Writers From Missouri

Writers from Missouri

  • Agnes Smedley Agnes Smedley
    Agnes Smedley was an American journalist and writer, well known for her semi-autobiographical novel Daughter of Earth as well as for her sympathetic chronicling of the Communist forces in the Chinese Civil War.
  • Alexa Hunt
    Shirl Henke is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has eclectic tastes and has written historical, contemporary, western, and regency-themed books. She also writes mystery novels using the pen name Alexa Hunt.
  • Alfred Henry Spink
    Alfred Henry Spink was a Canadian-born American baseball writer and club organizer based mainly in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1886, he established a weekly newspaper, The Sporting News, that emerged from World War I as the only national baseball newspaper or magazine.
  • Alice Henderson (novelist)
    Alice Henderson is an American author originally from Kirkwood, Missouri and currently residing in San Francisco.
  • Amos Fries Amos Fries
    Amos Alfred Fries was a general in the United States Army and 1898 graduate of the United States Military Academy.
  • Andy Cohen (television personality) Andy Cohen (television personality)
    Andrew Joseph "Andy" Cohen is an American talk show and radio host, author and producer. Cohen hosts the Bravo nightly series Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.
  • Anna Pennybacker
    Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker was an American educator, author, and activist for peace and woman rights. Pennybacker started teaching in 1880 in a Missouri grammar school and later a Missouri high school as a history teacher and the principal.
  • Arielle North Olson
    Arielle North Olson is an author of children's books.
  • Arthur A. Vogel
    Arthur Anton Vogel was fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was educated at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University. After ordination, he was rector of St. John Chrysostom Church from 1953 to 1957.
  • Barbara Lawrence Barbara Lawrence
    Barbara Jo Lawrence was an American model, actress, and real estate agent.
  • Barry Commoner
    Barry Commoner was an American biologist, college professor, and politician. He was a leading ecologist and among the founders of the modern environmental movement. He ran for president of the United States in the 1980 U.S. presidential election on the Citizens Party ticket.
  • Bob Broeg Bob Broeg
    Robert William Patrick Broeg was an American sportswriter.
  • Bob Costas Bob Costas
    Robert Quinlan Costas is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He was the prime-time host of twelve Olympic Games, from 1992 until 2016.
  • Bryce Walton
    Bryce Walton was an American pulp fiction writer.
  • Candace O'Connor Candace O'Connor
    Candace O'Connor is a St. Louis, Missouri-based freelance writer.
  • Carl Schurz Carl Schurz
    Carl Christian Schurz was a German revolutionary and an American statesman, journalist, and reformer. He migrated to the United States after the German revolutions of 1848–49 and became a prominent member of the Republican Party.
  • Caroline Abbot Stanley
    Caroline Abbot Stanley was an American author. Her best known book was the Civil War novel Order No. 11, which was a regional best seller.
  • Carolyn Ives Gilman
    Carolyn Ives Gilman is a historian and author of science fiction and fantasy. She has been nominated for the Nebula Award three times, and the Hugo Award twice.
  • Catherine Kidwell
    Catherine Arthelia Kidwell was an American novelist who began her career in writing late in her life, and was best known for her semi-autobiographical novel Dear Stranger.
  • Charles Bragg Charles Bragg
    Charles Bragg was an American sculptor, painter, artist and author known best for his satirical artwork.
  • Charles G. Finney
    Charles Grandison Finney was an American news editor and fantasy novelist, the great-grandson of evangelist Charles Grandison Finney. His first novel and most famous work, The Circus of Dr. Lao, won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Original Book of 1935.
  • Charles Newman (author) Charles Newman (author)
    Charles Hamilton Newman was an American writer, editor and dog breeder, best known for the novel White Jazz.
  • Charles T. Powers
    Charles T. Powers was an American journalist and writer, chiefly remembered for his novel In the Memory of the Forest, set in Poland.
  • Charles Wright (novelist)
    Charles Wright was an American novelist. He wrote the novels The Messenger, The Wig and Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About.
  • Chester Himes Chester Himes
    Chester Bomar Himes was an American writer. His works include If He Hollers Let Him Go and the Harlem Detective series. In 1958 he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.
  • Clyde Brion Davis
    Clyde Brion Davis was an American author and freelance journalist active from the mid-1920s until his death. Davis is best known for his novels The Anointed and The Great American Novel, though he authored more than 15 books.
