Category: Poetry

Nin Andrews

Born: 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Poland Nin Andrews grew up on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and her MFA in 1995 from Vermont College. In 1982, she married Jim Andrews. Nin Andrews’ work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. She is …

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Jaime Adoff

Born: 1951 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs Author, poet, musician, and educator Jaime Adoff was born in New York City, NY. Adoff, son of acclaimed authors Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff, was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Jaime Adoff received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1990 from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, where his focus was …

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Dove, Rita

Born: 1952 Ohio connection: Birth Akron The first African American, as well as the youngest individual, to be awarded the post of United States poet laureate (1993-95), Rita Dove desires to make poetry more appealing to the general reader. She was born in Akron, Ohio, into a highly-educated family whose house was full of books. An …

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Giovanni, Nikki

Born: 1943 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Yolanda Cornelia Giovanni, Jr. was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and was called “Nikki” by her younger sister early on. The family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio; but Giovanni remained close to her outspoken grandmother, making frequent trips to Knoxville and spending some of her high school years there. She enrolled …

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Gibans, Nina Freedlander

Born: 1932 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Nina Freedlander Gibans was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Samuel O. (a surgeon) and Adeline (a teacher) Freedlander. She married James David Gibans in 1955 and they have four children and four grandchildren. She attended Wellesley College, 1950-52, and earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1954. Her M.A. was earned from Western Reserve University (now …

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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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Hassler, David

Born: 1964 Ohio connection: Resident Kent David Hassler grew up in Kent, graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. Hassler received a B.A. from Cornell University in New York and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  The author of two books of poetry, Sabishi: Poems from Japan (1994) and Red Kimono, Yellow Barn (2005), he is the program and outreach …

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