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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 success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'" becoming the second American recording artist to win five Grammys in one night. Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was ...more

Age: 37

Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America

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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 glamorous lifestyle, beauty, and distinctive dark blue eyes, which famously appeared to be violet. National Velvet was Taylor's first success, and she starred in Father of the Bride, A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for BUtterfield 8, played the title role in Cleopatra, and married her co-star Richard Burton. ...more

Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)

Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

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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, became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, going 15 times platinum. One single from the album, "Who Will Save Your Soul", peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100; two others, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games", reached number seven and two respectively on the Hot 100, and were listed on Billboard '​s 1997 year-end singles chart, as well as Billboard '​s 1998 ...more

Age: 43

Birthplace: Payson, Utah, United States of America

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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 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub ...more

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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