E. E. Cummings
E. E. Cummings   (1894 - 1962, American)
Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as E. E. Cummings, with the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in all lowercase letters as ...
Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski   (1920 - 1994, American)
Henry Charles Bukowski was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Bukowski's writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home ...
Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath   (1932 - 1963, American)
Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, children's author, and short story author. Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The ...
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe   (1809 - 1849, American)
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his ...
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson   (1830 - 1886, American)
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and ...
Robert Frost
Robert Frost   (1874 - 1963, American)
Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. ...
Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman   (1819 - 1892, American)
Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in ...
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou   (1928 - 2014, American)
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven ...
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway   (1899-1961, American)
Born in Illinois in 1899, Ernest Hemingway grew up in Oak Park, a comfortable conservative suburb of Chicago. His childhood leisure activities included hunting and ...
T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot   (1888 - 1965, American)
Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, playwright and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Among his most famous writings are ...
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein   (1930 - 1999, American)
Sheldon Alan "Shel" Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He sometimes styled himself as Uncle Shelby, ...
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg   (1926 - 1997, American)
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet. Ginsberg is best known for the poem "Howl" (1956), celebrating his friends who were members of the Beat ...
Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803 - 1882, American)
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, philosopher and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the early 19th century. His teachings directly ...
Jack Kerouac   (1922 - 1969, American)
Jack Kerouac was an American author, poet and painter. Alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he is considered a pioneer of the Beat Generation. ...
Anne Sexton   (1928 - 1974, American)
Anne Sexton was an influential American poet and writer known for her highly personal, confessional poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. ...
Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman)   (1941 -, American)
Musician, singer, and songwriter Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota; he legally changed his name to Robert Dylan in 1962 in ...
James Douglas 'Jim' Morrison   (1943-1971, American)
American rock singer and rock lyric who achieved after his death a cult position among fans. Morrison wished to be accepted as a serious artist, ...
Langston Hughes   (1902 - 1967, American)
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the new ...
J. D. Salinger   (1919, American)
Jerome David "J. D." Salinger is an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive ...
H.P. Lovecraft   (1890 - 1937, American)
Lovecraft was born August 20, 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island, at the home of his maternal grandfather, Whipple V. Phillips, a prosperous industrialist and New ...
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound   (1885 - 1972, American)
Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in the first half ...
Sara Teasdale   (1884 - 1933, American)
Sara Teasdale was an American lyrical poet. She was born Sarah Trevor Teasdale in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout her life, Teasdale suffered poor health and ...
Dorothy Parker   (1893 - 1967, American)
Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted ...
Carl Sandburg   (1878 - 1967, American)
Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and another for ...
William Carlos Williams   (1883 - 1963, American)
William Carlos Williams, also known as WCW, was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner ...
Edna St. Vincent Millay   (1892 - 1950, American)
Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright and the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was also ...
Abraham Lincoln   (1809 - 1865, American)
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Throughout his life, Abraham Lincoln was an avid reader of poetry. As a teenager, however, ...
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   (1807 - 1882, American)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American educator and poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline". He was also the ...
Mary Oliver   (1935 - Present, American)
Mary Oliver is an American poet. Oliver’s poetry is grounded in memories of Ohio and her adopted home of New England. Influenced by both Whitman ...
Leonard Nimoy   (1931 -, American)
The son of a Boston barber, Leonard Nimoy was a star at the age of 8, when he played Hansel in a children's theatre production ...
Wallace Stevens   (1879 - 1955, American)
Wallace Stevens was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and spent most ...
Audre Lorde   (1934 - 1992, American)
Audre Geraldine Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist. A contemporary of such feminist poets as Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich, Lorde also expressed ...
Louise Glück   (1943 - Present, American)
Louise Elisabeth Glück (born 22 April 1943) is an American poet of Hungarian Jewish heritage. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the ...
Ogden Nash   (1902 - 1971, American)
Frederic Ogden Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, the New York Times ...
Mary Elizabeth Frye   (1905-2004, American)
Mary Elizabeth Frye was a Baltimore housewife and florist, best known as the author of the poem "Do not stand at my grave and weep". ...
Elizabeth Bishop   (1911 - 1979, American)
Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1911, but spent part of her childhood with her Canadian grandparents after her father's death and her ...
Louisa May Alcott   (1832 - 1888, American)
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth, and May, were educated by their ...
Ai   (1947, American)
Florence Anthony (born January 2, 1947) is an American poet who legally changed her name to Ai. Ai, who has described herself as Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, ...
