Category: Poetry

Moody, Minnie Hite

Granville Born: June 23, 1900 Ohio connection: Birth Over a professional writing career that spanned eight decades, Granville and Licking County’s best known writer, Minnie Hite Moody, wrote numerous poems, short stories, novels, and book reviews. Her husband of 57 years, Wilkie Osgood Moody, became director of athletics for the city schools in Atlanta, Georgia. But after …

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McLain, Paula

Cleveland Born: October 7, 1965 Ohio connection: Resident Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. After aging out of the system, she supported herself …

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McFarland, Ronald

Bellaire Born: September 22, 1942 Ohio connection: Birth Educator and poet, Ronald Earl McFarland was born September 22, 1942, in Bellaire, OH.  The son of Earl A. and Maxine Stullenburger, McFarland grew up in Ohio and Florida. His education includes Brevard Junior College, A.A., 1962; Florida State University, B.A., 1963 M.A., 1965; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, …

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Baker, David Anthony

Born: December 27, 1954 Ohio connection: Resident Granville David Baker, the 1991 Ohio Poet of the Year, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and a professor, was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Central Missouri, where he earned a B.S.E. in 1976 and an M.A. in 1977. After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1983, Baker …

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Ayres, Katherine

Born: October 15, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Katherine Ayres was born in Columbus to Ray and Betty Kent.  Ayres has been a lover of books since early childhood, when she began inventing stories before she could write them.  Ayres completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster and earned an M.A. from Tufts University.  Her childhood home …

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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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