Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks grew up in Chicago in a poor yet stable and loving family. Her father was a janitor who had... read more
  • A Sunset of the City

  • The Lovers of the Poor

  • We Real Cool

  • of DeWitt Williams on his way...

  • a song in the front yard

  • The Mother

  • Kitchenette Building

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Geoffrey Lehmann

Geoffrey Lehmann was born in Sydney in 1940, his childhood... more

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh is an American poet who has lived in England for... more

Liz Berry

Liz Berry was born and brought up in the Black Country, and... more

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, born at Hillbrow in Johannesburg... more

Christopher Reid

Often associated with the short-lived Martian school of the... more

Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi is a poet much celebrated for paying equal... more

Mark McWatt

Mark McWatt was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and attended... more

John Whitworth

John Whitworth is an English poet born in India who now... more

Matthew Francis

Matthew Francis was born in Hampshire in 1956 and educated... more

Maurice Riordan

Maurice Riordan (born 1953) grew up in Lisgoold, County... more

Jamie McKendrick

Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955, and lives... more

Pauline Stainer

Pauline Stainer is an English poet, born in Burslem, Stoke-... more

Historic recordings

Recordings by historic voices from poetry's past