Gwendolyn Brooks

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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Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886 –1962), grew up in East... more

Joseph Coelho

Joseph Coelho has published three books of poetry, Werewolf... more

Richard Harrison

Canadian poet Richard Harrison is a shrewd writer who is as... more

Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe was born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English... more

Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies’ poems are of a startling clarity. The... more

Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee (b. 1939) has written more than thirty books of... more

Jackie Kay - Children's Poems

Jackie Kay (b. 1961) is an award-winning writer of fiction... more

John Mole Children's Poems

John Mole is one of our foremost children’s poets. He grew... more

Alasdair Gray

Writing in his 1990s study of Alasdair Gray’s novels,... more

Phyllis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was the first US slave to publish a book... more

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809, the son of poverty-... more

Toni Stuart

Toni Stuart was born in Cape Town in 1983, and grew up in... more

Historic recordings

Recordings by historic voices from poetry's past