As it is National Poetry Day, what better way to celebrate than to share with you some inspiring poets by non-binary and female writers.
Grab a cuppa, get comfy and join us as we share some of the most influential poets of our time and some of their incredible work.
Kae Tempest (They/Them)
Kae Tempest is an English spoken word performer, poet, recording artist, novelist and playwright. At the age of 16, they were accepted into the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon. In 2013, they won the Ted Hughes Award for their work ‘Brand New Ancients’.
Kae Tempest has made a name for them-self through their intense and urgent live performances. Their poetry holds up a mirror to contemporary life in a voice like no other.
Must Read: ‘Hold your own’
Hollie McNish (She/Her)
Hollie McNish is a poet and spoken word artist and was UK Slam poetry champion in 2009. She has released two spoken word albums and a poetry collection. Films of her poems have repeatedly gone viral, some receiving over one million YouTube views in just over a week.
Hollie is an incredibly inspiring poet who never shies away from those topics that society has deemed taboo and reaches many readers through topics such as parenting, feminism, sex, and race.
Must read: ‘Slug and other things I’ve been told to hate’
Andrea Gibson (They/Them)
Andrea Gibson is one of the best spoken word poets of our time and a very influential activist.
Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform, and the struggles LGBTQ+ people face in today’s society.
In all of their work we are transformed to a whole other universe – their poetry is raw, emotional and astoundingly powerful.
Although many of their poems will make you cry – it’s definitely worth the emotional rollercoaster.
Must read: ‘Lord of the butterflies’
Must watch: ‘Orlando’
"Do you remember the first record where we didnt have to change the pronouns to sing alone? We'de gone so many years without music that knew us. Music that knew you could arch your back and I'd have proof that the earth was round" - Andrea Gibson Lord of the butterflies
Maya Angelou (She/Her)
An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Maya Angelou had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and was Hollywood’s first female black director, but became most famous as a writer, editor, and poet.
This woman faced adversity her whole life – suffered a horrific trauma that caused her to not speak for a period of time and shared her experiences with the world which had a huge impact on so many women.
Must read: ‘I know why the caged bird sings’
Rupi Kaur (She/Her)
As a 21-year-old university student, Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, ‘Milk and honey. Next came its artistic sibling, ‘The sun and her flowers. These collections have sold over eight million copies and have been translated into over 42 languages. Her most recent book, ‘home body‘, debuted number one on bestsellers lists across the world.
Rupi’s work delves into love, loss, trauma, feminism, and migration.
Must read: ‘Milk and honey
Happy National Poetry Day!
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