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    Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002) Virginia Hamilton was born in Ohio in 1936. Among her more than 40 childrens’ books, novels, and biographies, Hamilton’s most well-known titles include The People Could Fly (1985), The Planet of Junior Brown (1971), and Many Thousand Gone: African Americans From Slavery to Freedom (1993). She received the National Book Award and Newbery Medal for […]
    • Date: 1936
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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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    Marvin Bell (1937-) Marvin Bell was born in New York City in 1937. He is the author of close to twenty poetry collections, including A Probable Volume of Dreams (1969), a Lamont Poetry Selection of the American Academy of Poets; Stars Which See, Stars Which do not See (1977); and, most recently, Vertigo; The Living Dead Man’s Poems […]
    • Date: 1937
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    Henry Taylor (1942- ) Henry Taylor was born in 1942 in Virginia. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Horse Show at Midnight (1966), An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (1975), and The Flying Change: Poems (1985), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. His other honors include the Witter Bynner Foundation Poetry Prize from the American Academy […]
    • Date: 1942
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    Helga Sandburg (1918-2014) Helga Sandburg was born in Maywood, Illinois, in 1918. The daughter of renowned poet and novelist Carl Sandburg, Helga is the author of 17 books, including The Wheel of Earth (1958), Joel and the Wild Goose (1963), and The Age of the Flower (1994). Her writing varied from novels and memoirs to children’s books and […]
    • Date: 1918
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    Reed Whittemore 1919-2012 Whittemore (1919-2012) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, including Heroes & Heroines (1946), The Self-Made Man (1959), Poems, New and Selected (1967), and The Season of Waiting: Selected Poems: 1946-2006 (2007), as well as a biography of William Carlos Williams. After serving in the U.S. Army […]
    • Date: 1919
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    C. K. Williams (1936-2015) C. K. Williams was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1936. He is the author of 19 poetry collections, including Flesh and Blood (1987), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Repair (1999), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and The Singing (2003), winner of the National Book Award. His other honors include a fellowship […]
    • Date: 1936
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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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    Allen Curnow (1911-2001) Allen Curnow was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1911. He is the author of over 20 poetry collections, including Sailing or Drowning (1943); Continuum: New and Later Poems 1972-1988 (1988), winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; and The Bells of St. Babel’s (2001). Curnow’s other honors include the 1989 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, […]
    • Date: 1911
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    Sonia Sanchez (1934-) Sonia Sanchez was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1934. She is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections, including Homegirls and Handgrenades (1984), winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; Does Your House Have Lions? (1995); and Morning Haiku (2010). Her other honors include a fellowship from the National […]
    • Date: 1934
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    Stephen Dobyns (1941-) Stephen Dobyns was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1941. He is the author of over ten poetry collections, including Concurring Beasts (1972), which was the 1972 Lamont Poetry Selection; Black Dog, Red Dog (1984), winner of the National Poetry Series; and Cemetery Nights (1987), winner of the Mellville Cane Award. His other honors include […]
    • Date: 1941
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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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    Arthur Gregor (1923-2013) Arthur Gregor was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, including Octavian Shooting Targets (1954), Figure in the Door (1968), and That Other Side of Things (2001). After moving to the United States to escape World War II, he spent many years working as an engineer before […]
    • Date: 1923
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    Alan Dugan (1923-2003) Alan Dugan was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1923. He is the author of seven books of poetry; his first book, Poems (1961), was the winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. He went on to win a second National Book Award for Poems Seven: New […]
    • Date: 1923
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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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    Nina Cassian (1924-2014) Nina Cassian was born in Galaţi, Romania in 1924. Exiled from Romania in 1985, she eventually became an American citizen. Cassian published more than 50 books of her own poetry—her English language collections include Life Sentence: Selected Poems (1990), Take my Word for it (1998), and Continuum (2008). She also wrote children’s books and translated […]
    • Date: 1924
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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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    Derek Mahon (1941-) Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941. He is the author of more than 20 poetry collections, including Harbour Lights (2006) and Life on Earth (2008), both honored with Irish Times Poetry Now Awards; the latter was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Mahon is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Award, a Guggenheim […]
    • Date: 1941
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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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    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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    Kamau Brathwaite (1930-) Kamau Brathwaite was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1930. A poet, playwright, and essayist, he is the author of a dozen books of poetry, including the Griffin International Poetry Prize winner Born to Slow Horses (2005). His collected essays, Roots (1986), won the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literary Criticism. Braithwaite’s other honors include […]
    • Date: 1930
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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