerous publishers that included, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Harper Collins. She’s a frequent guest on radio talk shows, has …

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