Poets by Nationality

All American Literature and British Literature students must select a poet whose nationality fits with the class. To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of every poet on the POL website, and have noted their heritage and eligibility for our junior and senior classrooms.

POL Poets by Nationality (list updated in September 2012)
(If you are seeking an eligible poet for your British and World Literature class, check this condensed list: British & World Poets)

Italics = Poet introduced or reintroduced to POL in 2012-13

Name Nationality Notes
Abani, Chris Nigerian Lives in America
Adair, Virginia Hamilton American
Addonizio, Kim American
Ai American
Aiken, Conrad American
Alexander, Elizabeth American
Alexie, Sherman Native American
Ali, Agha Shahid Indian Lives in America
Allen, Dick American
Ammons, A.R. American
Angelou, Maya American
Armitage, Simon British
Arnold, Matthew British
Ashbery, John American
Atwood, Margaret Canadian
Baca, Jimmy Santiago American Native American Descent
Baer, William American
Baker, David American
Baraka, Amiri American
Bargen, Walter American
Barnard, Mary American
Bass, Kate British
Beeder, Amy American Has lived extensively abroad
Behn, Aphra British
Bell, Marvin American
Benet, Stephen Vincent American Lived briefly in Paris
Bentley, Elizabeth British  
Bernstein, Charles American
Berry, Wendell American
Berryman, John American  
Bierce, Ambrose American
Bierds, Linda American
Bilgere, George American
Bishop, Elizabeth American Lived abroad
Blake, William British
Blanco, Richard Cuban Lives in America
Bly, Robert American
Bogan, Louise American
Boland, Eavan Irish
Bontemps, Arna American
Bottoms, David American
Bowers, Edgar American
Bowles, William Lisle British
Bradley, Larry American
Bradstreet, Anne American Published during Colonial times
Braithewaite, William American
Brehm, John American
Bridges, Robert British
Bringhurst, Robert Canadian
Brolaski, Julian American  
Bronte, Charlotte British
Bronte, Emily British
Brooke, Rupert British
Brooks, Gwendolyn American
Browning, Elizabeth British
Browning, Robert British
Buffam, Suzanne Canadian Lives in America
Bunting, Basil British
Bunyan, John British
Burns, Robert British
Bynner, Witter American
Byron, Lord British
Cairns, Scott American
Campana, Joseph American
Campion, Thomas British
Carew, Thomas British
Carlyle, Thomas British
Carroll, Lewis British
Carruth, Hayden American
Cary, Alice American
Cardenas, Brenda American Spanish descent
Cervantes, Lorna Dee American Mexican & Nat. American descent
Chesterton, G.K. British
Christian, Marcus American
Clampitt, Amy American  
Clare, John British
Clifton, Lucille American
Clough, Arthur Hugh British
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor British
Collins, Billy American
Collom, Jack American
Cooper, Jane American
Cornish, Mary American
Cowper, William British
Crane, Hart American
Crane, Stephen American
Crapsey, Adelaide American
Creeley, Robert American
Cruz, Victor Hernandez Puerto Rican Lives in America
Cullen, Countee American
Cummings, E.E. American
Cunningham, J. V. American
“H.D” (Hilda Doolittle) American
Davie, Donald British
Davis, Frank Marshall American
DeLaMare, Walter British
DeLuna, Blas Manuel Mexican Lives in America
Dennis, Carl American
Derricotte, Toi American
Deutsch, Babette American
DiPiero, W.S. American
Dickey, James American
Dickinson, Emily American
Djanikian, Gregory American Armenian descent
Donaghy, Michael American Lived in England
Donne, John British
Doty, Mark American
Dove, Rita American
Dowson, Ernest British
Drayton, Michael British
Dryden, John British
DuBois, W.E.B. American
Dugan, Alan American
Dugdale, Sasha British
Duhamel, Denise American
Dunbar, Paul Laurence American
Dunbar-Nelson, Alice American Native American & Creole descent
Duncan, Robert American
Dunn, Stephen American
Dybek, Stuart American Polish Descent
Eady, Cornelius American
Ehrhart, W. D. American
Eliot, George British
Eliot, T.S. American Lived extensively in England
Elizabeth I (Queen) British
Emerson, Ralph Waldo American
Engle, Paul American
Espada, Martin Puerto Rican Lives in America
Espaillat, Rhina Dominican Lives in America
Fairchild, B.H. American
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence American
Ferry, David American
