In the United States, April is National Poetry Month and like other celebrated history and literary months of recognition (Black History Month and Women’s History Month, for examples) it’s a time used to promote poetry, encourage poetic writing and recognize the works of poets past and present. In a proclamation issued on April 1, 1996, President Bill Clinton declared:
Although there are many well-known poets that we’ve become familiar with through school, casual reading or conversation there are also a multitude of others who are virtually unknown. Below are six American female poets that you probably haven’t heard of, but should get to know.
Katharine Lee Bates
A graduate of Wellesley College, Bates went on to become a high school teacher and then university professor of English literature. A prolific author, Bates is best known for writing the words to America the Beautiful.
Emma Catherine Embury
Born in New York, Embury was a regular contributor of junvenile verse to the New York Mirror and was also one of two female editors for a Philadelphia magazine.
Maria Gowen Brooks
Brooks endured a series of tragedies beginning with the death of her father, her husband who was 30 years her senior and eventually her brother. Poetry was a mean of comfort and escape. Her talent caught the attention of Edgar Allan Poe and English Poet Laureate, Robert Southey, who both regarded her in high esteem.
Emily Chubbuck Judson
Judson published most of her works under the pseudonym Fanny Forrester. Her life was fairly simple and quiet. She married, had two children, one of whom died on the day he was born, and shortly thereafter Judson passed away from consumption.
Eleanor C. Donnelly
The sister of the lawyer, author and lieutenant governor and Minnesota U.S. Congressman, Ignatius Loyola Donnelly, Eleanor Donnelly was highly regarded when it came to her craft. Known as the poet of the pure soul she published 30 novels, hundreds of poems many other pamphlets and collections of verse.
Julia Caroline Dorr
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Dorr spent most of her life in New York. She published several writings from the mid to late 1800s, but is better known for her volumes of verse at the beginning of the 20th century.
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