Poets in History (Part 13)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 1,542

  • 1920-07-02 Eliseo Diego, latin American poet
  • 1920-07-12 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1920-08-22 Pierre A. Lauffer, Antillian poet (Patria), born in Curacao, Venezuela (d. 1981)
  • 1920-08-30 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), born in Durham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1920-09-07 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1994)
  • 1920-09-12 Jan W. Schulte Nordholt, Dutch poet and historian (Blossoming Stone), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1920-09-14 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist and poet, born in Paso de los Toros, Uruguay (d. 2009)
  • 1920-10-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet and writer (Dikt, Jonas), born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1920-11-23 Paul Celan, [Antschell], German/Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • 1920-11-26 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and author (Stolen Lover), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1920-12-07 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, born in As Sallum, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • 1921-03-01 Richard Wilbur, 2nd US Poet Laureate (Ceremony, Walking to Sleep)
  • 1921-04-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Gift of Blood), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1921-04-25 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1921-05-09 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921-08-03 Hayden Carruth, American poet (The Crow and the Heart), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1921-09-25 Remy C. van de Kerckhove, Flemish poet, born in Mechelen, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1921-10-17 George Mackey Brown, poet
  • 1921-10-20 Hans Warren, Dutch writer/poet/critic (Secret Diary)
  • 1921-10-22 Georges Brassens, French poet/cabaret singer
  • 1922-01-03 Morten Nielsen, Danish poet/resistance fighter
  • 1922-01-22 Howard Moss, poet/editor (New Yorker)
  • 1922-05-27 Sidney AK Keyes, English poet (Iron Laurel)
  • 1922-06-09 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (d. 1941)
  • 1922-06-29 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia-Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue), born in Grebenac, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia (d. 1991)
  • 1922-07-17 Donald Alfred Davie, poet/critic
  • 1922-09-12 Jackson Mac Low, American poet and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1922-09-17 Agostinho Neto, poet/president Angola [or Dec 27]
  • 1922-09-23 Philip Owen Arnould Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator
  • 1922-12-11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1923-01-15 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1923-01-16 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1923-01-25 Eva Zeller, German poet & novelist, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg
  • 1923-02-02 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1997)

Person of interestBrendan Behan

1923-02-09 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1964)

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1923-02-23 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet
  • 1923-03-27 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2012)
  • 1923-03-30 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (d. 1986)
  • 1923-04-23 James Kirkup, English travel writer, poet and novelist (African in Greenland), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1923-07-02 Wislawa Szymborska, Prowent, Polish poet referred to as the 'Mozart of Poetry' (Nobel 1996), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-09-20 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), born in Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1923-09-22 Dannie Abse, Welsh poet and writer
  • 1923-10-24 Denise Levertov, American poet/essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin)
  • 1924-01-01 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1924-02-12 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • 1924-05-03 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1924-05-15 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • 1924-06-19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), born in Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924-07-20 Hans Lodeizen, [Johannes A Frederik], Dutch poet (Inner Self)
  • 1924-08-17 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
  • 1924-08-27 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1924-09-15 Lucebert, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist (Boozz, PC Hooft prize 1967)
  • 1924-09-28 Antonio Jacinto, Portuguese West Africa, Angolan poet
  • 1924-11-25 Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.
  • 1925-01-20 Eugen Gomringer, Bolivian-born German poet, born in Cachuela Esperanza, Bolivia
  • 1925-02-13 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author
  • 1925-03-10 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (d. 2005)
  • 1925-03-14 John Barrington Wain, English novelist/poet (Hurry on Down)
  • 1925-04-02 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet and author (Flashman at the Charge), born in Carlisle, England (d. 2008)
  • 1925-04-04 Emmett Williams, American poet, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925-05-04 Peter Blum, Afrikaan poet (Capricorn), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1925-06-15 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (Tarumba, Maltiempes)
  • 1925-08-10 Alastair Webster Mackie, poet/teacher
  • 1925-10-10 Ivan Sviták, Czech philosopher and poet, born in Hranice na Moravě, Czechoslovakia (d. 1994)
  • 1925-10-28 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (d. 2006)
  • 1925-12-12 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2000)
  • 1926-01-05 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1926-01-20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer, born in New Delhi, India (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-26 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), born in Valencia de Alcántara, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1926-02-21 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • 1926-03-03 James Ingram Merrill, US poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)
  • 1926-03-27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1926-05-21 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

1926-06-03 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1926-06-25 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1926-09-26 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile) (d. 1996)
  • 1926-11-23 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926-12-23 Robert Bly, American poet & essayist (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds), born in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
  • 1927-01-08 Charles Tomlinson, British poet & translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1927-02-24 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician
  • 1927-03-13 Charles Sickman Corsen, Dutch Antillean poet, born in Curacao, Costa Rica (d. 1994)
  • 1927-06-07 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1997)
  • 1927-06-15 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • 1927-07-28 John Ashbery, American poet (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1927-08-08 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • 1927-09-30 W. S. Merwin, American poet
  • 1928-01-08 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet & editor, born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1928-01-10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

1928-04-04 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 1928-04-23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1928-06-28 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1989)
  • 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)
  • 1928-07-18 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1928-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet, born in Allahabad, India (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 writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1928-09-29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author/poet
  • 1928-10-07 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1928-10-21 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), born in Nanjing, Republic of China (d. 2017)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,300 of 1,411

