Poets in History (Part 15)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 1,601

  • 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, born in Leszno, Poland (d. 1976)
  • 1934-02-10 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • 1934-04-11 Mark Strand, American poet, editor and translator (Another Republic), born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada (d. 2014)
  • 1934-05-01 Alette Beaujon, Curacaos poet (Gedichten on the Bay & Elsewhere)

Person of interestWole Soyinka

1934-07-13 Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet (Road, Kongi's Harvest-Nobel 1986), born in Abeokuta, near Ibadan, Nigeria

Playwright Wole Soyinka
Playwright
Wole Soyinka
  • 1934-08-04 Rutger Kopland [Rutger van den Hoofdakker], Dutch poet
  • 1934-08-05 Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer, born in Henry County, Kentucky
  • 1934-09-09 Sonia Sanchez, US playwright/poet (The Bronx is Next)
  • 1934-09-14 Hans Faverey, Dutch poet, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1990)
  • 1934-11-04 Judith Herzberg, Dutch poet and author (Charlotte Life or Theater), born in Amsterdam
  • 1934-12-29 Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian pre-eminent poet and film director, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1967)
  • 1935-01-18 Jon Stallworthy, English poet, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2014)
  • 1935-01-28 Manuel dos Santos Lima, Angolan revolutionary and poet (Pele do Diabo), born in Silva Porto, Portuguese Empire
  • 1935-01-30 Richard Brautigan, American novelist & poet (Trout Fishing in America), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935-04-16 Sarah Kirsch, German poet, born in Limlingerode, Prussian Saxony (d. 2013)
  • 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 (1984 Pulitzer Prize), born in Maple Heights, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1935-09-21 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), born in Germantown, Philadelphia (d. 2009)
  • 1935-11-07 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), born in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia (d. 2009)
  • 1935-11-28 Randolph Stow, author/poet (Suburbs of Hell)
  • 1936-01-27 Ismail Kadare, Albanian author/poet (Dimri i Madh)
  • 1936-02-19 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), born in Bulzești, Dolj County (d. 1996)
  • 1936-03-01 Camille E Baly, St Maartens poet (Sonny)
  • 1936-03-28 Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, poet, journalist, presidential candidate and Nobel Prize Laureate (Aunt Julia), born in Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
  • 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 (Two-Headed Woman), born in Depew, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1936-07-09 June Jordan, Caribbean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1936-09-17 Mischa de Vreede, Dutch poetess (Our Eternal Hunger), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies
  • 1936-11-04 Charles Kenneth "C K" Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1936-11-17 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (d. 2005)
  • 1937-04-10 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (The String, Fever), born in Moscow (d. 2010)
  • 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 (The Day I Stopped Dreaming About Barbara Steele and Other Poems), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 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, American singer-songwriter ("It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'"; "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, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), born in Clatskanie, Oregon (d. 1988)
  • 1938-07-28 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2015)
  • 1938-09-19 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet and political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1938-11-13 Gérald Godin, French-Canadian poet and politician, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • 1939-01-10 Jared Carter, American poet, born in Elwood, Indiana
  • 1939-01-12 Jacques Hamelink, Dutch writer & poet (Cold Unrest), born in Terneuzen, Netherlands
  • 1939-01-21 Mary Ellen McAnally, American poet (Dance of the Zygotes), born in Vandalia, Illinois
  • 1939-03-03 Hans Pieter Verhagen, Dutch poet (Hoepla/Holland's Hole)
  • 1939-03-15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

1939-04-13 Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), born in Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)

  • 1939-04-25 Ted Kooser, American poet and US Poet Laureate, born in Ames, Iowa
  • 1939-07-02 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
  • 1939-07-26 Wopko Jensma, South African poet and graphic designer, born in South Africa
  • 1939-09-15 Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet/painter
  • 1939-09-27 Carol Lynn Pearson, American poet and writer
  • 1939-10-07 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet writer, born in Kogarah, Australia (d. 2019)

