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List of women writers

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This is a list of notable female writers

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  • Eleanor Hallowell Abbott 1872–1958, American poet, novelist and short story writer
  • Rachel Abbott, pen name of Sheila Rodgers born c 1953, best-selling English thriller author
  • Louise Abeita born 1926, Native American Isleta Pueblo writer; I am a Pueblo Indian Girl
  • Sara Aboobacker born 1936, Indian Kannada writer
  • Marguerite Abouet born 1971, Ivorian graphic novelist
  • Leila Aboulela born 1964, Sudanese writer
  • Abiola Abrams born 1976, American TV host, art filmmaker and author; Dare
  • Kathy Acker 1947–1997, American novelist, poet, essayist and playwright; Blood and Guts in High School
  • Juliette Adam 1836–1936, French author and magazine editor
  • Abigail Adams 1744–1818, former First Lady of the United States, letter writer and diarist
  • Fleur Adcock born 1935, New Zealand-born English poet and editor
  • Kim Addonizio born 1954, American poet, novelist
  • Yda Addis 1857–1902, American writer and translator
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie born 1977, Nigerian novelist and short story writer; Purple Hibiscus
  • Renata Adler born 1938, American author, journalist and film critic
  • Aelia Eudocia c 401–460, Byzantine religious writer in Greek
  • Aesara of Lucania 4th or 3rd century BC, Greek philosopher
  • Charlotte Agell born 1959, American novelist and children's writer
  • Kelli Russell Agodon born 1969, American poet, writer, and editor
  • Grace Aguilar 1816–1847, English novelist and writer on Jewish history and religion
  • Delmira Agustini 1886–1914, Uruguayan poet
  • Freda Ahenakew born 1932, Canadian author and academic
  • Ilse Aichinger born 1921, Austrian writer
  • Ama Ata Aidoo born 1942, Ghanaian author and playwright
  • Joan Aiken 1924–2004, English novelist; The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Lucy Aikin 1781–1864, English historical writer
  • Akazome Emon 956–1041, Japanese poet and historian
  • Grace Akello born 1950, Ugandan poet, essayist, folklorist
  • Rachel Akerman 1522–1544, Austrian Jewish poet writing in German
  • Bella Akhmadulina 1937–2010, Russian/Soviet poet
  • Anna Akhmatova 1899–1966, Russian/Soviet poet; Requiem
  • Anna Åkerhjelm 1647–1693, Swedish writer and traveller
  • Anne-Marie Albiach 1937–2012, French poet and translator
  • Jordie Albiston born 1961, Australian poet and academic
  • Louisa May Alcott 1832–1888, American novelist; Little Women
  • Isabella Macdonald Alden 1841–1930, American children's writer
  • Claribel Alegría born 1924, Nicaraguan-born author and poet
  • Elizabeth Alexander born 1962, American poet, essayist, playwright and academic
  • Svetlana Alexievich born 1948, Belarusian journalist and writer
  • Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir born 1938, Icelandic novelist
  • Zaynab Alkali born 1950, Nigerian novelist, poet, short story writer
  • Al-Khansā 7th century, Arab poet
  • Isabel Allende born 1942, Chilean/American novelist; Eva Luna, Daughter of Fortune
  • Phyllis Shand Allfrey 1908–1996, West Indian writer; The Orchid House
  • Svetlana Alliluyeva 1926–2011, Soviet writer and lecturer
  • Margery Allingham 1904–1966, English crime writer; Mystery Mile, Sweet Danger
  • Dorothy Allison born 1949, American writer and speaker; Trash: Short Stories, Cavedweller
  • Almucs de Castelnau c 1140–pre-1184, French poet writing in Occitan
  • Mor Altshuler born 1957, Israeli scholar and writer
  • Julia Álvarez born 1950, Dominican-American poet, novelist and essayist; How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Ifi Amadiume born 1947, Nigerian poet, anthropologist and essayist
  • Valerie Anand born 1937, British author of historical fiction
  • Ethel Anderson 1883–1958, Australian poet, essayist, novelist and painter
  • Laurie Halse Anderson born 1961, American author, writes for children and young adults; Speak, Twisted
  • Jessica Anderson 1916–2010, Australian novelist and short story writer The Impersonators
  • Isabella Andreini 1562–1604, Italian playwright, poet and actress
  • Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen 1919–2004, Portuguese poet and writer
  • Eliza Frances Andrews 1840–1931, American novelist and Civil War writer
  • Maya Angelou 1928–2014, American autobiographer and poet; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Jane Anger late 16th century, English writer
  • Christine Angot born 1959, French novelist and playwright
  • María Nsué Angüe born 1945, Equatorial Guinean writer
  • Marion Angus 1865–1946, Scottish poet writing in Braid Scots and English
  • Anyte of Tegea fl early 3rd century BC, Greek poet
  • Gloria E Anzaldúa 1942–2004, American author, poet and activist; Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
