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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. (83 items)

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Alan Dugan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Alan Dugan Alan Dugan 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 Award for Poetry and the Pulitzer ...more

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Amy Lowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Amy Lowell Amy Lawrence Lowell was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts, who posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.

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Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Anne Sexton 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 ...more

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Anthony Hecht is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Anthony Hecht Anthony Evan Hecht 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 the Second World War, in which ...more

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Archibald MacLeish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Archibald MacLeish Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer, and the Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the Modernist school of poetry. He received three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.

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Audrey Wurdemann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Audrey Wurdemann Audrey Wurdemann 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. Wurdemann was born in Seattle, Washington. ...more

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C. K. Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
C. K. Williams C. K. Williams is an American poet, critic and translator. Williams has won nearly every major poetry award. Flesh and Blood won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1987. Repair won the ...more

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Carl Dennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Carl Dennis Carl Dennis, an American poet and educator. His book Practical Gods won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Carl Sandburg Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was ...more

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Carolyn Kizer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Ashley Kizer was an American poet of the Pacific Northwest whose works reflect her feminism. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. According to an article at the Center for the Study of ...more

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Charles Simic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Charles Simic Dušan "Charles" Simić is a Serbian-American poet and was co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for The World Doesn't End, and was a ...more

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Charles Wright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Charles Wright Charles Wright 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. In June 2014, he was ...more

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Claudia Emerson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Claudia Emerson Claudia Emerson 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 then-Governor Tim Kaine in 2008.

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Conrad Aiken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Conrad Aiken Conrad Potter Aiken was an American writer, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, a play, and an autobiography.

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Donald Justice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Donald Justice Donald Justice 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 of solid, quiet older ...more

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Edna St. Vincent Millay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her ...more

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Edwin Arlington Robinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Edwin Arlington Robinson Edwin Arlington Robinson was an American poet and sonnet writer who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.

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Elizabeth Bishop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book ...more

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Franz Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Franz Wright Franz Wright is 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.

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Galway Kinnell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Galway Kinnell Galway Kinnell was an American poet. For his 1982 Selected Poems he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and split the National Book Award for Poetry with Charles Wright. From 1989 to 1993 he was ...more

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Gary Snyder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Gary Snyder Gary Snyder is an American man of letters. Perhaps best known as a poet, he is also an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. He has been described as the "poet laureate of Deep ...more

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George Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
George Dillon George Hill Dillon 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 The University of Chicago in ...more

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George Oppen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
George Oppen George Oppen 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 later moved to Mexico to avoid ...more

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Gwendolyn Brooks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet and teacher. She was the first Black person to win a Pulitzer prize when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 for her second ...more

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Henry S. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Henry S. Taylor Henry Splawn Taylor 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 Loudoun County, ...more

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Howard Nemerov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov was an American poet. He was twice Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, from 1963 to 1964 and again from 1988 to 1990. For The Collected Poems of Howard ...more

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James Merrill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
James Merrill James Ingram Merrill was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Divine Comedies. His poetry falls into two distinct bodies of work: the polished and formalist ...more

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James Schuyler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
James Schuyler James Marcus Schuyler was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1980 collection The Morning of the Poem. He was a central figure in the New York School and ...more

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James Tate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
James Tate James Tate is an American poet whose work has earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of ...more

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James Wright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
James Wright James Arlington Wright was an American poet.

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John Ashbery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
John Ashbery John Lawrence Ashbery is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his ...more

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John Berryman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
John Berryman John Allyn Berryman was an American poet and scholar, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and was considered a key figure ...more

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John Gould Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
John Gould Fletcher John Gould Fletcher was an Imagist poet, author and authority on modern painting. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a socially prominent family. After attending Phillips Academy, Andover ...more

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Jorie Graham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Jorie Graham Jorie Graham is an American poet. The Poetry Foundation called Graham "one of the most celebrated poets of the American post-war generation." She replaced poet Seamus Heaney as ...more

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Karl Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Karl Shapiro Karl Jay Shapiro was an American poet. He was appointed the fifth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946.

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Kay Ryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Kay Ryan Kay Ryan is an American poet and educator. She has published seven volumes of poetry and an anthology of selected and new poems. From 2008 to 2010 she was the sixteenth United States Poet ...more

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Leonard Bacon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Leonard Bacon Leonard Bacon was an American poet, translator, and literary critic. He graduated from Yale University in 1909, and subsequently taught at University of California, Berkeley until his retirement ...more

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Leonora Speyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Leonora Speyer Leonora Speyer, Lady Speyer was an American poet and violinist.

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Lisel Mueller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Lisel Mueller Lisel Mueller is an American poet. She won the U.S. National Book Award in 1981 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

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Louis Simpson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Louis Simpson Louis Aston Marantz Simpson was an American poet born in Jamaica. He won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his work At the End of the Open Road.

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Louise Glück is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Louise Glück Louise Elisabeth Glück is an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003, after serving as a Special Bicentennial Consultant three ...more

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Margaret Widdemer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Margaret Widdemer Margaret Widdemer was a U.S. poet and novelist. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919 for her collection The Old Road to Paradise, shared with Carl Sandburg for Cornhuskers.

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Marianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Marianne Moore Marianne Craig Moore was an American Modernist poet and writer noted for her irony and wit.

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Mark Strand is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Mark Strand Mark Strand was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990 and received the Wallace Stevens ...more

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Mark Van Doren is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Mark Van Doren Mark Van Doren was an American poet, writer and a critic, apart from being a scholar and a professor of English at Columbia University for nearly 40 years, where he inspired a generation of ...more

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Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Mary Oliver Mary Oliver is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet".

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Marya Zaturenska is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Marya Zaturenska Marya Zaturenska was an American lyric poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1938.

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Maxine Kumin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Maxine Kumin Maxine Kumin was an American poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1981–1982.

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Mona Van Duyn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Mona Van Duyn Mona Jane Van Duyn was an American poet. She won every major American award for poetry and was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1992.

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Natasha Trethewey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winners List
Natasha Trethewey Natasha Trethewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012; she began her official duties in September. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her ...more