Category: Poetry

Katherine Ayres

Born: 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Katherine Ayres was born in Columbus to Ray and Betty Kent.  Ayres has been a lover of books since early childhood, when she began inventing stories before she could write them.  Ayres completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster and earned an M.A. from Tufts University.  Her childhood home state …

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Russell Atkins

Born: 1926 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Poet, playwright, editor, and composer Russell Atkins was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Perry Kelly and Mamie Bell Atkins. Admired for his “brilliant, idiosyncratic poetry and wide-ranging intellect,” Atkins’ writings challenged conventions of both form and content in poetry, drama, and literary theory. A leading innovator in experimental arts from …

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Young, David

Born: 1936 Ohio connection: Resident Oberlin Born in Davenport, Iowa, David Young earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in 1958.  Later Young earned an M.A. and a doctorate degree from Yale University.  Until his retirement in 2003, David Young was Longman Professor of English at Oberlin College, where he continues to work as the editor …

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Roger Zelazny

Born: May 13, 1937 Died: June 14, 1995 Ohio connection: Birth Euclid Roger Joseph Zelazny was born in Euclid, Ohio. He was educated at Western Reserve University (B.A., 1959) and subsequently received a master’s degree at Columbia University (1962). Zelazny worked as a claims representative and specialist for the Social Security Administration from 1962 until 1969 …

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