Conrad Aiken   (1889 - 1973, American)
Conrad Potter Aiken was an American novelist and poet, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, and an autobiography. Aiken was deeply influenced by symbolism, ...
Richard Jones   (1953 - , American)
Richard Jones is the author of several books of poems, including Country of Air, At Last We Enter Paradise, and A Perfect Time. His book, ...
Richard Brautigan   (1935 - 1982, American)
Born on January 30th, 1935 in Tacoma, Washington, little is known of his childhood but it is rumored it was a troubled one. Somewhere around ...
John Updike   (1932 - 2009, American)
John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (the ...
Theodore Roethke   (1908 - 1963, American)
Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1908. As a child, he spent much time in the greenhouse owned by his father and uncle. ...
E. B. White   (1899 - 1985, American)
Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White was an American writer. A long-time contributor to "The New Yorker" magazine, he also wrote many famous books for both ...
W. S. Merwin   (1927 - Present, American)
William Stanley Merwin is an American poet. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 80s ...
Erica Jong   (1942, American)
Erica Jong—novelist, poet, and essayist—has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness. She ...
Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron   (1902 - 2000, American)
Amelia Aaron was born in Louisiana. She was a businesswoman, and was accomplished in music and poetry. She lived to be 98 years old and ...
William Cullen Bryant   (1794 - 1878, American)
William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. Although "Thanatopsis", his most famous poem, has ...
Lisa Zaran   (1969, American)
Lisa was born on September 26, 1969 in Los Angeles, California to an American-Norwegian mother, Joan Ablett (1941) and Norwegian father, Leonhard Hoie (1937-1996) She ...
Thomas Wolfe   (1900 - 1938, American)
Thomas Clayton Wolfe was an acclaimed American novelist of the early 20th century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and ...
Robert Bly   (1926 -, American)
Robert Bly was born in western Minnesota in 1926 to parents of Norwegian stock. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent two years ...
Edith Wharton   (1862 - 1937, American)
One of the major figures in American literary history, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) presented intriguing insights into the American experience. Author of more than 40 volumes--novels, ...
May Sarton   (1912 - 1995, American)
May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton, an American poet, novelist, and memoirist. Many of her works reflect the lesbian experience. Sarton ...
Amy Lowell   (1874 - 1925, American)
Amy Lowell was born in 1874 at Sevenels, a ten-acre family estate in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her family was Episcopalian, of old New England stock, and ...
Leonie Adams   (1899-1988, American)
Leonie Adams was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899. The fifth of six children. She was brought up in a strict home. She was ...
Hilda Doolittle   (1886 - 1961, American)
Hilda Doolittle Born on September 10, 1886, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Hilda Doolittle was the daughter of an astronomer, and she was reared in the strict ...
Catherine Anderson   (1954 - present, American)
Catherine Anderson (b. 1954) was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is the author of In the Mother Tongue (1983), a book of poems published by ...
Max Eastman   (1883 - 1969, American)
Max Eastman was a poet, radical editor, translator, and author. He edited the socialist magazine The Masses (1912-1917) and translated Leon Trotsky into English. Max ...
Stephen Vincent Benet   (1898 - 1943, American)
Stephen Vincent Benét was an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist. Benét is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American ...
John Greenleaf Whittier   (1807 - 1892, American)
John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed ...
Archibald MacLeish   (1892 - 1982, American)
Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer and the Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the modernist school of poetry. He has received three ...
Mary Mathews Adams   (1840-1902, American)
Born Mary Mathews on 23rd October 1840 in Brooklyn, she was educated at the Packer Institute. She married Alfred S Barnes a noted publisher. Following ...
Patience Worth   (1883-1937, American)
Although Patience Worth was reluctant to report her family history, she intimated that she was born "across the sea" in Dorsetshire, England in 1649. Her ...
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   (1842 - 1914, American)
Ambrose Bierce was born in Meigs County, Ohio, and reared in Kosciusko County, Ind. He was a printer's apprentice before enlisting and serving with distinction ...
Stephen Collins Foster   (1826-1864, American)
As one of America's principal and most influential songwriters, Stephen Foster shares his birthday with that of the nation. Born on 4 July 1826 in ...
Julia Ward Howe   (1819 - 1910, American)
As a writer, poet, reformer and lecturer, Howe worked throughout her life for justice. In 1861, she authored The Battle Hymn as an inspiration to ...
Michael Field   (1846-1914 1862-1913, American)
Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper wrote for twenty-five years under the pseudonym, Michael Field, producing numerous poetic historical dramas and eight volumes of verse. Both ...
 
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