| Female Poets

An evolving, informal and incomplete list of contemporary female poets writing in (or translated to) English.

Aase Berg
Abigail Child
Aby Cooperman
Ada Limon
Adeena Karasick
Adriana Grant
Adrienne Rich
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Akilah Oliver
Aleida Rodriguez
alexandria volk
Alexis Orgera
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Alice B. Fogel
Alice Fulton
Alice Jones
Alice Notley
Alice Parris
Alice Shapiro
Alice Walker
Alicia Cohen
Alicia Ostriker
Aliki Barnstone
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Alison Luterman
Alison Palmer
Alison Pick
Alison Townsend
Alixandra Bamford
Alka Roy
Alli Warren
Allison Cobb
Allison Funk
Allison Titus
Allyson Salazar
Allyssa Wolf
Alyson Greenfield
Amanda Ackerman
Amanda Auchter
Amanda Earl
Amanda Laughtland
Amanda M. Johnson
Amanda Nadelberg
Amanda Oaks
Amanda Warren
Amber Nelson
Amelia Harman
Amy Beeder
Amy Berkowitz
Amy Gerstler
Amy King
Amy Lawless
Amy Lemmon
Amy McDaniel
Amy Newlove Schroeder
Amy Uyematsu
Ana Božičević-Bowling
Ana Hatherly
Ana Tot
ana-maurine lara
Andrea Baker
Andrea Brady
Andrea Rexilius
Andrea Strudensky
Andrée Chedid
Andrena Zawinski
Ange Mlinko
Angela Ball
Angela Carr
Angela Ferrara
angela genusa
Angela Lea Nemecek
Angela Rawlings
Angela Szczepaniak
Angela Veronica Wong
Angela Vogel
Angie Estes
Anita Naegeli
Anji Reyner
Ann Fisher-Wirth
Ann Neuser Lederer
Ann Stephenson
Ann Townsend
Anna Bell
Anna Elena Eyre
Anna Fulford
Anna Marie Hong
Anna Reckin
Anna Ross
Anne Boyer
Anne Carson
Anne Colwell
Anne Gorrick
Anne Haines
Anne Heide
Anne Lesley Selcer
Anne Portugal
Anne Shaw
Anne Teyssiéras
Anne Waldman
Anne-Marie Albiach
Annette M. Hyder
Annette Spaulding-Convey
Annie Finch
Annie Salager
annie-claude généreux
Anya Achtenberg
April Bernard
Ariana Reines
Arielle Greenberg
Arielle Guy
Arlene Ang
Arlita Jones
Ash Smith
Ashley Capps
Ashley McHugh
Ashley Seitz Kramer
Ashley VanDoorn
Aya Karpinska
Aysegul Tozeren
Barbara Cole
Barbara Jane Reyes
Barbara Maloutas
Barbara Perez
Becca Klaver
Beckian Fritz-Goldberg
Belle Gironda
Bernadette Geyer
Bernadette Mayer
Bernice Kew
Beth Ann Fennelly
Beth Bachmann
Beth Joselow
Beth Langford
Beth Murray
Beth Woodcome
Betsy Fagin
Betsy Sholl
Betsy Wheeler
Betty Adcock
Beverly Dahlen
Bhanu Kapil
Bibiana Padilla Maltos
Bonnie Emerick
Bonnie Jean Michalski
Bonnie Jones
Bonnie Roy
Brandi Homan
Brea Burton
Brenda Coultas
brenda hillman
Brenda Iijima
Brenda Shaughnessy
Bridget Pegeen Kelly
Brigitte Byrd
Britta Kallevang
Bronwen Tate
Bronwyn Lea
Brooklyn Copeland
C Mehrl Bennett
C. E. Laine.
C.A. (Christina) Lux
C.H. Eding
Cami Park
Camille Dungy
Camille Martin
Camille Roy
Cara Benson
Carla Billiteri
Carla Conforto
Carla Faesler
Carla Harryman
Carly Sachs
Carmen Derksen
Carmen Gimenez Smith
Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Guess
Carol Lewis
Carol Mirakove
Carol Potter
Carol Snow
Carol Watts
Caroline Bergvall
Carolyn Forché
Carolyn Guinzio
Carolyn Kizer
Carolyn Miller
Carra Stratton
Carrie Bennett
Carrie Hunter
Carrie Oliva Adams
Cass Dalglish
Cate Marvin
Cate Peebles
Catherine Barnett
Catherine Bowman
Catherine Carter
Catherine Daly
Catherine Meng
Catherine Paquette
Catherine Theis
Catherine Venerable Moore
Cathy Eisenhower
Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Wagner
Cati Porter
Catriona Strang
CD Wright
Cecilia Vicuña
Cecilia Woloch
Chantal Neveu
Chelsea Minnis
Cheryl Chambers
Cheryl Clark Vermeulen
Cheryl Lynn Moyer
Cheryl Pallant
Cheryl Snell
Chey Davis
Chloe Joan Lopez
Chris Turnbull
Christina Mengert
Christina Zawadiwsky
Christine Deavel
Christine Hamm
Christine Hume
Christine Leclerc
Christine Scanlon
Christine Wertheim
Cia Rinne
Claire Becker
claire donato
Claire Hero
Claire Lacey
Claire Zoghb
Clare L. Martin
Claudia Algara
Claudia Emerson
Claudia Keelan
Claudia Rankine
Cole Swensen
Connie Wanek
Corrine Fitzpatrick
Cris Costa
Cristiana Baik
Crystal Curry
Crystal Williams
Cynthia Arrieu-King
Cynthia Cruz
Cynthia Hogue
Cynthia Huntington
Cynthia Rylant
Cynthia Sailers
Daisy Fried
Daisy Levy
Dana Teen Lomax
Daniela Olszewska
Danielle Aquiline
Danielle Collobert
Danielle Deulen
Danielle Dutton
Danielle Pafunda
Dannye Powell
Daphne Marlatt
Dara Wier
Darcie Dennigan
dawn lonsinger
Dawn Lundy Martin
Dawn Pendergast
Dawn Potter
Deborah Ager
Deborah Digges
Deborah Poe
Deborah Wardlaw Pattillo
Deborah Woodward
Debra Bruce
Deena Metzger
Deja Earley
Denise Duhamel
denise lichtig
Derya Vural
Diana Hamilton
Diane Ackerman
Diane Di Prima
Diane Jarvenpa
Diane Wakoski
Diane Ward
Dianne Timblin
Didi Menendez
Divya Victor
Donna D. Vitucci
Donna Kuhn
Donna Masini
Donna Stonecipher
Donora Hillard
Dora Malech
Dorianne Laux
Dorothea Lasky
Dorothee Lang
Dorothy Lusk
Duriel Harris
Eavan Boland
Ebony Golden
Edith Dahan
Eeva Kilpi
Eileen Myles
Eileen Tabios
Elaine Equi
Eleanor Lerman
Eleanor Stanford
Elena Rivera
Eleni Sikelanios
Eleni Stecopoulos
Elisa Gabbert
Elisabeth Chapman
Elisabeth Workman
Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Barbato
Elizabeth Bradfield
Elizabeth Bryant
Elizabeth Cross
Elizabeth Hildreth
Elizabeth Kate Switaj
Elizabeth Robinson
Elizabeth Treadwell
Elizabeth Willis
Elizabeth Zuba
Ellen Baxt
Ellen Kennedy
Ellyn Maybe
Eloise Klein Healy
Emily Cargan
emily carr
Emily Critchley
Emily Goodden
Emily Kendall Frey
Emily Lloyd
Emily Schulten
Emily Wall
Emma Trelles
Emmy Perez
Emoke Pulay
Endi Bogue Hartigan
Erica Bernheim
Erica Hunt
Erica Kaufman
erica lewis
Erica Miriam Fabri
Erica van Horn
Erika Howsare
Erika T. Wurth
Erin Belieu
Erin Coughlin Hollowell
Erin Elizabeth Smith
Erin Lyndal Martin
Erin M. Bertram
Erin Mouré
Ersi Sotiropoulos
Esther Lee
Esther Tellermann
Eula Biss
Eva Saulitis
Evelyn Posamentier
Evie Shockley
Exene Cervenka
Fabienne Courtade
Fadwa Tuqan
fanny howe
Farrah Field
Felicia Atkinson
Felicia Mitchell
Felicia Shenker
Fiona Sze-Lorraine
Fleda Brown
Florence Pazzottu
Frances Kruk
Françoise Hàn
Gabriella Torres
Gabrielle Althen
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Gail Scott
Gail Wronsky
Gale Czerski
Gale Thompson
Gaye Chan
Geneviève Huttin
Genine Lentine
Geraldine Kim
Geraldine Monk
Gerrye Payne
Gertrude Schnackenberg
gillian conoley
Gillian Devereux
Gillian Wegener
Gina Athena Ulysse
