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From Maya Angelou to Nayyirah Waheed these poets transform us with their power.

Women Of Words: Black Women Poets You Should Know  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

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Last published work: “I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde”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

Maya Angelou

Born: April 4, 1928

Died: May 28, 2014

Last published work: “Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry”

3. Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez

Born: September 9, 1934

Latest work: “The Little Red Fort”

4. Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

Born: June 27, 1936

Died: February 13, 2010

Last published work: “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton”

5. Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

Born: June 7, 1917

Died: December 3, 2000

Last work: “Report from Part Two”

7. Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Born: June 7, 1943

Latest work: “I Am Loved”

8. Donna Kate Rushin

Latest work: “The Black Back-Ups”