Poets in History (Part 16)

Poetry: Poetesses

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 1,601

  • 1945-04-02 Anne Waldman, American poet, born in Millville, New Jersey
  • 1945-06-21 Adam Zagajewski, Polish philosopher and poet, born in Lvov, Poland
  • 1945-07-20 Paul Valéry [Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry], French author, philosopher and poet (La Jeune Parque), born in Sète, Hérault (d. 1945)
  • 1945-09-27 Kay Ryan, American poet (Hide and Seek), born in San Jose, California
  • 1945-10-19 Keith Reid, British lyricist and poet (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" ), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945-10-26 Demetris Th. Gotsis, Greek poet and author, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1946-05-28 Satchidanandan, Indian poet
  • 1946-08-05 Ron Silliman, American poet (The Alphabet), born in Pasco,Washington
  • 1946-08-25 Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and children's books author (Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose), born in Bayside, New York
  • 1946-11-29 Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban poet
  • 1946-12-10 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1947-01-30 Les Barker, English poet, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1947-02-03 Paul Auster, American author/poet/director (Mr Vertigo, Smoke)
  • 1947-03-03 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • 1947-03-09 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1947-03-14 Pam Ayres, British poet
  • 1947-05-01 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • 1947-05-23 Jane Kenyon, American poet (d. 1995)
  • 1947-05-27 Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 2014)
  • 1947-10-26 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet (The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1947-11-30 Sergio Badilla Castillo, Chilean poet
  • 1948-07-06 Wadih Sa'adeh, Lebanese-Australian poet (Laysa Lil Massa’ Ikhwah), born in Lebanon
  • 1948-10-07 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1948-10-25 Daniel Mark Epstein, American poet and biographer (Abraham Lincoln), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-01-25 John Cooper Clarke, English performance poet, born in Lancashire, England
  • 1949-02-16 Dorus Vrede, Surinam poet (Otobanda; the Other Bank)
  • 1949-04-01 Gill Scott-Heron, American poet, singer, and pianist ("Whitey On The Moon"; “Johannesburg"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1949-04-25 James Fenton, English poet and journalist, born in Lincoln, England
  • 1949-10-14 Katha Pollitt, American poet and writer, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York
  • 1949-11-23 Gayl Jones, American author/poet (Corregidora, Song for Anninho)
  • 1950-01-20 Edward Hirsch, American poet, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950-06-21 Anne Carson, Canadian poet (Autobiography of Red), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950-06-30 Omprakash Valmiki, Indian Dalit writer and poet (Joothan), born in Muzaffarnagar, India (d. 2013)
  • 1950-07-17 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), born in New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1950-07-28 Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian poet
  • 1950-11-11 Mircea Dinescu, Romanian poet, born in Slobozia, Romania
  • 1950-12-24 Dana Gioia, American poet, born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1951-01-01 Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
  • 1951-04-22 Ana María Shua, Argentine poet
  • 1951-05-09 Joy Harjo, American poet and musician (first Native American US Poet Laureate 2019-), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1951-06-20 Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • 1951-10-04 Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov, Kazakh poet
  • 1952-03-12 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 1952-06-20 Vikram Seth, Indian poet and novelist (A Suitable Boy), born in Calcutta, India
  • 1952-08-28 Rita Dove, African-American poet (Thomas and Beulah), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1952-10-06 Ayten Mutlu, Turkish poet and writer
  • 1952-10-21 Allen Hoey, American poet and novelist
  • 1952-10-26 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 1952-11-03 Felix R de Rooy, Curacaos poet/sculptor
  • 1953-04-28 Roberto Bolano, Latin American author and poet
  • 1953-07-06 Nanci Griffith, American singer and songwriter (Poet in My Window), born in Seguin, Texas
  • 1953-08-10 Mark Doty, American poet and prose writer
  • 1953-10-01 John Hegley, British poet
