1. Audre Lorde

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Born: February 18, 1934
Died: November 17, 1992
Last published work: “I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde”

2. Maya Angelou

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Born: April 4, 1928
Died: May 28, 2014
Last published work: “Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry”

3. Sonia Sanchez

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Born: September 9, 1934
Latest work: “The Little Red Fort”

4. Lucille Clifton

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Born: June 27, 1936
Died: February 13, 2010
Last published work: “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton”

5. Gwendolyn Brooks

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Born: June 7, 1917
Died: December 3, 2000
Last work: “Report from Part Two”

6. Warsan Shire

Born: August 1, 1988
Latest work: “Penguin Modern Poets 3: Your Family, Your Body”

8. Alexandra Elle

Born: July 25
Latest work: “Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry and Prose”

9. Nikki Giovanni

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Born: June 7, 1943
Latest work: “I Am Loved”

10. Donna Kate Rushin

Latest work: “The Black Back-Ups”

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