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A list of contemporary poets, people who brings something new to the poetry, who may be famous or
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A
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou (18)
(1928 - present)
Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood (28)
(1939 - present)
Yehuda Amichai Yehuda Amichai (38)
(1924 - 2000)
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)
Kingsley Amis Kingsley Amis (1)
(1922 - 1995)
Kelli Russell Agodon Kelli Russell Agodon (6)
(1969 - present)
Julie Hill Alger Julie Hill Alger (4)
(1927 - 1994)
W. Jude Aher W. Jude Aher (12)
(1952 - present)
Tiel Aisha Ansari (3)
(1964 - present)
Siddharth Anand (5)
(1985 - present)
B
Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski (120)
(1920 - 1994)
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks (13)
(1917 - 2000)
Richard Brautigan Richard Brautigan (53)
(1935 - 1984)
Eavan Boland Eavan Boland (9)
(1944 - present)
Wendell Berry Wendell Berry (23)
(1934 - present)
David Berman (6)
(1967 - present)
Imamu Amiri Baraka Imamu Amiri Baraka (1)
(1934 - present)
Joseph Brodsky Joseph Brodsky (19)
(1940 - 1996)
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)
Yves Bonnefoy Yves Bonnefoy (11)
(1923 - present)
Edgar Bowers Edgar Bowers (5)
(1924 - 2000)
Edwin Brock (1)
(1927 - 1997)
John Burnside (4)
(1955 - present)
John Bodenham (1)
(1600 - present)
Carlos Barbarito Carlos Barbarito (4)
(1955 - present)
Ros Barber Ros Barber (1)
(1964 - present)
Jonathan Bohrn Jonathan Bohrn (10)
(1957 - present)
Laure-Anne Bosselaar Laure-Anne Bosselaar (6)
(2006 - present)
Luis Benitez Luis Benitez (8)
(1956 - present)
Cecilia Borromeo Cecilia Borromeo (3)
(1976 - present)
Robert Bly Robert Bly (3)
(1926 - present)
Michael Burch Michael Burch (34)
(1958 - present)
Bhaskar Roy Barman (10)
(0 - present)
Graham Burchell Graham Burchell (5)
(1950 - present)
C
Billy Collins Billy Collins (42)
(1941 - present)
Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton (2)
(1936 - 2010)
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley (26)
(1926 - present)
Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen (15)
(1934 - 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)
Andrew Crumey Andrew Crumey (1)
(1961 - present)
Peter Conners Peter Conners (3)
(1970 - present)
Craig Erick Chaffin Craig Erick Chaffin (9)
(1954 - present)
Ivan Donn Carswell Ivan Donn Carswell (181)
(1945 - 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)
Mahmoud Darwish Mahmoud Darwish (8)
(1941 - 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)
Regina Derieva (9)
(1949 - present)
Michael Donaghy Michael Donaghy (1)
(1954 - 2004)
Carol Ann Duffy Carol Ann Duffy (4)
(1955 - present)
Helen Dunmore Helen Dunmore (1)
(1952 - present)
James Dickey James Dickey (3)
(1923 - 1997)
Edward Dorn Edward Dorn (2)
(1929 - 1999)
Gary Dodd Gary Dodd (1)
(1960 - present)
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)
Gerald England Gerald England (6)
(1946 - present)
Ian Emberson Ian Emberson (11)
(1936 - present)
Rebecca Elson Rebecca Elson (2)
(1960 - 1999)
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)
Thom Gunn Thom Gunn (3)
(1929 - 2004)
Judy Grahn Judy Grahn (1)
(1940 - present)
Eamon Grennan Eamon Grennan (5)
(1941 - present)
Patricia Goedicke Patricia Goedicke (1)
(1931 - present)
