May 9 Writer Birthdays

1860 – J.M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright who is best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan.

1895 – Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher, poet, and playwright.

1897 – Rudolph Fisher, African-American novelist, short-story writer, and physician who wrote the first black American detective novel, The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem.

1906 – Eleanor Estes, Newbery Medal-winning and three-time Newbery Honor-winning American children’s author and librarian.

1908 – A.N. Krishna Rao (full name Arakalagudu Narasingarao Krishna Rao, but popularly known as Anakru), Indian author who was one of the best-known writers in the Kannada language; he was popularly known as Kadambari Sarvabhouma or “King of Novels.”

1916 – William Pène du Bois, American children’s author and illustrator; Newbery winner and two-time Caldecott runner-up.

1920 – Richard Adams, English novelist, historian, and civil servant whose books were about animals; his most famous work is Watership Down.

1921 – Mona Van Duyn, American poet who was U.S. Poet Laureate.

1926 – John Middleton Murry Jr., English novelist who wrote under the pen names Colin Murry and Richard Cowper.

1935 – Roger Hargreaves, English children’s book author and illustrator.

1938 – Charles Simic, Pulitzer Prize-winning Serbian-American poet.

1950 – Jorie Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet whom the Poetry Foundation has called “one of the most celebrated poets of the American post-war generation.”

1951- Joy Harjo, American screenwriter, writer, teacher, poet, musician, and children’s writer who is an important figure in the second wave of the literary Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century; she was also the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.

1958 – Nada El-Hage, Lebanese poet and journalist.

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