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A
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou (18)
(1928 - present)
Ai Ai (1)
(1947 - 2010)
John Ashbery John Ashbery (9)
(1927 - present)
A. R. Ammons A. R. Ammons (26)
(1926 - 2001)
Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott (16)
(1832 - 1888)
Deborah Ager Deborah Ager (10)
(1971 - present)
Conrad Aiken Conrad Aiken (64)
(1889 - 1973)
Catherine Anderson Catherine Anderson (3)
(1954 - present)
Maggie Anderson Maggie Anderson (1)
(1948 - present)
Ralph Angel Ralph Angel (7)
(1951 - present)
Kelli Russell Agodon Kelli Russell Agodon (6)
(1969 - present)
Julie Hill Alger Julie Hill Alger (4)
(1927 - 1994)
Tiel Aisha Ansari (3)
(1964 - present)
B
Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop (64)
(1911 - 1979)
Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski (120)
(1920 - 1994)
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks (13)
(1917 - 2000)
John Berryman John Berryman (150)
(1914 - 1972)
Richard Brautigan Richard Brautigan (53)
(1935 - 1984)
Stephen Vincent Benet Stephen Vincent Benet (32)
(1898 - 1943)
Louise Bogan Louise Bogan (22)
(1897 - 1970)
Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce (12)
(1842 - 1914)
Wendell Berry Wendell Berry (23)
(1934 - present)
William Cullen Bryant William Cullen Bryant (27)
(1794 - 1878)
David Berman (6)
(1967 - present)
Imamu Amiri Baraka Imamu Amiri Baraka (1)
(1934 - present)
Gelett Burgess (10)
(1866 - 1951)
Marvin Bell Marvin Bell (7)
(1937 - present)
Erin Belieu Erin Belieu (8)
(1965 - present)
April Bernard April Bernard (2)
(1956 - present)
D. C. Berry D. C. Berry (8)
(1942 - present)
Frank Bidart Frank Bidart (12)
(1939 - present)
Arna Bontemps Arna Bontemps (7)
(1902 - 1973)
William Bronk William Bronk (3)
(1918 - 1999)
Ellis Parker Butler (72)
(1869 - 1937)
Edgar Bowers Edgar Bowers (5)
(1924 - 2000)
Joel Barlow Joel Barlow (1)
(1754 - 1812)
William Rose Benet William Rose Benet (2)
(1886 - 1950)
Hugh Henry Brackenridge Hugh Henry Brackenridge (2)
(1748 - 1816)
Jonathan Bohrn Jonathan Bohrn (10)
(1957 - present)
Laure-Anne Bosselaar Laure-Anne Bosselaar (6)
(2006 - present)
Robert Bly Robert Bly (3)
(1926 - present)
Michael Burch Michael Burch (34)
(1958 - present)
C
E. E. Cummings E. E. Cummings (153)
(1894 - 1962)
Billy Collins Billy Collins (42)
(1941 - present)
Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton (2)
(1936 - 2010)
Countee Cullen Countee Cullen (15)
(1903 - 1946)
Stephen Crane Stephen Crane (95)
(1871 - 1900)
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley (26)
(1926 - present)
Gregory Corso Gregory Corso (6)
(1930 - 2001)
Hart Crane Hart Crane (13)
(1899 - 1932)
Raymond Carver Raymond Carver (16)
(1938 - 1988)
Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt (14)
(1920 - 1994)
Jim Carroll Jim Carroll (1)
(1950 - present)
Hayden Carruth Hayden Carruth (2)
(1921 - present)
Martha Collins Martha Collins (1)
(1940 - present)
Geraldine Connolly Geraldine Connolly (3)
(1947 - present)
