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Famous Female Poets

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List of famous female poets, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female poets list contains the most prominent and top females known for being poets. There are thousand of females working as poets in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic poets have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a poet then the people below should give you inspiration.

Mercedes de Acosta and Eileen Myles are included on this list along with many more.

While this isn't a list of all female poets, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female poets?" and "Who are the best female poets?"
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    Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Poets
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    Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Men in Black, The Great Gatsby, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ali
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    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Giant, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Place in the Sun
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    Jewel

    Jewel Kilcher, professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, and author/poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has sold over 27 million albums worldwide. Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, released on February 28, 1995, ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Payson, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Valentine's Day, The Craft, Clueless, Return to Me
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    Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Poets
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    Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Good Hair, As Seen Through These Eyes, The Richard Pryor Special?, Song for Cesar
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    Juliette Binoche

    Juliette Binoche is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Poets
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    Juliette Binoche is a French actress, artist and dancer. She has appeared in more than 40 feature films, been recipient of numerous international accolades, is a published author and has appeared on stage across the world. Coming from an artistic background, she began taking acting lessons during ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Poet, Designer, Author, Actor, Dancer, + more
    • Credits: The English Patient, Three Colors: Blue, Hidden (Caché), Godzilla
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    Elizabeth I of England is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Poets
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    Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII by second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1533-1603)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Greenwich, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Politician
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    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie's Marple
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    Alice Walker

    Alice Malsenior Walker is an American author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also wrote Meridian and The Third Life of Grange Copeland among other works. more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Color Purple, Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal, Conversations with the Ancestors: 'The Color Purple' from Book to Screen, A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting 'The Color Purple'
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