Lesbian & Bi+ Women Poets

After reading Sam Escobar’s essay “On Being Non-Binary in Female-Centric Spaces” and Kat Marchán’s “On the Design of Women’s Spaces,” I realized my original list, “LBT+ Women and Non-Binary Poets,” was saying one thing and doing another. My list mentioned non-binary poets in the title, but the vast majority of poets were still women. What I wanted was more of what Marchán describes as “Just Us Girls”—a women’s space including lesbian and bi+ women (trans & cis) and non-binary people who identified as women at least some of the time. The original list advertised an inclusive space but what it actually did was tokenize a handful of non-binary poets and ignore many, many more.

So: This is a list of lesbian and bi+ women poets (trans & cis) who have published books of poetry. It is still Anglophone-centric, unfortunately. *Please let me know if you would like to be added or removed.*

*For a catalogue of non-cis poets, including trans men and non-binary people, visit Bogi Takács’s list on GoodReads.

  • Etel Adnan
    • Surge (Nightboat Books)
  • Patience Agbabi
    • R.A.W. (Gecko Press)
    • Transformatrix (Canongate Books)
    • Bloodshot Monochrome (Canongate)
    • Telling Tales (Canongate)
  • Liz Ahl
    • Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books)
    • Home Economics (Seven Kitchens Press)
    • Luck (Pecan Grove Press)
  • Anastacia-Renée Tolbert
    • (v.) (Gramma)
  • Joan Annsfire
    • Distant Music (Headmistress Press)
  • Colette Arrand
    • Hold Me Gorilla Monsoon (Opo Books and Objects)
  • Fatimah Asghar
    • If They Come for Us (Penguin Random House)
  • Amber Atiya
    • the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books)
  • Samiya Bashir
    • Field Theories (Nightboat)
    • Gospel (RedBone)
    • Where the Apple Falls (RedBone)
  • Maureen Bocka
    • First Name Barbie Last Name Doll (Headmistress Press)
  • Carolyn Boll
    • Social Dance (Headmistress Press)
  • Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
    • Arrival (Triquarterly)
    • Raw Air (Fly By Night Press)
    • Night When Moon Follows (Long Shot Productions)
    • Convincing the Body (Vintage Entity Press)
  • Elizabeth Bradfield
    • Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books)
    • Once Removed (Persea Books)
    • Approaching Ice (Persea)
  • Dionne Brand
    • Fore Day Morning (Khoisan Artists)
    • Earth Magic (Kids Can Press)
    • Primitive Offensive (Williams-Wallace International Inc.)
    • Winter Epigrams and Epigrams to Ernesto Cardenal in Defense of Claudia (Williams-Wallace)
    • Chronicles of the Hostile Sun (Williams-Wallace)
    • No Language is Neutral (Coach House Press)
    • Land to Light On (McClelland & Stewart)
    • thirsty (McClelland & Stewart)
    • Inventory (McClelland & Stewart)
    • Ossuaries (McClelland & Stewart)
    • The Blue Clerk: Ars Poetica in 59 Versos (Duke University Press)
  • Nicole Brossard
    • aube à la saison and These Our Mothers (translated by Barbara Godard)
  • Farrell Greenwald Brennan
    • Diatribe from the Library (Headmistress Press)
  • Yoseli Castillo Fuertes
    • De eso sí se habla / Of That, I Speak
  • Sarah Caulfield
    • Spine (Headmistress Press)
  • Gabrielle Calvocoressi
    • Rocket Fantastic (Persea Books)
    • Apocalyptic Swing (Persea)
    • The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea)
  • Audrey Carroll
    • Queen of Pentacles (Choose the Sword Press)
  • Anne Carson
    • If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (Alfred A. Knopf)
    • Plainwater: Essays and Poetry (Knopf)
    • Glass, Irony, and God (New Directions)
    • Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Knopf)
    • Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (Knopf)
    • Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (New York Review Books)
    • An Oresteia (Faber & Faber)
    • Nox (New Directions)
    • Red Doc> (Knopf)
    • Float (Knopf)
  • Kristin Chang
