Poetry History (Part 13)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 1,433

  • 1928-07-03 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)
  • 1928-07-08 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1928-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (d. 1980)
  • 1928-08-21 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • 1928-09-20 Donald Hall, American poet and US Poet Laureate
  • 1928-09-29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author/poet
  • 1928-10-07 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1928-11-04 Hannah Weiner American experimental poet, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1997)
  • 1928-11-09 Anne Sexton, American poet (Live or Die; Pulitzer 1967), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1929-02-16 Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
  • 1929-02-28 John Montague, Irish poet and 1st occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1929-04-25 Jose Angel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza)
  • 1929-05-20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • 1929-07-07 Hasan Abidi, Pakistani journalist and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1929-07-28 Remco [Wouter] Campert, Dutch literary/poet/son of Jan Campert
  • 1929-08-21 X. J. Kennedy, American poet and author (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in New Jersey, Iowa
  • 1929-08-29 Thom Gunn, poet (The Wound), born in Kent, England
  • 1929-10-28 John Hollander, American poet
  • 1930-01-23 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2017)
  • 1930-02-28 Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • 1930-03-26 Gregory Corso, beat poet (Happy Birthday of Death, Long Live Man)
  • 1930-03-28 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, born in Rome (d. 1996)
  • 1930-05-03 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires
  • 1930-05-07 Horst Bienek, German poet
  • 1930-05-08 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • 1930-05-23 Friedrich Achleitner, German poet

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1930-08-17 Ted Hughes, Poet (British Poet Laureate 1984-98), born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire (d. 1998)

  • 1930-09-23 Sehba Akhtar, poet of Pakistan (d. 1996)
  • 1930-09-24 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (d. 1998)
  • 1930-10-10 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (d. 1970)
  • 1930-11-13 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1930-12-25 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (d. 1986)
  • 1931-01-06 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • 1931-01-25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • 1931-04-10 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet
  • 1931-04-12 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1931-04-15 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • 1931-05-16 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1931-06-08 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)
  • 1931-09-25 Manouchehr Atashi, Iranian poet (d. 2005)
  • 1931-12-12 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)
  • 1931-12-14 Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1932-03-18 John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
  • 1932-04-10 Adrian Henri, poet/president (Liverpool Academy of Arts)
  • 1932-06-18 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire (d. 2016)
  • 1932-06-20 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, born in Kosikhinsky District, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1932-08-03 Mario Montes de Oca, Mexican poet
  • 1932-10-15 Riekus Waskowsky, poet

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1932-10-27 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1932-11-28 Terence Frisby, poet/screenwriter (There's a Girl in My Soup)
  • 1932-12-05 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, born in Khunzakhsky District, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-28 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1933-02-23 Donna J. Stone, American poet (Wielder of Words), born in Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1933-02-27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933-03-20 Alexander Gorodnitsky, Russian geologist and poet
  • 1933-03-29 Jacques Brault, French Canadian poet
  • 1933-03-31 Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet (d. 1983)
  • 1933-05-12 Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet
  • 1933-07-18 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), born in Zima, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • 1933-08-01 Ko Un, South Korean poet, born in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province
  • 1933-12-17 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet
  • 1934-01-24 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet (d. 1976)
  • 1934-02-10 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • 1934-04-11 Mark Strand, American poet/editor/translator (Another Republic)
  • 1934-05-01 Alette Beaujon, Curacaos poet (Gedichten on the Bay & Elsewhere)
  • 1934-08-04 Rutger Kopland, [Rutger van den Hoofdakker], Dutch poet
  • 1934-08-05 Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer
  • 1934-09-09 Sonia Sanchez, US playwright/poet (The Bronx is Next)
  • 1934-09-14 Hans Faverey, Dutch poet
  • 1934-10-07 Imamu Amiri Baraka, [Everett Leroi Jones], American poet/writer
  • 1935-01-18 Jon Stallworthy, English poet
  • 1935-01-28 Manuel dos Santos Lima, Angolian revolutionary/poet (Pele do Diabo)
  • 1935-01-30 Richard Brautigan, novelist/poet (Trout Fishing in America), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935-04-16 Sarah Kirsch, German poet
  • 1935-08-25 Charles Wright, American poet (Black Zodiac), born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee
  • 1935-08-26 Cornelis B Vaandrager, [Cor Vaan], Dut poet (Long Live Joop Massaker)
  • 1935-09-10 Mary Oliver, American poet
  • 1935-09-21 Henry Gibson, Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet)
  • 1935-11-07 Willibrordus S Rendra, Indonesia, poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina)
  • 1935-11-28 Randolph Stow, author/poet (Suburbs of Hell)
  • 1936-01-27 Ismail Kadare, Albanian author/poet (Dimri i Madh)
  • 1936-02-18 Marin Sorescu, poet/dramatist
  • 1936-03-01 Camille E Baly, St Maartens poet (Sonny)
  • 1936-05-10 Jayne Cortez, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, poet (I see Chano Pozo), (d. 2012)
  • 1936-06-16 August Willemsen, Dutch poet/translator
  • 1936-06-27 Lucille Clifton, American poet
  • 1936-07-09 June Jordan, US playwright/poet (His Own Where)
  • 1936-11-04 C. K. [Charles Kenneth] Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), (d. 2015)
  • 1936-11-17 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (d. 2005)
  • 1937-04-10 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet
  • 1937-05-30 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • 1937-08-03 Diane Wakoski, American poet (Motorcycle Betrayal), born in Whittier, California
  • 1937-10-11 R. H. W. Dillard, American poet
  • 1937-11-09 Roger McCough, British poet (The Mersey Sound), born in Litherland, Lancashire
  • 1937-12-11 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1938-01-31 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 1938-04-20 Johnny Tillotson, singer (Gidget, Poetry in Motion), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1938-05-09 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1938-05-25 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,229 of 1,229

  • 2011-07-08 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (b. 1924)
  • 2011-09-21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2011-10-20 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • 2011-11-10 Ivan Martin Jirous, Czech poet (b. 1944)
  • 2012-02-01 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • 2012-03-27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012-09-14 Louis Simpson, Jamaican poet, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2012-12-28 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76

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2013-03-21 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist (Things Fall Apart), dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

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2013-08-30 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74

  • 2014-01-14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • 2014-02-22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist & Poet, dies at 98

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2014-05-28 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 2015-01-29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter (Jean) and poet, dies at 81
  • 2015-02-14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • 2015-03-26 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • 2015-07-08 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • 2015-08-03 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • 2015-08-22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • 2015-08-26 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, English poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84
  • 2015-09-20 C. K. [Charles Kenneth] Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • 2016-01-01 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • 2016-03-26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • 2016-06-30 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, dies at 84
  • 2016-07-09 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77
  • 2017-02-05 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2017-03-17 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87
  • 2017-04-01 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • 2017-07-01 Heathcote Williams [John Henly Heathcote Williams], British poet, actor and political activist, dies at 75