Lifespan:February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992
Born in New York City to Caribbean immigrants, Audre Lorde attended the Hunter College High School, a secondary school for intellectually gifted students. While there, she published her first poem in Seventeen magazine. In 1968, The First Cities, her first poetry collection was published. In 1973, her collection of poems, From a Land Where Other People Live, was nominated for the National Book Award for poetry. Lorde had a long and prolific career as a poet. Among other things, she was poet laureate of New York for the period 1991-1992. The poetry of Lorde is renowned for its technical mastery and emotional expression. Her poems are also known for expressing anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life. Apart from being a poet, Audre Lorde was a feminist and a civil rights activist. She described herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”. This reflects in her poetry as she used her creative talent to confront injustices of racism, sexism, classism and homophobia.