  • Cullen Bunn
    Cullen Bunn is an American comic books writer, novelist, and short story writer. He grew up in rural North Carolina.
  • Dale Carnegie
    Dale Harbison Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Dale Dye Dale Dye
    Captain Dale Adam Dye Jr., USMC is an American actor, technical advisor, radio personality and writer. A decorated Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, Dye is the founder and head of Warriors, Inc., a technical advisory company specializing in portraying realistic military action in Hollywood films.
  • David Carkeet
    David Carkeet is an American novelist and essayist. Three of his novels have been named New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year.
  • David Dalglish
    David Dalglish is an American writer of epic fantasy fiction.
  • David R. Bunch
    David Roosevelt Bunch was an American writer of short stories and poetry. He worked mainly in the genres of science fiction, satire, surrealism, and literary fiction. Although prolific and critically acclaimed, Bunch remained obscure throughout his career.
  • Dennis L. McKiernan Dennis L. McKiernan
    Dennis Lester McKiernan is an American writer best known for his high fantasy The Iron Tower. His genres include high fantasy, science fiction, horror fiction, and crime fiction.
  • Diana Ossana
    Diana Lynn Ossana is an American writer who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels with author Larry McMurtry since they first worked together in 1992, on the semi-fictionalized biography Pretty Boy Floyd.
  • Dick Van Dyke Dick Van Dyke
    Richard Wayne Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian, singer, dancer, writer, and producer.
  • Edgar Snow Edgar Snow
    Edgar Parks Snow was an American journalist known for his books and articles on Communism in China and the Chinese Communist revolution.
  • Edwin Arden Edwin Arden
    Edwin Hunter Pendleton Arden was an American actor, theatre manager, and playwright.
  • Eileen Dreyer
    Eileen Dreyer is a New York Times bestselling American author of contemporary romance, historical romance and suspense and also publishes under the pen name Kathleen Korbel.
  • Elijah Parish Lovejoy Elijah Parish Lovejoy
    Elijah Parish Lovejoy was an American Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper editor and abolitionist. He was murdered by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois, during their attack on Godfrey and Gillman's warehouse to destroy his press and abolitionist materials.
  • Emily Newell Blair Emily Newell Blair
    Emily Newell Blair was an American writer, suffragist, feminist, national Democratic Party political leader, and a founder of the League of Women Voters.
  • Eric Greitens Eric Greitens
    Eric Robert Greitens is an American politician, author, and former Navy SEAL currently serving as the 56th Governor of Missouri, since January 2017. He is currently the second youngest Governor in the United States, after New Hampshire's Chris Sununu.
  • Farrell Dobbs Farrell Dobbs
    Farrell Dobbs was an American Trotskyist, trade unionist, politician, and historian.
  • Fran Baker Fran Baker
    Fran Baker is an American novelist of seventeen romance novels in both the contemporary and historical genres. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have appeared on the Waldenbooks and Amazon bestseller lists.
  • Frank L. Houx Frank L. Houx
    Frank Lee Houx was an American politician, who served as the tenth Governor of Wyoming.
  • Frank Luther Mott
    Frank Luther Mott was an American historian and journalist, who won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for History for Volumes II and II of his series, A History of American Magazines.
  • Frederick Hazlitt Brennan
    Frederick Hazlitt Brennan was an American screenwriter of more than thirty films between 1929 and 1953 and the director of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian as deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp.
  • Gene Gauntier Gene Gauntier
    Gene Gauntier was an American screenwriter and actress who was one of the pioneers of the motion picture industry. A writer, director and actress in films from early 1906 to 1920, she wrote screenplays for 31 films. She performed in 28 films and is credited as the director of The Grandmother.
  • George Hickenlooper George Hickenlooper
    George Loening Hickenlooper III was an American narrative and documentary filmmaker.
  • George O'Neil
    George O'Neil was an American poet, playwright, novelist and film writer.
  • George Samuel Clason
    George Samuel Clason was an American author. He is most associated with his book The Richest Man in Babylon which was first published in 1926.
  • Giles A. Lutz
    Giles Alfred Lutz was a prolific author of fiction in the Western genre. Born in March 1910 in Missouri, United States, Lutz for many years wrote short stories about the American West that were published in pulp magazines.
