Category: Poetry

Avery, Ellis

Born: October 25, 1972 Ohio connection: Former Resident Columbus Ellis Avery grew up in Columbus, attending the Columbus School for Girls until the age of eleven, when her family moved to New Jersey. Avery is the author of two novels, a memoir and a book of poetry. Her novels,  and her work has been translated into six languages. …

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Atkins, Russell

Born: February 25, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Russell Atkins was born on February 25, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Perry Kelly and Mamie Bell Atkins. A leading innovator in experimental artistic movements of the 1940s through the 1970s (perhaps better known abroad than in America) Atkins is admired for his “brilliant, idiosyncratic poetry and wide-ranging intellect.” Atkins’ …

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Andrews, Nin

Born: May 6, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Poland Nin Andrews grew up on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her BA in 1980 from Hamilton College and her MFA in 1995 from Vermont College. Nin Andrews’ poems and stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and The KGB Bar …

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Barney, Natalie Clifford

Born: October 31, 1876 Died: February 2, 1972 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton Natalie Clifford Barney was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1876, the daughter of Albert Clifford and Alice Pike Barney. She was educated at Les Ruches boarding school in Fountainbleau, France, and completed finishing school at Miss Ely’s School for Girls in New York City. …

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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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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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Adoff, Jaime

Born: June 2, 1967 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs Jaime Adoff was born in New York City. He was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he continues to reside. Jaime is the son of the Newbery-Award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton and the equally renowned poet Arnold Adoff. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State …

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