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The Literary World

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

This prize has been awarded annually since 1922 (awards were given in 1918 and 1919 by The Poetry Society) for a book of poetry by an American poet.

  • Amy Lowell (born 1874, died 1925)

    American imagist poet and literary critic.

    • 1926 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for What''s O''Clock
  • Anne Sexton (born 1928, died 1974)

    American confessional poet.

    • 1967 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Live or Die
  • Audrey Wurdemann (born 1911, died 1960)

    American poet.

    • 1935 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Bright Ambush
  • Carolyn Kizer (born 1925)

    American poet.

    • 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Yin
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay (born 1892, died 1950)

    American poet.

    • 1923 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver
  • Elizabeth Bishop (born 1911, died 1979)

    American poet.

    • 1956 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Poems, North and South
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (born 1917, died 2000)

    American poet.

    • 1950 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Annie Allen
  • Louise Gluck (born 1943)

    American poet.

    • 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for The Wild Iris
  • Margaret Widdemer (born 1897, died 1978)

    American poet.

    • 1919 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Old Road to Paradise
  • Marya Zaturenska (born 1902, died 1982)

    American poet.

    • 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Cold Morning Sky
  • Maxine Kumin (born 1925)

    American poet.

    • 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Up Country
  • Mona Van Duyn (born 1921)

    American poet.

    • 1991 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Near Changes
  • Phyllis McGinley (born 1905, died 1978)

    American poet.

    • 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Times Three
  • Rita Dove (born 1952)

    American poet.

    • 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Thomas and Beulah
  • Sara Teasdale (born 1884, died 1933)

    American poet.

    • 1918 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Love Songs
  • Sylvia Plath (born 1932, died 1963)

    American poet who committed suicide one month after the publication of her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar.

    • 1982 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for The Collected Poems
  • Lisel Mueller

    American poet.

    • 1997 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Mary Oliver (born 1934)

    American poet.

    • 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for American Primitive
  • Leonora Speyer (born 1872, died 1956)

    American poet.

    • 1927 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Fiddler''s Farewell
  • Marianne Moore (born 1887, died 1972)

    American poet.

    • 1952 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for Collected Poems
  • Jorie Graham

    American poet.

    • 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, for The Dream of the Unified Field

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