Category: Northeast

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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Tony Abbott

Born: 1952 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Tony Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of teachers, when he was eight, his family relocated to Fairfield, Connecticut, where his father became a university professor of American history. Abbott graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English Literature. Reading bedtime stories to his …

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