10 Transgender Poets You Should Know 

Updated June 14, 2019 11.2k views 10 items

The field of poetry is highly diverse and many popular poets are transgender. The best transgender poets come in many forms. Some famous transgender poets write lyrical prose while other talented trans poets are best known for their slam poetry performances. Many of the best known transgender poets advocate for LGBTQ causes.

Who will you find on this best transgender poets list? Dane Edidi became the first trans woman of color to publish a work of fiction that followed a trans woman protagonist. South African slam poet, Lee Mokobe, made a splash with his 2015 TED Talk during which he shared a poem about what it feels like to be transgender. Other famous transgender poets include Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, and Kay Ulanday Barrett.

Which trans poet's work do you like the best? Take a look at this list and find out.

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Trace Peterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 10 Transgender Poets You Should Know
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Trace Peterson is the author of several works including Since I Moved In. In 2015, she introduced the first ever college course on transgender poetry at Hunter College.

"Literature departments and studies of literature are very comfortable approaching transgender subject matter as theory, or as types of metaphor," Peterson said in an interview with PBS, "But there‚Äôs very little study of literature by transgender people." 

She describes her own poem, "After Before and After," as a "love letter to trans women."


Trish Salah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 10 Transgender Poets You Should Know
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Trish Salah won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction in 2014 for her work, Wanting in Arabic.


Sara Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 10 Transgender Poets You Should Know
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Along with writing Sara or the Existence of Fire and Wolf Doctors, Sara Woods has also published two books of poetry.


Ryka Aoki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 10 Transgender Poets You Should Know
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Ryka Aoki is the winner of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has also been honored by the California State Senate for her work raising awareness for the trans community.