Staceyann Chin Poems

 

Staceyann Chin is a Jamaican-born poet and performing artist who campaigns vehemently on behalf of LGBT issues.  She has been openly gay since arriving in the Brooklyn district of New York City and has appeared on television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show where she recounted her struggles growing up in the Caribbean.  Her poetry has been published extensively in book form ...

Muriel Rukeyser Poems

 

Muriel Rukeyser was a 20th century American poet who wrote a great deal about social injustice and equality of the races and sexes.  As well as works of poetry she also produced a number of children’s books and wrote feminist-themed plays.  In 1949 she wrote a critical work on American literature called A Life in Poetry.  Being a Jewish female she rose ...

Audre Lorde Poems

 

Audre Lorde was a 20th century American writer of often angry poetry and prose which she used as a weapon against social and racial injustice, two conditions that were on her mind throughout her life.  She campaigned actively on civil rights and feminist issues, in particular for the rights of black women who still did not have the recognition that they craved, and ...

Jayne Cortez Poems

 

Jayne Cortez was a 20th century poet who often presented her own work to live audiences as a performance artist of the spoken word.  Like so many others she was involved in political and social activities and was involved with the Black Arts Movement of writers and artists.  Her work has been much anthologised in publications such as The Jazz Poetry Anthology and Daughters ...

Diane di Prima Poems

 

Diane di Prima is an American writer and artist whose literary output numbers over forty books of poetry, prose and memoirs.  She is popular around the world with her work having been translated into over twenty different languages.  She has also written plays and taught poetry. She was born on the 6th August 1934 in the Brooklyn district of New York City, descended from ...