    • Past Lives, Future Bodies (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Staceyann Chin
    • Wildcat Woman
  • Franny Choi
    • Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing)
    • Soft Science (Alice James Books)
    • Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  • Cheryl Clarke
    • Narratives (Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press)
    • By My Precise Haircut (The Word Works Press)
    • Living as a Lesbian (Firebrand Books)
    • Humid Pitch (Firebrand)
    • Experimental Love (Firebrand)
    • Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry, 1980–2005 (Carroll & Graf Publishing)
  • Elizabeth Colen
    • What Weaponry (Black Lawrence Press)
    • Money for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books)
    • Waiting Up for the End of the World (Jaded Ibis Press)
    • The Green Condition (Ricochet Editions)
  • Flower Conroy
    • The Awful Suicidal Swans (Headmistress Press)
  • Dani Couture
    • Good Meat (Pedlar Press)
    • Sweet (Pedlar)
    • YAW (Mansfield)
  • Cristie Cyane
    • demain j’y vais (Éditions Geneviève Pastre)
  • Elayna Mae Darcy
    • Unraveling Light (Magic Key Media)
  • marissa dahlson
    • Sunshine Girl: a collection of memories (CreateSpace)
  • Wendy DeGroat
    • Beautiful Machinery (Headmistress Press)
  • Risa Denenberg
    • Whirlwind @ Lesbos (Headmistress Press)
    • slight faith (MoonPath Press)
    • Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press)
    • Blinded by Clouds (Hyacinth Girl Press)
    • In My Exam Room (The Lives You Touch Publications)
    • What We Owe Each Other (The Lives You Touch)
  • Lori Desrosiers
    • Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak (Salmon Poetry)
    • The Philosopher’s Daughter (Salmon)
    • Inner Sky (Glass Lyre Press)
  • Natalie Diaz
    • When My Brother Was An Aztec (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Dinah Dietrich
    • Paper Cranes (Headmistress Press)
  • Frances Donovan
    • Mad Quick Hand of the Seashore (CreateSpace)
  • Lisa Dordal
    • Mosaic of the Dark (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Sarah Duncan
    • Week/End (Headmistress Press)
  • Julie Enszer
    • Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press)
    • Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press)
    • Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press)
  • Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
    • I’m Alive / It Hurts / I Love It (Boost House)
  • Laura Foley
    • Joy Street (Headmistress Press)
    • Night Ringing (Headmistress)
  • t’ai freedom ford
    • how to get over (Red Hen Press)
  • Angélica Freitas
    • Rilke Shake, tr. Hilary Kaplan (Phoneme Media)
  • Diane Furtney
    • Riddle (Headmistress Press)
  • Celeste Gainey
    • The Gaffer (Arktoi Books)
    • In the land of speculation and seismography (Seven Kitchens Press)
  • Olivia Gatwood
    • New American Best Friend (Button Poetry)
    • Life of the Party (Penguin Random House)
  • Jewelle Gomez
    • Oral Tradition (Firebrand Books)
  • Janice Gould
    • The Force of Gratitude (Headmistress Press)
    • Beneath My Heart (Firebrand Books)
    • Alphabet (May Day Press)
    • Earthquake Weather (University of Arizona Press)
    • Seed (Headmistress Press)
  • Judy Grahn
    • Hanging On Our Own Bones (Arktoi Books)
    • Edward the Dyke and Other Poems (Women’s Press Collective)
    • She Who (Diane Press)
    • The Queen of Swords (Beacon Press)
    • The Work of a Common Woman (Diana Press)
    • love belongs to those who do the feeling (Red Hen Press)
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs
    • Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke University Press)
  • Marilyn Hacker
    • Presentation Piece (Viking Press)
    • Separations (Alfred A. Knopf)
    • Taking Notice (Knopf)
    • Assumptions (Knopf)
    • Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (Arbor House)
    • Going Back to the River (Vintage Books)
    • Selected Poems: 1965–1990 (W. W. Norton & Co.)
