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LIST OF FAMOUS WOMEN POETS A-Z

 

A
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou (18)
(1928 – present)
Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood (28)
(1939 – present)
Anna Akhmatova Anna Akhmatova (26)
(1889 – 1966)
Ai Ai (1)
(1947 – 2010)
Jane Austen Jane Austen (13)
(1775 – 1817)
Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott (16)
(1832 – 1888)
Sarah Flower Adams(6)
(1805 – 1848)
Delmira Agustini Delmira Agustini (1)
(1886 – 1914)
Deborah Ager Deborah Ager (10)
(1971 – present)
Catherine Anderson Catherine Anderson(3)
(1954 – present)
Maggie Anderson Maggie Anderson (1)
(1948 – present)
Kelli Russell Agodon Kelli Russell Agodon(6)
(1969 – present)
Julie Hill Alger Julie Hill Alger (4)
(1927 – 1994)
B
Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop (64)
(1911 – 1979)
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks(13)
(1917 – 2000)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Elizabeth Barrett Browning (114)
(1809 – 1861)
Eavan Boland Eavan Boland (9)
(1944 – present)
Louise Bogan Louise Bogan (22)
(1897 – 1970)
Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet (34)
(1612 – 1672)
Emily Bronte Emily Bronte (56)
(1818 – 1848)
Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Bronte (24)
(1816 – 1855)
Anne Bronte Anne Bronte (59)
(1820 – 1849)
Erin Belieu Erin Belieu (8)
(1965 – present)
April Bernard April Bernard (2)
(1956 – present)
Ellis Parker Butler (72)
(1869 – 1937)
Ingeborg Bachmann Ingeborg Bachmann(15)
(1926 – 1973)
Ros Barber Ros Barber (1)
(1964 – present)
Laure-Anne Bosselaar Laure-Anne Bosselaar(6)
(2006 – present)
Cecilia Borromeo Cecilia Borromeo (3)
(1976 – present)
C
Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton (2)
(1936 – 2010)
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (16)
(1861 – 1907)
Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt (14)
(1920 – 1994)
Lady Mary Chudleigh(4)
(1656 – 1710)
Martha Collins Martha Collins (1)
(1940 – present)
Geraldine Connolly Geraldine Connolly (3)
(1947 – present)
Andree Chedid Andree Chedid (4)
(1920 – present)
Eliza Cook Eliza Cook (5)
(1818 – 1889)
Willa Cather Willa Cather (6)
(1873 – 1947)
Anastasia Clark Anastasia Clark (2)
(1959 – present)
D
Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson (1779)
(1830 – 1886)
Hilda Doolittle Hilda Doolittle (20)
(1886 – 1961)
Rita Dove Rita Dove (2)
(1952 – present)
Annie Dillard Annie Dillard (1)
(1945 – present)
Denise Duhamel Denise Duhamel (11)
(1961 – present)
Regina Derieva (9)
(1949 – present)
Carol Ann Duffy Carol Ann Duffy (4)
(1955 – present)
Helen Dunmore Helen Dunmore (1)
(1952 – present)
E
Maggie Estep Maggie Estep (8)
(1962 – present)
George Eliot George Eliot (9)
(1819 – 1880)
Rebecca Elson Rebecca Elson (2)
(1960 – 1999)
F
Anne Kingsmill Finch(67)
(1661 – 1720)
Carolyn Forche Carolyn Forche (7)
(1950 – present)
Daisy Fried Daisy Fried (1)
(1967 – present)
Jessie Redmon Fauset Jessie Redmon Fauset (1)
(1882 – 1961)
Annie Finch Annie Finch (4)
(1956 – present)
G
Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni (1)
(1943 – present)
Louise Gluck Louise Gluck (48)
(1943 – present)
Judy Grahn Judy Grahn (1)
(1940 – present)
Dame Mary Gilmore Dame Mary Gilmore(11)
(1865 – 1962)
Patricia Goedicke Patricia Goedicke (1)
(1931 – present)
Jorie Graham Jorie Graham (13)
