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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

Age: 36

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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#47 on The Best Singers of All Time

#11 on The Best Current Female Singers

#20 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#27 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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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

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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#10 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#56 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#28 on The Best Living English Actresses

#22 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

Age: 42

Birthplace: United States of America, United States, with Territories, Arizona, Payson, + more

Profession: Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more

Credits: Valentine's Day, The Craft, Clueless , Return to Me

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#74 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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

#45 on The Top Female Country Singers

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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

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

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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#21 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#94 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#3 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

#9 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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