Gina Franco
Gina Myers
Gloria Alvarez
gloria frym
Grace Cavalieri
Grace Vajda
Gray Jacobik
Guadalupe Grande
Hadara Bar-Nadav
Hanna Andrews
Harryette Mullen
Hazel McClure
Hazel Smith
Heather Christle
Heather Green
Heather Matesich Cousins
Heather McHugh
Heather Milne
Heidi Lynne Staples
Helen Losse
Helen Vitoria
Helen White
Helen Wickes
Hélène Sanguinetti
Hildred Crill
Hillary Keel
Hoa Nguyen
Holaday Mason
Holly Johnson
Holly Melgard
Holly Prado
Honoree Fantone Jeffers
Hossannah Asuncion
Ioanna Warwick
Isabelle Garron
Ish Klein
Ito Hiromi
Ivy Alvarez
Ixta Menchacha
J’Lyn Chapman
Jackie Milan
Jacqueline Jones LaMon
Jacqueline Marcus
Jacqueline Osherow
Jacqueline Risset
Jamie Kazay
Jan Clausen
Jan Heller Levi
Jane Carr
Jane Gregory
Jane Sprague
Janet Holmes
Janet McAdams
Janet Thomas
Janice Mirikitani
Janie Miller
Janine Mitaud
Janis Butler Holm
Janna Plant
January O’Neil
Jarita Davis
Jayne Cortez
Jayne Pupek
Jean Valentine
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
Jeanine Baude
Jeanne E. Clark
Jeanne Heuving
Jeanne Hyvrard
Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Jeanne Morel
Jeannine Hall-Gailey
Jeannine Savard
Jehanne Dubrow
Jen Benka
Jen Bervin
Jen Besemer
Jen Coleman
jen hofer
Jen Scappetone
Jen Tynes
Jena Osman
Jendi Reiter
Jeni Olin
Jenifer Brown lawrence
Jenifer Rae Vernon
JenMarie Davis
Jenn Koiter
Jenn McCreary
Jenna Cardinale
Jenne’ Andrews
Jenni Russell
Jennifer Bartlett
Jennifer Chang
Jennifer Finstrom
Jennifer Firestone
Jennifer K. Dick
Jennifer K. Sweeney
Jennifer Karmin
Jennifer Kronovet
Jennifer L. Knox
Jennifer Michael Hecht
Jennifer Moxley
Jennifer Scappettone
Jennifer Steele
Jennifer Van Buren
Jennifer Watman
Jenny Boully
Jenny Factor
Jenny Sadre-Orafai
Jenny Sampirisi
Jess Fiorini
Jess Rowan
Jessea Perry
Jessica Barrett
Jessica Bozek
Jessica Grim
Jessica Piazza
Jessica Savitz
Jessica Smith
Jessica Wickens
Jessie Carty
Jessy Randall
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Jill Beauchesne
Jill Hartmann
Jill Johnson
Jill Magi
Jill McDonough
Jill Stengel
Jo Cook
Jo McDougall
Joan Kane
Joan Larkin
Joan Retallack
Joanna Klink
Joanna Ruocco
Joanne Harris Allred
Joanne Kyger
Joanne Merriam
Jocelyn Grosse
Jocelyn Saidenberg
JodiAnn Stevenson
Jody Gladding
Johanna Drucker
Johanna Fuhrman
Johnsie Noel
Joni Wallace
Jorie Graham
Joy Harjo
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyelle McSweeney
Jude Goodwin
Jude Nutter
Judith Barrington
Judith Goldman
Judith Kerman
Judith Roitman
Judith S. Askew
Judith Terzi
Judy Kronenfeld
Julia Alvarez
Julia Bloch
Julia Cohen
Julia Drescher
Julia Johnson
Julia Story
Julia Williams
Juliana Baggot
Juliana Leslie
Juliana Spahr
Julie Bloemeke
Julie Carr
Julie Dill
Julie Doxsee
Julie Jefferies
Julie Kane
Julie Patton
Julie Phillips Brown
Julie Platt
Julie Rouse
Julie Strand
Juliet Cook
Juliet Patterson
K. Lorraine Graham
K.E. Duffin
Kaia Sand
Karen An-Hwei Lee
Karen Anneson
Karen Lepri
Karen Lewis
Karen MacCormick
Karen Volkman
Karen Weiser
Karin Gottshall
Karin Lessing
Karla Kelsey
Karyna McGlynn
Katarina Frostensson
Kate Brady
Kate Braverman
Kate Colby
Kate Dougherty
Kate Durbin
Kate Eichhorn
Kate Greenstreet
Kate Middleton
Kate Schapira
Katherine Larson
Kathleen Brown
Kathleen Fraser
Kathleen Jesme
Kathleen Ossip
Kathleen Rooney
Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
Kathrin Schaeppi
Kathryn Cowles
kathryn l. pringle
Kathryn Regina
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Kathy Fagan
kathy lou schultz
Katie Degentesh
Katie Kemple
Katie Webb
Katrina Roberts
Katrina Rodabaugh
Katy Henriksen
Kay Ryan
Keetje Kuipers
Kelley White
Kelli Russell Agodon
Kelly Cherry
Kelly Davio
Kelly Kwiatkowski
Kendra Grant Malone
Kerri French
Kerri Sonnenberg
Kerry Hardie
Kim Addonizio
Kim Bridgford
Kim Chinquee
Kim Gek Lin Short
Kim Roberts
Kimberly Grey
Kimberly Lyons
Kirsten Andersen
Kirsten Kaschock
Kristen Kelly
Kristen Orser
Kristi Maxwell
Kristianne Meal
Kristin Abraham
Kristin Dimitrova
Kristin Gallagher
kristin hatch
Kristin Naca
Kristin Palm
Kristina Marie Darling
Kristy Bowen
Kristy Odelius
Krystal Languell
KS Ernst
Laine Ballard
Lana Hechtman Ayers
Lara Glenum
Larissa Lai
Larissa Shmailo
Larissa Szporluk
Laura Carter
Laura Cherry
Laura Elrick
Laura Feldman
Laura Goldstein
Laura Hinton
Laura Jaramillo
Laura Kasischke
Laura Moriarty
Laura Mullen
Laura Navartil
Laura Soloman
Laura Winton
Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Laurel Blossom
Laurel K. Dodge
Laurel Snyder
Lauren Bender
Lauren Dixon
Lauren Ireland
Lauren Kizi-Ann Alleyne
Lauren Levato
Lauren Levin
Lauren Mitchell
Lauren Shufran
Laurie Byro
Laurie Junkins
Laurie Price
Laurie Sheck
Layli Long Soldier
Laynie Browne
Lea Graham
Lee Ann Brown
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Leigh Stein
Leila Wilson
Lesle Lewis
Leslie Adrienne Miller
Leslie C. Chang
Leslie Harrison
Leslie McGrath
Leslie Patron
Leslie Scalapino
Liliane Giraudon
Lily Brown
Lily Ladewig
Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
Linda Dove
Linda Gregg
Linda Russo
Lindsay Boldt
Lindsay Marianna Walker
Lindsay Tipping
Lisa Asagi
Lisa Donovan
Lisa Fishman
Lisa Forrest
Lisa Janssen
Lisa Jarnot
Lisa Linn Kanae
Lisa Martin-DeMoor
Lisa Moren
Lisa Prince
Lisa Radon
Lisa Robertson
Liz Canfield
Liz Gallagher
Liz Mariani
Lola Haskins
Lori Anderson Moseman
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Lorna Perez
Louisa Spavento
Louise Erdrich
Louise Glück
Louise Mathias
Luisa Igloria
Lyn Hejinian
Lyn Lifshin
Lynn Behrendt
Lynn Emanuel
Lynn Xu
Lynne Knight
m. mara-ann
M. NourbeSe Philip
Mackenzie Carignan
Madeline Gins
Magdalena Zurawski
Maggie Anderson
Maggie Jaffe
Maggie Nelson
Maggie O’Sullivan
Mairead Byrne
Maja Jantar
Mara Patricia Hernandez
Marcela Sulak
Marci Nelligan
Marcia Arrieta
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Brady
Margaret Christakos
Margaret Gibson
Margaret Holley
Margaret Kaufman
Margaret Konkol
Margaret Lloyd
Margaret Randall
margareta waterman
Marge Piercy
Margot Schilpp
Mari Evans
Mari L’Esperance
Maria Benet
Maria Damon
Maria Desmée
Marianne Monk
Marianne Morris
Marie Buck
Marie étienne
Marie Harris
Marie Howe
Marie-Claire Bancquart
Marika Ismail
Marilyn Chin
Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Kallet
