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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
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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, USA, New York
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Smokin' Aces, The Secret Life of Bees, The Nanny Diaries, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, America: A Tribute to Heroes, + more
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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: Cleopatra, National Velvet, The Flintstones, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Giant, + more
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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: age 41
    • Birthplace: USA, Utah, Payson
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Ride with the Devil, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Sing-Off, Nashville Star, Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, + more
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    Maya Angelou
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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: Roots, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Poetic Justice, The Runaway, How to Make an American Quilt, + more
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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: France, Paris
    • Profession: Poet, Designer, Author, Actor, Dancer, + more
    • Credits: The English Patient, Chocolat, Godzilla, Three Colors: Red, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, + more
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    Elizabeth I of England
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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: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom
    • 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: Murder on the Orient Express, Witness for the Prosecution, And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile, Ten Little Indians, + more
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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: age 71
    • Birthplace: Eatonton, Putnam County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Color Purple, Fierce Light, Jennifer Berezan: Praises for the World
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    Toni Morrison
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    Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She was also commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Professor, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: Beloved, A Moment in Time: Conversations with Legendary Women: African American Women of Achievement
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    Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956; they lived together in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1932-1963)
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Jamaica Plain, New England, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Bell Jar
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    Emily Dickinson
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    Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she spent a short time at Mount Holyoke Female ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1830-1886)
    • Birthplace: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "punk poet laureate", Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Smith's most widely known song ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Rugrats Movie, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, Nouvelle Vague, Socialism, + more
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    Jill Scott
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    Jill Scott is an American singer, model and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and the followups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 both achieved gold status. She made her cinematic debut in the films ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Poet, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Artist
    • Credits: Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Get on Up, Black Panther, + more
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    Anne Sexton
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    Anne Sexton was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. Themes of her poetry include her long battle against depression and mania, suicidal tendencies, and various intimate details from her private life, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1928-1974)
    • Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Playwright
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    Tess Gallagher is an American poet, essayist, and short story writer. She attended the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing with Theodore Roethke and later Nelson Bentley as well as David Wagoner and Mark Strand. Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet
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    Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th century owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of religion. Since leaving ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Author, Essayist, Writer, + more
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    Dulce María Espinosa Saviñón is a Mexican actress and singer-songwriter. She's been part of several music projects, most notably pop group RBD from 2004 to 2009, which originated from the successful telenovela Rebelde, and sold 20 million albums around the world. Since 2009, after signing to Universal ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Poet, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Writer
    • Credits: Huracán, Have You Seen Lupita?, El Agente 00-P2, My heart Beats for Lola, Rebelde, + more
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    Charlotte Brontë
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    Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works under the pen name Currer Bell.more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1816-1855)
    • Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Governess, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, + more
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    Gertrude Stein
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    Gertrude Stein was an American writer of novels, poetry and plays. Born in West Allegheny, Pennsylvania and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home for the remainder of her life. A literary innovator and pioneer of Modernist literature, Stein’s work broke with ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1874-1946)
    • Birthplace: Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Paris Was a Woman
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    Bif Naked
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    Bif Naked is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress and motivational speaker.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: New Delhi, India
    • Profession: Poet, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Cartoonist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Is It Fall Yet?, Crossing, We All Fall Down
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