  • Glenn Frank
    Glenn Frank was a president of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and The Century Magazines editor-in-chief. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1912 and became Edward Filene's personal assistant, where he wrote two books on the side.
  • Gordon Young (writer)
    Gordon Young was an American writer of adventure and western stories.
  • Hardin Cox
    Hardin Charles Cox, Jr. was an American politician, businessman, and writer.
  • Harold Brodkey Harold Brodkey
    Harold Brodkey, born Aaron Roy Weintraub, was an American short-story writer and novelist.
  • Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman
    Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, assuming that office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt during the waning months of World War II. He is known for launching the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, for leading the Cold War against Soviet and...
  • Henry Bellamann
    Heinrich Hauer Bellamann was an American author, whose bestselling novel Kings Row exposed the hypocrisy of small-town life in the midwest, addressing many social taboos.
  • Herbert Asbury Herbert Asbury
    Herbert Asbury was an American journalist and writer best known for his books detailing crime during the 19th and early-20th centuries, such as Gem of the Prairie: An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld, The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld and The Gangs...
  • Homer Croy
    Homer Croy, was an American author and occasional screenwriter who wrote fiction and non-fiction books about life in the Midwestern United States. He also wrote several popular biographies, including books on outlaw Jesse James, humorist Will Rogers and film director D.W. Griffith.
  • Houston Harte
    Houston Harte founded, with Bernard Hanks, a regional chain of newspapers which eventually became the media company Harte-Hanks. His son was the newspaper executive, journalist, philanthropist, and conservationist Edward H. Harte.
  • Ike Skelton Ike Skelton
  • Jabari Asim
    Jabari Asim is an author, poet, playwright, associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and since August 2007, has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis magazine, a journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and...
  • James E. Gunn (writer)
    James Edwin Gunn is an American science fiction writer, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work as an editor of anthologies includes the six-volume Road to Science Fiction series.
  • James Melvin Scott
    James Melvin Scott, an author, inventor, and Senior Olympian, was born in Wisdom, Missouri, on 28 May 1911, to James Baker Scott and Cordelia Susan Suiter. One of five children, he grew up in Fairfield, Missouri, seven miles south of Warsaw near Route 83.
  • James von Brunn James von Brunn
    James Wenneker von Brunn was an American man who perpetrated the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2009. Security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns was killed in the shooting, and von Brunn was wounded by two security guards who returned fire.
  • Jamie Metzl Jamie Metzl
    Jamie Frederic Metzl is an American writer, partner in the global investment company Cranemere LLC, and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly the Asia Society's Executive Vice President.
  • Jane Smiley Jane Smiley
    Jane Smiley is an American novelist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres.
  • Janet Dailey Janet Dailey
    Janet Anne Haradon Dailey was an American author of numerous romance novels as Janet Dailey. Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. Dailey was both an author and entrepreneur.
  • Jason F. Wright Jason F. Wright
    Jason F. Wright is an American author and speaker.
  • J. Breckenridge Ellis
    John Breckenridge Ellis was an American writer of the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • Jean Rouverol
    Jean Rouverol was an American author, actress and screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s.
  • Jennifer Rothschild
    Jennifer Rothschild is an American author and speaker. She has written over 11 books and Bible studies, including the bestsellers, Lessons I Learned in the Dark, Self-Talk, Soul-Talk, and Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are.
  • Jeremy Jackson (author)
    Jeremy Jackson is an American author. He was born in 1973 in Ohio, grew up on a farm in Missouri, and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
  • Jesse Root Grant Jesse Root Grant
    Jesse Root Grant was a farmer, tanner and successful leather merchant who owned tanneries and leather goods shops in several different states throughout his adult life. He is best known as the father of Ulysses S. Grant and the one who introduced Ulysses to military life at West Point.
  • Jesse Root Grant (politician)
    Not to be confused with Jesse Root Grant I, father of Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Jesse S. Greever
    Jesse Scot Greever is an American author of literary short stories, many of which have graced international bestseller lists.
  • J. Michael Yates J. Michael Yates
    J. Michael Yates is a Canadian poet, dramatist and fiction writer.
  • Joan Quigley
    Joan Ceciel Quigley, of San Francisco, California, was an astrologer best known for her astrological advice to the Reagan White House in the 1980s. Quigley was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Joe Bock (academic) Joe Bock (academic)
    Joseph "Joe" Bock is a professor with Kennesaw State University's Department of Political Science and International Affairs and a former Missouri state representative.
