This is a list of 50 contemporary poets from countries all around the world. Some of the names are more famous than others but all have had a significant impact on modern poetry either through their longevity as celebrated poets, through awards they have won, published works, or literary activism. With the exception of the very first entry the list is in alphabetical order.
American. Highly esteemed poet and author who recited at the inauguration for one American president, Bill Clinton, and received the Presidential Medal of Honor from another, Barack Obama. see more on Maya Angelou
Author of 4 books of poetry and some of the most popular quotes on the Internet. see more on Aberjhani
Ali Ahmad Said
Syrian poet working in traditional Arabic tradition with bold elements of surrealism. see more on Ali Ahmad Said
Any poet who reads at a presidential inauguration becomes an instant literary superstar and that's what Richard Blanco did during Barack Obama's second inauguration. He added to his status by being the first openly gay, Latino, and youngest poet to spit at the inauguration. see more on Richard Blanco