Marilyn Nelson
Marilyn R. Rosenberg
Marilyn Taylor
Marilyn Zuckerman
Marisa Crawford
martha ronk
Martha Silano
Marthe Reed
Mary Alexandra Agner
Mary Ann Davis
Mary Ann Samyn
Mary Biddinger
Mary Cameron
Mary Harwell Sayler
Mary Jo Bang
Mary Jo Firth Gillett
Mary Jo Salter
Mary Karr
Mary McAnally
Mary Oliver
Mary Ruefle
Marya Hornbacher
Maryrose Larkin
Marzanna Kielar
Matina Stamatakis
Matthea Harvey
Maureen Alsop
Maureen Owen
Maureen Thorson
Maurya Simon
Maw Shein Win
Maxine Chernoff
Maxine Kumin
MC Hyland
Medbh McGuckian
Meg Hamill
Meg Hurtado
Meg Kearney
Meg Pokrass
Meg Reilly
Megan Gannon
Megan Kaminski
Megan Volpert
Meghan Doraty
Meghan M. Lee
Meghan O’Rourke
Meghan Punschke
Mei Mei Bersenbrugge
Mel Nichols
Melanie Hubbard
Melissa Broder
Melissa Buzzeo
Melissa Dickey
Melissa Fondakowski
Melissa Kwasny
Melissa McCarthy
Melissa Range
Melissa Severin
Mendi Obadike
Meredith Quartermain
Metta Sama
Mia Nussbaum
Michaela Gabriel
Michalle Gould
Michelle Bitting
Michelle Boisseau
Michelle Buchanan
Michelle Cross
Michelle Detorie
Michelle Gould
Michelle Grangaud
Michelle Grimes Shamasneh
Michelle Morgan
Michelle Naka Pierce
Michelle Taransky
Micki Myers
Mira Shimabukuro
Miranda Merklein
Miriam Bird Greenberg
Mischa Erikson
MJM
Moira Egan
Molly Arden
Molly Bendall
Molly Gaudry
Molly Peacock
Molly Tennenbaum
Monica de la Torre
Monica Fambrough
Monica Gerstemeier
Monica Youn
Moniek Darge
Morgan Grayce Willow
Mya Guarnieri
Mytili Jaganathan
Myung Mi Kim
N.A. Terranova
Nada Fader
Nada Gordon
Nance Van Winckel
Nancy Breen
Nancy Burr
Nancy Huth
Nancy Joyce Peters
Nanette Rayman Rivera
Naomi Ayala
Naomi Quinonez
Naomi Replansky
Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Thiers
Natalee Caple
Natalie Basinski
Natalie Illium
Natalie Lyalin
Natalie Simpson
Natalie Stephens
Natalie Zina Walschots
Natasha Moni
Natasha Trethewey
Nathalie Handal
Nava Fader
Neelanjana Banerjee
Neile Graham
Nellie Wong
Nic Sebastian
Nicelle Davis
Nicky Finney
Nicole Brossard
Nicole Burgund
Nicole Cartwright Denison
Nicole Mauro
Nicole Steinberg
Nicole Walker
Nicole Wilson
Nicole Zdeb
Nicole-Nzinga Darden
Nicolette Bethel
Nikki Reimer
Nina Corwin
Nina Lindsay
Noelle Kocot
Norma Cole
Ntozake Shange
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
o. hunt
Oana Avasilichioaei
Olena Kalytiak Davis
Olga Broumas
Olive Demetrius
olivia cronk
Oni Buchanan
Paige Ackerson-Keily
Paige Patton
Paige Taggert
Pam Brown
Pam Lu
Pam Rehm
Pam Ward
Pamela Gemin
Patricia A. Hawkenson
Patricia Carlin
patricia dientsfrey
Patricia Gomes
Patricia Monaghan
Patricia Smith
Patricia Spears Jones
Patti Smith
Patti White
PattiAnn Rogers
Pattie McCarthy
Patty Seyburn
paula cisewski
Paula Claire
Paula Closson Buck
Paula Grenside
Paula Meehan
Paula Mendoza-Hanna
Peg Duthie
Peggy Shumaker
Penelope Rosemont
Penelope Scambly Schott
Penn Kemp
Phoebe Wayne
Phyllis Rosenzweig
Pireeni Sundaralingam
Pit Menousek Pinegar
Prageeta Sharma
Pris Campbell
Purvi Shah
Rachel Blau Du Plessis
Rachel Finkelstein
Rachel Levitsky
Rachel Loden
Rachel Mallino Fowley
Rachel Zolf
Rachel Zucker
Rae Armantrout
Reb Livingston
Rebecca Houwer
Rebecca Lindenberg
Rebecca Loudon
Rebecca Stigge
Rebecca Viola
Rebecca Wolff
Rebecca Wright
Remica L. Bingham
Rhonda Lott
Rita Ann Higgins
Rita Dove
Rita Wong
Roberta Olson
Robin Behn
Robin Beth Schaer
Robin Brox
Robin Ekiss
Robin Kemp
Robin Reagler
robin tremblay-mcgaw
Robyn Art
Robyn Schiff
Rona Luo
Ros Barber
Rosa Alcala
Rosmarie Waldrop
Rusty Morrison
Ruth Ellen Kocher
Ruth Stone
Rynn Williams
Ryoko Sekiguchi
Sabra Loomis
Sabrina Calle
Sabrina Orah Mark
Sachiko Murakami
Sadaf Ali
Salwa C. Jabado
Samiya Bashir
Sandra Beasley
Sandra Doller
sandra guerreiro
Sandra Lim
Sandra Moussempès
Sandy Baldwin
Sandy Florian
Sandy Longhorn
Sara Gridley
Sara Kearns
Sara Veglahn
Sara Wainscott
sarah anne cox
Sarah Bartlett
Sarah Blackman
Sarah Campbell
Sarah Dowling
Sarah Gambito
Sarah Green
sarah k bell
Sarah Lindsay
Sarah Maclay
Sarah Mangold
Sarah Manguso
Sarah Menefee
Sarah Riggs
Sarah Sloat
Sarah Vap
Sasha Pimentel Chacon
Sasha Steensen
Saskia van Herwijnen
Sawako Nakayasu
Shanna Compton
Shannon Smith
Shannon Tharp
Sharon Bryan
Sharon Doubiago
Sharon Harris
Sharon Hurlbut
Sharon Mesmer
Sharon Olds
Sharon Olson
Shawn Fawson
Sheila E. Murphy
Sheila Squillante
Shelly Taylor
Sherry Chandler
Sherry Quan Lee
Sherry Robbins
Sheryl Luna
Sheryl Noethe
Shin Yu Pai
Shirley Stephenson
Siân Killingsworth
Silvana Costa
Simone Muench
Sinead Morrisey
Snezana Zabic
Soham Patel
Sommer Browning
Sonia Sanchez
Sonnet L’Abbé
Sonya Sanchez
Sonya Taaffe
Sophie Robinson
Stacey Lynn Brown
Stacie Leatherman
Stacy Blint
Stacy Doris
Stacy Heiney
Stacy Kidd
Stacy Szymaszek
Star Black
Stefi Weisburd
Stephanie Anderson
Stephanie Davis
Stephanie Prodromides
Stephanie Strickland
Stephanie Young
Sue Hammond West
Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Summi Kaipa
Sun Yung Shin
Susan Aizenberg
Susan Briante
Susan Culver
Susan Gevirtz
Susan Harper Slaviero
Susan Holbrook
Susan Howe
Susan Kinsolving
Susan Kurek
Susan Millar DuMars
Susan Rich
Susan Scarlata
Susan Schultz
Susan Sibbet
Susan Somers-Willett
Susan Yount
Susana Gardner
Susie Timmons
Suzan Sari
Suzanne Buffam
Suzanne Frischkorn
Suzanne Lummis
suzanne nixon
Suzanne Rhodenbaugh
Suzanne Stein
Suzanne Zelazo
Sylvia Legris
T.A. Noonan
Talia Reed
Tamiko Beyer
Tammy Foster Brewer
Tammy McGovern
Tanya Chernov
Tara Betts
Tara Bray
Tara Rebele
tatiana de la tierra
Teresa Ballard
Teresa Carmondy
Teresa K. Miller
Teresa White
Terese Svboda
Terri Kirby Erickson
Terry Ehret
Terry Godbey
Terry Linda Hauptman
Tessa Joseph Nicholas
Tessa Rumsey
Thalia Field
Theresa Boyar
Theresa Sotto
Tiffany Midge
Tina Chang
Tina Darragh
Tina Schumann
tisa bryant
Toi Derricotte
Tonya Foster
Tracey Knapp
Tracy K. Smith
Trina Burke
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
Valerie Berry
Valerie Fox
Valerie Loveland
Valerie Witte
Vanessa Place
Vannina Maestri
Victoria Chang
Vidhu Aggarwal
Vivian Shipley
Wanda Coleman
Wanda O’Connor
Wanda Phipps
Wang Ping
Wendy Collin Sorin
Wendy Kramer
Wendy Mulford
Wendy Rose
Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Wendy Wisner
Wisława Szymborska
Yedda Morrison
Yoko Ono
Yona Harvey