Andree Chedid Andree Chedid (4)
(1920 - present)
Peter Conners Peter Conners (3)
(1970 - present)
Willa Cather Willa Cather (6)
(1873 - 1947)
Craig Erick Chaffin Craig Erick Chaffin (9)
(1954 - present)
Anastasia Clark Anastasia Clark (2)
(1959 - present)
D
Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson (1779)
(1830 - 1886)
Paul Laurence Dunbar Paul Laurence Dunbar (38)
(1872 - 1906)
Hilda Doolittle Hilda Doolittle (20)
(1886 - 1961)
Rita Dove Rita Dove (2)
(1952 - present)
Henry Van Dyke Henry Van Dyke (114)
(1852 - 1933)
Mark Doty Mark Doty (16)
(1953 - present)
Stephen Dunn Stephen Dunn (15)
(1939 - present)
Alan Dugan Alan Dugan (6)
(1923 - 2003)
Mark van Doren Mark van Doren (10)
(1894 - 1972)
Annie Dillard Annie Dillard (1)
(1945 - present)
Stephen Dobyns Stephen Dobyns (1)
(1941 - present)
Norman Dubie Norman Dubie (5)
(1945 - present)
Denise Duhamel Denise Duhamel (11)
(1961 - present)
Michael Donaghy Michael Donaghy (1)
(1954 - 2004)
James Dickey James Dickey (3)
(1923 - 1997)
Edward Dorn Edward Dorn (2)
(1929 - 1999)
Robert Duncan Robert Duncan (3)
(1919 - 1988)
E
T. S. Eliot T. S. Eliot (45)
(1888 - 1965)
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson (65)
(1803 - 1882)
Russell Edson Russell Edson (54)
(1935 - present)
Cornelius Eady Cornelius Eady (1)
(1954 - present)
James A. Emanuel James A. Emanuel (21)
(1921 - present)
Maggie Estep Maggie Estep (8)
(1962 - present)
F
Robert Frost Robert Frost (180)
(1874 - 1963)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti (11)
(1919 - present)
Robert Francis (20)
(1901 - 1987)
Edward Field (6)
(1924 - present)
Nick Flynn Nick Flynn (9)
(1960 - present)
Carolyn Forche Carolyn Forche (7)
(1950 - present)
Philip Freneau (14)
(1752 - 1832)
Daisy Fried Daisy Fried (1)
(1967 - present)
Eugene Field Eugene Field (148)
(1850 - 1895)
John Gould Fletcher John Gould Fletcher (2)
(1886 - 1950)
Raymond A. Foss Raymond A. Foss (12138)
(1960 - present)
Jessie Redmon Fauset Jessie Redmon Fauset (1)
(1882 - 1961)
Annie Finch Annie Finch (4)
(1956 - present)
Gary R. Ferris Gary R. Ferris (107)
(1965 - present)
G
Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg (40)
(1926 - 1997)
Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni (1)
(1943 - present)
Louise Gluck Louise Gluck (48)
(1943 - present)
Jack Gilbert Jack Gilbert (12)
(1925 - present)
Judy Grahn Judy Grahn (1)
(1940 - present)
Patricia Goedicke Patricia Goedicke (1)
(1931 - present)
Jorie Graham Jorie Graham (13)
(1950 - present)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan Maria Mazziotti Gillan (4)
(1940 - present)
Thomas Godfrey Thomas Godfrey (2)
(1736 - 1763)
R.George R.George (2)
(1948 - present)
Bernadette Geyer Bernadette Geyer (2)
(1968 - present)
H
Langston Hughes Langston Hughes (29)
(1902 - 1967)
Robert Hayden Robert Hayden (12)
(1913 - 1980)
Donald Hall Donald Hall (14)
(1928 - present)
Oliver Wendell Holmes Oliver Wendell Holmes (36)
(1809 - 1894)
Tony Hoagland Tony Hoagland (5)
(1953 - present)
Edward Hirsch Edward Hirsch (3)
