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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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    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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    John Malcolm Brinnin (1916-1998) John Malcolm Brinnin was born in 1916 in Nova Scotia and grew up in Michigan. He was an American poet, literary critic, and memoirist; of his 13 published books, he is best known for Dylan Thomas in America (1955), The Third Rose: Gertrude Stein and Her World (1959), and Skin Diving in the Virgins, and Other […]
    • Date: 1916
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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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    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
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    Aaron Kramer (1921-1997) Aaron Kramer was born in 1921 in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote or translated over a dozen volumes of poetry, including Seven Poets in Search of an Answer (1944), The Poetry of Heinrich Heine (1948), and The Burning Bush: Poems and Other Writings 1940-1980 (1983). Kramer was a professor emeritus at Dowling College in Long […]
    • Date: 1921
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    Joseph Kerman (1924-2014) Joseph Kerman was born in London in 1924. A prominent critic, musicologist, and the author of several books, including Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology (1985), he was Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the University of California, Berkeley, and held the Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Chair at Harvard University from 1997 to 1998. He was elected […]
    • Date: 1924
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    Haki R. Madhubuti (1942-) Haki R. Madhubuti was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1942. He is the author of over 20 poetry collections, including Don’t Cry, Scream (1969), Groundwork: Selected Poems of Haki R. Madhubuti/Don L. Lee (1996), and Run Toward Fear: New Poems and a Poet’s Handbook (2004). Madhubuti is also well known for his critical work, […]
    • Date: 1942
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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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    Dudley Randall (1914-2000) Dudley Randall was born in Washington, D.C, in 1914. He is the author of seven poetry collections, including Cities Burning (1968), After the Killing (1973), and A Litany of Friends: New and Selected Poems (1981). Randall worked as a librarian for most of his life, at Lincoln University in Missouri and Morgan State College in Baltimore, […]
    • Date: 1914
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    Elisavietta Ritchie (1932- ) Elisavietta Ritchie was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1932. She is the author of 17 poetry collections, including Tightening the Circle Over Eel Country (1974), Raking the Snow (1982), and Babushka’s Beads: New and Selected Poems (2016). She is also a photojournalist, writer of fiction and creative nonfiction, and translator of works in Russian, […]
    • Date: 1932
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    Andrei Voznesenskii (1933-2010) Andrei Voznesenskii was born in Moscow in 1933. He is an internationally renowned Russian and Soviet poet with more than two dozen collections of poetry, many of which have been translated into English. During his life he was honored with the USSR State Prize, an Order of Merit for the Fatherland, and honorary membership to […]
    • Date: 1933
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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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    Craig Raine (1944-) Craig Raine was born in Bishop Aukland, England in 1944. He is the author of 11 poetry collections, including The Onion, Memory (1972); History: The Home Movie (1994); and How Snow Falls (2010). He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Exeter College and Oxford University. Raine is also the founder and […]
    • Date: 1944
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    August Kleinzahler (1949-) August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1949. He is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems: 1975-1990 (2000), Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (2008), and Before Dawn on Bluff Road / Hollyhocks in the Fog: Selected New Jersey Poems / Selected San […]
    • Date: 1949
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    David Bottoms (1949- ) David Bottoms was born in Canton, Georgia, in 1949. He is the author of nine poetry collections, including Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump (1980), which was chosen for the 1979 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets; Waltzing Through the Endtime (2004), and We Almost Disappear (2011). His honors include a […]
    • Date: 1949
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    Marilyn Nelson (1946-) Marilyn Nelson was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. She is the author of 11 poetry collections, including Homeplace (1992), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award; The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems (1998), winner of the Poets’ Prize; and Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems 1996-2011 (2012). Her other honors include the 1990 […]
    • Date: 1946
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    Timothy Steele (1948-) Timothy Steele was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1948. His five books of poetry include Uncertainties and Rest (1979), The Color Wheel (1994), and Toward the Winter Solstice (2006). He is also the author of three books of non-fiction, including Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt against Meter (1990), and is the editor of […]
    • Date: 1948
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    Arnošt Lustig (1926-2011) Arnošt Lustig was born in Prague in 1926. He authored several short stories and more than 20 books, including Night and Hope (1957); Dita Saxová (1962), winner of a National Jewish Book Award; and A Prayer for Katerina Horovitzova (1973). His writing was greatly influenced by his own experiences during World War II; as a […]
    • Date: 1926