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Editorial Note. Compiling, maintaining, and adding links to this list is not my job — unless you would like to pay me for it — I’m just providing this list out of good will toward these women and a desire to spread the word about their work, and I certainly don’t know every female poet in the world. Don’t be offended if you aren’t on the list, just follow the instructions below to get added.

Regulations. Feel free to leave a comment including your name and/or the names of living female poets you admire or email me with an list (one name per line) if you have more than 5 poets to add.  Lists greater than 5 will be added with due haste, while single stragglers will not, so it’s in your best interests to suggest people other than yourself when adding to the list (if you cannot think of anyone else to add but yourself, do more research before sending names).  Please try not to give me names that are already on here and please edit for spelling and capitalization (because I will not).  The main list will be updated when I have time, so your suggestions might not show up immediately.

Rationale. For years– for decades, for centuries– it’s been assumed that women write less, publish less, and in fact are less than men. The sheer numbers of women working in poetry today prove otherwise. But have you ever seen such a list, such numbers of women together? This document is meant to encourage women who assume that they are still a “minor” demographic– you are not. And it’s meant to show male editors who still have “numbers trouble” that there’s an easy solution to their problem– learn more. Elisa Gabbert provides a handy illustration here.

Inclusion. Names will not be deleted once they are provided. If you have a problem being “female” that’s something for you to address in therapy. There’s no shame in being a woman.

Links. This is not a link list. Links will neither be provided or maintained (because that is a very time-consuming process and I do not have that kind of time; if someone else would like to volunteer to make it into links and maintain that list, that is certainly possible). If you see a name you’re interested in, Google it.

135 Responses to | Female Poets

  1. Andrew Hughes says:

    I’ll put in a plug for an ex from a long long time ago. Mary Cameron who had a book out years ago titled, ‘Clouds without Heaven’. From Canada. I don’t know what she’s doing now.

  2. Michelle Buchanan
    Didi Menendez
    Pris Campbell
    Tammy Foster Brewer
    Amanda Oaks

  3. Sorry forgot to alphabetize…
    Amanda Oaks
    Didi Menendez
    Michelle Buchanan
    Pris Campbell
    Tammy Foster Brewer

  4. Thanks Michelle and Andrew! I’ll add all those later tonight (I need a break from Excel).

  5. Thought I’d let you know Eileen Tabios and Sheila Murphy are listed twice.

  6. …and thank you for doing this, I think it’s really great.

  7. Sure thing… it was a fairly easy merge of three lists I’d already compiled, I just hope that keeping it up doesn’t become a headache ;-) … I might have to “freeze” it or turn it over to someone else at some point if it does.

