Category: Poetry

Rylant, Cynthia

Rootstown Born: June 6, 1954 Ohio connection: Resident It took Cynthia Rylant only one hour to write her first book, When I Was Young in the Mountains (1982), a collection of vignettes describing the years she spent with her grandparents in Appalachia. Born in Hopewell, Virginia, on June 6, 1954, Rylant spent her first four years in Illinois. When …

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Rosen, Michael J.

Columbus Born: September 20, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Michael Rosen was born September 20, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest son of Marvin and Nona Rosen. His childhood home was in a new development situated amid a former pasture. It was there he explored construction sites and fields, collected cocoons, milkweed pods and chrysalises, gathered buckeyes, fed roadside horses, and …

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Ransom, John Crowe

Gambier Born: April 30, 1888 Died: July 3, 1974 Ohio connection: Former Resident John Crowe Ransom was the son of Methodist minister John James Ransom, and Ella (Crowe) Ransom. He was born in 1888 in Pulaski, Tennessee. He was educated at home until he was ten years old, entering public schools in 1898. He graduated from high …

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Patchen, Kenneth

Niles Born: December 13, 1911 Died: January 8, 1972 Ohio connection: Birth Kenneth Patchen, son of Wayne and Eva Patchen, was born in 1911 in Niles, Ohio. He was active in sports and writing during his school years. After graduation, he worked in a steel mill and then attended the University of Wisconsin, 1928-29. From 1930 until …

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Oliver, Mary

Cleveland Born: September 10, 1935 Ohio connection: Birth Mary Oliver, daughter of Edward William and Helen M. (Vlasak) Oliver, was born in 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio. She says that at the age of thirteen, she had a great desire to be a writer. In 1950, when she was fifteen, she visited Steepletop, the upstate New York home …

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Nelson, Marilyn

Cleveland Born: April 26, 1946 Ohio connection: Birth Dr. Marilyn Nelson, daughter of Melvin M. Nelson, (U.S.A.F. airman) and Johnnie Mitchell Nelson (teacher) was born in Cleveland.  Nelson began writing in childhood.  She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1970) and the University of …

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Moss, Thylias

Cleveland Born: February 27, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Thylias Moss was born Thylias Rebecca Brasier, daughter of Calvin Theodore and Florida Missouri (Gaiter) Brasier, in 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was an only child who describes her childhood as being a happy one, with doting parents. She wrote her first short story at the age of six …

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Brady, Philip

Born: August 15, 1955 Ohio connection: Resident Youngstown Poet, publisher, educator and writer Phillip Brady was born August 15, 1955 and raised in New York City.  Brady received a B.A. from Bucknell University, M.A.’s from the University of Delaware and San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton; he has been an …

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Congratulations to 2017 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Northeast Region Finalists

Congratulations to 2017 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Northeast Region Finalists

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the weather was pleasant, mild—certainly not your typical winter day in Cleveland, Ohio. However, for 10 high school students and an audience that included their family members and teachers who gathered at the Cleveland Public Library, the day contained just the right atmosphere for an exceptional  event. To view/print/download the program, …

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Bilgere, George

Born: July 4, 1951 Ohio connection: Resident Cleveland Born July 4, 1951, poet and educator George Bilgere grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and Riverside, California. He received a B. A. from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, before earning a Ph.D. in contemporary …

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