Thursday, December 20, 2012

Poets by birth year

I'm working on a larger project concerning the demographics of African American poetry. One aspect of the project involves gathering information about when poets were born. What follows is a list of poets arranged by birth year.

• Jupiter Hammon (1711 – 1806)
• Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
• George Moses Horton (1797–1884)
• Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911)
• James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
• Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
• Alice Moore Dunbar (1875 –1935)
• Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880-1966)
• Jean Toomer (1884-1967)
• Fenton Johnson (1888-1958)
• Melvin B. Tolson (b. 1898 - 1966)
• Claude McKay (1889 - 1948)
• Sterling A. Brown (b. 1901-1989)
• Gwendolyn B. Bennett (1902 – 1981)
• Arna Bontemps (1902 - 1973)
• Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
• Countee Cullen (b. 1903 - 1946)
• Frank Marshall Davis (1905 - 1987)
• Helene Johnson (1906 - 1995)
• Richard Wright (1908 - 1960)
• Robert Hayden (1913 - 1980)
• Dudley Randall (1914 - 2000)
• Ray Durem (1915 - 1963) 
• Margaret Walker (1915-1998)
• Margaret Danner (1915–1984)
• Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)
• Samuel Allen (b. 1917) 
• Mari Evans (b. 1919 – 2017)
• Lance Jeffers (1919 - 1985)
• James Emanuel (1921 - 2013)
• Adam David Miller (b. 1922)
• Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923) 
• Gloria Oden (b. 1923 – 2011)
• Bob Kaufman (1925 – 1986)
• Russell Atkins (b. 1926)
• Dolores Kendrick (b. 1927) 
• Maya Angelou (b. 1928 - 2014)
• Sarah Webster Fabio (1928 – 1979)
• Raymond R. Patterson (1929 - 2001)
• Ted Joans (1928 - 2003)
• Derek Walcott (b. 1930)
• Kamau Brathwaite (b. 1930)
• Etheridge Knight (1931-1991)
• Tom Dent (1932 – 1998)
• Calvin C. Hernton (1932 - 2001)
• Conrad Kent Rivers (1933 - 1968)
• Amiri Baraka (b. 1934 - 2014)
• Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934)
• Audre Lorde (1934 –  1992)
• Henry Dumas (1934-1968)
• Jayne Cortez (1934 - 2012)
• Johari Amini (b. 1935)
• Colleen J. McElroy (b. 1935)
• Sam Cornish (b. 1935)
• Jay Wright (b. 1935)
• Lucille Clifton (1936 – 2010)
• June Jordan (1936 – 2002)
• Clarence Major (b. 1936)
• Larry Neal (1937-1981)
• Eugene B. Redmond (b. 1937)
• Michael S. Harper (b. 1938 – 2016)
• Askia Muhammad TourĂ© (b. 1938) 
• Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)
• Julia Fields (b. 1938)
• Keorapetse Kgositsile (b. 1938)
• Norman Henry Pritchard II (b. 1939)
• Quincy Troupe (1939)
• Al Young (b. 1939)
• Ed Roberson (b. 1939) 
• Carolyn  Rodgers (1940 - 2010)
• Sterling Plumpp (b. 1940) 
• Toi Derricotte (b. 1941)
• Haki Madhubuti (b. 1942)
• William J. Harris (b. 1942) 
• Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943)
• Jerry W. Ward, Jr. (b. 1943) 
• Sherley Anne Williams (1944 - 1999)
• Alice Walker (b. 1944)
• Lorenzo Thomas (1944 – 2005)
• Calvin Forbes (b. 1945)
• Stanley Crouch (b. 1945)
• Marilyn Nelson (b. 1946)
• Wanda Coleman (1946 - 2013) 
• Ai (b. 1947-2010)
• Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)
• Nathaniel Mackey (b. 1947)
• Kalamu ya Salaam (b. 1947)
• Ntozake Shange (b. 1948)
• Gayl Jones (b. 1949)
• Christopher Gilbert (b. 1949)
• E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950)
• Cecil S. Giscombe (b. 1950)
• Afaa Michael Weaver (b. 1951)
• Patricia Spears Jones (b. 1951)
• Angela Jackson (b. 1951)
• Melvin Dixon (1950 – 1992)
• Rita Dove (b. 1952)
• Opal Moore (b. 1953)
• Harryette Mullen (b. 1953)
• Cornelius Eady (b. 1954)
• Thylias Moss (b.  1954)
• Opal Palmer Adisa (b. 1954)
• Erica Hunt (b. 1955)
• Patricia Smith (b. 1955)
• Tim Seibles (b. 1955)
• Janice N. Harrington (b. 1956)
• Nikky Finney (b. 1957)
• Cyrus Cassells (b. 1957)
• Essex Hemphill (1957–1995)
• Lenard D. Moore (b. 1958)
• Sharan Strange (1959)
• Carl Phillips (b. 1959)
• Reginald Harris (b. 1960)
• Frank X. Walker (b. 1961)
• Randall Horton (b. 1961)
• Paul Beatty (b. 1962)
• Elizabeth Alexander (b. 1962)
• Joel Dias-Porter aka DJ Renegade (b. 1962)
• Fred Moten (b. 1962)
• Claudia Rankin (b. 1963)
• Vievee Francis (b. 1963)
• Thomas Sayers Ellis (b. 1963)
• Reginald Shepherd (1963 – 2008)
• Quarysh Ali Lansana (b. 1964)
• A. Van Jordan (b. 1965) 
• Tyehimba Jess (b. 1965)
• Evie Shockley (b. 1965)
• Ruth Ellen Kocher (b. 1965)
• Natasha Trethewey (b. 1966)
• Tony Medina (b. 1966)
• Kevin Powell (b. 1966)
• Allison Joseph (b. 1967)
• Major Jackson (b. 1968)
• Roger Bonair-Agard (b. 1968)
• Dawn Lundy Martin (b. 1968) 
• Gregory Pardlo (b. 1968)
• giovanni singleton (b. 1969)
• Kevin Young (b. 1970)
• Crystal Williams (b. 1970)
• Ronaldo Wilson (b. 1970)
• LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (b. 1970)
• Mitchell L. H. Douglas (b. 1970)
• Krista Franklin (b. 1970)
• jessica Care moore (b. 1971 )
• Terrance Hayes (b. 1971)
• Treasure Redmond (b. 1971)
• Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (b. 1971) 
• Adrian Matejka (b. 1971)
• John Murillo (b. 1971)
• Tracy K. Smith (b. 1972)
• Camille T. Dungy (b. 1972)
• francine j. harris (b. 1972)
• Saul Williams (b. 1972 )
• Tara Betts (b. 1974)
• Douglas Kearney (b. 1974) 
• Jericho Brown (b. 1976)
• Mahogany L. Browne (b. 1976)
• Aracelis Girmay (b. 1977)
• Kyle Dargan (b. 1980)
• Marcus Wicker (b. 1984)
• Morgan Parker (b. 1987)
• Joshua Bennett (b. 1988)
• Nate Marshall (b. 1989)
• Danez Smith (b. 1989)
• Jamila Woods (b. 1989)  
  
Related:
A Notebook on Birth Years & Age Matters

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