Author: Ohio Center for the Book

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Born: July 14, 1811Died: July 1, 1896 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Author and social reformer Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped galvanize anti-slavery efforts across the nation, was a Connecticut native who spent the years 1832–1850 in Cincinnati, Ohio. During those eighteen years, she would become a nationally-recognized author, wife, and mother to six children, …

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James Renner

Cleveland Born: March 30, 1978 Ohio connection: Birth James Renner was born March 30, 1978, in Cleveland.  A novelist, freelance journalist, film producer, and former newspaper editor, Renner graduated from Kent State University in 2000 with a degree in English. He has also taught creative writing. Renner’s nonfiction books focus on unsolved crimes and strange stories from …

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Andre Norton

Cleveland Born: February 17, 1912Died: March 17, 2005Ohio connection: Birth Andre Norton was born Alice May Norton on February 17, 1912, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Freely Norton, a rug salesman, and Bertha Stemm Norton. She attended Collinwood High School where she wrote for the school newspaper. Intending to become a history teacher, she attended Western Reserve University …

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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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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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