Category: Literature

Cheng, Andrea

Born: September 19, 1957 Died: December 26, 2015 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Children’s book author and educator Andrea Cheng was born in El Paso, Texas.  The daughter of Hungarian immigrants who grew up and lived most of her life in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her two siblings grew up in an extended family, which Cheng once described …

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Chesnutt, Charles Waddell

Born: June 20, 1858 Died: November 15, 1932 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Charles Waddell Chesnutt was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1858, the son of two free African Americans, Andrew Jackson and Ann Maria (Sampson) Chesnutt. The Chesnutts had moved from Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1856. Charles’ grandparents were of mixed race, bringing a complexity to his life that was …

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Chatfield, Hale

Born: March 26, 1936 Died: November 23, 2000 Ohio connection: Former Resident Huntsburg Hale Chatfield was born in 1936 in Passaic, New Jersey, the son of Wilson Fritcher and Anne (Webster) Chatfield. He received a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1957 and an M.A. from Rutgers University in 1963. He married Denise Zadeik in 1957, and they …

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Levandoski, Rob

(C. R. Corwin) Born: June 5, 1949 Died: September 8, 2008 Ohio connection: Birth Medina Rob Levandoski was born June 5, 1949, in the Bennett’s Corners area where Hinckley Township, Brunswick, Strongsville and North Royalton converge.  His father, Clyde was a storekeeper and Edna (Wildenheim) was his mother. Rob Levandoski, author of Fresh Eggs, tapped into his Medina …

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Citino, David

Born: March 3, 1947 Died: October 17, 2005 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland David Citino was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of John D. and Mildred Rita Citino. He married Mary Helen Hicks in 1969 and they had two children, Nathan and Dominic. Citino received a B.A. from Ohio University in 1969, an M.A. from The Ohio …

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Chaon, Dan

Born: June 11, 1964 Ohio connection: Resident Cleveland Heights Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of the novels Ill Will (2017), Await Your Reply (2009) You Remind Me of Me (2004) and the short story collections Fitting Ends (1996), Among the Missing (2001) and Stay Awake (2012). Among the Missing was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award and was …

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