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    Daniel Hoffman (1923-2013) Daniel Hoffman (credit: Elizabeth McFarland) Daniel Hoffman was born in New York in 1923. He served as the 22nd Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1973 to 1974. Hoffman is the author of nine books of poetry, including An Armada of Thirty Whales (1954), Broken Laws (1960), and Makes You Stop and […]
    • Date: 1923
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    Anne Sexton (1928-1974) Anne SextonAnne Sexton was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1928. She is the author of 12 poetry collections, including To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960); Live or Die (1966), which won her the Pulitzer Prize; and Love Poems (1969). Sexton also delved into writing prose, essays, plays, and children’s literature. Her honors include the Levinson […]
    • Date: 1928
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    Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985) Robert Fitzgerald credit Madame Robert Champigny Robert Fitzgerald was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1910. He is the author of four poetry collections, including Poems (1935), A Wreath for the Sea (1943), and Spring Shade: Poems, 1931-1970 (1972). He has also written two books of prose and translated or co-translated nine books. Fitzgerald received fellowships […]
    • Date: 1910
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    Louise Bogan (1897-1970) Louise Bogan Louise Bogan was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, in 1897. She is the author of six poetry collections, including Body of This Death (1923), Collected Poems: 1923-1953 (1954), and The Blue Estuaries: Poems, 1923-1968 (1968). She is also the author of several books of prose and translations. Bogan’s awards include two fellowships from […]
    • Date: 1897
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    Barbara Guest (1920-2006) Barbara Guest credit Judy DaterBarbara Guest was born in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1920. She is the author of 18 poetry collections, including The Location of Things (1960); Fair Realism (1988), winner of the Lawrence Lipton Prize; and The Red Gaze (2005). She has also written three plays, a novel, and a biography of the […]
    • Date: 1920
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    Daniel Halpern (1945-) Daniel Halpern credit Mary Cross Daniel Halpern was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1945. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Tango (1987), Selected Poems (1994), and Something Shining: Poems (1999). He has edited over 15 anthologies and books. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment […]
    • Date: 1945
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    William Stafford (1914-1993) William Stafford William Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1914. His first major collection of poems, Traveling Through the Dark (1962) was published when he was forty-eight. He is the author of 65 books of poems, including The Rescued Year (1966), Stories That Could Be True: New and Collected Poems (1977), and An Oregon […]
    • Date: 1914
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    J.V. Cunningham (1911-1985) J. V. Cunningham (credit: Thomas Victor) J. V. Cunningham was born in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1911. He is the author of nine poetry collections, including The Helmsman (1942), The Exclusions of a Rhyme (1960), and The Poems of J. V. Cunningham (1997). He is also the author of three selections of prose. Cunningham received fellowships […]
    • Date: 1911
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    Josephine Jacobsen (1908-2003) Josephine Jacobsen Josephine Jacobsen was born in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada in 1908. She is the author of 12 poetry collections, including The Sisters: New and Selected Poems (1987), Collected Poems (1995), and In the Crevice of Time: New and Collected Poems (1995). She is also the author of four collections of short stories. From 1971-1973, […]
    • Date: 1908
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    Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) Czeslaw Milosz (credit: Danuta Wegiel)Czeslaw Milosz was born in Szetejnie, Lithuania in 1911. He is the author of nine English-language poetry collections, including Selected Poems (1973); The Collected Poems, 1931-1987 (1988); and New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001 (2001). Better known for his prose, Milosz is the author of 10 English-language works, including The History of […]
    • Date: 1911
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    Les A. Murray (1938-) Les Murray (credit: Graham McCarter) Les A. Murray was born in Nabiac, New South Wales, Australia in 1938. He is the author of 36 poetry collections, including The People’s Otherworld (1983), Dog Fox Field (1990), and Subhuman Redneck Problems (1996). He has also written two verse novels and 11 books of prose; translated over 20 […]
    • Date: 1938
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    Kofi Awoonor (1935-2013) Kofi Awoonor Kofi Awoonor was born George Awoonor-Williams in Wheta, Ghana, in 1935. In addition to translating poetry from the local Ewe dialect, Awoonor wrote and published novels, plays, political essays, literary criticism, and several volumes of poetry, including Night of My Blood (1971), The House by the Sea (1978), and, posthumously, The Promise of […]
    • Date: 1935
