Category: Central

Bujold, Lois McMaster

Born: November 2, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Lois McMaster Bujold, winner of numerous Nebula and Hugo awards for her outstanding science fiction and fantasy writing, was born on November 2, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio. She credits her father, Robert Charles McMaster, a former engineering professor at The Ohio State University, for introducing her to science fiction …

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Baker, David Anthony

Born: December 27, 1954 Ohio connection: Resident Granville David Baker, the 1991 Ohio Poet of the Year, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and a professor, was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Central Missouri, where he earned a B.S.E. in 1976 and an M.A. in 1977. After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1983, Baker …

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Ayres, Katherine

Born: October 15, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Katherine Ayres was born in Columbus to Ray and Betty Kent.  Ayres has been a lover of books since early childhood, when she began inventing stories before she could write them.  Ayres completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster and earned an M.A. from Tufts University.  Her childhood home …

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Avery, Ellis

Born: October 25, 1972 Ohio connection: Former Resident Columbus Ellis Avery grew up in Columbus, attending the Columbus School for Girls until the age of eleven, when her family moved to New Jersey. Avery is the author of two novels, a memoir and a book of poetry. Her novels,  and her work has been translated into six languages. …

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Ames, Delano

Born: May 29, 1906 Died: January, 1987 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Vernon Delano L. Ames was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on May 29, 1906.  He was the son of Benjamin and Isabel Cooper (nee Kirk) Ames. Delano’s father was a prominent businessman in Knox County, but moved the family to New Mexico in 1917.  As a …

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William, Allen

Born: September 8, 1940 Ohio connection: Resident Columbus Born in Dallas, Texas, and writing since the age of twelve, William Allen has interests that include fiction and nonfiction, history, humor, nature, and regional writing about his Texas background. Allen attended universities in Texas, California, and Iowa, and has taught creative writing at The Ohio State …

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Abbott, Lee K.

Born: October 17, 1947 Ohio connection: Resident Columbus Lee Kittredge Abbott, writer and educator, has been a professor of English for more than three decades, teaching at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio for twelve years before transferring to Ohio State University in 1989 where he taught until his retirement in 2012.  Abbott was born in the Panama Canal …

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