  8. Lauren Dixon says:

    Awesome work! Here’s more:

    Anne Waldman
    Bhanu Kapil
    Diane Di Prima
    Eileen Myles
    Hoa Nguyen
    Jeanne Morel
    Lauren Dixon
    Susan Briante
    Wang Ping

  9. Daniela Olszewska says:

    great list! i have some names to add:

    claire donato
    emily carr
    kate durbin
    kristin hatch
    olivia cronk
    paula cisewski

  10. Laura Carter says:

    Allyssa Wolf
    Sandra Simonds
    Heather Christle
    Laurel Snyder
    Amy McDaniel
    Brigitte Byrd
    Ashley VanDoorn
    Alka Roy
    Robin Kemp
    Emily Schulten
    Jenny Sadre-Orafai
    Michelle Grimes Shamasneh

  11. lauracarter says:

    Sarah Manguso

  12. Michelle says:

    Thanks, Jessica!

    Alexis Pauline Gumbs
    Amanda Ackerman
    Ash Smith
    Barbara Jane Reyes
    Ebony Golden
    Juliet Cook
    Mendi Obadike
    Teresa Carmondy
    Tara Betts
    Vanessa Place
    Wanda Coleman

  13. Deborah says:

    Heart-trill {too

    Layli Long Soldier
    Kate Schapira
    Lori Anderson Moseman
    Jean Valentine
    Tamiko Beyer

  14. Gillian says:

    Gina Myers
    Luisa Igloria
    Lynn Emanuel
    Melissa Range
    Natasha Trethewey
    Ruth Stone
    Vivian Shipley

    I can think of more, but I don’t want you to freak out!

  15. Yeah, you can freak me out as long as you put up with me afterwards G.

  16. Nicole Mauro says:

    Hi!

    Carrie Hunter
    dawn lonsinger

  17. Nicole Mauro says:

    More for the list!
    Cara Benson
    Dana Teen Lomax
    Elizabeth Bryant
    Jill Stengel
    Kathrin Schaeppi
    Mackenzie Carignan
    Marthe Reed

  18. Nicole Mauro says:

    One last!

    Juliana Leslie

  19. Nice. Are you systematically going through Dusie, Nicole? (B/c if not that would be useful.)

  20. Gillian says:

    Aliki Barnstone
    Alicia Ostriker
    Carolyn Forche
    Chloe Joan Lopez
    Deborah Ager
    Gale Thompson
    Heather McHugh
    Kathy Fagan
    Kelly Cherry
    Larissa Szporluk
    Victoria Chang

  21. Daniela Olszewska says:

    Annie Finch
    Betsy Wheeler
    Carol Guess
    Carolyn Forché
    Cathy Wagner
    Erica Bernheim
    Jayne Pupek
    Jennifer L. Knox
    Karyna McGlynn
    Kristin Dimitrova
    Kristy Odelius
    Leigh Stein
    Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
    Marzanna Kielar
    Melissa Severin
    Simone Muench
    Wisława Szymborska

  22. Cheryl Snell
    Nanette Rayman Rivera
    Juliet Cook

  23. Nicole Mauro says:

    Sort of going by Dusie–I could do so more thoroughly, though, and will soon!

  24. If you have time that would be awesome!

  25. lauracarter says:

    Susie Timmons!

  26. Would someone compile me a list of all the working/contemporary poets on Pussipo and/or Wompo and/or any other similar list? And editors: lists of women you’ve published who aren’t represented here yet?

  27. Amy Lemmon
    Ann Fisher-Wirth
    Anne Colwell
    Arielle Greenberg
    Catherine Carter
    Julie Kane
    Julia Alvarez
    Kim Bridgford
    Marilyn Hacker
    Marilyn Nelson
    Marilyn Taylor
    Moira Egan

  28. Anna Ross
    Anne Shaw
    Carrie Bennett
    Cheryl Clark Vermeulen
    Heather Matesich Cousins

    (thanks, Jessica)

  29. Amish says:

    CD Wright
    Karen Lepri
    Leslie Patron
    Lisa Donovan

  30. T.A. Noonan says:

    This is awesome.

    I sent my list via email, but I left a name off. Here’s the same list with another name added:

    Alyson Greenfield
    C.A. (Christina) Lux
    Deja Earley
    Donora Hillard
    Elizabeth Kate Switaj
    Erin Elizabeth Smith
    Gina Athena Ulysse
    Hildred Crill
    Lindsay Marianna Walker
    Miranda Merklein
    Mya Guarnieri
    Nicole Cartwright Denison
    Rhonda Lott
    Vidhu Aggarwal

  31. maryrose says:

    Allison Cobb
    Anne Gorrick
    Beth Murray
    Crystal Curry
    Deborah Woodward
    Donna Stonecipher
    Emily Kendal Frey
    Endi Bogue Hartigan
    Felicia Atkinson
    Gale Czerski
    Jeanne Heuving
    Jen Coleman
    Jennifer Bartlett
    Judith Roitman
    Laynie Browne
    Laura Feldman
    Lisa Radon
    margareta waterman
    Roberta Olsen
    Sarah Mangold

  32. This is just a note to tell myself where I left off– everything before this comment is in the Excel file, but I’m only going to update the main list on the website once a day. We’re now over 600. Last night I said I thought we could get to a thousand today. It’s noon– I bet we can!

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  34. Lauren Kizi-Ann Alleyne
    Remica L. Bingham
    Metta Sama
    Tonya Foster
    Sueyeun Juliette Lee
    Meghan Punschke
    Jessy Randall
    Allyson Salazar
    Christine Scanlon
    Kim Gek Lin Short
    Theresa Sotto
    Louisa Spavento
    Eleanor Stanford
    Nicole Steinberg
    Shirley Stephenson
    Marcela Sulak
    Paige Taggert
    Molly Tennenbaum
    Joni Wallace
    Stefi Weisburd
    Maw Shein Win
    Wendy Wisner
    Valerie Witte
    Julie Bloemeke
    Carrie Oliva Adams
    Arlene Ang
    Molly Arden
    Laine Ballard
    Sarah Bartlett
    Jill Beauchesne
    sarah k bell
    Elizabeth Bradfield
    Trina Burke
    Alice B. Fogel
    Grace Cavalieri
    Amy Gerstler

    ok, that’s just a start, more later,

  35. Sarah says:

    Beckian Fritz-Goldberg
    Carmen Giminez Smith
    Cynthia Hogue
    Jeannine Savard
    Jenifer Brown lawrence
    Julie Carr
    Katrina Roberts
    Sarah Vap
    Tara Rebele

  36. Karen Lee Lewis says:

    Karen Lee Lewis

  37. LuLindaRu says:

    Akilah Oliver
    Brenda Coultas
    Carol Ann Duffy
    Eleni Stecopoulos (spelling correction)
    Jennifer Firestone
    Kristin Palm
    Linda Russo (deleted “V.”)
    Maryrose Larkin
    Wendy Mulford
    Rachel Zolf

  38. Helen Losse
    January O’Neil
    Nic Sebastian
    Nicolette Bethel

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  40. Lynn Behrendt says:

    This is great, Jessica!

    Kimberly Lyons
    Nancy Huth
    Carla Harryman

  41. Gregory Luce says:

    Bernadette Geyer

    A.E. Stallings (Sorry if this is a duplication.)

    Naomi Thiers

    Dekighted to see my friends Sandra Beasley & Moira Egan listed.

  42. Gregory Luce says:

    That should read “Delighted.”

  43. Ok… I think I’ve got everyone before this comment. Did I miss anyone’s list? … Also, thanks to Matt Cozart, Reb Livingston, François Luong, Robin Brox, Ron Silliman and Gillian Devereux for providing big systematic additions (like going through tables of content) on the back end and to all the others who’ve provided smaller lists and who’re spreading the word. It’s nice to see everybody out.

