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 the …

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Wilhelm, Kate

Toledo Born: June 28, 1928 Ohio connection: Birth Kate Wilhelm was born Katie Gertrude Meredith, daughter of Jesse and Ann Meredith, in Toledo, Ohio, in 1928. After graduating from high school in Louisville, Kentucky, she worked as a model, telephone operator, sales clerk, switchboard operator, and underwriter for an insurance company. She married Joseph Wilhelm in 1947, …

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Whitlock, Brand

Urbana Born: March 4, 1869 Ohio connection: Birth Brand Whitlock was born in 1869 in Urbana, Ohio, to the Rev. Elias and Molly Lavinia (Brand) Whitlock. He was raised in the Methodist Church and was greatly influenced by the church and his father. He was first educated at home and later at a public high school in …

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White, Edmund

Cincinnati Born: January 13, 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Born in Cincinnati, son of Edmund Valentine II (an engineer) and Delilah Teddlie (a psychologist). Edmund Valentine III White has been regarded as the unofficial spokesman of the social, cultural, and political aspirations of the gay community. A novelist at age five, White has since authored several critically acclaimed …

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Weigl, Bruce

Oberlin Born: January 27, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Bruce Weigl was born January 27, 1949, in Lorain, OH; son of Albert Louis (a foundry worker) and Zora (Grasa) (a packing plant worker.  Weigl has published numerous books of poetry, including Like a Sack Full of Old Quarrels (1976), What Saves Us (1992), and Sweet Lorain (1996). In 2000, he published The Circle of Hanh, …

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Weems, Mary E.

Cleveland Born: August 22, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth The eldest daughter of four children, Mary Elise Weems was born August 22, 1954, in Cleveland where her mother, Elaine B. Lacy, a lifelong resident, raised her. Weems started writing poems at the age of thirteen and found her vocation. Her creative spirit-eye has turned more and more outward …

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Watterson, Bill

Chagrin Falls Born: July 5, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” was born on July 5, 1958, in Washington D.C., and moved with his family to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, when he was six years old. Watterson preferred to spend his time alone drawing–a talent he lent to his …

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Ward, Geoffrey

Newark Born: November 30, 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Geoffrey Champion Ward, son of Frederick Champion and Duira Rachel (Baldinger) Ward, was born in 1940 in Newark, Ohio. He received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1962. That same year, he was married to Diane Raines Keim, and they had two children, Nathan and Kelly. They were later …

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Wahl, Jan

Columbus Born: April 1, 1933 Ohio connection: Birth Jan Wahl, son of Russell Rothenberger and Nina Marie (Boyer) Wahl, was born in 1933 in Columbus, Ohio. He began writing while living with his grandparents in northwest Ohio during the Depression. His first effort was an attempt to rewrite “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which he felt could be …

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Wagoner, David Russell

Massillon Born: June 5, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth A native of Massillon, David Russell Wagoner was born on June 5, 1926. At the age of seven, his family relocated to Whiting, a city outside Gary, Indiana. Enlisting at age eighteen in the United States Navy, he served from 1944 to 1946. Educated at Pennsylvania State University, he …

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