Category: Northeast

Citino, David

Born: March 3, 1947 Died: October 17, 2005 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland David Citino was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of John D. and Mildred Rita Citino. He married Mary Helen Hicks in 1969 and they had two children, Nathan and Dominic. Citino received a B.A. from Ohio University in 1969, an M.A. from The Ohio …

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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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Catton, Bruce

Born: October 9, 1899 Died: August 28, 1978 Ohio connection: Former Resident Oberlin It was no accident that the most prominent figures in Bruce Catton’s Civil War histories were fellow Midwesterners and personal heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Born in Petosky, Michigan, Catton attended Oberlin College and became a reporter after serving briefly in …

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Buckley, Michael

Born: August 16, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Akron Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series, The N.E.R.D.S series, Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, and the Undertow trilogy. Before becoming a best-selling author of children’s books, Buckley worked as a stand-up comic, singer in a punk rock band, advertising copy …

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Bromfield, Louis

Born: December 27, 1896 Died: March 18, 1956 Ohio connection: Birth Mansfield Louis Bromfield, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist, Hollywood screenwriter, and farmer, was born on December 27, 1896, in Mansfield, Ohio. Having lived on his grandfather’s farm his last year in high school and proud of his family’s rural beginnings, Bromfield attended Cornell University Agricultural College in 1914 …

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Willis, Sarah

Cleveland Heights Born: April 10, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Sarah Willis, daughter of actor/director Kirk Willis, was born in 1954 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Her father died when she was twelve, and she began writing poetry partly as a way of dealing with his death. She dropped out of high school at age sixteen, and later attended the …

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Weigl, Bruce

Oberlin Born: January 27, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Bruce Weigl was born January 27, 1949, in Lorain, OH; son of Albert Louis (a foundry worker) and Zora (Grasa) (a packing plant worker.  Weigl has published numerous books of poetry, including Like a Sack Full of Old Quarrels (1976), What Saves Us (1992), and Sweet Lorain (1996). In 2000, he published The Circle of Hanh, …

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Weems, Mary E.

Cleveland Born: August 22, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth The eldest daughter of four children, Mary Elise Weems was born August 22, 1954, in Cleveland where her mother, Elaine B. Lacy, a lifelong resident, raised her. Weems started writing poems at the age of thirteen and found her vocation. Her creative spirit-eye has turned more and more outward …

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Watterson, Bill

Chagrin Falls Born: July 5, 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” was born on July 5, 1958, in Washington D.C., and moved with his family to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, when he was six years old. Watterson preferred to spend his time alone drawing–a talent he lent to his …

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Wagoner, David Russell

Massillon Born: June 5, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth A native of Massillon, David Russell Wagoner was born on June 5, 1926. At the age of seven, his family relocated to Whiting, a city outside Gary, Indiana. Enlisting at age eighteen in the United States Navy, he served from 1944 to 1946. Educated at Pennsylvania State University, he …

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