Category: Literature

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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Fleming, Denise

Born: January 31, 1950 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Denise Fleming was born on January 31, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio, to Frank and Inez Campbell Fleming. She grew up in a comfortable middle-class family. Her father spent his free time building furniture, her mother was very active in local theater. As a child, Fleming enjoyed making things out …

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Guild, Nicholas

Born: November 5, 1944 Ohio connection: Former Resident Columbus Nicholas Guild, son of Walter Francis and Gertrude (Mowry) Guild, was born in 1944 in California. He received a B.A. from Occidental College in 1966, followed by an M.A. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1972, both from The University of California, Berkeley. He married Suzanne Weil on …

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Grimm, Susan

Born: June 29, 1952 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Susan Grimm was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up on the west side of the city until age thirteen, when her family moved to Brecksville, Ohio.  Grimm, who has a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in English from Cleveland State University, did not pursue writing …

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Frazier, Ian

Born: June 21, 1951 Ohio connection: Birth Hudson A writer with a preference for manual typewriters, Ian Frazier was born in Hudson, Ohio, in 1951. He was the eldest of five children born to David (a Standard Oil research chemist) and Margaret Kathryn Hursh Frazier (a high school teacher). Before graduating with a degree in general studies …

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Fagan, Kathy

Born: September 24, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Worthington Born in New York, Kathy Fagan received an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD in English from the University of Utah. She is the author of five books of poetry. Her first book, The Raft (1985) was a National Poetry Series selection. Her second book, Moving & St. …

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Duffy, Michael

Born: September 7, 1958 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Michael Duffy was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.  He graduated from Oberlin College in 1980. Duffy served as Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief from 1997 until 2005, when he was named assistant managing editor. Previously, he was a national political correspondent, and, from 1986 to 1996, covered Congress and both …

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