Jorie Graham Jorie Graham (13)
(1950 - present)
Rafael Guillen (3)
(1933 - present)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan Maria Mazziotti Gillan (4)
(1940 - present)
Adrian Green Adrian Green (8)
(1946 - present)
R.George R.George (2)
(1948 - present)
Bernadette Geyer Bernadette Geyer (2)
(1968 - present)
Godfrey Mutiso Gorry (5)
(1976 - present)
Rg Gregory Rg Gregory (142)
(1928 - present)
H
Ted Hughes Ted Hughes (28)
(1930 - 1998)
Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney (30)
(1939 - present)
Donald Hall Donald Hall (14)
(1928 - present)
Alec Derwent Hope (18)
(1907 - 2000)
Tony Harrison Tony Harrison (8)
(1937 - 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)
Geoffrey Hill Geoffrey Hill (7)
(1932 - present)
Andrew Hudgins Andrew Hudgins (3)
(1951 - present)
Marilyn Hacker Marilyn Hacker (12)
(1942 - present)
Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn (1)
(1955 - 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)
Billy Jno Hope (3)
(0 - present)
Joy Harjo Joy Harjo (2)
(1951 - present)
Sophie Hannah Sophie Hannah (9)
(1917 - present)
Suheir Hammad Suheir Hammad (5)
(1973 - present)
Eileen Carney Hulme Eileen Carney Hulme (6)
(1953 - present)
Robert M. Hensel (8)
(1969 - present)
I
David Ignatow David Ignatow (2)
(1914 - 1997)
Mark Irwin Mark Irwin (1)
(1953 - present)
J
Elizabeth Jennings Elizabeth Jennings (10)
(1926 - 2001)
Erica Jong Erica Jong (25)
(1942 - present)
Donald Justice Donald Justice (20)
(1925 - present)
Jenny Joseph Jenny Joseph (2)
(1932 - present)
Richard Jones (6)
(1953 - present)
James Lee Jobe James Lee Jobe (7)
(1956 - present)
Chris Jones Chris Jones (4)
(1969 - 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)
Dimitris P. Kraniotis Dimitris P. Kraniotis (25)
(1966 - present)
Jackie Kay Jackie Kay (5)
(1961 - present)
Bob Kaufman Bob Kaufman (4)
(1925 - 1986)
Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer (13)
(1925 - present)
Faye Diane Kilday Faye Diane Kilday (15)
(1973 - present)
Sheema Kalbasi Sheema Kalbasi (2)
(1972 - present)
L
Denise Levertov Denise Levertov (54)
(1923 - 1997)
Li-Young Lee Li-Young Lee (2)
(1957 - present)
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)
Laurie Lee Laurie Lee (6)
(1914 - 1997)
Michael Lally Michael Lally (1)
(1942 - present)
David Lehman David Lehman (58)
(1948 - present)
Roddy Lumsden Roddy Lumsden (2)
(1966 - present)
John Lindley John Lindley (4)
(1952 - present)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Sharmagne Leland-St. John (5)
(1953 - present)
Dimitris Lyacos Dimitris Lyacos (3)
(1966 - present)
Sharon Esther Lampert Sharon Esther Lampert (19)
(0 - present)
Yahia Lababidi Yahia Lababidi (10)
(1973 - present)
M
Roger McGough Roger McGough (14)
(1937 - present)
Spike Milligan Spike Milligan (35)
(1918 - 2002)
W. S. Merwin W. S. Merwin (23)
(1927 - present)
Czeslaw Milosz Czeslaw Milosz (33)
(1911 - 2004)
William Matthews William Matthews (10)
(1942 - 1997)
Lisel Mueller Lisel Mueller (21)
(1924 - present)
Les Murray Les Murray (31)
(1938 - present)
Paul Muldoon Paul Muldoon (17)
(1951 - present)
Edwin Morgan Edwin Morgan (2)
(1920 - present)
Frances Mayes Frances Mayes (1)
(1940 - present)
Heather McHugh Heather McHugh (8)
(1948 - present)
John Montague John Montague (5)
(1929 - present)
Erin Moure Erin Moure (3)
(1955 - present)
Chris Mansell Chris Mansell (6)
(1953 - present)
