Category: Literature

Glaser, Elton

Born: January 13, 1945 Ohio connection: Birth Akron A longtime resident of Ohio, poet Elton Glaser was born and raised in Louisiana.  He earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Glaser’s collections of poetry include Relics (1984); Tropical Depressions(1988), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize; Color Photographs of the Ruins (1992); Winter Amnesties (2000); and Pelican Tracks(2003). His sixth collection, Here and …

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Crumb, Robert

Born: August 30, 1943 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cleveland Robert Crumb, cartoonist, graphic artist, and editor is recognized as a pioneer in the underground comics movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Crumb’s work displays nostalgia for American folk culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and satire of contemporary American culture. His …

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Crouse, Russel

Born: February 20, 1893 Died: April 3, 1966 Ohio connection: Birth Findlay Born in Findlay, Ohio on February 20, 1893, Russel M. Crouse worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter for newspapers in Kansas City, Cincinnati, and New York and was well known for his sharp wit and outrageous puns. Crouse had written four plays by …

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Giovanni, Nikki

Born: June 7, 1943 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Yolanda Cornelia Giovanni, Jr. was born on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., and was called “Nikki” by her younger sister early on. The family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio; but Giovanni remained close to her outspoken grandmother, making frequent trips to Knoxville and spending some of her …

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Giblin, James Cross

Born: July 8, 1933 Died: April 10, 2016 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Publisher, editor, and award-winning children’s book author James Cross Giblin was born in Cleveland, but was raised in Painesville, Ohio. After receiving his B.A. in 1954 from Case Western Reserve University, he settled in New York City, earning his MFA at Columbia in 1955. Initially pursuing …

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Gibans, Nina Freedlander

Born: July 30, 1932 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Nina Freedlander Gibans was born July 30, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio to Samuel O. (a surgeon) and Adeline (a teacher) Freedlander. She married James David Gibans in 1955 and they have four children and four grandchildren. She attended Wellesley College, 1950-52, and earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1954. Her M.A. was earned …

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Gass, William H.

Born: July 30, 1924 Died: December 6, 2017 Ohio connection: Former Resident Warren William Howard Gass was born in 1924 in Fargo, North Dakota. When he was very young his family moved to Warren, Ohio, where he would spend his formative years. Gass had an unhappy childhood, as his father (who Gass described as a racist …

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