Poets

  • Seth Abramson (born 1976), American poet, editor, literary critic, and freelance journalist
  • Kosta Abrašević (1879–1898), Serbian poet
  • Dannie Abse (born 1923), Welsh poet
  • Diane Ackerman (born 1948), American author, poet, and naturalist
  • Duane Ackerson (born 1942), American writer of speculative poetry and fiction
  • Milton Acorn (1923–1986), Canadian poet, writer, and playwright
  • Harold Acton (1904–1994), English writer, scholar and
  • Kim Addonizio (born 1954) American poet, novelist
  • Endre Ady (1877–1919), Hungarian poet
  • Aeschylus (525–456 BC), Athenian tragedian
  • Lucius Afranius (fl. c. 94 BC), Roman comic poet
  • John Agard (born 1949), Afro-Guyanese poet and children’s writer
  • James Agee (1909–1955), American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, film critic
  • Deborah Ager (born 1977), American poet, editor
  • Kelli Russell Agodon (born 1969), American poet
  • Dritëro Agolli (born 1931), Albanian poet
  • Ai (1947–2010), American poet whose original name was Florence Anthony
  • Ama Ata Aidoo (born 1940), Ghanaian novelist, poet, playwright and academic
  • Conrad Aiken (1889–1973), American poet and author
  • Alcaeus of Messene (fl. late 3rd/early 2nd century BC), Greek author of a number of epigrams in the Greek Anthology
  • Alcaeus of Mytilene (c. 620 – 6th century BC), Greek lyric poet from Lesbos Island
  • Ammiel Alcalay (born 1956), American poet, scholar, critic, translator, and prose stylist
  • Alcman (fl. 7th century BC), Ancient Greek lyric poet
  • Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888), American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer
  • Richard Aldington (1892–1962), English writer and poet
  • Vasile Alecsandri (1821–1890), Romanian poet
  • Claribel Alegría (born 1924), Central American poet
  • Vicente Aleixandre (1898–1984), Spanish poet, Nobel Laureate 1977
  • Josip Murn Aleksandrov (1879–1901), Slovene symbolist poet
  • Sherman Alexie (born 1966), American poet, writer, filmmaker, and occasional comedian
  • Felipe Alfau (1902–1999), Catalan American novelist and poet
  • Agha Shahid Ali Indian, Kashmiri, American poet
  • Dick Allen (born 1939), American poet, literary critic and academic
  • Donald Allen (1912–2004), American poet, publisher, editor, and translator
  • Elizabeth Chase Allen (1832–1911), American author, journalist and poet
  • Ron Allen (1947–2010), American playwright and poet
  • Zamounde S. Allie Jr. (born 1965), American poet
  • Anacreon (570 BC–488 BC), Greek lyric poet
  • Alfred Andersch (1914–1980), German writer, publisher.
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), Danish poet
  • Victor Henry Anderson (1917–2001), American poet, kahuna, and leader and teacher of the Feri Tradition
  • Mário de Andrade (1893–1945), Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian and critic, and photographer
  • Bernard André (1450–1522), French Augustinian poet, poet laureate for Henry VII of England
  • Peter Andrej (born 1959), Slovenian poet, musician, guitar player, and producer
  • Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919–2004), award-winning Portuguese poet and writer
  • Bruce Andrews (born 1948), American Language poet
  • David Antin (born 1932), American poet and critic
  • Antler (born 1946), American poet
  • Susanne Antonetta (born 1956), American poet and author
  • Brother Antoninus (1912–1994), American poet
  • Chairil Anwar (1922–1949), Indonesian poet
  • Johannes Anyuru (born 1979), Swedish poet
  • Guillaume Apollinaire (1880–1918), French poet
  • Apollo Poetry (aka Sevan Aydinian) (born 1983), Armenian American poet
  • Walter Conrad Arensberg (1878–1954), American Dada–ist; art collector, critic and poet
  • Tudor Arghezi (1880–1967), Romanian poet