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Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List

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List of Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winners from every year the award has been given out. All Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry award are listed along with photos for every Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winners of all time. Anybody who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, so most of the famous Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Pulitzer Prize for Poetry?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You're able to copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. The list you're viewing has a variety of items, like C. K. Williams and Archibald MacLeish, in it. {#nodes}
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    Alan Dugan (February 12, 1923 – September 3, 2003) was an American poet.His first volume Poems published in 1961 was a chosen by the Yale Series of Younger Poets and went on to win the National Book...  more
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    Amy Lawrence Lowell (February 9, 1874 – May 12, 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts. She posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926....  more
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    Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928 – October 4, 1974) 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. Her...  more
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    Anthony Evan Hecht (January 16, 1923 – October 20, 2004) was an American poet. His work combined a deep interest in form with a passionate desire to confront the horrors of 20th century history, with...  more
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    Archibald MacLeish (May 7, 1892 – April 20, 1982) was an American poet and writer who was associated with the modernist school of poetry. MacLeish studied English at Yale University and law at...  more
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    Audrey Wurdemann (January 1, 1911 – May 20, 1960) was an American poet. She was the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry at the age of 24, for her collection Bright Ambush....  more
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    Charles Kenneth "C. K." Williams (November 4, 1936 – September 20, 2015) was an American poet, critic and translator. Williams won nearly every major poetry award. Flesh and Blood won the National...  more
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    Carl Dennis (born September 17, 1939), an American poet and educator. His book Practical Gods won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for poetry....  more
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    Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham...  more
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    Carolyn Ashley Kizer (December 10, 1925 – October 9, 2014) was an American poet of the Pacific Northwest whose works reflect her feminism. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. According to an article...  more
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    Charles Simic (Serbian: Душан "Чарлс" Симић [dǔʃan tʃârls sǐːmitɕ]; born Dušan Simić; May 9, 1938) is a Serbian-American poet and former co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. He received the Pulitzer...  more
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    Charles Wright (born August 25, 1935) is an American poet. He shared the National Book Award in 1983 for Country Music: Selected Early Poems and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for Black Zodiac. From...  more
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    Claudia Emerson (January 13, 1957 – December 4, 2014) was an American poet. She won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Late Wife, and was named the Poet Laureate of Virginia by...  more
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    Conrad Potter Aiken (August 5, 1889 – August 17, 1973) was an American writer, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, a play, and an autobiography....  more

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    Donald Justice (August 12, 1925 – August 6, 2004) was an American poet and teacher of writing. In summing up Justice's career David Orr wrote, "In most ways, Justice was no different from any number...  more
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    Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry,...  more

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    Edwin Arlington Robinson (December 22, 1869 – April 6, 1935) was an American poet. Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on three occasions and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature...  more
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    Elizabeth Bishop (February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979) was an American poet and short-story writer. She was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner...  more

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    Franz Wright (March 18, 1953 – May 14, 2015) was an American poet. He and his father James Wright are the only parent/child pair to have won the Pulitzer Prize in the same category....  more
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    Galway Mills Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014) was an American poet. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1982 collection, Selected Poems and split the National Book Award for...  more
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    Gary Snyder (born May 8, 1930) is an American man of letters. Perhaps best known as a poet (often associated with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance), he is also an essayist,...  more

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    George Hill Dillon (November 12, 1906 – May 9, 1968) was an American editor and poet. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida but he spent his childhood in Kentucky and the Mid-West. He graduated from...  more
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    George Oppen (April 24, 1908 – July 7, 1984) was an American poet, best known as one of the members of the Objectivist group of poets. He abandoned poetry in the 1930s for political activism and...  more
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    Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her...  more

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    #3 of 31 The Best African American Poets of All Time#6 of 19 The Greatest Black Female Poets

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    Henry Splawn Taylor (born June 21, 1942) is an American poet, author of more than 15 books of poems and winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Taylor was born in Lincoln, Virginia, in rural...  more