Category: Literature

Grafton, Sue

Born: April 24, 1940 Died: December 28, 2017 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Sue Taylor Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky April 24, 1940, to Author C. W. Grafton and Vivian Harnsberger (both of whom were raised in China as children of Presbyterian Missionaries).  Ms. Grafton graduated University of Louisville, BA 1961 with a major in English Literature, …

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Ann Hagedorn

Born:¬†1949 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton Ann Hagedorn was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Dayton, Kansas City, and Cleveland. She earned a B.A. in history from Denison University in 1971, an M.S. in information science from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. Also known as Ann Hagedorn …

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Hague, Richard

Born: 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Steubenville Poet and writer Richard Hague was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in Appalachian Ohio’s Mahoning Valley. He earned his B.S. in 1969 and his M.A.in 1971 both at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Hague is the author of more than 10 poetry collections and numerous chapbooks; his collected volume, During the Recent Extinctions: …

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Gup, Ted

Born: 1950 Ohio connection: Birth Canton Ted Gup, a Canton, Ohio native, has been an investigative journalist and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work for the Washington Post and Time magazine. He taught journalism at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio prior to becoming Chair of the Journalism Department at Emerson College in Boston, MA. …

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Haygood, Wil

Born: 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Wil Haygood was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1954. His parents divorced soon after his birth and he was raised by his mother, Elvira Burke Haygood, a cook, and his grandparents, whom he credits for teaching him right from wrong.  Haygood graduated from Franklin Heights High School and then attended Miami …

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Chester Himes

Born: July 29, 1909Died:¬†November 12, 1984 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cleveland Chester Bomar Himes was a writer who is best remembered for his hardboiled detective novels set in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. In his lifetime, Himes published seventeen novels, 60 short stories and two autobiographies that explore labor relations, violence, and racism. Born in …

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Hodgson, Ralph

Born: September 9, 1871 Died: November 3, 1962 Ohio connection:¬†Former Resident Minerva Ralph Hodgson was born in 1871 in Yorkshire, England, the sixth in a family of seven boys and six girls born to Ralph and Mary Graham Hodgson. Little is known about his childhood, as he was a very private person, resisting attempts to …

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