Finch, Anne (Countess) British
Fitzgerald, Robert American
Flynn, Nick American
Forbes, Calvin American
Fordham, Mary Weston American
Francis, Robert American
Freneau, Philip American
Frost, Robert American
Fuller, Margaret American
Fulton, Alice American
Ginsberg, Allen American
Gioia, Dana American
Goldbarth, Albert American
Goodan, Kevin Native American
Gotshall, Karin American
Graham, Jorie American Raised in Europe
Graves, Robert British  
Gray, Thomas British
Gregerson, Linda American
Gregg, Linda American
Greville, Fulke British
Grotz, Jennifer American Lived in France & Poland
Guest, Barbara American
Guest, Edgar Albert American
Gunn, Thomas American
Gwynn, R.S. American  
Hacker, Marilyn American Lived in Paris
Haines, John American
Hall, Donald American Educated in England
Hands, Elizabeth British
Hardy, Thomas British
Harjo, Joy Native American
Harper, Frances American
Harper, Michael American
Hass, Robert American
Hayden, Robert American
Hayes, Terrance American  
Hedin, Robert American
Henley, William Ernest British
Herbert, George British
Herrick, Robert British
Hicok, Bob American
Hilbert, Ernest American  
Hillman, Brenda American
Hine, Daryl Canadian Lives in America
Hirsch, Edward American
Hirshfield, Jane American  
Hoagland, Tony American
Holmes, Meredith American
Holmes, Oliver Wendell American
Hongo, Garrett American Asian descent
Hood, Thomas British
Hopkins, Gerard Manley British
Horton, George Moses American African descent
Housman, A. E. British
Howe, Julia Ward American
Hudgins, Andrew American
Hughes, Langston American
Hugo, Richard American
Hunt, Leigh British
Ignatow, David American
Jacobson, Josephine Canadian
Jarman, Mark American
Jarnot, Lisa American
Jeffers, Robinson American
Jenkins, Louis American
Jewett, Sarah Orne American
Jin, Ha Chinese Lives in America
Johnson, James American
Jones, Rodney American
Jonson, Ben British
Jordan, June American Jamaican descent
Kaminsky, Ilya Russian Lives in America
Karr, Mary American
Keats, John British
Kees, Weldon American
Keely, Brigit American
Kennedy, X.J. American He was our judge in 2011!
Kenyon, Jane American
Killigrew, Anne British
Kim, Suji Kwock Korean Lives in America
Kinnell, Galway American
Kinsella, John Australian
Kipling, Rudyard British Lived in America
Kirby, David American Lived extensively abroad
Kizer, Carolyn American
Knight, Etheridge American
Koch, Kenneth American
Komunyakaa, Yusef American
Kooser, Ted American
Kumin, Maxine American
Kunitz, Stanley American
Kuusisto, Stephen American
Lamb, Charles British
Lamb, Mary British  
Landon, Letitia Elizabeth British
Landor, Walter Savage British
Larkin, Philip British  
Lasdun, James British Lives in America
Lawrence, D.H. British
Lazarus, Emma American
Lee, Li-Young Chinese Lives in America
Leigh, Helen British  
Leithauser, Hailey American
Levertov, Denise British Lived in America
Levine, Philip American Russian descent
Levis, Larry American
Lewis, Janet Loxley American
Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin Malaysian Lives in America
Lindenberg, Rebecca American  
Lindsay, Vachel American
Longfellow, Henry American
Lorde, Audre American West Indian descent
Lovelace, Richard British
Lowell, Amy American
Lowell, Robert American
Loy, Mina British Lived in America
Lux, Thomas American
Lynch, Thomas American Irish descent
Mackowski, Joanie American
MacLeish, Archibald American
MacNeice, Louis British
Markham, E.A. West Indian
Markham, Edwin American
Marlowe, Christopher British
Martinez, Dionisio Cuban Lives in America
Marvell, Andrew British
Masefield, John British
Mason, David American
Masters, Edgar Lee American
Matthews, William American
Mazur, Gail American
McClure, Michael American
McGrath, Thomas American
McHugh, Heather American Canadian descent
McKay, Claude Jamaican Lived in America
McPherson, Sandra American
Mehigan, Joshua American
Melville, Herman American
Menashe, Samuel American
Menken, Adah Isaacs American African and Creole descent
Meredith, George British
Meredith, William American
Merriam, Eve American
Merrill, James American
Merwin, W.S. American
Mew, Charlotte British  
Miles, Josephine American
Millay, Edna St Millay American
Miller, Jane American
Milton, John British
Momaday, N. Scott Native American
Moody, Elizabeth British
Moore, Thomas Irish
