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Authors and Poets

Name

Genre Birthplace Date
Liberty Hyde Bailey Botanist, author, poet South Haven 1858-1954
Ray Stannard Baker (pen name: David Grayson) Muckraker, novelist Lansing 1870-1946
John A. Bellairs Science fiction and fantasy, primarily for young readers Marshall 1938-1991
Will Carleton Poet Hudson Township, Lenawee Co. 1845-1912
Jim Cash Screenwriter (Top Gun, Dick Tracy, etc.) Boyne City 1941-2000
(Charles) Bruce Catton Historian Petoskey 1899-1978
Genevieve Cross Writer of children's books Lawrence 1910-1994
Christopher Paul Curtis Newbery Award-winning author of books for young people Flint 1953
James Oliver Curwood Outdoors, novelist, reporter Owosso 1878-1927
Marguerite De Angeli Illustrator and writer of children's books; won the Newbery Medal in 1950 for The Door in the Wall Lapeer 1889-1987
Jack Epps, Jr. Screenwriter (Top Gun, Dick Tracy, etc.) Detroit 1949
Edna Ferber Novels, short stories Kalamazoo 1885-1968
Aileen Fisher Poetry, children's books; received the National Council of Teachers Excellence in Poetry for Children Award, 1978 Iron River 1906-2002
M.F.K. Fisher Created food essay genre Albion 1908-1992
Richard H. "Dirk" Gringhuis Writer and illustrator of children's books including The Young Voyageur and Lore of the Great Turtle; served as curator of exhibits at M.S.U. Museum Grand Rapids 1918-1974
Judith Ann Guest Novelist Detroit 1936
Jim Harrison Novels, novella collections, poetry, essays, screenplays Grayling 1937
Holling Clancy Holling Illustrator and writer of children's books Holling Corners, Jackson County 1900-1973
William X. Kienzle Mystery novels based in Detroit and featuring priest/sleuth Fr. Robert Koesler Detroit 1928-2001
Benjamin Franklin (Ben) King, Jr. Poet (pastoral), satirist and humorist, poet laureate of Chicago Press Club St. Joseph 1857-1894
Ring W. Lardner Sports journalist, humorist and satirist Niles 1885-1933
Philip Levine Poet; received Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1955 Detroit 1928
Della Thompson Lutes Historical novels Jackson 1869?-1942
Thomas Lynch Poet, essayist Milford (?) 1948
Florence McClinchey Novels Sault Ste. Marie? 1888-1946
Terry McMillan Novelist; editor of anthology of contemporary African-American fiction Port Huron 1951
Julia A. Moore
("The Sweet Singer of Michigan")
Poet Plainfield 1847-1920
Patricia Polacco Writer and illustrator of children's books; now lives near Union City Lansing 1944
Theodore Roethke (pen name: Winterset Rothberg) Poet; received Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1954 Saginaw 1908-1963
Vern Sneider Wrote The Teahouse of the August Moon; novelist, magazine contributor; work appeared on stage, in film and on TV Monroe 1916-1981
Chris Van Allsburg Children's books; many awards including the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji (1982) and The Polar Express (1986) Grand Rapids 1949
John D. Voelker (pen name: Robert Traver) Novels, trout fishing Ishpeming 1903-1991
Gloria Whelan Novels, mysteries, young people's books; winner National Book Award (2000) in young people's literature category Detroit 1923

 

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Updated 05/06/2010

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