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Avery, Ellis

Born: October 25, 1972 Ohio connection: Former Resident Columbus Ellis Avery grew up in Columbus, attending the Columbus School for Girls until the age of eleven, when her family moved to New Jersey. Avery is the author of two novels, a memoir and a book of poetry. Her novels,  and her work has been translated into six languages. …

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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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Angle, Paul

Born: December 25, 1900 Died: May 11, 1975 Ohio connection: Birth Mansfield Abraham Lincoln scholar and historian Paul McClelland Angle was born in Mansfield in 1900. He was a student at Oberlin College and graduated from Miami University (1922), majoring in history and political science. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Illinois. In …

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Anderson, Terry

Born: October 27, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Lorain Terry Anderson is a retired journalist and former foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  He served as Chief Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press, and has worked as a newspaper editor, television and radio reporter, and documentary producer.  Anderson is the author of the best-selling …

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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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Ames, Delano

Born: May 29, 1906 Died: January, 1987 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Vernon Delano L. Ames was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on May 29, 1906.  He was the son of Benjamin and Isabel Cooper (nee Kirk) Ames. Delano’s father was a prominent businessman in Knox County, but moved the family to New Mexico in 1917.  As a …

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Alger, Leclaire

(Sorche Nic Leodhas) Born: May 20, 1898 Died: November 14, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Youngstown Born Leclaire Gowans on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio, Alger wrote most of her books under the Gaelic pen-name Sorche Nic Leodhas (pronounced “Sore-ka Nik Le-oh-das”), which means “Claire, daughter of Louis.” Writing under the Gaelic pseudonym provided realism to her Gaelic tales …

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Alder, Elizabeth

Born: August 8, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Painesville Elizabeth A. Alder was born on August 8, 1954 in Painesville, Ohio, daughter of Robert A., a lawyer who helped found the Lake County Public Defender’s Office and Angela V. Clair (nee Belew).  An award-winning author of historical fiction for children and young adults, Alder’s path toward becoming a …

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