Category: Southeast

Robinson, Barbara

Portsmouth Born: October 24, 1927 Died: July 9, 2013 Ohio connection: Birth Barbara Robinson was born in the southern Ohio river town of Portsmouth, and her writing has been greatly influenced by her life in a small town. Robinson’s father died when she was three and her mother’s, a school teacher, encouraged her to read books. Robinson …

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Maggie Anderson

Born: 1948 Ohio connection: Resident Kent Poet, editor, and educator, Maggie Anderson was born in New York City on September 23, 1948, to a mother from Pennsylvania and a father from West Virginia. Anderson has described a childhood of “moving around a lot” but visiting West Virginia every summer. The family moved to West Virginia …

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Jan Adkins

Born: November 7, 1944 Ohio connection: Birth Gallipolis Born in Gallipolis and raised across the river in Wheeling, West Virginia, author, designer and illustrator Jan Adkins describes himself as “an explainer, a storyteller with words and images, an advocate for young minds, a resource for images, and a dinosaur holdout for simplicity and grace in illustration, …

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