Category: Northeast

Brady, Philip

Born: August 15, 1955 Ohio connection: Resident Youngstown Poet, publisher, educator and writer Phillip Brady was born August 15, 1955 and raised in New York City.  Brady received a B.A. from Bucknell University, M.A.’s from the University of Delaware and San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton; he has been an …

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Boyer, Dwight

Born: November 18, 1912 Died: October 15, 1978 Ohio connection: Birth Elyria It was perhaps fate that an Elyria native, born in the same year as the tragic sinking of the Titanic, should devote his life to authoring books about life and death on board ships. Dwight Boyer was born in Elyria, Ohio on November …

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Bourjaily, Vance Nye

Born: September 17, 1922 Died: August 31, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 17, 1922, Bourjaily’s family moved several times during his youth; he grew up in Connecticut, New York, and Virginia. His parents separated when he was eleven; they were both writers. Bourjaily’s Lebanese-born father was a journalist and publisher, and …

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Bilgere, George

Born: July 4, 1951 Ohio connection: Resident Cleveland Born July 4, 1951, poet and educator George Bilgere grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and Riverside, California. He received a B. A. from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, before earning a Ph.D. in contemporary …

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Biggers, Earl Derr

Born: August 26, 1884 Died:  April 5, 1933 Ohio connection: Birth Warren Earl Derr Biggers was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, the son of Robert J. Biggers and Emma Derr Biggers. He received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1907. He was a columnist and drama critic for the Traveler newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1908 until …

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Bendis, Brian Michael

Born: August 18, 1967 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Brian Michael Bendis, born August 18, 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio, is a prolific comic book artist and writer. Raised in a Jewish-American family, Bendis would go on to study journalism, though he always aspired to make comic books. He attended classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art for five …

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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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Ascher, Carol

Born: August 15, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Carol Ascher was born August 15, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, a few weeks after her parents, Paul (a psychoanalyst) and Ellen Bergman arrived in the United States after fleeing Nazi Europe.  Ascher grew up in Topeka, Kansas, where the pleasantries and comforts of a Midwest existence were not …

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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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