Category: Short Stories

Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Born: June 27, 1872 Died: February 9, 1906 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton The first important Black poet in American literature, Paul Laurence Dunbar was born to former slaves in Dayton on June 27, 1872. He showed literary promise in high school where, the only Black in his class, he became class president, editor in chief of the High …

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Ellison, Harlan Jay

Born: May 27, 1934 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Harlan Ellison, science fiction writer, novelist, editor, and critic, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  The son of Louis Laverne and Serita (Rosenthal) Ellison. He was raised in Painesville, Ohio.  In 1949 his father died and Ellison and his mother returned to Cleveland, where he graduated from East High School. …

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McGinnis, Mindy

Born: March 18, 1979 Ohio Connection: Birth Morrow County Mindy L. McGinnis, an award-winning novelist of young adult (YA) literature, grew up in a rural town in Ohio. In 2001, she graduated magna cum laude from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio with a B. A. in English Literature and Religion. When she was in eighth grade, McGinnis …

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Chaon, Dan

Born: June 11, 1964 Ohio connection: Resident Cleveland Heights Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of the novels Ill Will (2017), Await Your Reply (2009) You Remind Me of Me (2004) and the short story collections Fitting Ends (1996), Among the Missing (2001) and Stay Awake (2012). Among the Missing was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award and was …

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Brown, Fredric

Born: October 29, 1906 Died: March 11, 1972 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Fredric Brown was born in 1906 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, S. Karl Lewis, was a newspaperman and his mother, Emma Amelia, was a homemaker. Brown’s early life was difficult. His mother passed away in 1920, when he was fourteen years old. His father …

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Wilhelm, Kate

Toledo Born: June 28, 1928 Ohio connection: Birth Kate Wilhelm was born Katie Gertrude Meredith, daughter of Jesse and Ann Meredith, in Toledo, Ohio, in 1928. After graduating from high school in Louisville, Kentucky, she worked as a model, telephone operator, sales clerk, switchboard operator, and underwriter for an insurance company. She married Joseph Wilhelm in 1947, …

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Whitlock, Brand

Urbana Born: March 4, 1869 Ohio connection: Birth Brand Whitlock was born in 1869 in Urbana, Ohio, to the Rev. Elias and Molly Lavinia (Brand) Whitlock. He was raised in the Methodist Church and was greatly influenced by the church and his father. He was first educated at home and later at a public high school in …

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Wahl, Jan

Columbus Born: April 1, 1933 Ohio connection: Birth Jan Wahl, son of Russell Rothenberger and Nina Marie (Boyer) Wahl, was born in 1933 in Columbus, Ohio. He began writing while living with his grandparents in northwest Ohio during the Depression. His first effort was an attempt to rewrite “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which he felt could be …

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