Category: Poetry

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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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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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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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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Holbrook, Sara

Born: September 15, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Mentor Sara E. (Traynor) Holbrook was born September 15, 1949, and has lived in Ohio for more than 20 years having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount Union College (Alliance, OH). She began writing poetry for her two daughters (now adults with children of their own) …

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Howells, William Dean

Born: March 1, 1837 Died: May 11, 1920 Ohio connection: Birth Martins Ferry William Dean Howells, son of William Cooper and Mary Dean Howells, was born in 1837 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. His father worked as an editor for several publications, including the Hamilton Intelligencer, the Harrison Democrat, and Retina. This certainly had an effect on young William, who …

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Hughes, Langston

Born: February 1, 1902 Died: May 22, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland James Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes. While he was an infant, his parents separated and he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where his grandmother raised him. When his grandmother died, he moved …

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