Category: Literature

Celeste Ng

Born: July 30, 1980 Ohio Connection: Former resident; High school alumna Shaker Heights Celeste Ng was born July 30, 1980, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved to Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, before she turned ten. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in the 1960s. Ng attended the schools in the …

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Dove, Rita

Born: August 28, 1952 Ohio connection: Birth Akron The first African American, as well as the youngest individual, to be awarded the post of United States poet laureate (1993-95), Rita Dove desires to make poetry more appealing to the general reader. She was born on August 28, 1952, in Akron, Ohio, into a highly-educated family whose house …

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Okorafor, Nnedi

Born: April 08, 1974 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Nigerian-American writer Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor was born on April 8, 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio. A writer of fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction for both children and adults, Okorafor’s novels and stories reflect her Nigerian heritage and her life in the United States. Okorafor’s books have generated a fan …

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Doerr, Anthony

Born: October 27, 1973 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Anthony Doerr, also known as Tony Doerr, was born October 27, 1973, in Cleveland, Ohio. In high school, he developed an interest in writing, and by the time he was in his mid-twenties, Doerr was submitting his work to magazines for publication. Although his mother was a high school …

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Greene, Bob

Born: March 10, 1947  Ohio connection: Birth  Columbus Robert Bernard Greene, Jr., son of Robert Bernard and Phyllis Ann (Harmon) Greene, was born in 1947 in Columbus, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Journalism from Northwestern University in 1969. He married Susan Bonet Koebel in 1971, and they have two children. Greene worked as a reporter for …

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Foster, Linda Nemec

Born: May 29, 1950 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Linda Nemec Foster is the granddaughter of Polish immigrants, a fact that informs her poetry in the volume Amber Necklace from Gdansk. In 2003 Foster was named the first poet laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in honor of her body of work and her efforts to promote a love of …

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Drew, Elizabeth

Born: November 16, 1935 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Elizabeth Drew was born Elizabeth Brenner, daughter of William J. and Estelle (Jacobs) Brenner, in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1957. In 1964 she married J. Patterson Drew, and also began doing freelance writing. She became the Washington editor for the Atlantic Monthly in …

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