  • Joel Townsley Rogers
    Joel Townsley Rogers was an American writer who wrote science fiction, air-adventure, and mystery stories and a handful of mystery novels.
  • Joe McGuff
    Joseph T. McGuff was an American journalist, author, and newspaper editor.
  • John Farris John Farris
    John Lee Farris is an American writer, known largely for his work in the southern Gothic genre. He was born 1936 in Jefferson City, Missouri, to parents John Linder Farris and Eleanor Carter Farris.
  • John J. Pershing John J. Pershing
    General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a senior United States Army officer. His most famous post was when he served as the commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I, 1917–18.
  • John Locke Scripps John Locke Scripps
    John Locke Scripps was an attorney, journalist, and author. He wrote the first published biography of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. He was the first cousin once removed of E.W. Scripps, the founder of E. W. Scripps Company.
  • John Lutz (mystery writer)
    John Lutz is an American writer who mainly writes mystery novels. He has received an Edgar Award and the Shamus Award twice, and his novel Single White Female was the basis for the 1992 film starring Bridget Fonda. John Lutz also writes stories for jigsaw puzzles.
  • John Miles Foley John Miles Foley
    John Miles Foley was a scholar of comparative oral tradition, particularly medieval and Old English literature, Homer and Serbian epic.
  • John R. Musick John R. Musick
    John Roy Musick was an American historical author and poet best known for his Columbian Historical Novels.
  • John Wesley Emerson John Wesley Emerson
    John Wesley Emerson was an American lawyer, American Civil War commander, Missouri Circuit Court judge, and the founder and principal investor of the Emerson Electric Company.
  • Jonathan Franzen Jonathan Franzen
    Jonathan Earl Franzen is an American novelist and essayist.
  • Jonis Agee
    Jonis Agee is a writer of short stories, novels, essays, and screenplays. She is the author of thirteen books, including five novels and five collections of short fiction. Three of her books have been New York Times Notable Books.
  • Jon Jefferson Jon Jefferson
    Jon Jefferson is a contemporary American author and television documentary maker.
  • Joseph Franklin Rutherford Joseph Franklin Rutherford
    Joseph Franklin Rutherford, also known as "Judge" Rutherford, was the second president of the incorporated Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.
  • Josephine Johnson
    Josephine Winslow Johnson was an American novelist, poet, and essayist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1935 at age 24 for her first novel, Now in November.
  • Josiah Gregg Josiah Gregg
    Josiah Gregg was a merchant, explorer, naturalist, and author of ' about the American Southwest and Northern Mexico regions. He collected many previously undescribed plants on his merchant trips and during the Mexican-American War after which he went to California.
  • Kasey Rogers Kasey Rogers
    Kasey Rogers was an American actress, memoirist and writer, best known for playing the second Louise Tate in the popular U.S. television sitcom Bewitched.
  • Kasi Lemmons
    Kasi Lemmons is an American film director and actress, most notable for her work on the films Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine and Talk to Me. She was described by film scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon as "an ongoing testament to the creative possibilities of film".
  • Kate Field Kate Field
    Mary Katherine Keemle "Kate" Field was an American journalist, lecturer, and actress, of eccentric talent.
  • Kay Thompson Kay Thompson
    Kay Thompson was an American author, composer, musician, actress and singer. She is best known as the creator of the Eloise children's books.
  • Keith Laumer Keith Laumer
    John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service.
  • Keith W. Nolan
    Keith William Nolan was an American military historian, focusing on the various campaigns of the Vietnam War. He was born in Webster Groves, Missouri; his father was a junior college history instructor who was also a Marine veteran. Nolan obtained a history degree from Webster University.
  • Kelly Flinn
    Kelly Flinn was the first female B-52 pilot in the United States Air Force.
  • Kevin O'Morrison Kevin O'Morrison
    Kevin O'Morrison was an American playwright and actor. He played the lead actor in the TV series Charlie Wild, Private Detective for the first seven episodes. The series began on CBS Television, and then moved to ABC, and finally DuMont.
  • and Lanford Wilson
    Lanford Wilson was an American playwright, whose work, as described by The New York Times, was "earthy, realist, greatly admired and
    Widely performed".