  44. Also– Lynn B.– Gillian and I were thinking that it might be good to make this a link list but it would be difficult to maintain. Would you be interested in helping with that? I know you’re the Queen of Link Lists ;-)

  45. Lynn Behrendt says:

    I have to be careful how much I commit myself to but yes, I would be interested in helping. You might want to think about more of a directory, set up as a link list, since it might be limiting to choose just one link for many of these people, who probably have several important links. Drop me a note when you’re ready to set it up or whatever. Not familiar with wordpress but have been wanting to learn it and it would be a good start.

  46. Linda says:

    Arlita Jones
    Cass Dalglish
    Catherine Bowman
    Eloise Klein Healy
    Genine Lentine
    Jeanne E. Clark
    Jehanne Dubrow
    Joanna Klink
    Joanne Harris Allred
    Jude Nutter
    Judith Terzi
    Kathryn Cowles
    Kelly Davio
    Laura Cherry
    Laurie Junkins
    Leslie Harrison
    Linda Dove
    Mary Jo Firth Gillett
    Mary Jo Salter
    Melissa Kwasny
    Monica Youn
    Susan Rich
    Tanya Chernov

  47. Alison Luterman
    Joanne Merriam
    Mary Alexandra Agner
    Neile Graham
    Sonya Taaffe

  48. Erin Lyndal Martin says:

    Awesome list!

    Erin Lyndal Martin
    MC Hyland
    Mary Karr
    Mary Ruefle
    Robin Behn
    Sarah Blackman

  49. Linda says:

    Amanda Warren
    Amy Beeder
    Catherine Theis
    Hadara Bar-Nadav
    Jacqueline Osherow
    Jendi Reiter
    Kirsten Andersen
    Lynne Knight
    Megan Gannon
    Nicelle Davis
    Paula Closson Buck
    Suzanne Rhodenbaugh

  50. suzanne says:

    Juliana Baggot
    Emmy Perez
    Emma Trelles
    Carmen Gimenez Smith
    Sheryl Luna
    Jacqueline Marcus
    Laure-Anne Bosselaar
    Meg Kearney
    Margot Schilpp
    Sandy Longhorn
    Robin Ekiss
    Ann Townsend
    Susan Aizenberg
    January O’Neil

  51. helenl says:

    Jessie Carty
    Terri Kirby Erickson

  52. helenl says:

    Sherry Chandler
    Alice Parris
    Clare L. Martin
    Felicia Mitchell
    Melissa Fondakowski
    Patricia Gomes

  53. Wendy Wisner says:

    Donna Masini and Jan Heller Levi, my teachers

  54. michaela gabriel says:

    Annette M. Hyder
    Susan Culver
    Donna D. Vitucci
    Valerie Fox
    Teresa White

    (and i’m honoured to be one of the few non-americans, non-native speakers on the list!)

  55. michaela gabriel says:

    Lauren Mitchell
    (disappeared from my first post ..)

  56. Angela Ball
    Julia Johnson
    Marilyn Kallet
    Allison Funk
    Susan Somers-Willett
    MJM

  57. michaela gabriel says:

    Sharon Hurlbut
    Liz Gallagher
    Hillary Keel
    Amanda Auchter
    Meg Pokrass
    Cheryl Chambers
    Jude Goodwin
    Laurel K. Dodge
    Lisa Prince
    Ros Barber
    Paula Grenside
    Sara Kearns
    Sarah Sloat
    Teresa Ballard

  58. WhiteNile says:

    Claire Zoghb
    Fadwa Tuqan
    Lana Hechtman Ayers
    Leslie McGrath
    Linda Gregg
    Margaret Lloyd
    Marilyn Chin
    Marie Harris
    Nathalie Handal
    Naomi Ayala
    Pit Menousek Pinegar
    Terry Godbey

  59. January says:

    That’s quite a list. Here are a few more names:

    Toi Derricotte
    Elizabeth Alexander
    Honoree Fantone Jeffers
    Jacqueline Jones LaMon
    Ruth Ellen Kocher
    Dawn Lundy Martin
    Duriel Harris
    Yona Harvey
    Nicky Finney
    Jarita Davis

  60. As a self-nominating straggler who must wait my turn, I would be honored if you would add my name to this list, however long it takes. I post my poetry at Expressive Domain: http://www.phawkenson.edublogs.org My book, “Magnetic Repulsion, 100 Poems From Desire to Disgust” is available at: http://www.outskirtspress.com THANKS! ~ Patricia A. Hawkenson

  61. Rick Hale says:

    Diane Wakoski

  62. Dawn Potter says:

    Jeanne Marie Beaumont
    Betsy Sholl
    Dawn Potter

  63. I think I’ve incorporated everyone before this comment into the main list. Please let me know if I missed anyone or if you see any duplicates (one of the effects of looking at the same thing for too long is that you tend to overlook things ;-)

  64. Lyle Daggett says:

    Great what you’re doing here. Here are a few more for the list:

    Anne Haines
    Anya Achtenberg
    Diane Jarvenpa
    Erika T. Wurth
    Gerrye Payne
    Jan Clausen
    Janice Mirikitani
    Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
    Jenifer Rae Vernon
    Jenne’ Andrews
    Laura Winton
    Maggie Jaffe
    Margaret Atwood
    Margaret Randall
    Marge Piercy
    Mari Evans
    Marilyn Zuckerman
    Mary McAnally
    Marya Hornbacher
    Mira Shimabukuro
    Morgan Grayce Willow
    Naomi Quinonez
    Naomi Replansky
    Nellie Wong
    Olga Broumas
    Sarah Menefee
    Sasha Pimentel Chacon
    Sharon Doubiago
    Sherry Quan Lee
    Sheryl Noethe
    Terry Linda Hauptman
    Wendy Rose

  65. yesisaidyesiwillyes says:

    Nancy Joyce Peters
    Penelope Rosemont

  66. Bill Mohr says:

    Aleida Rodriguez
    Alison Townsend
    Amy Uyematsu
    Barbara Maloutas
    Carol Lewis
    Christina Zawadiwsky
    Deena Metzger
    Ellyn Maybe
    Exene Cervenka
    Gloria Alvarez
    Holly Prado
    Ioanna Warwick
    Kate Braverman
    Pam Ward
    Patty Seyburn
    Sharon Doubiago
    Star Black
    Susan Kinsolving
    Suzanne Lummis

  67. JMW says:

    Andrea Rexilius
    Carol Snow
    Christina Mengert
    Christine Deavel
    Claudia Keelan
    Eula Biss
    Harryette Mullen
    Jessica Savitz
    J’Lyn Chapman
    Judith Goldman
    Kerri Sonnenberg
    Laura Mullen
    Leila Wilson
    Monica Fambrough
    Nicole Burgund
    Sandra Lim
    Sara Gridley
    Sara Veglahn (misspelled as “Veglan” above)
    Susan Scarlata
    Suzanne Buffam

  68. suzanne says:

    suzanne nixon

  69. Stephanie Burns says:

    Elaine Equi
    Erica Miriam Fabri
    Gabriella Torres
    Laurie Sheck
    Patricia Carlin
    Tessa Rumsey

  70. tom beckett says:

    Jessica Grim

  71. Brian says:

    Gabrielle Calvocoressi
    Samiya Bashir
    Jill McDonough
    Fiona Sze-Lorraine
    Nicole Walker
    Keetje Kuipers

  72. Thanks ya’ll– I think I’ve incorporated all of these names now. If anyone would be willing/able to look over for duplicates and let me know about those, I’d appreciate the editorial help.

