Author: Mikey Haverman

Willis, Sarah

Cleveland Heights Born: April 10, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Sarah Willis, daughter of actor/director Kirk Willis, was born in 1954 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Her father died when she was twelve, and she began writing poetry partly as a way of dealing with his death. She dropped out of high school at age sixteen, and later attended …

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Winegardner, Mark

Bryan Born: November 24, 1961 Ohio connection: Birth Mark Winegardner, chosen by Random House from among three dozen candidates to continue the Godfather saga created by Mario Puzo, was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio. Named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America” by author Norman Crampton, Bryan, situated in Ohio’s northwestern corner near the …

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Young, David

Oberlin Born: December 14, 1936 Ohio connection: Resident Born in Davenport, Iowa, David Young earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in 1958.  Later Young earned an M.A. and a doctorate degree from Yale University.  Until his retirement in 2003, David Young was Longman Professor of English at Oberlin College, where he continues to work as the …

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Zelazny, Roger

Cleveland Born: May 13, 1937 Ohio connection: Birth Roger Joseph Zelazny was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid. He was educated at Western Reserve University (B.A., 1959) and Columbia University (M.A., 1962). He worked as a claims representative and specialist for the Social Security Administration from 1962 until 1969, when he …

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Martin, Lee

Columbus Born: October 5, 1955 Ohio connection: Resident The only child of Roy Martin (a farmer and storyteller) and Beulah Read Martin (teacher), Lee Martin was born October 2, 1955.  Martin grew up on a farm in Lukin Township, Illinois (Lawrence County).  When Lee was only a year old, his father lost both of his hands in …

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