  • Langston Hughes
    James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Laura Ingalls Wilder was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books released from 1932 to 1943 which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family.
  • Laurell K. Hamilton Laurell K. Hamilton
    Laurell Kaye Hamilton is an American fantasy and romance writer. She is best known as the author of two series of stories.
  • Lester Dent
    Lester Dent was an American pulp-fiction author, best known as the creator and main author of the series of novels about the superhuman scientist and adventurer Doc Savage. The 159 novels written over 16 years were credited to the house name Kenneth Robeson.
  • Lorenzo Greene
    Dr. Lorenzo Johnston Greene was an American educator who taught history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri from 1933 to 1972. His book, Missouri's Black Heritage, co-authored by Antonio Holland and Gary Kremer, was a pioneering work on the African-American experience in Missouri.
  • Lucy Foster Madison
    Lucy Foster Madison was an American novelist and teacher.
  • Mac Lethal Mac Lethal
    David McCleary Sheldon, better known by his stage name Mac Lethal, is an American hip hop recording artist, of Irish descent, from Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to being the founder of Black Clover Records, he is a radio host on KRBZ 96.5 the Buzz show, Black Clover Radio.
  • Mac Tonnies Mac Tonnies
    Mac Tonnies was an American author and blogger whose work focused on futurology, transhumanism and paranormal topics. Tonnies grew up in Independence, Missouri, and attended William Chrisman High School and Ottawa University. He lived in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Marianne Moore Marianne Moore
    Marianne Craig Moore was an American Modernist poet, critic, translator, and editor. Her poetry is noted for formal innovation, precise diction, irony, and wit.
  • Mark Bowden
    Mark Robert Bowden is an American writer and author. He is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he is a 1973 graduate of Loyola University Maryland.
  • Mark W. Tiedemann Mark W. Tiedemann
    Mark W. Tiedemann is an American science fiction and detective fiction author. He has written novels set in Isaac Asimov's Robot universe, and within his own original universe, known as the Secantis Sequence.
  • Mary Jo Bang
    Mary Jo Bang is an American poet.
  • Maurice M. Milligan
    Maurice Morton Milligan, a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, is most famous for the successful 1939 prosecution of Kansas City boss Tom Pendergast.
  • Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
    Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
  • Maynard C. Krueger Maynard C. Krueger
    Maynard C. Krueger was an American socialist politician and an economics professor at the University of Chicago. He is best remembered as the 1940 Vice Presidential nominee of the Socialist Party of America.
  • Meta Given
    Meta H. Given was an American nutritionist, home economist, and best-selling cookbook author.
  • Michael Wallis Michael Wallis
    Michael Wallis is an American journalist, popular historian, author, speaker and voice actor. He has written seventeen books, including Route 66: The Mother Road, about the historic highway U.S. Route 66.
  • Mike Long (author) Mike Long (author)
    Michael Long is an American author. In 2008, he began teaching at Georgetown University in the graduate school of professional studies, teaching classes to graduate students on writing and speech writing.
  • Murray Bishoff
    Murray Bishoff is a writer at The Monett Times in Monett, Missouri. Formerly a contributor to Comics Buyer's Guide, Bishoff won an Inkpot Award in 1980.
  • Nancy Snyderman
    Nancy Lynn Snyderman is an American physician, author, and former broadcast journalist.
  • Naomi Long Madgett
    Naomi Long Madgett is an African-American poet, born Naomi Cornelia Long in Norfolk, Virginia. A former teacher and an award-winning poet, she is also the senior editor of Lotus Press, a publisher of poetry books by black poets.
  • O. O. McIntyre O. O. McIntyre
    Oscar Odd McIntyre was a New York newspaper columnist of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the byline O. O. McIntyre. His writings cleverly combined a small town point of view with urban sophistication.
  • Pat Schneider Pat Schneider
    Pat Schneider is an American writer, poet, writing teacher and editor.
  • Patsy Ruth Miller Patsy Ruth Miller
    Patsy Ruth Miller was an American film actress who played Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame opposite Lon Chaney.
  • Paulette Jiles
    Paulette Jiles-Johnson is an American-born Canadian poet and novelist. Born in Salem, Missouri, she was educated at the University of Illinois in Spanish literature. Jiles moved to Canada in 1969.
