Category: Literature

Dew, Robb Forman

Born: October 26, 1946 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Vernon Robb Forman was born in 1946 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of Oliver Duane and Helen (Ransom) Forman. In 1968, she married Charles Burgess Dew, and they had two sons, Charles and John. Robb Forman Dew attended Louisiana State University. Her writing career was launched in 1981 …

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Dils, Tracey E.

Born: September 21, 1958 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Tracey E. Dils was born September 21, 1958 in Cincinnati, the daughter of Lawrence Albert (a physician) and Grace (a homemaker; maiden name, Shaffer) Dils. She was raised in Granville and earned her B.A. at College of Wooster in 1980.  As a teenager she won a national short story …

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Dodd, Elizabeth

Born: March 20, 1962 Ohio connection: Former Resident Athens Elizabeth Caroline Dodd was born in March 20, 1962 in Boulder, Colorado. She was raised in southeast Ohio having moved to Athens in 1968 when her father, Wayne Dodd accepted a teaching position at Ohio University. Dodd graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1983, with a double …

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Durrant, Lynda

Born: December 17, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Lynda was born to Oliver, an engineer, and Shirley (Peterson), a teacher, on December 17, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio.  She received her Bachelor’s degree (1979) and her Master’s degree (1982) from the University of Washington, Seattle.  She married business executive Wesley Lemmon in 1989 they have one son.  Durrant has …

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Edgell, Zee

Born: October 21, 1940 Ohio connection: Former Resident Kent Zee Edgell was born Zelma Inez Tucker in Belize City, British Honduras (now Belize) on October 21, 1940.  She is the oldest child of Clive Tucker, an import-export worker and Veronica Walker Tucker a homemaker and poet.  Edgell and her siblings were raised in during the country’s difficult economic times …

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Curry, Jane Louise

Born: September 24, 1932 Ohio connection: Birth East Liverpool The daughter of William Jack, Jr., and Helen Margaret (Willis) Curry, Jane Louise Curry was born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio (the location of her novel for young people, The Lotus Cup). She grew up in a “family compound”, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all living …

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Crusie, Jennifer

Born: September 17, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Wapakoneta Novelist, essayist, editor, and educator Jennifer Crusie is an award-winning author of romance novels, short stories, and literary criticism. The author of more than 20 books, her work has been published in more than 15 countries and has earned a place on many bestseller lists including the …

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Gold, Herbert

Born: March 9, 1924 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Herbert Gold was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 9, 1924, the eldest of the four sons of Samuel S. Gold and Frieda (Frankel) Gold. When he was in grade school, a teacher, Ruth Collins, told him that he would be a writer, and this impressed the boy so …

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