Claire Gebben

About me

Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland in Moreland Hills, Ohio. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her stories, articles and essays have appeared in “The Speculative Edge,” “The Fine Line,” and “Shark Reef,” among other publications. In order to write her first historical fiction novel “Harm’s Way” (publication early 2014) she studied the ancient art of blacksmithing and harvested grapes in the vineyard of her ancestors in Germany. She is a writing teacher and Fiction Editor of “Soundings Review” literary magazine. Ms. Gebben is married, has two adult children, and lives on Mercer Island, Washington.

From my website

How about that Cyndi

The first time I attended a genealogy class taught by Sarah Little I heard about Cyndi’s list. On Sarah’s handout, my teacher noted the site is the most comprehensive reference on the web for genealogy, “the best of them all. A phenomenal encyclopedic site.” Amazingly, Cyndi has now kept Cyndislist.com continuously…

A new day in history

Once upon a time, before I really started researching 19th century history, I lumped the entire 19th century into the Victorian era, all about propriety and manners, dominated by “prudish, hypocritical, stuffy, [and] narrow-minded” cultural attitudes (Murfin and Ray 496). While two-thirds of the 19th century did fall within Queen Victoria’s reign…

Civil War POWs

In the current July/August “Echoes,” published by the Ohio Historical Society, I was delighted to find a piece about the Union Army POW camp Johnson’s Island (located in Sandusky Bay just to the south of Lake Erie). I don’t remember how I happened on the existence of the Johnson’s Island…

 
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