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Contemporary American Poets and Poems Total Poets: 181
This page is dedicated to the Contemporary American Poets and Poems. The poets listed below were either born in America or else published much of their poetry while living in that country.

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American Poets Born: Before 1400 | 1601-1700 | 1701-1800 | 1801-1900 | 1901-1950 | After 1951
A
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou (18)
(1928 - present)
Ai Ai (1)
(1947 - 2010)
John Ashbery John Ashbery (9)
(1927 - present)
A. R. Ammons A. R. Ammons (26)
(1926 - 2001)
Deborah Ager Deborah Ager (10)
(1971 - present)
Catherine Anderson Catherine Anderson (3)
(1954 - present)
Maggie Anderson Maggie Anderson (1)
(1948 - present)
Ralph Angel Ralph Angel (7)
(1951 - present)
Kelli Russell Agodon Kelli Russell Agodon (6)
(1969 - present)
Julie Hill Alger Julie Hill Alger (4)
(1927 - 1994)
Tiel Aisha Ansari (3)
(1964 - present)
B
Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski (120)
(1920 - 1994)
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks (13)
(1917 - 2000)
Richard Brautigan Richard Brautigan (53)
(1935 - 1984)
Wendell Berry Wendell Berry (23)
(1934 - present)
David Berman (6)
(1967 - present)
Imamu Amiri Baraka Imamu Amiri Baraka (1)
(1934 - present)
Marvin Bell Marvin Bell (7)
(1937 - present)
Erin Belieu Erin Belieu (8)
(1965 - present)
April Bernard April Bernard (2)
(1956 - present)
D. C. Berry D. C. Berry (8)
(1942 - present)
Frank Bidart Frank Bidart (12)
(1939 - present)
William Bronk William Bronk (3)
(1918 - 1999)
Edgar Bowers Edgar Bowers (5)
(1924 - 2000)
Jonathan Bohrn Jonathan Bohrn (10)
(1957 - present)
Laure-Anne Bosselaar Laure-Anne Bosselaar (6)
(2006 - present)
Robert Bly Robert Bly (3)
(1926 - present)
Michael Burch Michael Burch (34)
(1958 - present)
C
Billy Collins Billy Collins (42)
(1941 - present)
Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton (2)
(1936 - 2010)
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley (26)
(1926 - present)
Gregory Corso Gregory Corso (6)
(1930 - 2001)
Raymond Carver Raymond Carver (16)
(1938 - 1988)
Amy Clampitt Amy Clampitt (14)
(1920 - 1994)
Jim Carroll Jim Carroll (1)
(1950 - present)
Hayden Carruth Hayden Carruth (2)
(1921 - present)
Martha Collins Martha Collins (1)
(1940 - present)
Geraldine Connolly Geraldine Connolly (3)
(1947 - present)
Andree Chedid Andree Chedid (4)
(1920 - present)
Peter Conners Peter Conners (3)
(1970 - present)
Craig Erick Chaffin Craig Erick Chaffin (9)
(1954 - present)
Anastasia Clark Anastasia Clark (2)
(1959 - present)
D
Rita Dove Rita Dove (2)
(1952 - present)
Mark Doty Mark Doty (16)
(1953 - present)
Stephen Dunn Stephen Dunn (15)
(1939 - present)
Alan Dugan Alan Dugan (6)
(1923 - 2003)
Annie Dillard Annie Dillard (1)
(1945 - present)
Stephen Dobyns Stephen Dobyns (1)
(1941 - present)
Norman Dubie Norman Dubie (5)
(1945 - present)
Denise Duhamel Denise Duhamel (11)
(1961 - present)
Michael Donaghy Michael Donaghy (1)
(1954 - 2004)
James Dickey James Dickey (3)
(1923 - 1997)
Edward Dorn Edward Dorn (2)
(1929 - 1999)
E
Russell Edson Russell Edson (54)
(1935 - present)
Cornelius Eady Cornelius Eady (1)
