The wonderful poet and guest editor of Best American Poetry 2013, Denise Duhamel, wrote an article for Huffington Post about 10 contemporary female poets worth reading. Some well-known names make the list, such as AI and Nin Andrews, but I will admit the list includes a few poets I was not familiar with but whose collections I now want to purchase. Her list also includes brief mentions to some more well-known poets, such as current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway and National Book Award Finalist Tracy K. Smith, but for the most part, Duhamel stays away from the obvious names.
The list is worth checking out. Here’ a link. Feel free to comment and add any other names! I’m sure Duhamel’s list could have included hundreds of other names!