Category: Young Adult

Giblin, James Cross

Born: July 8, 1933 Died: April 10, 2016 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Publisher, editor, and award-winning children’s book author James Cross Giblin was born in Cleveland, but was raised in Painesville, Ohio. After receiving his B.A. in 1954 from Case Western Reserve University, he settled in New York City, earning his MFA at Columbia in 1955. Initially pursuing …

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Hassler, David

Born: August 19, 1964 Ohio connection: Resident Kent David Hassler grew up in Kent, graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. Hassler received a B.A. from Cornell University in New York and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  The author of two books of poetry, Sabishi: Poems from Japan (1994) and Red Kimono, Yellow Barn (2005), he is the program and …

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Hughes, Langston

Born: February 1, 1902 Died: May 22, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland James Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, the son of James Nathaniel and Carrie Mercer (Langston) Hughes. While he was an infant, his parents separated and he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where his grandmother raised him. When his grandmother died, he moved …

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Johnson, Angela

Born: June 18, 1961 Ohio connection: Resident Kent Born in Tuskegee, Alabama and raised in Windham, Ohio, Angela Johnson, the award-winning author of more than 40 books for children and young adults, attended Kent State University before dropping out to pursue a career as a children’s author. Working as a nanny, she was employed by Newbery-Medal-winning …

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Hickman, Janet

Born: July 8, 1940 Ohio connection: Birth Kilbourne Janet Hickman was born Janet Gephart, daughter of Bernard Franklin and Pauline (Williams) Gephart, in Kilbourne, Ohio, in 1940. She received a B.S. in 1960, an M.A. in 1964, and a Ph.D. in 1979, all from Ohio State University. She married John Hickman in 1961, and the couple has …

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Hamilton, Virginia

Born: March 12, 1936 Died: February 19, 2002 Ohio connection: Birth Yellow Springs “If you can dream it, then you can have it.” A powerful axiom, it encapsulates the accomplishments and triumphs of its speaker, Virginia Hamilton. Descendant of a maternal grandfather who escaped from slavery in Virginia to settle in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Hamilton …

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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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