Category: Literature

Willis, Sarah

Cleveland Heights Born: April 10, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Sarah Willis, daughter of actor/director Kirk Willis, was born in 1954 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Her father died when she was twelve, and she began writing poetry partly as a way of dealing with his death. She dropped out of high school at age sixteen, and later attended …

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Winegardner, Mark

Bryan Born: November 24, 1961 Ohio connection: Birth Mark Winegardner, chosen by Random House from among three dozen candidates to continue the Godfather saga created by Mario Puzo, was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio. Named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America” by author Norman Crampton, Bryan, situated in Ohio’s northwestern corner near the …

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Ayres, Katherine

Born: October 15, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Katherine Ayres was born in Columbus to Ray and Betty Kent.  Ayres has been a lover of books since early childhood, when she began inventing stories before she could write them.  Ayres completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster and earned an M.A. from Tufts University.  Her childhood home …

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Avery, Ellis

Born: October 25, 1972 Ohio connection: Former Resident Columbus Ellis Avery grew up in Columbus, attending the Columbus School for Girls until the age of eleven, when her family moved to New Jersey. Avery is the author of two novels, a memoir and a book of poetry. Her novels,  and her work has been translated into six languages. …

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Atkins, Russell

Born: February 25, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Russell Atkins was born on February 25, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Perry Kelly and Mamie Bell Atkins. A leading innovator in experimental artistic movements of the 1940s through the 1970s (perhaps better known abroad than in America) Atkins is admired for his “brilliant, idiosyncratic poetry and wide-ranging intellect.” Atkins’ …

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Ascher, Carol

Born: August 15, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Carol Ascher was born August 15, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, a few weeks after her parents, Paul (a psychoanalyst) and Ellen Bergman arrived in the United States after fleeing Nazi Europe.  Ascher grew up in Topeka, Kansas, where the pleasantries and comforts of a Midwest existence were not …

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Andrews, Nin

Born: May 6, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Poland Nin Andrews grew up on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her BA in 1980 from Hamilton College and her MFA in 1995 from Vermont College. Nin Andrews’ poems and stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and The KGB Bar …

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Barney, Natalie Clifford

Born: October 31, 1876 Died: February 2, 1972 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton Natalie Clifford Barney was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1876, the daughter of Albert Clifford and Alice Pike Barney. She was educated at Les Ruches boarding school in Fountainbleau, France, and completed finishing school at Miss Ely’s School for Girls in New York City. …

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Angle, Paul

Born: December 25, 1900 Died: May 11, 1975 Ohio connection: Birth Mansfield Abraham Lincoln scholar and historian Paul McClelland Angle was born in Mansfield in 1900. He was a student at Oberlin College and graduated from Miami University (1922), majoring in history and political science. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Illinois. In …

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