  • Qiu Xiaolong Qiu Xiaolong
    Qiu Xiaolong is an English-language poet, literary translator, crime novelist, critic, and academic, who has lived for many years in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Raelynn Hillhouse Raelynn Hillhouse
    Raelynn Hillhouse is an American national security and Intelligence community analyst, former smuggler during the Cold War, spy novelist and health care executive.
  • Ramesh Ponnuru Ramesh Ponnuru
    Ramesh Ponnuru is an American columnist and a senior editor for National Review magazine, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for Bloomberg View, and a contributing editor to the domestic policy journal National Affairs.
  • Raymond Leo Burke Raymond Leo Burke
    Raymond Leo Burke is an American cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church and a leader of its conservative wing. He is an archbishop and the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
  • Richard Lockridge
    Richard Orson Lockridge was an American writer of detective fiction. Richard Lockridge with his wife Frances created one of the most famous American mystery series, Mr. and Mrs. North.
  • Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes
    Richard Lee Rhodes is an American historian, journalist and author of both fiction and non-fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb, and most recently, The Twilight of the Bombs.
  • Rick Hummel
    Rick Hummel is an American author and sports columnist best known for his work for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Hummel was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 2007 when he was honored with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing.
  • Rick Skwiot Rick Skwiot
    Rick Skwiot is the award-winning author of three published works set in Mexico and a critically praised childhood memoir. He received the Hemingway First Novel Award for his debut work, Death in Mexico and was the Willa Cather Fiction Prize Finalist for Sleeping With Pancho Villa in 1998.
  • Ridley Pearson Ridley Pearson
    Ridley Pearson is an American author of suspense and thriller novels for adults, and adventure books for children. Some of his books have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list.
  • Robert A. Heinlein Robert A. Heinlein
    Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", his sometimes controversial works continue to have an influential effect on the genre, and on modern culture more generally.
  • Robert Cummings Neville
    Robert Cummings Neville is an American systematic philosopher and theologian, author of numerous books and papers, and ex-Dean of the Boston University School of Theology.
  • Robert Moore Williams
    Robert Moore Williams was an American writer, primarily of science fiction. Pseudonyms included John S Browning, H. H. Harmon, Russell Storm and E. K. Jarvis.
  • Robert Vaughan (author)
    Robert Vaughan is an American writer. He has authored over 200 books. He won the 1977 Porgie Award for The Power and the Pride. He has also written a series of contemporary and historical romance novels under several pseudonyms including "Paula Moore" and "Paula Fairman".
  • Robin Wayne Bailey
    Robin Wayne Bailey is an American writer of speculative fiction, both fantasy and science fiction. He is a founder of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
  • Roger Wilkins Roger Wilkins
    Roger Wilkins was an African-American civil rights leader, professor of history, and journalist.
  • Ronald Wallace (poet)
    Ronald Wallace is an American poet, and Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry & Halls-Bascom Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Ron Powers
    Ron Powers is an American journalist, novelist, and non-fiction writer. His works include White Town Drowsing: Journeys to Hannibal, Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, and Mark Twain: A Life.
  • Rupert Hughes Rupert Hughes
    Rupert Hughes was an American novelist, film director, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, military officer, and music composer.
  • Russell Davis (writer) Russell Davis (writer)
    Russell Davis is an American author born in Missouri. His publications include more than 20 novels and 30 short stories. Davis, who writes in many genres, was the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 2008–2010, and a member of the Western Writers of America.
  • Sally Benson Sally Benson
    Sally Benson was an American screenwriter, who was also a prolific short story author, best known for her semi-autobiographical stories collected in Junior Miss and Meet Me in St. Louis.
  • Sean Quinn (writer)
    Sean Quinn is an American writer from Clayton, Missouri. He was a member of the White House press corps representing the political blog FiveThirtyEight.com.
  • Shelley Winters Shelley Winters
    Shelley Winters was an American actress whose career spanned five decades.
  • Shirl Henke Shirl Henke
    Shirl Henke is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has eclectic tastes and has written historical, contemporary, western, and regency-themed books. She also writes mystery novels using the pen name Alexa Hunt.
  • Sidney Toler Sidney Toler
    Sidney Toler was an American actor, playwright and theatre director. The second non-Asian actor to play the role of Charlie Chan on screen, he is best remembered for his portrayal of the Chinese American detective in 22 films made between 1938 and 1946.
  • Stanley Elkin Stanley Elkin
    Stanley Lawrence Elkin was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relation between each other.