(1950 – present)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan Maria Mazziotti Gillan(4)
(1940 – present)
Bernadette Geyer Bernadette Geyer (2)
(1968 – present)
H
Ho Xuan Huong (1)
(1772 – 1822)
Marilyn Hacker Marilyn Hacker (12)
(1942 – present)
Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn (1)
(1955 – present)
Julia Ward Howe Julia Ward Howe (5)
(1819 – 1910)
Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe (6)
(1947 – present)
Joy Harjo Joy Harjo (2)
(1951 – present)
Sophie Hannah Sophie Hannah (9)
(1917 – present)
Suheir Hammad Suheir Hammad (5)
(1973 – present)
Eileen Carney Hulme Eileen Carney Hulme(6)
(1953 – present)
J
Elizabeth Jennings Elizabeth Jennings(10)
(1926 – 2001)
Erica Jong Erica Jong (25)
(1942 – present)
Jenny Joseph Jenny Joseph (2)
(1932 – present)
Helen Hunt Jackson Helen Hunt Jackson(39)
(1831 – 1885)
Laura Riding Jackson Laura Riding Jackson(7)
(1901 – 1991)
K
Jane Kenyon Jane Kenyon (14)
(1947 – 1995)
Anne Killigrew Anne Killigrew (33)
(1660 – 1685)
Maxine Kumin Maxine Kumin (4)
(1925 – present)
Jackie Kay Jackie Kay (5)
(1961 – present)
Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer (13)
(1925 – present)
Faye Diane Kilday Faye Diane Kilday (15)
(1973 – present)
Sheema Kalbasi Sheema Kalbasi (2)
(1972 – present)
L
Denise Levertov Denise Levertov (54)
(1923 – 1997)
Amy Lowell Amy Lowell (152)
(1874 – 1925)
Emma Lazarus Emma Lazarus (24)
(1849 – 1887)
Audre Lorde Audre Lorde (8)
(1934 – 1992)
Amy Levy Amy Levy (69)
(1861 – 1889)
Louise Labe Louise Labe (1)
(1524 – 1566)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Sharmagne Leland-St. John (5)
(1953 – present)
Sharon Esther Lampert Sharon Esther Lampert (19)
(0 – present)
M
Marianne Moore Marianne Moore (18)
(1887 – 1972)
Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay(165)
(1892 – 1950)
Gabriela Mistral Gabriela Mistral (3)
(1889 – 1957)
Katherine Mansfield Katherine Mansfield(61)
(1888 – 1923)
Lisel Mueller Lisel Mueller (21)
(1924 – present)
Lucy Maud Montgomery Lucy Maud Montgomery (91)
(1874 – 1942)
Dorothea Mackeller(5)
(1885 – 1968)
Frances Mayes Frances Mayes (1)
(1940 – present)
Heather McHugh Heather McHugh (8)
(1948 – present)
Alice Duer Miller Alice Duer Miller (1)
(1874 – 1942)
Erin Moure Erin Moure (3)
(1955 – present)
Chris Mansell Chris Mansell (6)
(1953 – present)
Dorothea MacKellar Dorothea MacKellar(5)
(1885 – 1968)
N
Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Shihab Nye (2)
(1952 – present)
Sarojini Naidu Sarojini Naidu (43)
(1879 – 1949)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Oodgeroo Noonuccal(3)
(1920 – 1993)
Anais Nin Anais Nin (2)
(1903 – 1977)
Edith Nesbit Edith Nesbit (8)
(1858 – 1924)
Claire Nixon Claire Nixon (5)
(1973 – present)
Nimah Nawwab Nimah Nawwab (4)
(1966 – present)
Desi Di Nardo Desi Di Nardo (4)
(1972 – present)
O
Mary Oliver (87)
(1935 – present)
Sharon Olds Sharon Olds (17)
(1942 – present)
P
Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath (121)
(1932 – 1963)
Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker (181)
(1893 – 1967)
Marge Piercy Marge Piercy (23)
(1936 – present)
Linda Pastan Linda Pastan (17)
(1932 – present)
Katherine Philips Katherine Philips (20)
(1631 – 1647)
Grace Paley Grace Paley (2)
(1922 – present)
Katha Pollitt Katha Pollitt (1)
(1949 – present)
Katherine Anne Porter Katherine Anne Porter(1)
