Poetesses in History

Poetry: Poets

Historical Events

  • 1991-11-21 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela arrested in Cuba
  • 1991-11-27 Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela sentenced to 2 years (Cuba)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1485-11-30 Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, born in Pralboino, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1550)
  • 1583-02-02 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess
  • 1637-11-21 Catharina Questiers, Dutch poet (Friend of Abandoned Child), born in Amsterdam (d. 1669)
  • 1762-11-16 Petronella Moens, Frisian author and feminist, born in Kûbaard, Netherlands (d. 1843)
  • 1846-08-25 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1853-12-21 Isolde Kurz, German poet & short-story writer (Meine Mutter), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1886-09-10 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (imagisten)
  • 1899-12-09 Léonie Adams, American poetess (Those not elected), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1906-04-18 Clara Eggink, Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1907-11-18 Halldis Moren Vesaas, Norwegian author and poet (Harp and Dagger), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 1995)
  • 1915-02-26 Elisabeth Eybers, South Afr/Dutch poetess (That Woman & Other Verses)
  • 1915-09-24 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [OS]
  • 1918-11-10 Oda Blinder, [Yolanda Corsen], Antillean poetess (Doorstep)
  • 1934-11-04 Judith Herzberg, Dutch poet and author (Charlotte Life or Theater), born in Amsterdam
  • 1936-09-17 Mischa de Vreede, Dutch poetess (Our Eternal Hunger), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies
  • 1943-10-25 Selly Fernandes, Curacao poetess (Winking with Selly)
  • 1959-06-02 Lydia Lunch, American singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)

Famous Deaths

  • 0460-10-20 Eudocia Aelia Athenais, empress Oostromeinse Rich/poetess, dies
  • 1651-12-06 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess, dies at 68
  • 1711-06-08 Katharina Lescaille, [Netherlands Sappho], poetess, dies at 61
  • 1804-11-05 Elizabeth "Betje" Wolff-Bekker, poetess (Sara Burgerhart), dies at 66
  • 1843-01-04 Petronella Moens, Frisian author and feminist, dies at 80
  • 1873-09-20 Lulu Strauss und Torney, German poetess/writer, dies
  • 1902-08-31 Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73
  • 1917-12-26 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, dies at 71
  • 1944-04-05 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter), dies at 90
  • 1944-11-06 Hannah Senesh, Jewish poetess, executed by Nazis in Budapest
  • 1961-09-27 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • 1972-02-05 Marianne Moore, American poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • 1978-02-22 Phyllis McGinley, American poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • 1979-10-06 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • 1988-06-27 Léonie Adams, American poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88