(1950 - present)
Anthony Hecht Anthony Hecht (18)
(1923 - 2004)
Richard Hugo Richard Hugo (6)
(1923 - 1982)
Bob Hicok Bob Hicok (7)
(1960 - present)
Andrew Hudgins Andrew Hudgins (3)
(1951 - present)
Marilyn Hacker Marilyn Hacker (12)
(1942 - present)
Forrest Hamer Forrest Hamer (4)
(1956 - present)
Mac Hammond Mac Hammond (2)
(1926 - 1997)
Brooks Haxton Brooks Haxton (9)
(1950 - present)
Mark Hillringhouse Mark Hillringhouse (1)
(1954 - present)
Jupiter Hammon Jupiter Hammon (1)
(1711 - 1806)
Bret Harte Bret Harte (1)
(1836 - 1902)
Julia Ward Howe Julia Ward Howe (5)
(1819 - 1910)
William Dean Howells William Dean Howells (1)
(1837 - 1920)
Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe (6)
(1947 - present)
Joy Harjo Joy Harjo (2)
(1951 - present)
Suheir Hammad Suheir Hammad (5)
(1973 - present)
Robert M. Hensel (8)
(1969 - present)
I
David Ignatow David Ignatow (2)
(1914 - 1997)
Mark Irwin Mark Irwin (1)
(1953 - present)
J
Randall Jarrell Randall Jarrell (24)
(1914 - 1965)
Erica Jong Erica Jong (25)
(1942 - present)
Robinson Jeffers Robinson Jeffers (58)
(1887 - 1962)
Donald Justice Donald Justice (20)
(1925 - present)
Richard Jones (6)
(1953 - present)
Helen Hunt Jackson Helen Hunt Jackson (39)
(1831 - 1885)
Laura Riding Jackson Laura Riding Jackson (7)
(1901 - 1991)
James Lee Jobe James Lee Jobe (7)
(1956 - present)
David St. John David St. John (2)
(2006 - present)
K
Ted Kooser Ted Kooser (4)
(1939 - present)
Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac (3)
(1922 - 1969)
Kenneth Koch Kenneth Koch (4)
(1925 - 2002)
Stanley Kunitz Stanley Kunitz (21)
(1905 - present)
Jane Kenyon Jane Kenyon (14)
(1947 - 1995)
Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa (3)
(1947 - present)
Joyce Kilmer Joyce Kilmer (59)
(1886 - 1918)
Galway Kinnell Galway Kinnell (15)
(1927 - present)
Etheridge Knight Etheridge Knight (7)
(1931 - 1991)
Weldon Kees Weldon Kees (21)
(1914 - 1955)
Steve Kowit Steve Kowit (3)
(1938 - present)
Francis Scott Key Francis Scott Key (1)
(1779 - 1843)
Maxine Kumin Maxine Kumin (4)
(1925 - present)
Bob Kaufman Bob Kaufman (4)
(1925 - 1986)
Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer (13)
(1925 - present)
L
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (136)
(1807 - 1882)
Robert Lowell Robert Lowell (17)
(1917 - 1977)
Amy Lowell Amy Lowell (152)
(1874 - 1925)
Philip Levine Philip Levine (94)
(1928 - present)
Vachel Lindsay Vachel Lindsay (168)
(1879 - 1931)
Emma Lazarus Emma Lazarus (24)
(1849 - 1887)
Sidney Lanier Sidney Lanier (75)
(1842 - 1881)
Thomas Lux Thomas Lux (17)
(1946 - present)
Audre Lorde Audre Lorde (8)
(1934 - 1992)
Larry Levis Larry Levis (3)
(1946 - 1996)
Michael Lally Michael Lally (1)
(1942 - present)
David Lehman David Lehman (58)
(1948 - present)
Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (23)
(1748 - 1828)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Sharmagne Leland-St. John (5)
(1953 - present)
Sharon Esther Lampert Sharon Esther Lampert (19)
(0 - present)
M
