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A. R. Ammons Portrait
A. R. Ammons

Born in a farmhouse near Whiteville, North Carolina, the son of a tobacco farmer, Archie Randolph Ammons served on a Navy destroyer escort in World War II. He studied biology and chemistry at Wake...

School of Poetry: Other
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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Aaron Kramer
Aaron Kramer

Among progressive modern American poets working with social and political themes and using traditional forms, Aaron Kramer may well be the single most accomplished figure. From his first protest...

School of Poetry: Modernist
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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Adrian Louis Portrait
Adrian C. Louis

Born and raised in Nevada, Louis is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Indian tribe. He was educated at Brown University, where he also went on to receive an M.A. in creative writing. A...

School of Poetry: Other
Race/Ethnicity: Native
Gender: Male

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Adrienne Rich Portrait
Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich grew up in Baltimore and was educated at Radcliffe College. After early work that had the controlled elegance and formality characteristic of some poets in the first years of the...

School of Poetry: Feminist
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Female

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Albert Goldbarth

Albert Goldbarth was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the University of Iowa. He taught for a decade at the University of Texas at Austin and now...

School of Poetry: Other
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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Alberto Rios Portrait
Alberto Rios

Alberto Alvaro Ríos was born in the city of Nogales, Arizona, on the Mexican border. His mother was British and his father Mexican. Ríos was educated at University of Arizona and now teaches at...

School of Poetry: Other
Race/Ethnicity: Latino/a
Gender: Male

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Alice Dunbar-Nelson Portrait
Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Born Alice Ruth Moore, in New Orleans, of mixed African American, Native American, and European ancestry, Dunbar-Nelson was educated at Straight College (now Dillard University). Her Cornell...

School of Poetry: Harlem Renaissance
Race/Ethnicity: African, European, Native
Gender: Male

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Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg was at once one of the major poets of the second half of the twentieth century and a public figure who entreated his country by way of his poetry to realize its full democratic potential...

School of Poetry: Beat
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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Allen Tate Portrait
Allen Tate

Tate was born John Orley Allen Tate in Winchester, Kentucky, and educated at Vanderbilt University. His roommate was Robert Penn Warren. After active participation in the Agrarian movement that...

School of Poetry: Fugitive
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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Amy Lowell Portrait
Amy Lowell

Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, of a family long influential in New England commerce, history, and culture. Her ancestors founded Lowell, Massachusetts; George Washington had...

School of Poetry: Modernist
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Female

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Ana Castillo Portrait
Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo was born and grew up in Chicago of Aztec and Mexican ancestry. She was educated at Northern Illinois University and the University of Chicago, thereafter earning a Ph.D. at the...

School of Poetry: Other
Race/Ethnicity: Latino/a, Native
Gender: Female

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Andrew Hudgins Portrait
Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins was born in Killeen, Texas, as part of a military family. That entailed relocating through the South repeatedly while he was growing up. Some of that comes through in his verse...

School of Poetry: Other
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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Angelina Weld Grimke Portrait
Angelina Weld Grimké

Angelina Weld Grimké's troubled family history almost willfully theatricalizes key themes of America's racial history. Her father Archibald was the child of a South Carolina slaveholder and a...

School of Poetry: Harlem Renaissance
Race/Ethnicity: African
Gender: Female

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Anita Endrezze Portrait
Anita Endrezze

Anita Endrezze was born in Long Beach, California, of Yaqui and European ancestry. An artist as well as a poet and short story writer, her paintings and illustrations have been reproduced in a...

School of Poetry: Other
Race/Ethnicity: European, Native
Gender: Female

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Anne Sexton Portrait
Anne Sexton

Born Anne Gray Harvey in Newton, Massachusetts, the child of a wool merchant, Sexton's family lived in Boston suburbs and spent the summers on Squirrel Island, Maine. She married Alfred Sexton in...

School of Poetry: Confessional
Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Female

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Anne Spencer Portrait
Anne Spencer

Born Annie Bethel Bannister on a Virginia plantation of racially diverse parentage—her father was of African American, white, and Native American heritage, while her mother was the child of a...

School of Poetry: Harlem Renaissance
Race/Ethnicity: African
Gender: Female

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