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

Black Women Poets You Should Know [PHOTOS]  was originally published on

1. Warsan Shire

Born: August 1, 1988

Latest work: “Penguin Modern Poets 3: Your Family, Your Body”

2. Keyaira Kelly

Born: August 8

Latest work: “I Wish My Mango Would Ripen”

3. Alexandra Elle

Born: July 25

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

4. Donna Kate Rushin

Latest work: “The Black Back-Ups”

5. Nayyirah Waheed

Latest work: “Nejma”