    • Winter Numbers (W. W. Norton)
    • Squares and Courtyards (W. W. Norton)
    • Desesperanto: Poems 1999-2002 (W. W. Norton)
    • First Cities: Collected Early Poems 1960–1979 (W. W. Norton)
    • Names (W. W. Norton)
    • A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994–2013 (W. W. Norton)
  • Jane Eaton Hamilton
    • Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes (Caitlin Press)
    • Body Rain (Brick Books)
    • Steam-Cleaning Love (Brick)
  • Milla van der Have
    • Ghosts of Old Virginny (Aldrich Press)
  • Eloise Klein Healy
    • A Wild Surmise (Red Hen Press)
    • The Islands Project (Red Hen)
    • Ordinary Wisdom (Paradise Press)
    • Passing (Red Hen)
    • Artemis in Echo Park (Firebrand Books)
    • Women’s Studies Chronicles (The Inevitable Press)
    • A Packet Beating Like a Heart (Books of a Feather Press)
    • Building Some Changes (The Beyond Baroque Foundation)
  • Ellen Hopkins
    • Tricks (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • Leah Horlick
    • For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press)
    • Riot Lung (Thistledown Press)
    • wreckoning (JackPine Press)
  • JP Howard
    • Say/Mirror (The Operating System)
  • Jessica K. Hylton
    • The Great Scissor Hunt (Headmistress Press)
  • Candice Iloh
    • Catalyst
    • And Become
    • Break Fast From Her Skin
  • Omotara James
    • Daughter Tongue (APBF & Akashic Books)
    • Mama Wata (Siren Songs & CCM Press)
  • Jenny Johnson
    • In Full Velvet (Sarabande Books)
  • Jackie Kay
    • The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe Books)
    • Other Lovers (Bloodaxe)
    • Off Colour (Bloodaxe)
    • Two’s Company (Puffin Books)
    • Life Mask (Bloodaxe)
    • Darling (Bloodaxe)
    • The Lamplighter (Bloodaxe)
    • Red Cherry Red (Bloomsbury Publishing)
    • Maw Broon Monologues
    • Fiere (Pan Macmillan)
    • Reality, Reality (Pan Macmillan)
    • The Empathetic Store (Mariscat Press)
  • Joy Ladin
    • The Future Is Trying to Tell Us Something (Sheep Meadow Press)
    • Fireworks in the Graveyard (Headmistress Press)
    • Impersonation (Sheep Meadow)
    • The Definition of Joy (Sheep Meadow)
    • Psalms (Wipf & Stock)
    • Transmigration (Sheep Meadow)
    • The Book of Anna (Sheep Meadow)
    • Alternatives to History (Sheep Meadow)
  • Amy Lauren
    • Prodigal (Bottlecap Press)
    • God With Us (Headmistress Press)
  • Ruth Lehrer
    • Tiger Laughs When You Push (Headmistress Press)
  • Kathryn Leland
    • I Wear the Only Garden I’ve Ever Grown (Headmistress Press)
  • Tess Liem
    • Tell everybody I say hi (Anstruther)
    • Obits. (Coach House Books)
  • Jill McDonough
    • Reaper (Alice James Books)
  • Rachel McKibbens
    • blud (Copper Canyon Press)
    • Into the Dark & Emptying Field (Small Doggies Press)
    • Pink Elephant (Cypher Books)
  • Maureen N. McLane
    • Some Say (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux)
    • Same Life (FSG)
    • World Enough (FSG)
    • This Blue (FSG)
    • Mz N: the serial (FSG)
  • Mary Meriam
    • My Girl’s Green Jacket (Headmistress Press)
    • The Lillian Trilogy (Headmistress)
    • The Countess of Flatbroke (Modern Metrics/Exot Books)
  • Constance Merritt
    • Blind Girl Grunt (Headmistress Press)
    • Two Rooms (Louisiana State University Press)
    • Blessings and Inclemencies (Louisiana State UP)
    • A Protocol for Touch (University of North Texas Press)
  • Jane Miller
    • Who Is Trixie the Trasher? And Other Questions (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Deborah A. Miranda
    • The Zen of La Llorona (Salt Publishing)
  • Cherríe Moraga
    • Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca pasó por sus labios (South End Press)
    • The Last Generation: Prose and Poetry (South End Press)
  • G.L. Morrison
    • Chiaroscuro Kisses (Headmistress Press)
  • Lesléa Newman
    • I Carry My Mother (Headmistress Press)
    • Lovely (Headmistress)
    • I Remember: Hachiko Speaks (Finishing Line Press)
    • Nobody’s Mother (Orchard House Books)
    • Signs of Love (Windstorm Creative Ltd.)
