Category: Non-Fiction

Brady, Philip

Born: August 15, 1955 Ohio connection: Resident Youngstown Poet, publisher, educator and writer Phillip Brady was born August 15, 1955 and raised in New York City.  Brady received a B.A. from Bucknell University, M.A.’s from the University of Delaware and San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton; he has been an …

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Boyer, Dwight

Born: November 18, 1912 Died: October 15, 1978 Ohio connection: Birth Elyria It was perhaps fate that an Elyria native, born in the same year as the tragic sinking of the Titanic, should devote his life to authoring books about life and death on board ships. Dwight Boyer was born in Elyria, Ohio on November …

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Bourjaily, Vance Nye

Born: September 17, 1922 Died: August 31, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 17, 1922, Bourjaily’s family moved several times during his youth; he grew up in Connecticut, New York, and Virginia. His parents separated when he was eleven; they were both writers. Bourjaily’s Lebanese-born father was a journalist and publisher, and …

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Borden, Louise

Born:  October 30, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Louise Walker Borden was born in Cincinnati on October 30, 1949 to William Lee and Louise (Crutcher) Walker.  Inspired by a grandmother who loved history, Borden grew up fascinated by the stories of ordinary people and their relation to historical events. An avid reader of nonfiction and historical …

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Birmingham, Stephen

Born: May 28, 1932 Died: November 15, 2015 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Stephen Birmingham was born in 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, son of Thomas and Editha (Gardner) Birmingham. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1953, and also studied for a time in England. He married Janet Tillson in 1953 with whom he had three …

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Bellamy, Joe David

Born: December 29, 1941 Died: August 5, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Born on December 29, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Joe David Bellamy was the son of Orin Ross and Beulah Pearl (Zutavern) Bellamy.  He attended Duke University, 1959-1961; he received a BA in Literature from Antioch College in 1964 and received an MFA in English and Creative Writing from …

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McLain, Paula

Cleveland Born: October 7, 1965 Ohio connection: Resident Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. After aging out of the system, she supported herself …

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