MAKERS We're Celebrating On National Poetry Month

This April we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. The commemorative month was started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and continues to be one of the largest literary celebrations in the world.

This month, we're sharing the MAKERS stories of five feminist poets who have inspired us both in their writing and also in their transformative journeys.

Click through our gallery to learn the stories, fast facts, and poetry from these female writers.

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Tracy K. Smith | Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Life On Mars" MAKERS Fact: Her dream interview subjects are author Toni Morrison and poet Margaret Atwood. Poem You Need To Read: "My God, It’s Full Of Stars" Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

Alice Walker | Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "The Color Purple" MAKERS Fact: The most meaningful piece of advice Walker was given was "to be myself, and that was completely ample." Poem You Need To Read: "Be Nobody's Darling" Photo Credit: Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images

Cherríe Moraga | Chicana Writer, Feminist Activist, and Poet MAKERS Fact: Moraga's first paying job was cleaning apartments when she was 8 years old. Poem You Need To Read: "Balas Chonas" Photo Credit: MAKERS Women

Robin Morgan | American Poet and Feminist Activist MAKERS Fact: The greatest influence she has never met is poet Sylvia Plath. Poem You Need To Read: "ADD WATER-INSTANT BLUES" Photo Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for James Grant PR

Sandra Cisneros | Mexican-American Poet and Writer, Winner of a Macarthur "Genius" Grant MAKERS FACT: Her favorite piece of advice is from Buddhist monk and writer, Thich Nhat Hanh: "Sorrow is an opportunity for spiritual growth."  Poem You Need To Read: "Black Lace Bra Kind Of Woman" Photo Credit: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images