Category: Non-Fiction

Holbrook, Sara

Born: September 15, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Mentor Sara E. (Traynor) Holbrook was born September 15, 1949, and has lived in Ohio for more than 20 years having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount Union College (Alliance, OH). She began writing poetry for her two daughters (now adults with children of their own) …

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Howells, William Dean

Born: March 1, 1837 Died: May 11, 1920 Ohio connection: Birth Martins Ferry William Dean Howells, son of William Cooper and Mary Dean Howells, was born in 1837 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. His father worked as an editor for several publications, including the Hamilton Intelligencer, the Harrison Democrat, and Retina. This certainly had an effect on young William, who …

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Hughes, Langston

Born: February 1, 1902 Died: May 22, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland James Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes. While he was an infant, his parents separated and he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where his grandmother raised him. When his grandmother died, he moved …

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Hunter, Dard

Born: November 29, 1883 Died: February 20, 1966 Ohio connection: Birth Steubenville Dard Hunter, son of William Henry and Harriet (Rosemond-Browne) Hunter, was born in 1883 in Steubenville, Ohio. His great-grandfather had set up a printing office in rural Ohio in 1812, and his grandfather and father owned and edited newspapers. While a boy, Hunter learned …

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Kachuba, John

Born: January 11, 1950 Ohio connection: Birth Athens John Kachuba received a B.A. in English from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and M.A. degrees in creative writing from Antioch University (1996) and Ohio University (2003). He has had many articles published in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, including Tin House, Hawaii Pacific Review, Connecticut Review, Dogwood, Antioch Review, and Poets and …

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Kenah, Katharine

Born: April 15, 1949 Ohio connection: Resident Granville Katharine Kenah  is the author of more than 30 books for children. She writes picture-book texts and science-related book series for beginning readers. Reared on an oceanographic observatory in New York state, among scientists and cats, Kehan developed a strong interest in the physical sciences, in particular, …

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Kennedy, Adrienne

Born: September 13, 1931 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cleveland Adrienne Kennedy was born Adrienne Lita Hawkins, daughter of Cornell Wallace and Etta (Haugabrook) Hawkins, in 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1953, and did graduate work in creative writing at Columbia University, 1954-56. She …

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Knebel, Fletcher

Born: October 1, 1911 Died: February 26, 1993 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton Fletcher Knebel was born October 1, 1911, in Dayton, Ohio.  His middle-class childhood and education (B.A. 1934, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio) were followed by early success in journalism even in the depths of the 1930s depression.  He worked as a reporter in Coatsville, …

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