Category: Literature

Grafton, Sue

Born: April 24, 1940 Died: December 28, 2017 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Sue Taylor Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky April 24, 1940, to Author C. W. Grafton and Vivian Harnsberger (both of whom were raised in China as children of Presbyterian Missionaries).  Ms. Grafton graduated University of Louisville, BA 1961 with a major in English Literature, …

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Hagedorn, Ann

Born: September 23, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton Ann Hagedorn was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Dayton, Kansas City, and Cleveland.  She earned a B.A. in history from Denison University in 1971, an M.S. in information science from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.   Also known as …

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Hague, Richard

Born: August 7, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Steubenville Poet and writer Richard Hague was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in Appalachian Ohio’s Mahoning Valley. He earned his B.S. in 1969 and his M.A.in 1971 both at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Hague is the author of more than 10 poetry collections and numerous chapbooks; his collected volume, During the …

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Gup, Ted

Born: September 14, 1950 Ohio connection: Birth Canton Ted Gup, a Canton, Ohio native, has been an investigative journalist and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work for the Washington Post and Time magazine. He taught journalism at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio prior to becoming Chair of the Journalism Department at Emerson College in Boston, …

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Harper, Karen

Born: April 6, 1945 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Bestselling author Karen Harper is a former college instructor and high school literature and writing teacher.  She was born in Toledo, the daughter of Robert A. (an engineer and draftsman) and Margaret (a teacher) Kurtz.  She is married to Don T. Harper and has three adult children.  …

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Hassler, David

Born: August 19, 1964 Ohio connection: Resident Kent David Hassler grew up in Kent, graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. Hassler received a B.A. from Cornell University in New York and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  The author of two books of poetry, Sabishi: Poems from Japan (1994) and Red Kimono, Yellow Barn (2005), he is the program and …

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Haygood, Wil

Born: September 19, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Wil Haygood was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1954. His parents divorced soon after his birth and he was raised by his mother, Elvira Burke Haygood, a cook, and his grandparents, whom he credits for teaching him right from wrong.  Haygood graduated from Franklin Heights High School and then …

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Himes, Chester

Born: July 29, 1909 Died: November 12, 1984 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cleveland Chester Himes, son of Joseph Sandy and Estelle (Bomar) Himes, was born in 1909 in Jefferson City, Missouri. His father was African-American and his mother racially mixed. He was raised in a middle-class home in Missouri and later, Ohio. He attended East High School …

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