  • Stephen Morehouse Avery
    Stephen Morehouse Avery was an American author who wrote numerous Hollywood screenplays. His daughter is the actress Phyllis Avery.
  • Sue Hubbell
    Sue Hubbell is an American author. Her books A Country Year and A Book of Bees were selected by The New York Times Book Review as Notable Books of the Year.
  • Tacy Atkinson
    Tacy Atkinson was an American Christian missionary who served in the Ottoman Empire during World War I and the Armenian Genocide. As a witness to the Armenian Genocide, her accounts of the Armenian Genocide provide an important insight to the event.
  • Taylor Marsh Taylor Marsh
    Taylor Marsh, the pseudonym for Michelle Marshall, is an author, political analyst, writer and strategist, as well as founder and publisher of the new media blog TaylorMarsh.com. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband.
  • Teri Clemens
    Teri Clemens is a retired American volleyball coach. Clemens served as the head coach at Washington University in St. Louis for 14 years, where she led the Bears to seven NCAA Division III national championships, including six consecutive from 1991-96.
  • Terry Teachout Terry Teachout
    Terry Teachout is an American critic, biographer, librettist, author, playwright, and blogger.
  • Thomas Bailey Marquis
    Thomas Bailey Marquis was an American self-taught historian and ethnographer who wrote about the Plains Indians and other subjects of the American frontier.
  • Thomas Hart Benton (painter) Thomas Hart Benton (painter)
    Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States.
  • Thomas Hart Benton (politician) Thomas Hart Benton (politician)
    Thomas Hart Benton, nicknamed "Old Bullion", was a United States Senator from Missouri. A member of the Democratic Party, he was an architect and champion of westward expansion by the United States, a cause that became known as Manifest Destiny.
  • Timothy M. Dolan Timothy M. Dolan
    Timothy Michael Dolan is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Dolan serves as the tenth and current Archbishop of New York.
  • Tina Connolly
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  • Tina Turner Tina Turner
    Tina Turner, is an American-born Swiss recording singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, Turner relinquished her American citizenship after obtaining Swiss citizenship in 2013.
  • Tirzah Firestone
    Tirzah Firestone is a prominent Jewish Renewal rabbi, as well as an author of books on female figures in Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah, a Jungian psychotherapist, and spiritual leader of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Vance Randolph Vance Randolph
    Vance Randolph was a folklorist who studied the folklore of the Ozarks in particular. He wrote a number of books on topics including the Ozarks, Little Blue Books, and juvenile fiction.
  • Vic Hurley
    Gerald V. Hurley was a record-breaking athlete, adventurer, expert on the Philippine Islands, military officer, and prolific author.
  • Vincent Price Vincent Price
    Vincent Leonard Price Jr. was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films. His career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, radio, and more than one hundred films.
  • Virgil Thomson Virgil Thomson
    Virgil Thomson was an American composer and critic. He was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music.
  • Walt Disney
    Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.
  • Walter Williams (journalist) Walter Williams (journalist)
    Walter Williams was an American journalist and educator. He founded the world's first journalism school at the University of Missouri, and later served as the university's president.
  • William Albrecht
    William A. Albrecht PhD, chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri, was the foremost authority on the relation of soil fertility to human health and earned four degrees from the University of Illinois.
  • William H. Gass William H. Gass
    William Howard Gass is an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor.
  • William Inge William Inge
    William Motter Inge was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of memorable Broadway productions, including Picnic, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
  • William L. Hungate William L. Hungate
    William Leonard Hungate was a United States Representative from Missouri from November 3, 1964, to January 3, 1977, representing the Ninth Congressional District.
  • William Masters
    William Howell Masters was an American gynecologist, best known as the senior member of the Masters and Johnson sexuality research team.
  • William Scott Home
    William Scott Home is the pen name of an American author, poet and biologist principally known for writing horror and dark fantasy.
  • William Sleator
    William Warner Sleator III, known as William Sleator, was an American science fiction author who wrote primarily young adult novels but also wrote for younger readers.
  • Yogi Berra Yogi Berra
    Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager, and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, all but the last for the New York Yankees.
  • Zoe Akins
    Zoe Akins was an American playwright, poet, and author.
  • Zoë Akins Zoë Akins
    Zoë Akins was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, poet, and author.

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