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    W. S. Merwin (1927-) W.S. Merwin credit Jill Greenberg W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. He is the author of thirty-one poetry collections, including A Mask of Janus (1952), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize; The Carrier of Ladders (1971), which won the Pulitzer Prize; and Migration: New and Selected Poems (2005), which […]
    • Date: 1927
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    June Jordan (1936-2002) June Jordan June Jordan was born in Harlem in 1936. She is the author of 27 volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, including Some Changes (1971); Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poetry (1977); and Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan, which was posthumously released in 2005. […]
    • Date: 1936
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    Vincent Buckley (1925-1988) Vincent Buckley Vincent Buckley was born in Romsey, Victoria, Australia in 1925. He was the author of eleven poetry collections, including Masters in Israel (1961), which won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, Golden Builders and Other Poems (1976), and Last Poems (1991). He also wrote four books of essays and criticism and an autobiographical […]
    • Date: 1925
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    Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1917. She is the author of over 20 poetry collections, including A Street in Bronzeville (1945); Annie Allen (1949), which won the Pulitzer Prize; and The Bean Eaters (1960). She is also the author of several books of prose, including the novella Maud Martha (1953). […]
    • Date: 1917
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    Audre Lorde (1934-1992) Audre LordeAudre Lorde was born in New York City in 1934. She is the author of 12 poetry collections, including Coal (1976), The Black Unicorn (1978), and The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (1997). She is also the author of five volumes of prose, including The Cancer Journals (1980), which won the 1982 Gay Caucus […]
    • Date: 1934
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    Kenneth Koch (1925-2002) Kenneth Koch Kenneth Koch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1925. He is the author of 20 poetry collections, including The Art of Love: Poems (1975), One Train (1994), and New Addresses (2000). He has also written several books of prose, two collections of fiction, and over 15 plays. Koch received the Phi Beta Kappa […]
    • Date: 1925
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    Denise Levertov (1923-1997) Denise Levertov Denise Levertov was born in Essex, England, in 1923. She is the author of 24 volumes of poetry, including With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads (1959); Evening Train (1993); and The Freeing of the Dust (1975), winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. She has also published several collections of short […]
    • Date: 1923
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    J. D. McClatchy (1945-2018) J.D. McClatchy (credit: Geoff Spear) J.D. McClatchy was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 1945. He is the author of several poetry collections, including The Rest of the Way (1992), winner of the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; Hazmat (2002); and Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems […]
    • Date: 1945
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    Howard Nemerov (1920-1991) Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov was born in New York City in 1920. He is the author of 21 poetry collections, including The Image and the Law (1947) and The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov (1977), which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize. He also published several books of prose. […]
    • Date: 1920
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    John Cheever (1912-1982) John Cheever (credit: Nancy Crampton) John Cheever, also known as “the Chekhov of the suburbs,” was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. He is the author of 10 short story collections, including The Enormous Radio and Other Stories (1953) and The Stories of John Cheever (1978), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a […]
    • Date: 1912
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    Philip Levine (1928-2015) Philip Levine Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928, and served as the 18th United States Poet Laureate from 2011-2012. He is the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry, including What Work Is (1991), which won the National Book Award, and The Simple Truth (1994), which won the Pulitzer Prize for […]
    • Date: 1928
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    James Tate (1942-2015) James Tate James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1942. He is the author of 17 collections of poetry, including Dome of the Hidden Pavilion (2015); Worshipful Company of Fletchers (1994), winner of the National Book Award; and Selected Poems (1991), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award. Tate’s […]
    • Date: 1942
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    Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) Galway Kinnell (credit: Richard W. Brown) Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1927. He is the author of 13 poetry collections, including The Book of Nightmares (1971), Selected Poems (1980), and When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990). He is also the author of a novel, a selection of interviews, […]
    • Date: 1927