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 and 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. Dove was born in Akron, Ohio, into a highly-educated family whose house was full of books. An avid reader …

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Nikki Giovanni

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

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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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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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