Elizabeth Bishop

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  • Name: Elizabeth Bishop
  • Born: February 8, 1911
  • Died: October 6, 1979
  • From: Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Contribution/Impact: Elizabeth Bishop is a revered poet of the 20th century. Rather than seeing herself as “lesbian poet,” Bishop wished to be judged only by the quality of her work.
  • Occupation: Poet, Short-story writer
  • Known For: “The Fish” (1946), “The Map” (1946)
  • Awards: United States Poet Laureate (1949), Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for North and South (1956), National Book Award for Poetry (1970), National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (1976) 

Elizabeth Bishop spent a majority of her life travelling the world with one of her favorite places to go to being Brazil. She travelled from an early age after her mother was put into a sanatorium and was thrown around between various family members. Despite being a gifted poet Bishop didn’t achieve mainstream notoriety until the end of her life when “Geography III” was released in 1976. Bishop didn’t mind as she loved her privacy and didn’t want her personal life pried into. 


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