The Ohio Legacy Series, cosponsored by the Ohioana Library and the Ohio Arts Council, is a series of essays featuring various contemporary
Ohio authors and artists writing about how being from Ohio or how the work of other Ohio writers has influenced their own work. The series, funded in part by an
Ohio Arts Council grant, ran in the Ohioana Quarterly from spring 2001 to summer 2005 and features such notables as James Wright, Ambrose Bierce, Kenneth Patchen, Cynthia Rylant, Sherwood Anderson, Virginia Hamilton, James Thurber, and many others.
Louis Bromfield’s “Cubic Foot of Soil"
An essay by David D. Anderson about author Louis Bromfield of Richland County OH. Reprinted from
the Summer 2005 Ohioana Quarterly
James Purdy: Leaving Home Is the Same as Staying
Put Unless You’ve Never Left
An essay by Martin Kich about author James Purdy, Fremont OH native. Reprinted from the Spring 2005
Ambrose Bierce and the Joy of Outrage
An essay by Jack Matthews about author Ambrose Bierce, Meigs County OH native. Reprinted from
the Fall 2004 Ohioana Quarterly
Something Has to Be Understood: An Appreciation of Sherwood Anderson
An essay by Robin Hemley about author Sherwood Anderson, native of Clyde OH. Reprinted from
the Summer 2004 Ohioana Quarterly
A Fiction Writer’s Map of Ohio
An essay by Ohio author Karen Novak about Ohio fiction writers Toni Morrison, Zane Grey, Harriet Beecher Stowe and
others. Reprinted from
the Spring 2004 Ohioana Quarterly
Roger Zelazny, Hero-Maker
An essay by Mary A. Turzillo about science fiction writer Roger Zelazny, native of Euclid OH.
Reprinted from the Winter 2003 Ohioana Quarterly
Unsentimental Education: Coming to Terms With Richard Howard
An essay by Jeremy Glazier about poet Richard Howard, Cincinnati OH native.
Reprinted from the Summer 2003 Ohioana Quarterly
Virginia Hamilton: Her Influence, Her Words, Her Love
An essay by Jaime Adoff about childen's author Virginia Hamilton,
Yellow Springs native and Dayton OH resident. Reprinted from the Spring 2003 Ohioana Quarterly
An essay by Herbert Woodward Martin about poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, native of Dayton OH.
Reprinted from the Winter 2002 Ohioana Quarterly
Attendance & Reverence: Being and Learning with Wayne Dodd
An essay by David Swerdlow about poet Wayne Dodd, professor at Ohio University.
Reprinted from the Fall 2002 Ohioana Quarterly
Returning To Sender: or My Precious Thurber Correspondence
An essay by Gregory Hischak about humorist James Thurber, native of Columbus OH.
Reprinted from the Summer 2002 Ohioana Quarterly
Landscapes Strange and Manifold as Morning: The
Poetry of Mary Oliver
An essay by Terry Hermsen about poet Mary Oliver, native of Maple Heights OH.
Reprinted from the Spring 2002 Ohioana Quarterly
Cynthia Rylant: A Gentle Mentor
An essay by Angela Johnson about childen's author Cynthia Rylant,
graduate of Kent State University. Reprinted from the Winter 2001 Ohioana Quarterly
Remembering Walter Tevis:
Finding the Stories that Must Be Told
An essay by June Langford Berkley about author Walter Tevis, professor at Ohio University.
Reprinted from the Fall 2001 Ohioana Quarterly
Riding Kenneth Patchen’s Long Train: An Appreciation
An essay by Larry Smith about author and poet Kenneth Patchen, native of Niles OH.
Reprinted from the Summer 2001 Ohioana Quarterly
The River Down Home: James Wright and My Hillbilly Father
An essay by Maggie Anderson about poet James Wright,
native of Martins Ferry OH. Reprinted from the Spring 2001 Ohioana Quarterly