Category: Literature

Anderson, Maggie

Born: September 23, 1948 Ohio connection: Resident Kent Maggie Anderson is the author of several poetry collections, including Windfall: New and Selected Poems (2000).  She is also the founder of the Wick Poetry First Book Series and the Wick Poetry Chapbook Series for Ohio Poets.  Anderson co-foundedTrellis, a poetry journal, in 1971 with Winston Fuller and Irene …

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Anderson, Terry

Born: October 27, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Lorain Terry Anderson is a retired journalist and former foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  He served as Chief Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press, and has worked as a newspaper editor, television and radio reporter, and documentary producer.  Anderson is the author of the best-selling …

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Anderson, Sherwood

Born: September 13, 1876 Died: March 8, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Camden Born in Ohio, Sherwood Anderson was a largely self-educated short-story writer and novelist. His formative years were spent in Clyde, Ohio, and he later lived for a number of years in Elyria. Although he published several novels, including Poor White (1920) and Many Marriages (1923), his most famous …

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Ames, Delano

Born: May 29, 1906 Died: January, 1987 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Vernon Delano L. Ames was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on May 29, 1906.  He was the son of Benjamin and Isabel Cooper (nee Kirk) Ames. Delano’s father was a prominent businessman in Knox County, but moved the family to New Mexico in 1917.  As a …

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Young, David

Oberlin Born: December 14, 1936 Ohio connection: Resident Born in Davenport, Iowa, David Young earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in 1958.  Later Young earned an M.A. and a doctorate degree from Yale University.  Until his retirement in 2003, David Young was Longman Professor of English at Oberlin College, where he continues to work as the …

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Zelazny, Roger

Cleveland Born: May 13, 1937 Ohio connection: Birth Roger Joseph Zelazny was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid. He was educated at Western Reserve University (B.A., 1959) and Columbia University (M.A., 1962). He worked as a claims representative and specialist for the Social Security Administration from 1962 until 1969, when he …

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Alger, Leclaire

(Sorche Nic Leodhas) Born: May 20, 1898 Died: November 14, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Youngstown Born Leclaire Gowans on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio, Alger wrote most of her books under the Gaelic pen-name Sorche Nic Leodhas (pronounced “Sore-ka Nik Le-oh-das”), which means “Claire, daughter of Louis.” Writing under the Gaelic pseudonym provided realism to her Gaelic tales …

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