(1954 - present)
James A. Emanuel James A. Emanuel (21)
(1921 - present)
Maggie Estep Maggie Estep (8)
(1962 - present)
F
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti (11)
(1919 - present)
Edward Field (6)
(1924 - present)
Nick Flynn Nick Flynn (9)
(1960 - present)
Carolyn Forche Carolyn Forche (7)
(1950 - present)
Daisy Fried Daisy Fried (1)
(1967 - present)
Raymond A. Foss Raymond A. Foss (12138)
(1960 - present)
Annie Finch Annie Finch (4)
(1956 - present)
Gary R. Ferris Gary R. Ferris (107)
(1965 - present)
G
Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg (40)
(1926 - 1997)
Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni (1)
(1943 - present)
Louise Gluck Louise Gluck (48)
(1943 - present)
Jack Gilbert Jack Gilbert (12)
(1925 - present)
Judy Grahn Judy Grahn (1)
(1940 - present)
Patricia Goedicke Patricia Goedicke (1)
(1931 - present)
Jorie Graham Jorie Graham (13)
(1950 - present)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan Maria Mazziotti Gillan (4)
(1940 - present)
R.George R.George (2)
(1948 - present)
Bernadette Geyer Bernadette Geyer (2)
(1968 - present)
H
Donald Hall Donald Hall (14)
(1928 - present)
Tony Hoagland Tony Hoagland (5)
(1953 - present)
Edward Hirsch Edward Hirsch (3)
(1950 - present)
Anthony Hecht Anthony Hecht (18)
(1923 - 2004)
Bob Hicok Bob Hicok (7)
(1960 - present)
Andrew Hudgins Andrew Hudgins (3)
(1951 - present)
Marilyn Hacker Marilyn Hacker (12)
(1942 - present)
Forrest Hamer Forrest Hamer (4)
(1956 - present)
Mac Hammond Mac Hammond (2)
(1926 - 1997)
Brooks Haxton Brooks Haxton (9)
(1950 - present)
Mark Hillringhouse Mark Hillringhouse (1)
(1954 - present)
Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe (6)
(1947 - present)
Joy Harjo Joy Harjo (2)
(1951 - present)
Suheir Hammad Suheir Hammad (5)
(1973 - present)
Robert M. Hensel (8)
(1969 - present)
I
David Ignatow David Ignatow (2)
(1914 - 1997)
Mark Irwin Mark Irwin (1)
(1953 - present)
J
Erica Jong Erica Jong (25)
(1942 - present)
Donald Justice Donald Justice (20)
(1925 - present)
Richard Jones (6)
(1953 - present)
James Lee Jobe James Lee Jobe (7)
(1956 - present)
David St. John David St. John (2)
(2006 - present)
K
Ted Kooser Ted Kooser (4)
(1939 - present)
Kenneth Koch Kenneth Koch (4)
(1925 - 2002)
Stanley Kunitz Stanley Kunitz (21)
(1905 - present)
Jane Kenyon Jane Kenyon (14)
(1947 - 1995)
Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa (3)
(1947 - present)
Galway Kinnell Galway Kinnell (15)
(1927 - present)
Etheridge Knight Etheridge Knight (7)
(1931 - 1991)
Steve Kowit Steve Kowit (3)
(1938 - present)
Maxine Kumin Maxine Kumin (4)
(1925 - present)
Bob Kaufman Bob Kaufman (4)
(1925 - 1986)
Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer (13)
(1925 - present)
L
Philip Levine Philip Levine (94)
(1928 - present)
Thomas Lux Thomas Lux (17)
(1946 - present)
Audre Lorde Audre Lorde (8)
(1934 - 1992)
Larry Levis Larry Levis (3)
(1946 - 1996)
Michael Lally Michael Lally (1)
(1942 - present)
David Lehman David Lehman (58)
(1948 - present)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Sharmagne Leland-St. John (5)
(1953 - present)
Sharon Esther Lampert Sharon Esther Lampert (19)
(0 - present)
M
W. S. Merwin W. S. Merwin (23)
(1927 - present)