Person of interestMargaret Atwood

1939-11-18 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author/poet, born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1940-01-17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1940-04-06 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • 1940-05-06 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi), born in Aruba
  • 1940-05-24 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1996)
  • 1940-08-14 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, born in Oxford, England (d. 2018)
  • 1940-10-20 Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1941-02-19 Stephen Dobyns, American author/poet (Cold Dog Soup)
  • 1941-03-13 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, born in al-Birwa, Galilee (d. 2008)
  • 1941-03-22 Billy Collins, American poet (Poet Laureate of the United States 2001-2003), born in New York City
  • 1941-04-28 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet (An Evening Party in an Old Winery), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1941-11-15 Heathcote Williams [John Henly Heathcote Williams], British poet, actor and political activist, born in Helsby, Cheshire (d. 2017)
  • 1941-11-23 Derek Mahon, Irish Poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1942-01-29 Robin Morgan, American poet, author, political theorist, academic, and former child actor (Dagmar-Mama), born in Lake Worth, Florida
  • 1942-04-13 Ataol Behramoğlu, Turkish poet and writer, born in Çatalca, Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • 1942-06-21 Henry S. Taylor, American writer at poet (Pulitzer 1986 for Poetry), born in Lincoln, Virginia
  • 1942-07-09 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, born in Menziken, Switzerland (d. 1989)
  • 1942-11-19 Sharon Olds, American poet
  • 1943-02-08 Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and VC of Karachi University
  • 1943-03-20 Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
  • 1943-04-22 Louise Glück, American poet and 12th US Poet Laureate (2020 Nobel Prize for Literature), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-06-07 Nikki Giovanni, American poet (LHJ Woman of the Year 1973), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1943-07-16 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), born in Aguas Claras, Holguín Province, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • 1943-09-12 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-Canadian poet and writer, born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1943-10-02 Franklin Rosemont, American poet, artist and co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-10-25 Selly Fernandes, Curacao poetess (Winking with Selly)
  • 1943-11-27 Nicole Brossard, French Canadian poet, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1943-12-07 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)

Person of interestJim Morrison

1943-12-08 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1944-01-29 Hans Plomp, Dutch writer/poet (Venus in Holland)
  • 1944-01-31 Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
  • 1944-02-21 Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • 1944-03-30 Gerrit Komrij, Dutch poet/essayist (Happy Schizo)
  • 1944-05-28 Adriaan T "Ad" Zuiderent, poet/critic (On the Droge)
  • 1944-06-27 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1944-08-25 Sherley Anne Williams, American poet and novelist (Dessa Rose), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1944-09-05 Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, born in Rome (d. 1996)
  • 1944-11-12 Johan van Doorn [Johnny the Selfkicker], Dutch poet (War & Porridge)
  • 1944-11-24 Jules Deelder, Dutch poet (T of Vondel)
  • 1945-01-17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 1,513

  • 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, dies at 80
  • 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)
  • 2006-12-24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
  • 2007-01-04 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 2007-01-05 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet. dies of kidney and lung cancer at 83 [1]
  • 2007-02-04 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • 2007-06-27 Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian poet (b. 1905)
  • 2007-08-06 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, dies at 78
  • 2007-12-11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • 2008-01-02 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet & author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • 2008-02-09 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008-04-17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, dies at 94
  • 2008-08-09 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, dies at 66
  • 2008-09-24 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), dies at 88
  • 2008-09-29 Hayden Carruth, American poet (The Crow and the Heart), dies at 87
  • 2008-09-30 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), dies at 82
  • 2008-10-15 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • 2009-01-13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 2009-01-18 Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • 2009-03-04 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • 2009-04-10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • 2009-05-17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • 2009-07-12 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • 2009-07-24 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • 2009-08-06 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), dies at 73
  • 2009-08-27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 2009-09-14 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), dies at 73
  • 2010-02-13 Lucille Clifton, American poet (Two-Headed Woman), dies at 73
  • 2010-05-23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2010-08-17 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (At Eighty), dies at 90
  • 2010-10-06 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, dies at 86
  • 2010-10-25 Vesna Parun, Croatian poet (b. 1922)
  • 2010-11-05 Adrian Păunescu, Romanian poet and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2010-11-29 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (The String, Fever), dies at 73
  • 2010-12-03 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • 2011-02-16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • 2011-04-26 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • 2011-05-27 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whitey on the Moon), dies at 62
  • 2011-07-08 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet (Home Alone, Deranged, The Great Gatsby), dies of a stroke at 87
  • 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)
  • 2011-11-14 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German poet and author, dies at 79
  • 2012-02-01 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet & Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • 2012-03-27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet and essayist (Diving into the Wreck), dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012-04-28 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet & researcher, dies at 92
  • 2012-09-14 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2012-12-28 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76

Person of interestChinua Achebe

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
  • 2013-05-05 Sarah Kirsch, German poet, dies at 78
  • 2013-08-17 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, dies at 83

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

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

  • 2013-11-17 Omprakash Valmiki, Indian Dalit writer and poet (Joothan), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • 2014-01-14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • 2014-02-22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist and poet, dies at 98

Person of interestMaya Angelou

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
  • 2014-06-22 Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), dies at 67
  • 2014-11-29 Mark Strand, American poet, editor and translator (Another Republic), dies at 80
  • 2015-01-29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), 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
  • 2015-07-19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), dies at 91
  • 2015-08-03 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • 2015-08-17 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, dies at 77
  • 2015-08-22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • 2015-08-26 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84
  • 2015-09-20 Charles Kenneth "C K" 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
  • 2017-07-05 Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet dissident poet (Beyond the Limit), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2017-09-03 John Ashbery, American poet (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), dies at 90
  • 2017-12-14 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), dies from respiratory failure at 89

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