  • 1954-03-24 Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet dissident poet (Beyond the Limit), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • 1954-07-04 Chang-dong Lee, South Korean filmmaker and novelist (Secret Sunshine, Poetry), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • 1954-08-15 Mary Jo Salter, American poet and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1955-04-09 Joolz Denby, English poet and novelist, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1955-12-23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-19), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1956-05-20 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • 1956-05-22 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1956-11-26 Nico Slothouwer, Dutch poet (Man & his Bag)
  • 1957-01-29 Grazyna Miller, Italian poet, translator, and journalist
  • 1957-04-10 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet, born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2006)
  • 1957-08-19 Li-Young Lee, Indonesia-born American poet
  • 1957-11-18 Seán Mac Falls, Irish-born poet
  • 1958-04-04 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • 1958-04-15 Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer and dub poet, born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England
  • 1958-08-04 Allison Hedge Coke, American poet and writer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1958-11-29 Mario Petrucci, Anglo-Italian Poet and Ecologist
  • 1959-01-12 Lasana M. Sekou, Caribbean poet & author (The Salt Reaper), born in Aruba
  • 1959-06-02 Lydia Lunch, American singer/poetess (Teenage Jesus, Jerks)
  • 1960-03-13 Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist, born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
  • 1960-09-02 John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
  • 1961-05-04 Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • 1962-03-02 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • 1962-05-13 Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • 1962-09-13 Tõnu Õnnepalu, Estonian poet and author, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1963-09-17 Rami Saari, Israeli poet and translator
  • 1964-08-31 Raymond P. Hammond, American poet and editor
  • 1965-03-23 Gary Whitehead, American poet
  • 1965-11-23 Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian
  • 1966-11-18 Jorge Camacho, Spanish poet
  • 1967-03-10 Omer Tarin [Omer Salim Khan], Pakistani poet, scholar and activist, born in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 1967-08-28 Frederick Kesner, Philippine-born Australian poet, born in España, Manila
  • 1967-11-16 Craig Arnold, American poet
  • 1969-03-27 Pauley Perrette, American actress, photographer, poet and writer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1972-03-17 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1972-04-16 Tracey K. Smith, American poet (Pulitzer prize 2011, Poet Laureate), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • 1972-04-23 Pierre Labrie, Canadian poet, born in Mont-Joli, Quebec
  • 1972-11-20 Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1973-01-01 Anwar Mansoor Mangrio, Sindhi poet & research scholar.
  • 1973-10-21 Lera Auerbach, Russian-American pianist, composer, and poet, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1974-01-17 Annemarie Jacir, Palestinian filmmaker and poet, born in Bethlehem, Palestine
  • 1974-07-18 Alan Morrison, British poet
  • 1975-12-07 Nikola Wapzarow, Bulgarian poet and writer, born in Bansko, Bulgaria
  • 1976-07-25 Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan, Macedonian poet, born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
  • 1976-10-29 Mohsen Emadi, Iranian Poet
  • 1977-06-29 Oleg Korenfeld, Russian-American poet
  • 1977-07-18 Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • 1982-04-26 Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet, born in Denigomodu, Nauru

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1501 - 1,513 of 1,513

  • 2018-01-03 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79
  • 2018-01-23 Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist (Defense of Violeta Parra), dies at 103
  • 2018-03-06 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • 2018-04-05 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • 2018-05-04 Bobbie Louise Hawkins, American poet and author, dies at 87
  • 2018-05-06 Cirilo Bautista, Filipino writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 2018-06-23 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, dies at 89
  • 2018-09-18 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, dies at 78
  • 2018-12-12 Meng Lang, Chinese poet and activist, dies at 57
  • 2019-11-24 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet and critic, dies at 80
  • 2020-02-04 Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean poet (Born to Slow Horses) and academic, dies at 89
  • 2020-07-13 [Zindziswa] Zindzi Mandela, South African politician and poet, dies at 59
  • 2020-10-01 Derek Mahon, Irish poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), dies at 78

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