James Merrill James Merrill (1)
(1926 - 1995)
John Matthew John Matthew (15)
(1958 - present)
Jonas Mekas Jonas Mekas (3)
(1922 - present)
Shawn McAllister Shawn McAllister (1)
(1944 - present)
N
Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Shihab Nye (2)
(1952 - present)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal Oodgeroo Noonuccal (3)
(1920 - 1993)
Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov (26)
(1920 - 1991)
Alden Nowlan Alden Nowlan (4)
(1933 - 1983)
John Frederick Nims John Frederick Nims (1)
(1913 - 1999)
Claire Nixon Claire Nixon (5)
(1973 - present)
Nimah Nawwab Nimah Nawwab (4)
(1966 - present)
Vlanes (Vladislav Nekliaev) Vlanes (Vladislav Nekliaev) (13)
(1969 - present)
Desi Di Nardo Desi Di Nardo (4)
(1972 - present)
O
Mary Oliver (87)
(1935 - present)
Sharon Olds Sharon Olds (17)
(1942 - present)
Michael Ondaatje Michael Ondaatje (9)
(1954 - present)
Peter Orlovsky Peter Orlovsky (4)
(1933 - present)
N. K. Osho N. K. Osho (1)
(1975 - 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)
Vasko Popa Vasko Popa (32)
(1922 - 1991)
Ron Padgett Ron Padgett (1)
(1942 - present)
Grace Paley Grace Paley (2)
(1922 - present)
Katha Pollitt Katha Pollitt (1)
(1949 - present)
P. K. Page P. K. Page (2)
(1916 - present)
Don Paterson Don Paterson (1)
(1963 - present)
Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa (1)
(1935 - present)
Harold Pinter Harold Pinter (6)
(1930 - present)
Wanda Phipps Wanda Phipps (8)
(1960 - present)
Anna Piutti Anna Piutti (2)
(1982 - present)
Ruth Padel Ruth Padel (8)
(1947 - present)
Diane di Prima Diane di Prima (1)
(1934 - present)
Vanessa Perkins (1)
(1968 - present)
Q
Nizar Qabbani Nizar Qabbani (5)
(1923 - 1998)
R
Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich (31)
(1929 - present)
Craig Raine (8)
(1944 - present)
Tadeusz Rozewicz (1)
(1921 - present)
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)
Mark Strand Mark Strand (16)
(1934 - present)
Charles Simic Charles Simic (32)
(1938 - present)
Wislawa Szymborska Wislawa Szymborska (6)
(1923 - present)
Gary Snyder Gary Snyder (6)
(1930 - present)
Vernon Scannell Vernon Scannell (16)
(1922 - 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)
Fenny Sterenborg Fenny Sterenborg (4)
(1956 - present)
Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka (3)
(1934 - present)
Sukasah Syahdan Sukasah Syahdan (127)
(1968 - present)
T
R. S. Thomas (21)
(1913 - 2000)
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)
Barry Tebb Barry Tebb (117)
(1942 - present)
Quincy Troupe Quincy Troupe (3)
(1939 - present)
V
Jean Valentine Jean Valentine (4)
(1934 - present)
Luisa Villani Luisa Villani (1)
(1964 - present)
Andrei Voznesensky Andrei Voznesensky (12)
(1933 - present)
Dimitris Varos Dimitris Varos (1)
(1949 - present)
W
Alice Walker Alice Walker (1)
(1944 - present)
Richard Wilbur Richard Wilbur (34)
(1921 - present)
Judith Wright Judith Wright (3)
(1915 - 2000)
Derek Walcott Derek Walcott (21)
(1930 - 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)
Hugo Williams Hugo Williams (8)
(1942 - present)
Liam Wilkinson Liam Wilkinson (14)
(1981 - present)
Juliet Wilson Juliet Wilson (3)
(1966 - 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)
Y
Yevgeny Yevtushenko Yevgeny Yevtushenko (3)
(1933 - present)
Z
Lisa Zaran Lisa Zaran (12)
(1969 - present)
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