Frances Dana Barker Gage Poems

 

Frances Dana Barker Gage was a 19th century American writer of poetry and hymns, often known as Fannie D. Gage for this work, and also as Aunty Fanny when writing her children’s poetry and stories.  Besides her literary output she was, perhaps, even better known as a staunch campaigner on behalf of women’s rights in particular and the rights of all citizens ...

Charlotte Forten Grimké Poems

 

Charlotte Forten Grimké was an  anti-slavery activist, African-American poet and school teacher who devoted much time during the Civil War to former black slaves in SC, USA, making sure that they had at least a rudimentary education.  She felt it necessary to record the details of her life in diary form and these were eventually published many times over.  These journals are acknowledged as being ...

Mitsuye Yamada Poems

 

Mitsuye Yamada is a Japanese/American writer now in her nineties who spent many years as a English professor in California.  She has been a keen activist during her lifetime, having had the misfortune to be incarcerated during the Second World War when all those thought a threat to the US government were rounded up and put into camps.  She wrote extensively about this experience. She ...

Martha Wadsworth Brewster Poems

 

Martha Wadsworth Brewster holds a unique place in the records of 18th century US born poets in that she published her work using her own name, rather than a pseudonym which was more common among female writers.  Additionally she was one of a select band of colonial women, numbering only four, who wrote poetry in pre-Revolutionary days. Her life is little documented but it is ...

Reed Whittemore Poems

 

Reed Whittemore was a US poet who had the unusual honour of serving as his country’s Poet Laureate on two separate occasions, the first being in 1964, then also in 1984.  He was also a literary journalist and critic, biographer and college professor. He was born Edward Reed Whittemore, Jr on the 11th September 1919 in Connecticut.  Early education was provided by the Phillips ...