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Adrienne Rich

Born: May 16, 1929

Death: Mar 27, 2012

Birthplace: Baltimore

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Adrienne Rich

Date of Birth : May 16, 1929
Date of Death : Mar 27, 2012
Birth Place : Baltimore

Adrienne Cecile Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", and was credited with bringing "the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse." Her first collection of poetry, A Change of World, was selected by renowned poet W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Rich went on to write the introduction to the published volume. She famously declined the National Medal of Arts, protesting the vote by House Speaker Newt Gingrich to end funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Writer
  • Poet
  • Essayist

Also known as

  • Rich, Adrienne
  • Adrienne Cecile Rich


  • Arnold Rice Rich
  • Helen Elizabeth Jones Rich


  • Alfred H. Conrad

Awards Won

  • MacArthur Fellowship
  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
  • National Book Award for Poetry
  • Bollingen Prize
  • Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
  • Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry
  • Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry
  • Robert Frost Medal
  • Poets'' Prize
  • Wallace Stevens Award
  • Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
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