Category: Southwest

Berger, Thomas Louis

Born: July 20, 1924 Died: July 13, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Thomas Louis Berger, deemed “one of the 20th century’s most important writers in the English-speaking world” by the Times Literary Supplement, was born on July 20, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This satiric and darkly funny novelist is revered by writers and critics everywhere who, …

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Bellamy, Joe David

Born: December 29, 1941 Died: August 5, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Born on December 29, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Joe David Bellamy was the son of Orin Ross and Beulah Pearl (Zutavern) Bellamy.  He attended Duke University, 1959-1961; he received a BA in Literature from Antioch College in 1964 and received an MFA in English and Creative Writing from …

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Anderson, Sherwood

Born: September 13, 1876 Died: March 8, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Camden Born in Ohio, Sherwood Anderson was a largely self-educated short-story writer and novelist. His formative years were spent in Clyde, Ohio, and he later lived for a number of years in Elyria. Although he published several novels, including Poor White (1920) and Many Marriages (1923), his most famous …

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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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Ackerman, Karen

Born: October 9, 1951 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Karen Ackerman opens a window into the American past through books for children.  Born on October 9, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Woodward High School in 1969.   Ackerman’s first children’s book was published in 1982.  She has since written over 25 books for children, including The …

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Ackerman, Karen

Born: October 9, 1951 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Karen Ackerman opens a window into the American past through books for children.  Born on October 9, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from Woodward High School in 1969.   Ackerman’s first children’s book was published in 1982.  She has since written over 25 books for children, including The …

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