Claude McKay Claude McKay (76)
(1889 - 1948)
Marianne Moore Marianne Moore (18)
(1887 - 1972)
Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay (165)
(1892 - 1950)
W. S. Merwin W. S. Merwin (23)
(1927 - present)
Edgar Lee Masters Edgar Lee Masters (251)
(1868 - 1950)
William Matthews William Matthews (10)
(1942 - 1997)
Archibald MacLeish Archibald MacLeish (10)
(1892 - 1982)
Herman Melville Herman Melville (16)
(1819 - 1891)
Frances Mayes Frances Mayes (1)
(1940 - present)
Heather McHugh Heather McHugh (8)
(1948 - present)
Alice Duer Miller Alice Duer Miller (1)
(1874 - 1942)
John Montague John Montague (5)
(1929 - present)
Christopher Morley Christopher Morley (6)
(1890 - 1957)
James Merrill James Merrill (1)
(1926 - 1995)
William Vaughn Moody William Vaughn Moody (6)
(1869 - 1910)
Edwin Markham Edwin Markham (5)
(1852 - 1940)
Joaquin Miller Joaquin Miller (3)
(1841 - 1913)
Jonas Mekas Jonas Mekas (3)
(1922 - present)
Shawn McAllister Shawn McAllister (1)
(1944 - present)
N
Ogden Nash Ogden Nash (106)
(1902 - 1971)
Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Shihab Nye (2)
(1952 - present)
Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov (26)
(1920 - 1991)
O
Mary Oliver (87)
(1935 - present)
Sharon Olds Sharon Olds (17)
(1942 - present)
Peter Orlovsky Peter Orlovsky (4)
(1933 - present)
P
Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe (50)
(1809 - 1849)
Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath (121)
(1932 - 1963)
Jack Prelutsky Jack Prelutsky (7)
(1940 - present)
Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker (181)
(1893 - 1967)
Ezra Pound Ezra Pound (71)
(1885 - 1972)
Marge Piercy Marge Piercy (23)
(1936 - present)
Linda Pastan Linda Pastan (17)
(1932 - present)
Robert Pinsky Robert Pinsky (8)
(1940 - present)
Kenneth Patchen Kenneth Patchen (17)
(1911 - 1972)
Ron Padgett Ron Padgett (1)
(1942 - present)
Grace Paley Grace Paley (2)
(1922 - present)
Katha Pollitt Katha Pollitt (1)
(1949 - present)
Katherine Anne Porter Katherine Anne Porter (1)
(1890 - 1980)
Wanda Phipps Wanda Phipps (8)
(1960 - present)
Diane di Prima Diane di Prima (1)
(1934 - present)
Vanessa Perkins (1)
(1968 - present)
R
Theodore Roethke Theodore Roethke (22)
(1908 - 1963)
Edwin Arlington Robinson Edwin Arlington Robinson (176)
(1869 - 1935)
Lizette Woodworth Reese (6)
(1856 - 1935)
Lola Ridge (1)
(1873 - 1941)
Susan Rich Susan Rich (3)
(2006 - present)
John Crowe Ransom John Crowe Ransom (11)
(1888 - 1974)
Jennifer Reeser Jennifer Reeser (16)
(1968 - present)
Carl Rakosi Carl Rakosi (1)
(1903 - 2004)
Jerome Rothenberg Jerome Rothenberg (6)
(1931 - present)
Muriel Rukeyser Muriel Rukeyser (2)
(1913 - 1980)
Russell Hughes Ragsdale Russell Hughes Ragsdale (1)
(1944 - present)
S
Shel Silverstein Shel Silverstein (19)
(1930 - 1999)
Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg (440)
(1878 - 1967)
Gary Soto Gary Soto (1)
(1952 - present)
May Swenson May Swenson (3)
(1913 - 1989)
Wallace Stevens Wallace Stevens (33)
(1879 - 1955)