(1890 – 1980)
P. K. Page P. K. Page (2)
(1916 – present)
Wanda Phipps Wanda Phipps (8)
(1960 – present)
Anna Piutti Anna Piutti (2)
(1982 – present)
Ruth Padel Ruth Padel (8)
(1947 – present)
Diane di Prima Diane di Prima (1)
(1934 – present)
Vanessa Perkins (1)
(1968 – present)
R
Christina Rossetti Christina Rossetti (55)
(1830 – 1894)
Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich (31)
(1929 – present)
Kathleen Raine Kathleen Raine (23)
(1908 – 2003)
Mary Darby Robinson Mary Darby Robinson(129)
(1758 – 1800)
Lizette Woodworth Reese (6)
(1856 – 1935)
Lola Ridge (1)
(1873 – 1941)
Susan Rich Susan Rich (3)
(2006 – present)
Jennifer Reeser Jennifer Reeser (16)
(1968 – present)
Muriel Rukeyser Muriel Rukeyser (2)
(1913 – 1980)
S
May Swenson May Swenson (3)
(1913 – 1989)
Stevie Smith Stevie Smith (31)
(1902 – 1971)
Wislawa Szymborska Wislawa Szymborska(6)
(1923 – present)
Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein (3)
(1874 – 1946)
Dame Edith Sitwell Dame Edith Sitwell(11)
(1887 – 1964)
Alfonsina Storni Alfonsina Storni (6)
(1892 – 1938)
Vita Sackville-West Vita Sackville-West(1)
(1892 – 1962)
Charlotte Smith (15)
(1749 – 1806)
Ruth L. Schwartz Ruth L. Schwartz (1)
(1962 – present)
Anne Sexton Anne Sexton (172)
(1928 – 1974)
Joyce Sutphen Joyce Sutphen (2)
(1949 – present)
Elizabeth Smart (4)
(1913 – 1986)
Judith Skillman Judith Skillman (16)
(1954 – present)
Belinda Subraman Belinda Subraman (8)
(1953 – present)
Fenny Sterenborg Fenny Sterenborg (4)
(1956 – present)
T
Sara Teasdale Sara Teasdale (49)
(1884 – 1933)
Ann Taylor Ann Taylor (18)
(1782 – 1886)
Marina Tsvetaeva Marina Tsvetaeva (8)
(1892 – 1941)
Katharine Tynan (24)
(1859 – 1931)
Natasha Trethewey Natasha Trethewey(3)
(1966 – present)
Marilyn L. Taylor Marilyn L. Taylor (9)
(2006 – present)
V
Jean Valentine Jean Valentine (4)
(1934 – present)
Luisa Villani Luisa Villani (1)
(1964 – present)
W
Alice Walker Alice Walker (1)
(1944 – present)
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley (41)
(1753 – 1784)
Judith Wright Judith Wright (3)
(1915 – 2000)
Ella Wheeler Wilcox Ella Wheeler Wilcox(164)
(1850 – 1919)
Annie Louisa Walker(2)
(1836 – 1907)
Diane Wakoski Diane Wakoski (1)
(1937 – present)
Edith Wharton Edith Wharton (2)
(1862 – 1937)
Nancy Willard Nancy Willard (1)
(1936 – present)
Eleanor Wilner Eleanor Wilner (1)
(1937 – present)
Margaret Widdemer(4)
(1884 – 1978)
Juliet Wilson Juliet Wilson (3)
(1966 – present)
Witt Wittmann Witt Wittmann (2)
(1947 – present)
Anne Waldman Anne Waldman (1)
(1945 – present)
Elinor Wylie Elinor Wylie (52)
(1885 – 1928)
Cecilia Woloch Cecilia Woloch (5)
(1956 – present)
Z
Lisa Zaran Lisa Zaran (12)
(1969 – present)

8 responses »

  1. Haven’t heard of most of those names and didn’t know Austen wrote poetry. Will check some out when I get the chance. Is there also a list of male poets?

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  2. This is a great list. What about May Sarton. Hugs, Barbara

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  3. I only recognized 77 of these!

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  4. Very cool! I am going to share this with my teenage daughter who hope to be a writer!

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  5. THIS IS SO HANDY! Thank you very much!

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