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Adams, Léonie

Léonie Fuller Adams (9 December 1899 – 27 June 1988) was an American poet. She was appointed the seventh Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946.. American poet
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Adams, Ryan

David Ryan Adams (born November 5, 1974) is an American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Initially part of the group Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams left the band to pursue a solo career, releasing Heartbreaker in 2000. A longtime resident of New York City, Adams is probably best known for his song "New York, New York" off his critically acclaimed second album, Gold. He has since released five more solo albums and five albums with backing band The Cardinals.. singer-songwriter with Whiskeytown and The Cardinals who had his first book Infinity Blues published in 2009
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Addonizio, Kim

Kim Addonizio (born Kim Addie, July 31, 1954, Bethesda, Maryland) is an award-winning American poet and novelist.. American poet novelist
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Adoum, Jorge Enrique

Jorge Enrique Adoum (Ambato, June 29, 1926 – Quito, July 3, 2009) was an Ecuadorian writer, poet, politician, and diplomat. He was one of the major exponents of Latin American poetry. Social concerns were always present in his work.
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Adrienne Miller, Leslie

Leslie Adrienne Miller, American poet
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Agee, James

James Rufus Agee (/'edi/ ay-jee; November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous 1958 Pulitzer Prize.. American novelist screenwriter journalist poet film critic
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Agustini, Delmira

Delmira Agustini (October 24, 1886 – July 6, 1914), a Uruguayan poet, is considered one of the greatest female Latin American poets of the early 20th century.
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Ai,

Florence Anthony (October 21, 1947 – March 20, 2010) was an American poet and educator who legally changed her name to Ai Ogawa (Japanese : Literally: "Love Stream" ). She won the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry for Vice: New and Selected Poems.
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Aiken, Conrad

A Pulitzer Prize-winning American author.. American poet and author
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Alarcon, Francisco X.

Francisco Xavier Alarcón (born 21 February 1954 Wilmington, California ) is an American poet and educator.
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Alcott, Louisa May

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard .
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Alger, Julie Hill

Julie Hill Alger: American poet. Julie Hill Alger poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Julie Hill Alger biography.
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Ali, Muhammad

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.. boxer war protester civil rights protester and poet
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Alire Saenz, Benjamin

Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children's books.
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Ammons, A R

Archie Randolph Ammons (February 18, 1926 – February 25, 2001) was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993. He wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones.
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Andrade, Jorge Carrera

Jorge Carrera Andrade was an Ecuadorian poet, historian, author, and diplomat during the 20th century. He was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1902. He died in 1978. During his life and after his death he has been recognized with Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz and Cesar Vallejo as one of the most important Latin American poets of the twentieth century.
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Angelou, Maya

Pulitzer Prize-winning African American author and an important figure in the American Civil Rights.. American Poet
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Anne Williams, Sherley

Sherley Anne Williams (August 25, 1944—July 6, 1999) was born in Bakersfield, California and was an African-American poet. Many of her works tell stories about her life in the African-American community. When she was little her family picked cotton in order to get money. At the age of eight her father died of tuberculosis and when she was sixteen her mother died. In 1966 she earned her bachelors degree in English at what is now California State University at Fresno and she received her master's degree at Brown University in 1972. The following year (1973) she became a professor of English Literature at the University of California at San Diego. Her works include collections of poetry such as The Peacock Poems (1975), the novel Dessa Rose (1986), and two picture books. She also published the groundbreaking work Give Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study of Neo-Black Literature in 1972.. African American poet novelist professor and social critic
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Antler,

Antler (born Brad Burdick, 1946, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA) is an American poet who lives in Wisconsin.
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Antoninus, Brother

William Everson (September 10, 1912 – June 3, 1994), also known as Brother Antoninus, was an American poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and was also a literary critic and small press printer.. American poet
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Armantrout, Rae

Rae Armantrout (born 13 April 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet generally associated with the Language Poets. Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. She has published ten books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics.. American Language poet
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Ashbery, John

An American poet.. American poet; 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
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Ashton Smith, Clark

Clark Ashton Smith (13 January 1893 – 14 August 1961) was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics (alongside Ambrose Bierce, Joaquin Miller, Sterling, Nora May French, and others) and remembered as 'The Last of the Great Romantics' and 'The Bard of Auburn'. As a member of the Lovecraft circle, (Smith's literary friendship with H. P. Lovecraft lasted from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937), Smith remains second only to Lovecraft in general esteem and importance amongst contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales, where some readers objected to his morbidness and violation of pulp traditions. (It has been said of him that "Nobody since Poe has so loved a well-rotted corpse.") His work is marked chiefly by an extraordinarily wide and ornate vocabulary, a cosmic perspective and a vein of sardonic and sometimes ribald humour.. American poet sculptor painter and author
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Auden, W. H.