Moss, Stanley American Moved to Europe
Mueller, Lisa German Lived in America
Murphy, Timothy American
Murray, Joan American
Muske-Dukes, Carol American
Nelson, Joel American Lived in England
Nemerov, Howard American
Niatum, Duane Native American
Niedecker, Lorine American
Noguchi, Yone Japanese
Norris, Kathleen American
Northrop, Kate American
Notley, Alice American Lives in France
Noyes, Alfred British
Nye, Naomi Shihab American Palestinian heritage
O’Driscoll, Dennis Irish
O’Rourke, Meghan American
O’Shaughnessy, Arthur British
Oppen, George American
Ortiz, Simon, J Native American
Owen, Wilfred British
Page, P.K. British Lived in America
Paley, Grace American  
Pardlo, Gregory American
Parker, Dorothy American
Pastan, Linda American
Patchen, Kenneth American
Philips, Katherine British
Phillips, Carl American
Piercy, Marge American
Pinsky, Robert American
Plath, Sylvia American Lived in England
Poe, Edgar Allan American
Pope, Alexander British
Pound, Ezra American Lived extensively abroad
Ralegh, Sir Walter British
Ransom, John Crowe American Studied in England
Rios, Alberto American Mexican & British descent
Revard, Carter Native American
Rexroth, Kenneth American
Rich, Adrienne American
Riley, James Whitcomb American
Rivard, David American
Robinson, E. A. American
Robinson, Mary British
Roethke, Theodore American
Rogers, Pattiann American
Rosenberg, Isaac British
Rosser, J. Allyn American
Rossetti, Christina British
Rossetti, Dante British
Rukeyser, Muriel American
Ryan, Kay American
Ryan, Michael American
Saenz, Jacob American
Salter, Mary Jo American
Sandburg, Carl American
Sandy, Stephen American
Santos, Sherod American
Sarton, May Belgian Lived in America
Sassoon, Siegfried British
Saenz, Benjamin Alire American Mexican descent
Sanchez, Jorge Cuban Lives in America
Schulman, Grace American
Schuyler, James American  
Schwartz, Delmore American Romanian descent
Seward, Anna British  
Sexton, Anne American
Shakespeare, William British
Shankar, Ravi American
Shapiro, Karl American
Shelley, P.B. British
Sidney, Philip British
Simic, Charles Yugoslavian Lived in America
Simon, Maurya American Lived in India
Simpson, Louis American Lived in France
Smart, Christopher British
Smith, Charlotte British
Smith, Stevie British
Smith, Tracy American  
Snodgrass, W.D. American
Snyder, Gary American
Song, Cathy American Asian descent
Soto, Gary Mexican Lives in America
Spender, Stephen British
Spenser, Edmund British
St. John, David American
Stafford, William American
Stallings, A.E. American Lives in Greece
Stanford, Frank American
Starbuck, George American
Stein, Gertrude American
Stern, Gerald American
Stevens, Wallace American
Stevenson, Anne British Lived in America
Stickney, Trumbull American Lived in Europe
Stone, Ruth American
Straley, John American
Strand, Mark American
Suarez, Virgil Cuban Lives in America
Swenson, May American
Symons, Arthur British
Synge, J.M. Irish  
Tagore, Rabindrath Indian
Tanning, Dorothea American Lived in France extensively
Taylor, Ann British
Taylor, Henry American
Taylor, Jane British
Teasdale, Sara American
Tennyson, Alfred Lord British
Thomas, Dylan Irish
Thomas, Edward British
Thoreau, Henry American
Tolson, Melviin American Liberian descent
Tonge, Jennifer American
Toomer, Jean American
Traherne, Thomas British
Trethewey, Natasha American Canadian descent
Turcotte, Mark Native American
Twichell, Chase American
Urdang, Constance American
Uyematsu, Amy American Japanese descent
Valentine, Jean American
Very, Jones American
Wagoner, David American
Wakoksi, Diane American
Waldner, Liz American
Walker, Margaret American
Waller, Edmund British
Wanek, Connie American
Wharton, Edith American
Wheatley, Phillis West Indian Lived in America
Whitman, Sarah Helen American
Whitman, Walt American
Whittier, John Greenleaf American
Wilbur, Richard American
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler American
Williams, W.C. American
Wilner, Eleanor American
Wing, Catherine American  
Winters, Yvor American
Wordsworth, Dorothy British
Wordsworth, William British
Wright, James American
Wright, Jay American
Wrigley, Robert American
Wyatt, Thomas British
Wylie, Elinor American
Yeats, W.B. Irish
Yezzi, David American
Young, Al American
Young, Dean American

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