William Matthews William Matthews (10)
(1942 - 1997)
Frances Mayes Frances Mayes (1)
(1940 - present)
Heather McHugh Heather McHugh (8)
(1948 - present)
John Montague John Montague (5)
(1929 - present)
James Merrill James Merrill (1)
(1926 - 1995)
Jonas Mekas Jonas Mekas (3)
(1922 - present)
Shawn McAllister Shawn McAllister (1)
(1944 - present)
N
Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Shihab Nye (2)
(1952 - present)
Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov (26)
(1920 - 1991)
O
Mary Oliver (87)
(1935 - present)
Sharon Olds Sharon Olds (17)
(1942 - present)
Peter Orlovsky Peter Orlovsky (4)
(1933 - present)
P
Jack Prelutsky Jack Prelutsky (7)
(1940 - present)
Marge Piercy Marge Piercy (23)
(1936 - present)
Linda Pastan Linda Pastan (17)
(1932 - present)
Robert Pinsky Robert Pinsky (8)
(1940 - present)
Ron Padgett Ron Padgett (1)
(1942 - present)
Grace Paley Grace Paley (2)
(1922 - present)
Katha Pollitt Katha Pollitt (1)
(1949 - present)
Wanda Phipps Wanda Phipps (8)
(1960 - present)
Diane di Prima Diane di Prima (1)
(1934 - present)
Vanessa Perkins (1)
(1968 - present)
R
Susan Rich Susan Rich (3)
(2006 - present)
Jennifer Reeser Jennifer Reeser (16)
(1968 - present)
Carl Rakosi Carl Rakosi (1)
(1903 - 2004)
Jerome Rothenberg Jerome Rothenberg (6)
(1931 - present)
Muriel Rukeyser Muriel Rukeyser (2)
(1913 - 1980)
Russell Hughes Ragsdale Russell Hughes Ragsdale (1)
(1944 - present)
S
Shel Silverstein Shel Silverstein (19)
(1930 - 1999)
Gary Soto Gary Soto (1)
(1952 - present)
William Stafford William Stafford (20)
(1914 - 1993)
Karl Shapiro Karl Shapiro (3)
(1913 - 2000)
Charles Simic Charles Simic (32)
(1938 - present)
Gary Snyder Gary Snyder (6)
(1930 - present)
James Schuyler James Schuyler (6)
(1923 - 1991)
Ruth L. Schwartz Ruth L. Schwartz (1)
(1962 - present)
Gerald Stern Gerald Stern (3)
(1925 - present)
Joyce Sutphen Joyce Sutphen (2)
(1949 - present)
Arthur Sze Arthur Sze (1)
(1950 - present)
Judith Skillman Judith Skillman (16)
(1954 - present)
Belinda Subraman Belinda Subraman (8)
(1953 - present)
T
James Tate James Tate (22)
(1943 - present)
Natasha Trethewey Natasha Trethewey (3)
(1966 - present)
Marilyn L. Taylor Marilyn L. Taylor (9)
(2006 - present)
Chris Tusa Chris Tusa (6)
(1972 - present)
Quincy Troupe Quincy Troupe (3)
(1939 - present)
V
Jean Valentine Jean Valentine (4)
(1934 - present)
Luisa Villani Luisa Villani (1)
(1964 - present)
W
Alice Walker Alice Walker (1)
(1944 - present)
Richard Wilbur Richard Wilbur (34)
(1921 - present)
David Wagoner David Wagoner (3)
(1926 - present)
Diane Wakoski Diane Wakoski (1)
(1937 - present)
Connie Wanek (6)
(1952 - present)
Charles Webb (9)
(1939 - present)
Nancy Willard Nancy Willard (1)
(1936 - present)
John Williams (3)
(1922 - 1994)
Eleanor Wilner Eleanor Wilner (1)
(1937 - present)
Joseph Mayo Wristen (14)
(1951 - present)
Witt Wittmann Witt Wittmann (2)
(1947 - present)
Anne Waldman Anne Waldman (1)
(1945 - present)
C. K. Williams C. K. Williams (2)
(1936 - present)
Cecilia Woloch Cecilia Woloch (5)
(1956 - present)
X
Emanuel Xavier Emanuel Xavier (5)
(1971 - present)
Z
Lisa Zaran Lisa Zaran (12)
(1969 - present)
Contemporary American Poets
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