Category: Poetry

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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Adoff, Arnold

Born: July 16, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs A champion of multiculturalism and an accomplished poet and anthologist, Arnold Adoff was born in New York City. His father had immigrated to the United States from a town near the Polish-Russian border, and the Adoff family was well-read, with a keen sense of their Jewish heritage. At …

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Abdul, Raoul

Born: November 7, 1929 Died: January 15, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Author and classical singer, Raoul Abdul was once an editorial assistant to Langston Hughes, Abdul was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Hamid who was born in Calcutta, India and Beatrice (Shreve) Abdul.  Abdul attended John Hay High School, and later earned a diploma from …

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