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Today is the birthday of William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897 – 1962). He was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Faulkner worked in a variety of written media, including novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature for "his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." More information about Faulkner on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday William…

Today is the birthday of William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963). He was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. More information about Williams and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday William Carlos Williams!

Today is the birthday of Ntozake Shange, born 1948. She's an American playwright, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism. Shange is best-known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. For more information about her and poems on Poemhunter: Happy Birthday Ntozake Shange!

Today is the birthday of Jimmy Santiago Baca (born 1952, Santa Fe, New Mexico) of Apache and Chicano descent is an American poet and writer. Baca’s work is concerned with social justice and revolves around the marginalized and disenfranchised, treating themes of addiction, community, and the American Southwest barrios. More information about Baca and his poems on Poemhunter Happy Birthday Jimmy Santiago Baca!

Today is the birthday of William Butler Yeats, born in 1865. He was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms.In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Today is the birthday of William Hayley (1745 – 1820). He was an English writer, best known as the friend and biographer of William Cowper. Born at Chichester, he was sent to Eton in 1757, and to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1762; his connection with the Middle Temple, London, where he was admitted in 1766, was merely nominal. More information about Hayley and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday William Hayley!

Today is the birthday of Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955). He was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955. More information about Stevens and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday Wallace Stevens!

Today is the birthday of Italo Calvino, (1923-1985). He's an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. Lionised in Britain and the United States, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death, and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Quotations from Calvino on Poemhunter: