Category: Southwest

Sherwood Anderson

Born: September 13, 1876Died: March 8, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Camden Sherwood Anderson was, essentially, a self-educated short-story writer and novelist. With his almost staccato style of writing and by his injecting his own personal experiences and people he knew into his own novels, Anderson helped set a new standard for Midwestern literature.  Born in Camden, …

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Isaac Mayer Wise

Isaac Mayer Wise

Born: March 29, 1819Died: March 26, 1900 Ohio connection: Resident Cincinnati American Reform rabbi, author, and editor, Isaac Mayer Wise was born in Steingrub, Bohemia (now Lomnička, Czech Republic) in 1819, the son of Leo Weiss, a school teacher, and Regina Weiss. He was a prominent and influential rabbi in 19th-century America. A brilliant student, …

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Kay Boyle

Born: February 19, 1902Died: December 27, 1992 Ohio connection: Resident Cincinnati Kay Boyle was a writer, educator, and political activist. She was twice awarded Guggenheim fellowships and won the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year (“The White Horses of Vienna”) in 1935 and again (“Defeat”) in 1941.  Boyle held a number …

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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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Register to meet YA author Kristina McBride on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Springboro, Ohio

On Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m Mindy Hoffbauer, publicist for the bestselling novelist W. Bruce Cameron, will host a Lit Salon featuring Ohio Young Adult novelist Kristina McBride. To date, McBride has published  four novels, i.e. THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES (2010), ONE MOMENT (2012), A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT (2016), and THE BAKERSVILLE …

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Catrow, David J.

Born: December 16, 1952 Ohio connection: Resident Springfield International cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, David J. Catrow was born in Richmond, Virginia. As a boy, his favorite subject in school was drawing… in math class!   Even though he intended to pursue a “sensible” profession, drawing silly pictures turned out to be Catrow’s destiny. He attended Kent …

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Cary, Phoebe

Born: September 4, 1824 Died: July 31, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Phoebe Cary was born in 1824 in Mt. 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 …

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Milton Caniff

Born: February 28, 1907Died: April 3, 1988 Ohio connection: Birth Hillsboro An award-winning cartoonist, Milton Caniff began drawing the Boy Scout page for a local newspaper at age thirteen. Best known as the creator of the comic strips, “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon,” Caniff once considered a career in acting. Graduating from The Ohio State University in …

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