Category: Poetry

Foster, Leonard Gurley

Born: September 10, 1840 Died: December 13, 1937 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Leonard Gurley Foster, a Civil War veteran whose avocation brought him the epithet, “the Buckeye poet” was the son of Ebenezer and Elmyra (Williams) Foster.  He was born on the family homestead in the Cuyahoga Valley near Denison Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland. He …

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Hart Crane

Born: July 21, 1899Died: April 27, 1932 Ohio connection: Birth Garrettsville Harold Hart Crane, regarded as one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century, was born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899. His father, a successful candy and syrup manufacturer, later moved the family to Warren before sending his son to live with his maternal …

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Phoebe Cary

Born: September 4, 1824Died: July 31, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Phoebe Cary was born in 1824 in Mount Healthy, Ohio, one of eleven children of Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary. She grew up on a farm and had little formal education. Under the tutelage of her older sister Alice, she developed a great love for literature …

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Weigl, Bruce

Oberlin Born: 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Bruce Weigl was born in Lorain, Ohio, son of Albert Louis (a foundry worker) and Zora (Grasa) (a packing plant worker.  Weigl has published numerous books of poetry, including Like a Sack Full of Old Quarrels (1976), What Saves Us (1992), and Sweet Lorain (1996). In 2000, he published The Circle of Hanh, a memoir that chronicles …

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