  • 1993-03-02 Floortje Peneder, Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
  • 1993-04-23 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • 1993-05-15 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • 1993-06-26 Willy C of Hemert, director/(text)poet (Small Truth), dies at 81
  • 1993-08-28 William Stafford, American poet (b. 1914)
  • 1993-12-13 Charles JB Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87
  • 1993-12-27 Youssef Sebti, Algerian scholar/poet, murdered at 50
  • 1994-03-01 Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
  • 1994-03-09 Charles Bukowski, author/poet, dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1994-03-17 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, dies at 57
  • 1994-03-19 Jose Coronel Urtecho, poet, dies at 87
  • 1994-05-10 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • 1994-06-04 Toto Bissainthe, voodoo poet, dies at 59
  • 1994-07-04 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 90
  • 1994-08-19 Robert Rozhdestvensky, Soviet poet, dies at 64
  • 1994-08-28 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994-09-02 Harry Vincent Kemp, poet, dies at 82
  • 1994-09-10 Amy Clampitt, American poet (Silence Opens), dies at 74
  • 1994-10-12 Gérald Godin, French-Canadian poet and politician, dies at 55
  • 1994-10-20 Ivan Sviták, Czech philosopher and poet, dies at 69
  • 1994-10-26 Rudi van Vlaenderen, Flemish actor/dir/poet (Thyestes), dies at 64
  • 1994-11-19 Julian Gustave Symons, British crime writer and poet, dies at 82
  • 1994-11-20 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian poet and journalist, dies at 64
  • 1994-11-22 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), dies at 68
  • 1994-11-28 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, dies at 77
  • 1994-12-12 Donna J. Stone, American poet, dies of heart failure at 61
  • 1994-12-23 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 1994-12-27 Hans Berghuis, author/poet (Kleitabletten), dies at 70
  • 1994-12-31 Harri Webb, Welsh poet and nationalist, dies at 74
  • 1995-01-05 Somerset de Chair, British writer, politician and poet, dies at 83
  • 1995-01-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Critics), dies at 73
  • 1995-02-06 James Ingram Merrill, US poet (Braving the elements), dies at 68
  • 1995-04-14 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Advent), dies at 89
  • 1995-05-11 David Avidan, poet/writer, dies at 62
  • 1995-05-30 Philip Owen A Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator, dies at 72
  • 1995-06-03 Alastair Webster Mackie, poet/teacher, dies at 69
  • 1995-07-06 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, dies at 87
  • 1995-07-16 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), dies at 86
  • 1995-07-23 Bob Rundick, poet/DJ, dies at 52
  • 1995-08-07 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), dies at 77
  • 1995-09-03 Alfred Earle Birney, poet, dies at 91
  • 1995-09-18 Donald Alfred Davie, poet/critic, dies at 73
  • 1995-09-28 Lynette Roberts, British poet, dies at 86
  • 1995-10-21 Linda Goodman, Morgantown, West Virginia, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 1995-12-05 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), dies at 75
  • 1995-12-10 Mary Madge Lascelles, literary critic/poet, dies at 95
  • 1996-01-11 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist, dies at 87
  • 1996-01-17 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, dies at 83
  • 1996-01-23 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, dies at 85
  • 1996-01-28 Joseph Brodsky, poet, dies at 55
  • 1996-02-11 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, commits suicide at 65
  • 1996-03-18 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979) dies at 84
  • 1996-03-31 Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1996-04-13 George Mackey Brown, poet, dies at 74
  • 1996-04-17 Eva Jones, German poet and novelist (Taboo), dies at 82
  • 1996-04-18 Piet Hein, architect/poet/mathematician/inventor, dies at 80
  • 1996-04-29 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
  • 1996-05-05 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • 1996-06-07 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal),dies at 70
  • 1996-06-16 David Mourao-Ferreira, poet/politician, dies at 69
  • 1996-06-30 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet, dies at 76
  • 1996-07-21 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet, dies at 79
  • 1996-07-27 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • 1996-08-06 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile), dies at 69
  • 1996-08-18 Geoffrey Dearmer, poet, dies at 103
  • 1996-11-24 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), dies at 85
  • 1996-12-08 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1996-12-29 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, dies at 85
  • 1997-01-19 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), dies at 73
  • 1997-03-07 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), dies at 73

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

1997-04-05 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, dies of liver cancer via complications of hepatitis at 70

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1997-05-13 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • 1997-09-11 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, dies at 68
  • 1997-11-12 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • 1997-12-13 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, dies at 70
  • 1997-12-20 Denise Levertov, poet, dies at 74
  • 1998-04-30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • 1998-09-01 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (Marsz żałobny), dies at 67

Person of interestTed Hughes

1998-10-28 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • 1999-01-11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (The Corn King and the Spring Queen ), dies at 101
  • 1999-03-19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • 1999-05-10 Shel Silverstein, American writer (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities), dies at 68
  • 1999-06-11 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), dies of stomach cancer at 79
  • 1999-06-21 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • 1999-09-08 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (b. 1916)
  • 2000-01-22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska), dies at 83
  • 2000-05-08 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • 2000-06-09 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • 2000-06-14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer (b. 1911)
  • 2000-07-11 Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
  • 2000-07-18 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), dies at 71
  • 2000-07-24 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), dies at 74
  • 2000-09-14 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 80
  • 2000-09-22 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), dies at 76
  • 2000-09-25 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet, dies at 87
  • 2000-12-03 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen,Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • 2000-12-07 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2000-12-20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68
  • 2001-01-17 Gregory Corso, American poet, dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • 2001-12-20 Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegalese poet and 1st President of Senegal (1960-80), dies at 95