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Benson, Mildred Wirt

Born: July 10, 1905 Died: May 28, 2008 Ohio connection: Former Resident Toledo Mildred Wirt Benson, famously known as “Nancy Drew” mystery series author Carolyn Keene, was born July 10, 1905, in Ladora, Iowa, where, even as a child, she knew she would be a writer. While studying for her Master’s degree in journalism–the first woman at the University of …

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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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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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McKenney, Ruth

Akron Born: November 18, 1911 Died: July 27, 1972 Ohio connection: Former Resident Ruth McKenney, an award winning journalist for the Akron Beacon Journal, was born on November 18, 1911, in Michawaka, Indiana, and was raised in East Cleveland, Ohio. While attending Shaw High School, McKenney worked as a printer’s apprentice and joined the International Typographical Union, widely …

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Baker, David Anthony

Born: December 27, 1954 Ohio connection: Resident Granville David Baker, the 1991 Ohio Poet of the Year, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and a professor, was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Central Missouri, where he earned a B.S.E. in 1976 and an M.A. in 1977. After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1983, Baker …

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Ayres, Katherine

Born: October 15, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Katherine Ayres was born in Columbus to Ray and Betty Kent.  Ayres has been a lover of books since early childhood, when she began inventing stories before she could write them.  Ayres completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster and earned an M.A. from Tufts University.  Her childhood home …

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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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