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Phillis Wheatley, an African-American poet

Phillis Wheatley Peters

For National Poetry Day, here’s a collection of our articles about poets. I’ve also taken the occasion to rename the African-American poet Phillis Wheatley using the name she wanted people to use, Phillis Wheatley Peters. (Big thanks to who explained this to me!)

All of these poets are women, but if you explore the site we also have many articles about men who were poets.

Phillis Wheatley Peters
Enheduanna, the first named poet
Sulpicia, a Roman poet
Lal Ded, an Indian poet
Xue Tao, a Chinese poet

Enheduanna in a procession (she's the one in the fancy dress)

Enheduanna in a procession (she’s the one in the fancy dress)