Wystan Hugh Auden (/ ' w s t n ' h ju ' d n / ; 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973), who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievements, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety of tone, form and content. The central themes of his poetry are love, politics and citizenship, religion and morals, and the relationship between unique human beings and the anonymous, impersonal world of nature.
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Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)

Wystan Hugh Auden (/ ' w s t n ' h ju ' d n / ; 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973), who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievements, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety of tone, form and content. The central themes of his poetry are love, politics and citizenship, religion and morals, and the relationship between unique human beings and the anonymous, impersonal world of nature.
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B. Tolson, Melvin B

Melvin Beaunorus Tolson (February 6, 1898 – August 29, 1966) was an American Modernist poet, educator, columnist, and politician. His work concentrated on the experience of African Americans and includes several long historical poems. His work was influenced by his study of the Harlem Renaissance, although he spent nearly all of his career in Texas and Oklahoma .
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Baca, Jimmy Santiago

Jimmy Santiago Baca (born 2 January 1952, Santa Fe, New Mexico ) of Apache and Chicano descent is an American poet and writer.
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Balaban, John

John B. Balaban (born December 2, 1943) is an American poet and translator, an authority on Vietnamese literature.. American poet and translator
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Ball, Jesse

Jesse Ball (born June 7 1978) is an American poet and novelist. He has published novels, volumes of poetry, short prose, and drawings.. American poet and novelist
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Baraka, Imamu Amiri

Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones October 7, 1934), formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, is an African-American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and has taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone.
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Barlow, Joel

Joel Barlow (March 24, 1754 – December 26, 1812) was an American poet, diplomat, and politician. In politics he supported the French Revolution and was an ardent Jeffersonian .
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Barnard, Mary

Mary Ethel Barnard (December 6, 1909 – August 25, 2001) was an American poet, biographer and Greek -to- English translator. She is known for her clear interpretation of the works of Sappho, a translation which has never gone out of print.
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Basinski, Michael

Michael Basinski (born 1950 Buffalo, New York) is an American text, visual and sound poet. He is the curator of The Poetry/Rare Books Collection of the University Libraries, State University of New York at Buffalo. He performs as a solo poet and with the performance/sound ensemble, Bufffluxus.. American text visual and sound poet
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Bass, Ellen

Ellen Bass (born 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American poet. American poet
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Bates, David

David Bates (March 6, 1809 – January 25, 1870) was an American poet .
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Bathanti, Joseph

Joseph Bathanti (born July 20, 1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ) is an American poet, novelist and professor. He was named by Governor Bev Perdue as the seventh North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2012–2014.
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Baus, Eric

Eric Baus is an American poet. He is the author of The To Sound, winner of the Verse Prize and the Greenwall Fund of the Academy of American Poets, and Tuned Doves.. American poet
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Beatty, Jan

Jan Beatty, American poet
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Beckman, Joshua

Joshua Beckman, American poet
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Belieu, Erin

Erin Belieu (born 1967 Omaha, Nebraska) is an American poet.. American poet
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Bell, Marvin

An American poet.. American poet and teacher who was the first Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa
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Benet, Stephen Vincent

Stephen Vincent Benét (July 22, 1898 – March 13, 1943) was an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist. Benét is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Brown's Body (1928), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and for two short stories, " The Devil and Daniel Webster " (1936) and " By the Waters of Babylon " (1937). In 2009, The Library of America selected Benét’s story “The King of the Cats” (1929) for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American Fantastic Tales, edited by Peter Straub .
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Benet, William Rose

William Rose Benét (February 2, 1886 – May 4, 1950) was an American poet, writer, and editor. He was the older brother of Stephen Vincent Benét .
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Bennett, Gwendolyn B

Gwendolyn B. Bennett (July 8, 1902 – May 30, 1981) was an African-American writer who contributed to Opportunity, which chronicled cultural advancements in Harlem. Though often overlooked, she herself made considerable accomplishments in poetry and prose. She is perhaps best known for her short story "Wedding Day", which was published in the first issue of Fire!! .
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Berkson, Bill

Bill Berkson (born August 30, 1939) is an American poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties.
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Berman, David

David Berman (born January 4, 1967) is an American poet, cartoonist, and singer-songwriter best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews .
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Bernstein, Charles

Charles Bernstein (born April 4, 1950) is an American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein holds the Donald T. Regan Chair in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets (or L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets). In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, Bernstein was awarded the Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Educated at Harvard College, he has been visiting Professor of Poetry, Poetics, and Creative Writing at Columbia University, Brown University, and Princeton University. A volume of Bernstein's selected poetry from the past thirty years, "All the Whiskey in Heaven," was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Bernstein's continued commitment to small presses remains strong - In the same year that FSG released his major collection, Chax Press released "Umbra," a collection of Berstein's latest translations of poems from multiple languages. The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein is forthcoming from Salt Publishing. Bernstein will serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Poetry, Poetics, and Theory at Princeton University in the Fall Term of 2011. In May of the same year, The University of Chicago Press will release Bernstein's new collection of essays, "Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions.". American poet theorist editor and literary scholar; prominent Language poet
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Berrigan, Daniel

Daniel Berrigan, SJ (born May 9, 1921) is an American poet, peace activist, and Catholic priest. Daniel and his brother Philip were for a time on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for their involvement in antiwar protests during the Vietnam war.. American Catholic priest peace activist and poet
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Berrigan, Ted

Ted Berrigan (15 November 1934 – 4 July 1983) was an American poet .
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Berry, Wendell

An American novelist, essayist, poet, professor, cultural critic and farmer.. American man of letters academic cultural and economic critic and farmer
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