William Stafford William Stafford (20)
(1914 - 1993)
Karl Shapiro Karl Shapiro (3)
(1913 - 2000)
Charles Simic Charles Simic (32)
(1938 - present)
Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein (3)
(1874 - 1946)
Delmore Schwartz Delmore Schwartz (64)
(1913 - 1966)
Gary Snyder Gary Snyder (6)
(1930 - present)
James Schuyler James Schuyler (6)
(1923 - 1991)
Ruth L. Schwartz Ruth L. Schwartz (1)
(1962 - present)
Alan Seeger Alan Seeger (75)
(1886 - 1916)
Anne Sexton Anne Sexton (172)
(1928 - 1974)
Jack Spicer (5)
(1925 - 1965)
Gerald Stern Gerald Stern (3)
(1925 - present)
Joyce Sutphen Joyce Sutphen (2)
(1949 - present)
Arthur Sze Arthur Sze (1)
(1950 - present)
Judith Skillman Judith Skillman (16)
(1954 - present)
Belinda Subraman Belinda Subraman (8)
(1953 - present)
T
Sara Teasdale Sara Teasdale (49)
(1884 - 1933)
Mark Twain Mark Twain (6)
(1835 - 1910)
Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau (22)
(1817 - 1862)
Jean Toomer Jean Toomer (17)
(1894 - 1967)
James Tate James Tate (22)
(1943 - present)
Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1)
(1863 - 1940)
Natasha Trethewey Natasha Trethewey (3)
(1966 - present)
John Trumbull John Trumbull (9)
(1750 - 1831)
Marilyn L. Taylor Marilyn L. Taylor (9)
(2006 - present)
Chris Tusa Chris Tusa (6)
(1972 - present)
Quincy Troupe Quincy Troupe (3)
(1939 - present)
V
Jean Valentine Jean Valentine (4)
(1934 - present)
Luisa Villani Luisa Villani (1)
(1964 - present)
W
Walt Whitman Walt Whitman (329)
(1819 - 1892)
William Carlos Williams William Carlos Williams (59)
(1883 - 1963)
Alice Walker Alice Walker (1)
(1944 - present)
Richard Wilbur Richard Wilbur (34)
(1921 - present)
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley (41)
(1753 - 1784)
James Wright James Wright (27)
(1927 - 1980)
Ella Wheeler Wilcox Ella Wheeler Wilcox (164)
(1850 - 1919)
John Greenleaf Whittier John Greenleaf Whittier (35)
(1807 - 1892)
James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson (4)
(1871 - 1938)
James Whitcomb Riley James Whitcomb Riley (38)
(1849 - 1916)
Robert Penn Warren Robert Penn Warren (6)
(1905 - 1989)
David Wagoner David Wagoner (3)
(1926 - present)
Diane Wakoski Diane Wakoski (1)
(1937 - present)
Connie Wanek (6)
(1952 - present)
Charles Webb (9)
(1939 - present)
Lew Welch (5)
(1926 - 1971)
Edith Wharton Edith Wharton (2)
(1862 - 1937)
John Wheelwright (1)
(1897 - 1940)
Nancy Willard Nancy Willard (1)
(1936 - present)
John Williams (3)
(1922 - 1994)
Eleanor Wilner Eleanor Wilner (1)
(1937 - present)
Joseph Mayo Wristen (14)
(1951 - present)
Margaret Widdemer (4)
(1884 - 1978)
Michael Wigglesworth (1)
(1631 - 1705)
Witt Wittmann Witt Wittmann (2)
(1947 - present)
Anne Waldman Anne Waldman (1)
(1945 - present)
C. K. Williams C. K. Williams (2)
(1936 - present)
Elinor Wylie Elinor Wylie (52)
(1885 - 1928)
Cecilia Woloch Cecilia Woloch (5)
(1956 - present)
X
Emanuel Xavier Emanuel Xavier (5)
(1971 - present)
Z
Lisa Zaran Lisa Zaran (12)
(1969 - present)
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