Category: Poetry

Crane, Hart

Born: July 21, 1899 Died: April 27, 1932 Ohio connection: Birth Garrettsville Harold Hart Crane, regarded as one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century, was born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899. His father, a successful candy and syrup manufacturer, later moved the family to Warren before sending his son to live with his …

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Collins, Martha

Born: November 25, 1940 Ohio connection: Resident Oberlin Poet, translator, and editor, Martha Collins was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1940. She earned a B.A. at Stanford University and holds a PhD. from the University of Iowa.  She has published books of poetry, including Admit One: An American Scrapbook, Day Unto Day, White Papers, and Blue Front, …

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Citino, David

Born: March 3, 1947 Died: October 17, 2005 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland David Citino was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of John D. and Mildred Rita Citino. He married Mary Helen Hicks in 1969 and they had two children, Nathan and Dominic. Citino received a B.A. from Ohio University in 1969, an M.A. from The Ohio …

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Cary, Phoebe

Born: September 4, 1824 Died: July 31, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Phoebe Cary was born in 1824 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, one of eleven children of Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary. She grew up on a farm and had little formal education. Under the tutelage of her older sister Alice, she developed a great love for …

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Cary, Alice

Born: April 26, 1820 Died: February 12, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Alice Cary was born in 1820 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary. She was the fourth of eleven children and a sister of author Phoebe Cary. She had a very difficult childhood, with much sorrow and loss in …

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Weigl, Bruce

Oberlin Born: January 27, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Bruce Weigl was born January 27, 1949, in Lorain, OH; son of Albert Louis (a foundry worker) and Zora (Grasa) (a packing plant worker.  Weigl has published numerous books of poetry, including Like a Sack Full of Old Quarrels (1976), What Saves Us (1992), and Sweet Lorain (1996). In 2000, he published The Circle of Hanh, …

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Weems, Mary E.

Cleveland Born: August 22, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth The eldest daughter of four children, Mary Elise Weems was born August 22, 1954, in Cleveland where her mother, Elaine B. Lacy, a lifelong resident, raised her. Weems started writing poems at the age of thirteen and found her vocation. Her creative spirit-eye has turned more and more outward …

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Wagoner, David Russell

Massillon Born: June 5, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth A native of Massillon, David Russell Wagoner was born on June 5, 1926. At the age of seven, his family relocated to Whiting, a city outside Gary, Indiana. Enlisting at age eighteen in the United States Navy, he served from 1944 to 1946. Educated at Pennsylvania State University, he …

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Torrence, Frederic Ridgely

Xenia Born: November 27, 1874 Ohio connection: Birth Frederick Ridgely Torrence, son of Findley David and Mary (Ridgely) Torrence, was born in 1874 in Xenia, Ohio. He attended Miami University of Ohio, 1893-95, and Princeton University, 1895-96. He worked as a librarian at the Astor Library and the Lenox Library, both in New York City, 1897-1903. He …

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