    We’re adding about 100 names a day, and incorporating these names into the database, checking for duplicates, and updating the post takes about an hour. Thus I’d appreciate the following:

    1. Please please check for duplicates. Use CTRL+F to see if a name you’re adding is already on the list. Also please check for spelling by Googling the name of the poet you think of; this editorial work on the front end really helps me. Thank you to those who are already doing this.

    2. Please do not post only your own name. Posting just one name doesn’t inconvenience me, but it does annoy me and reflect poorly on you. Are you really working in a vacuum? You know of no other female poets than yourself? Surely you know of, have worked with, or have read someone else. Bring them with you. If you really know of no others (because granted, this list is pretty long by now), do some research and enlighten all of us with the name of someone we may have otherwise overlooked.

    3. Please say something when you post a list of names, like “hi” or “thanks” or “this is neat.” Simply posting a list of names is generous and I’m grateful, but I would also like to think that I am collaborating with real people. If real people were just handing me lists of names to put in a list, I would feel like a drone. So please, you know, behave like a person. Say a little something, introduce yourself, tell me who your favorite poets are.

    Thank you.

  73. Greta Nintzel says:

    Ntozake Shange
    Sonia Sanchez

  74. David Meredith says:

    Here’s some Irish poets

    Eavan Boland
    Paula Meehan
    Rita Ann Higgins
    Medbh McGuckian
    Sinead Morrisey
    Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill

  75. Johnsie Noel says:

    Great list and you already have many that I would have recommended so I am simply going to selfishly add my own:

    Johnsie Noel

    Thanks for all of your hard work compiling this list!

  76. David Meredith says:

    Thank you. I think that is a great list and a brilliant resource. So many anthologies under-represent women poets in a big way. Came across it on Twitter, btw, in a tweet from the Poetry Society.

    Here’s another Irish one:

    Kerry Hardie

  77. Hello,
    My good friend, Janet Thomas, now living in Australia is writing top notch poetry.

  78. Stacy says:

    Wow! Fabulous list. You have so many that I would have recommended already. Here are a few more:

    Stacy Blint
    Kimberly Grey
    Kelly Kwiatkowski

    A real delight to see this!

  79. Natalie Simpson says:

    Hi Jessica,

    This is a really neat endeavor. Here are some poets from Calgary, Alberta (including me):

    Kathleen Brown
    Brea Burton
    Emily Cargan
    Stephanie Davis
    Meghan Doraty
    Carmen Derksen
    Jocelyn Grosse
    Claire Lacey
    Beth Langford
    Natalie Simpson
    Julia Williams

    Thanks!

  80. Thanks for a great list! You’ve covered many of my favorites, such as Mary Oliver and Jorie Graham, but I also enjoy the eclectic work of these poet peers writing in English:

    Jane Kenyon (deceased but contemporary with wonderfully accessible poems)
    Lucille Clifton (ditto above)
    Denise Levertov (ditto above)
    PattiAnn Rogers
    Gray Jacobik
    Betty Adcock
    Karen Anneson (England)
    Nancy Breen
    Gertrude Schnackenberg
    Sharon Bryan
    Alice Shapiro
    and, yeah, (thanks :)
    Mary Harwell Sayler

  81. michaela gabriel says:

    Jennifer Finstrom
    Jennifer Van Buren
    Andrena Zawinski
    Robin Reagler
    Laurie Byro

  82. Rebecca Ore says:

    Maureen Owen (interviewed in Jacket, teaches at Naropa)
    Rebecca Wright (no longer writing but on at least one Neglectorinos list)

  83. Eric Gelsinger says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Great list! A few more:

    Erin Lowinger
    Erica Gelsinger
    Michelle Slosek
    Lucia Daly
    Charlie Gordon
    Tawrina Baker
    Dee Weber
    Shana Meyer
    Ericka Unger

    I know I’m missing some but that’s good for now! Thanks!

  84. Eric, you know I love your boys’ club, but ultimately this doesn’t amuse me. (For those who might be interested, House Press)

  85. yesisaidyesiwillyes says:

    “Roberta Olsen” should be (correct spelling of surname):

    Roberta Olson

  86. Steve Gilmartin says:

    Incredible list! What a great idea this is.

    Ariana Reines
    Terry Ehret
    Carolyn Miller
    Susan Sibbet
    Margaret Kaufman
    Sharon Olson
    Helen Wickes
    Maria Benet
    Gillian Wegener
    Valerie Berry

  87. Pepita says:

    thank you
    Patti Smith

  88. Thanks everyone– and thanks to the people emailing me and adding to the Google Docs spreadsheet (you know who you are).

    Please don’t give me the names of the deceased. That would become too large a list. Believe me, this grieves me, as I love the work of Canadian poet Nancy Shaw (1962-2007). I won’t go through and weed people out or anything, but I’d rather try to draw a line, however arbitrary that line may be– otherwise maintaining this list will take over my life.

  89. Richard Truhlar says:

    Two canuck poets:

    Judith Copithorne
    Sharon Thesen

  90. This list makes me extremely happy! It is probably the best list I have seen or even made so far–At least it beats my “911 Calls: 1988 to 2009.” Here are some more female poets who have recently appeared in Journal of Truth and Consequence (the magazine I publish). Glad to be a part of this endeavor–MM.

    Alyce Shirleydaughter
    Amber Norwood
    Catherine Zickgraf
    Janann Dawkins
    Janice Krasselt Medin
    Julie L. Moore
    Katherine Cozzens
    Portia McManus
    Stacie Primeaux

  91. Marcella Durand says:

    Kristin Prevallet

  92. sean callender says:

    Hi,

    I couldn’t find these names on the list, and they are people I really believe are great.

    Ann lauterbach
    Lila Zemborain

    sorry its not five, I just wanted to put up some obvious (to me) omissions.
    Also I just wanted to mention that, I think this list is great, but oddly enough when I started to look around at the gender of my favorite authors more than half are female. Its not just quantity of women writers but quality too.

    sean

  93. @ Sean Thanks– small adds are ok, the thing about single adds is mostly to deter people from adding only themselves (and to decrease clicks for me as I add them to the list). Also, fwiw I (still) think that most of the best poets writing today are women.
    @ Marcella & Sean – see, Lauterbach and Prevallet are two great examples of how poets who should be obvious get overlooked, even in a project like this.

  94. Ellen says:

    Niina Pollari

  95. Marcella Durand says:

    I accidentally hit post comment before remembering two other terrific poets–sorry. Jennifer Bartlett and Jo Ann Wasserman. Yes, very easy to overlook sometimes obvious–purloined poets!

  96. Jenna Cardinale says:

    Marina Hope Wilson
    Sharon Dolin
    Yuko Otomo

  97. My co-grandparents:

    Alta
    Linda L. Moyer

    three superb Mexican women poets who have been translated into English at book-length:

    Coral Bracho
    Elsa Cross
    Pura López Colomé

    from Nicaragua, ditto:

    Gioconda Belli
    Daisy Zamora

  98. Kim says:

    This is an awesome list. Thanks so much for putting it together.