    • Still Life with Buddy (Pride Publications)
  • Emilia Nielsen
    • Surge Narrows (Leaf Press)
    • Body Work (Signature Editions)
  • Alix Olson
    • Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press)
  • Trace Peterson
    • Since I Moved (Chax Press)
  • Jennifer Angelina Petro
    • A Life Lived With Wings (CreateSpace)
    • Transcendencies (CreateSpace)
  • Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
    • Bodymap (Mawenzi House Publishers)
    • Love Cake (Mawenzi House)
    • Consensual Genocide (Mawenzi House)
  • Sarah Pinder
    • Common Place (Coach House Books)
    • Cutting Room (Coach House)
  • Samantha Pious (translator)
    • A Crown of Violets: Selected Poems of Renée Vivien (Headmistress Press)
  • Cassie Pruyn
    • Lena (Texas Tech University Press)
  • Nina Puro
    • Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
  • Shivanee Ramlochan
    • Everyone Knows I Am A Haunting (Peepal Tree Press)
  • Rita Mae Reese
    • The Book of Hulga (Arktoi Books)
    • The Alphabet Conspiracy (Arktoi Books)
  • Verónica Reyes
    • Chopper! Chopper (Arktoi Books)
  • Jen Rouse
    • Acid and Tender (Headmistress Press)
  • Kay Ryan
    • The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press)
    • The Niagara River (Grove)
    • Say Uncle (Grove)
    • Elephant Rocks (Grove)
    • Flamingo Watching (Copper Beech Press)
    • Strangely Marked Metal (Copper Beech)
    • Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends (Taylor Street Press)
  • Trish Salah
    • Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 (Roof Books)
    • Wanting in Arabic (TSAR Publications)
  • Metta Sáma
    • After ‘Sleeping to Dream’/After After (Nous-zot Press)
    • Swing at your own risk (Kelsey St. Press)
    • The Year We Turned Dragon (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs)
  • Nicole Santaluccia
    • Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press)
  • Venus Selenite
    • trigger (CreateSpace)
  • Warsan Shire
    • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (flipped eye publishing limited)
    • Her Blue Body (flipped eye)
  • Pamela Sneed
    • Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery (Henry Holt)
    • KONG And Other Works (Vintage Entity Press)
    • Gift (Belladonna)
  • Jan Steckel
    • The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press)
    • Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist)
    • The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist)
    • Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press)
  • Carter Steinmann
    • Sticky (Headmistress Press)
  • Lynn Strongin
    • The Burn Poems (Headmistress Press)
    • A Bracelet of Honeybees (Headmistress Press)
  • Marylyn Tan
    • GAZE BACK (Ethos Books)
  • Kai Cheng Thom
    • A Place Called No Homeland (Pulp Arsenal Press)
  • Gail Thomas
    • Odd Mercy (Headmistress Press)
  • Ann Tweedy
    • The Body’s Alphabet (Headmistress Press)
  • Julene Tripp Weaver
    • Truth Be Bold (Finishing Line Press)
  • Valerie Wetlaufer
    • Mysterious Acts By My People (Sibling Rivalry Press)
    • Call Me By My Other Name (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  • Arisa White
    • You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened (Augury Books)
    • A Penny Saved (Willow Books)
    • Hurrah’s Nest
  • Rachel Wiley
    • Nothing Is Okay (Button Poetry)
    • Fat Girl Finishing School (Timber Mouse Press)
  • Shannon Connor Winward
    • Undoing Winter (Finishing Line Press)
    • The Year of the Witch (Sycorax Press)
  • Abe Louise Young
    • Heaven To Me (Headmistress Press)
  • Sandra Yannone
    • top (Bigelow Press)
    • Boats for Women
  • Carina Yun
    • On Loving a Saudi Girl (Headmistress Press)

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