Poets in History (Part 13)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 1,518

  • 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 (d. 2006)
  • 1923-01-16 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 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.
  • 1925-02-13 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
  • 1925-10-28 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (d. 2006)
  • 1925-12-12 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (d. 2000)
  • 1926-01-05 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet
  • 1926-01-20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
  • 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), born in Newark, New Jersey

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/editor/translator (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds)
  • 1927-01-08 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and 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 and editor (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)
  • 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
  • 1929-03-25 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1929-04-25 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), born in Orense, Spain (d. 2000)
  • 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, British poet (The Wound), born in Kent, England (d. 2004)
  • 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 (d. 2014)
  • 1930-05-08 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • 1930-05-23 Friedrich Achleitner, German poet

Person of interestTed Hughes

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


Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,300 of 1,374

  • 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

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

1997-04-05 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

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 (b. 1925)
  • 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
  • 2002-06-14 June Jordan, Carribean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • 2002-11-08 Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2002-12-09 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2003-01-21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • 2003-11-03 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • 2003-11-04 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • 2004-04-25 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • 2004-06-22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • 2004-08-24 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60
  • 2004-10-20 Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • 2004-11-15 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), dies at 84
  • 2004-12-02 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • 2005-01-25 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005-02-21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • 2005-03-29 Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)
  • 2005-03-30 Robert Creeley, American poet (b. 1926)
  • 2005-05-22 Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2005-06-23 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (b. 1925)
  • 2005-08-21 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • 2005-09-06 Hasan Abidi, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet (b. 1929)
  • 2005-11-04 Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
  • 2005-11-20 Manouchehr Atashi, Persian poet, dies at 74
  • 2006-01-04 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 2006-01-18 Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • 2006-02-22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 2006-03-03 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • 2006-03-27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (b. 1925)
  • 2006-05-14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 2006-09-11 William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)
  • 2006-09-25 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet, dies at 49
  • 2006-09-29 Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet and critic (b. 1926)
  • 2006-11-30 Elhadi Adam, Sudanese poet and lyricist (b. 1927)