    Arda Collins
    C. E. Perry
    Carol Muske-Dukes
    Eliza Griswold
    Ellen Hinsey
    Julie Bruck
    Kathleen Jamie
    Katie Ford
    Sarah O’Brien

  99. I was happy to see Layli Long Soldier and Wendy Rose on the list. Also, just now, very surprised to see my own name. Yay! Thank you! My first loves were Indigenous poets so I’d like to add my favorites to your list.

    Chrystos
    Heid E. Erdrich
    Linda Hogan
    Deborah Miranda
    M.L. Smoker
    Kimberly Blaeser
    Roberta Hill
    Gladys Cardiff
    Anita Endrezze

  100. I’m going to be away from the computer for a few days but will incorporate these last few comments when I return on Monday.

  101. Molly says:

    Great list – thanks. How about:

    Deborah Keenan
    Anne Marie Oomen

  102. Molly says:

    Oh – one more:

    Jeanne Murray Walker

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  104. Michelle says:

    Jessica, thanks for doing this!

    Amy Catanzano
    Carole Maso
    Cherríe Moraga
    Chris Tysh
    danielle vogel
    Dodie Bellamy
    Gabrielle Civil
    Jill Darling
    Kaisa Ullsvik Miller
    Kass Fleisher
    Lisa Birman
    Lisa Pasold
    Laurie Kutchins
    Lydia Davis
    Melanie Neilson
    Michelle Noteboom
    Padcha Tuntha-obas
    Patricia Clark Smith
    Rebecca Aronson
    Redell Olsen
    Renee Gladman
    Sandra Cisneros
    Susan Tichy
    Tina Brown Celona
    Tracy E Grinnell
    Veronica Corpuz

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  106. Julie Babcock says:

    What a great resource! Here’s a few more.

    Marianne Boruch
    Barbara Ras
    Ellen Bryant Voight
    Eleanor Wilner
    Martha Rhodes
    Susan Mitchell
    Joan Houlihan
    Ellen Dore Watson

  107. Michelle says:

    Sorry, made a mistake above. Should be:

    E. Tracy Grinnell (not Tracy E. Grinnell)

  108. WhiteNile says:

    Wow, how many are you up to now, Jessica? There seems to be no end!

    Bessy Reyna
    Sandra Cisneros

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  110. Steve Wagner says:

    Please add Phyllis Janowitz, poet and professor of literature

  111. I’ve fallen behind on this due to two major events in family life, but I promise to catch up soon and add the most recent comments. Thanks for continuing to add names.

  112. Brenda Sieczkowski says:

    Shira Dentz
    Kirsten Jorgenson
    Lara Candland Asplund
    Donna de la Perriere
    Debora Greger
    Brenda Sieczkowki

  113. Melanie says:

    Hi, thanks, this is neat!…and empowering…quite the endeavor:

    Jan Beatty
    Sharon McDermott
    Akilah Oliver
    Veronica Corpuz
    Melanie Miller (slyly slipped in the midst)
    Fiona Templeton
    Ursula Rucker
    Jane Augustine
    Penny Arcade
    Barbara Edelman
    Christina Springer

    and sooooo many more…but my mind is not sharp or able to smell the many Russian/American poets’ last names who deserve to be on the list.

  114. Cami says:

    This is excellent. Here are some more poets for you:

    Ana Carrete
    Anne Marie Rooney
    Carrie Meadows
    Claudia K. Grinnell
    Jane Ormerod
    Mary Crocket Hill
    Rachel Andelman
    Sally Wen Mao

  115. Bessy Reyna says:

    Great effort to collect names. Thanks for including mine. My latest
    bilingual collection is “Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover” (TunAstral,
    Toluca, Mexico April, 2010)

  116. Nested says:

    Ann M. Fine

  117. rogueembryo says:

    Great list – thanks for making this effort. If I may add a few – mostly Canadians & a couple of New Zealanders:

    Alice Burdick
    Di Brandt
    Elizabeth Bachinsky
    Gillian McCain
    Jen Currin
    Lisa Samuels
    Lise Downe
    Lissa Wolsak
    Maxine Gadd
    Michele Leggott
    Nicole Markotic
    Sandra Alland
    Sina Queyras

    Cheers,
    Camille Martin

  118. a-go-go says:

    Thank you for compiling this terrific list! Here are a few others:

    Alessandra Lynch
    Barbara Helfgott Hyett
    Elizabeth Powell
    Jennifer Militello
    Kristen Bock
    Martha Carlson-Bradley
    Mekeel McBride

  119. Brian M. says:

    Hi Jessica. This is a sweet list. I hope you’re doing well. I have some names for your very cool project.

    Jeannie Hoag
    Anne Holmes
    Angela Buck
    Caroline Cabrera
    Emily Toder
    Christine Crutchfield
    Denise Warren
    Francesca Chabrier
    Janel Nockleby
    Jessica Fjeld

  120. Shiloh Booker says:

    Good Work, Jessica.

    I’d like to add a few off the top of my head.

    Kathleen Peirce
    Jane Hirshfield
    Saskia Hamilton
    Emma Bolden
    Olena Kalytiak Savis

  121. Shiloh Booker says:

    er… Olena Kalytiak Davis

    oops

  122. whooo! says:

    Brooke Elise Axtell
    Carolyn Zaikowski
    Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
    Danielle Vogel
    Dawn Sueoka
    JenMarie Davis
    Kristen Prevallet
    Lisa Birman

  123. Ok… I think I have added all comments up to here. Please let me know if I missed someone or if there are duplicates. (When suggesting poets, please double-check that they aren’t already on here.)

  124. whooo! says:

    Did you catch the ones just above your last comment?

    You rock!

  125. I thought I did but I guess not… Soon.

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  127. More poets:
    Belle Waring
    Liz Abrams-Morley
    Jeanette Lynes
    Melanie Drane

  128. I feel I need to speak up for the Minnesota poets. I saw only a few listed above. I include those published in some form, book or CD, and am honored to include myself in their company.
    Anna George Meek
    Andrea Jenkins
    Desdemona
    Carol Connolly
    Desdemona
    Diana Lundell
    Ethna McKiernan
    Julia Klatt Singer
    Jude Nutter
    Katheryn Kysar
    Kris Bigalk
    Lightsey Darst
    Linda Back McKay
    LouAnn Shepard Muhm
    Lorena Duarte
    Margaret Hasse
    Mary Kay Rummel
    Norita Dittberner-Jax
    Sharon Chmielarz
    Tish Jones
    Wendy Brown-Baez

    plus from the Southwest:
    Joan Logghe
    Joy Harjo
    Judith Hill
    Lisa Gill
    Mary McGinnis
    Marcia Starck
    Miriam Sagan

  129. Sheila says:

    What an important project, especially now! Thank you. Here are some folks:

    Kim Andrews
    Robin Becker
    Sarah Blake
    Katherine Bode-Lang
    Bonne de Blas
    Yu-Han Chao
    Nicole Cooley
    Allison Joseph
    Julia Spicher Kasdorf
    Keetje Kuipers
    Raina Leon
    Rachel Mennies
    Jennifer Richter
    Catie Rosemurgy
    Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
    Camille-Yvette Welsch

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  131. Incredible and Thank You that you’ve put this together — a true marvel, I think. I don’t know if you’re still adding, Jessica — I’ve been living outside the US for years, so tend to be a bit slow to find sites of interest, like this one.
    Two more names: Barbara Henning
    Toni Simon

  132. Oops, and
    Martha King
    should also be among us.

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