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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?"
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: 34

Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, USA, New York

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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#60 on The Best Singers of All Time

#14 on The Best Current Female Singers

#21 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#18 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Poets
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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: Hampstead Garden Suburb, 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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#4 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#27 on The Best Living English Actresses

#55 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#21 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

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Jewel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Poets
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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: 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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#67 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#91 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#82 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#76 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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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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#27 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#17 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

#2 on The Best African American Poets of All Time

#5 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

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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: 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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#53 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1533-1603)

Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Politician

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#10 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#16 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#85 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

#41 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Poets
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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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#5 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#39 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#25 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Poets
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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: 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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#54 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#34 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

#18 on The Best Gay Authors

#46 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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