Poet Biographies

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This April, in celebration of National Poetry Month, check out one of these biographies on some of the world’s most renowned poets:

A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears & Laughter by Nikki Giovanni – Offers an intimate, affecting and revealing look at Giovanni’s personal history as she ruminates on her life and the people who have helped shape her into the woman she has become.

Langston Hughes by Rebecca Carey Rohan – Social activist, poet, novelist, playwright, and pioneer, Hughes was the Renaissance man of the Harlem Renaissance. Learn about his life and influences, and how his work affected the world we live in.

Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder – A biography which captures the month Plath spent in New York City in June 1953 as a guest editor for the annual college issue of “Mademoiselle” magazine.

Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love by Brad Gooch – Recounts the life of Persian poet Rumi, from being displaced by Mongol terror to Turkey in his childhood to his education under Shams of Tabriz, who transformed Rumi from a respectable Muslim preacher to a poet and mystic. Continue reading