  • Núria Añó born 1973, Catalan writer and novelist
  • Helena Araújo Ortiz born 1934, Colombian feminist author and literary critic
  • Maria Arbatova born 1957, Russian novelist, playwright and poet
  • Elvia Ardalani, Mexican writer, poet, and storyteller
  • Hannah Arendt 1906–1975, German Jewish political theorist The Human Condition
  • Hiro Arikawa born 1972, Japanese light novelist
  • Rae Armantrout born 1947, American writer, language poet and professor
  • Karen Armstrong born 1944, British author of numerous works on comparative religion; A History of God
  • Kelley Armstrong born 1968, Canadian writer; Women of the Otherworld series
  • Louise Armstrong 1937–2008, American author and feminist
  • Bettina von Arnim 1785–1859, German writer and novelist
  • Elizabeth von Arnim 1866–1941, Australian-born British novelist; Mr Skeffington
  • Elizabeth Arnold born 1944, English children's writer
  • Joanne Arnott born 1960, Canadian Métis writer
  • Harriette Arnow 1908–1986, American novelist
  • Daisy Ashford 1881–1972, English writer; The Young Visiters
  • Anastasia Ashman born 1964, American author and cultural producer; Tales from the Expat Harem
  • Anne Askew 1520/21–1546, English poet and Protestant martyr
  • Francis Leslie Ashton 1904–1994, English novelist
  • Cynthia Asquith 1887–1960, English novelist and diarist
  • Margot Asquith 1864–1945, English author
  • Mary Astell 1666–1731, English feminist writer
  • Thea Astley 1925–2004, Australian novelist and short story writer; also some poetry
  • Cassandra Atherton living, Australian prose-poet and academic
  • Gertrude Atherton 1857–1948, American writer
  • Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson 1863–1942, American author, journalist and teacher
  • Kate Atkinson born 1951, English novelist; Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Human Croquet
  • ME Atkinson 1899-1974, Mary Evelyn Atkinson, English children's novelist
  • Amelia Atwater-Rhodes born 1984, American novelist
  • Margaret Atwood born 1939, Canadian novelist, poet and critic; The Handmaid's Tale
  • Madeleine de l’Aubespine 1546–1596, French poet
  • Penelope Aubin c 1679–c 1731, English novelist and translator
  • Dorothy Auchterlonie 1915–1991, English-born Australian academic, literary critic and poet
  • Jean M Auel born 1936, American novelist; Earth's Children series
  • Rose Ausländer 1901–1988, Bucovina-born poet writing in German and English
  • Jane Austen 1775–1817, English novelist; Pride and Prejudice
  • Mary Austin 1868–1934, American writer The Land of Little Rain
  • Sarah Austin 1793–1867, English translator from German
  • Auvaiyar, name shared by several poets in Tamil literature
  • Frau Ava c 1060–1127, first female writer in German
  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Margaret Avison 1918–2007, Canadian poet, editor and speaker
  • Marilou Awiakta born 1936, Native American Cherokee author
  • Pam Ayres born 1947, English poet, songwriter and radio/TV presenter
  • Azalais de Porcairagues late 12th century, French poet writing in Occitan
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  • Mariama Bâ 1929-1981, Senegalese novelist; So Long a Letter
  • Natalie Babbitt born 1932, American author and illustrator of children's books; Tuck Everlasting
  • Ingrid Bachér born 1930, German playwright and screenwriter
  • Ingeborg Bachmann 1926–1973, Austrian poet, playwright and novelist
  • Delia Bacon 1811–1859, American writer of plays and short stories, best known today for her work on the Shakespeare authorship question
  • Yaba Badoe, Ghanaian novelist and filmmaker
  • Enid Bagnold 1889–1981, British author and playwright; National Velvet
  • Elisaveta Bagryana 1893–1991, Bulgarian poet; one of the mothers of Bulgarian literature
  • Baik Sou Linne 1982, Korean author
  • Joanna Baillie 1762–1851, Scottish poet and dramatist
  • Beryl Bainbridge 1932–2010, English novelist
  • Deb Baker born 1953, American mystery writer
  • Dorothy Baker 1907–1968, American novelist; Young Man with a Horn
  • Albena Bakratcheva born 1961, Bulgarian author, best known for her work on American Transcendentalism
  • Faith Baldwin 1893–1978, American author of romance and fiction
  • Toni Cade Bambara 1939–1995, American author, social activist and college professor
  • Mary Ellen Bamford 1857–1946, American author
  • Ban Zhao 45–116 CE, first female Chinese historian; Lessons for Women
  • Helen Elliott Bandini, American writer, primarily of Californian history
  • Mary Jo Bang born 1946, American poet
  • Zsuzsa Bánk born 1965, German novelist
  • Leslie Esdaile Banks born 1959, American author; The Vampire Huntress Legend Series
  • Maya Banks, American author of erotic romance
  • Helen Bannerman 1862–1946, Scottish children's writer; Little Black Sambo
  • Agnieszka Baranowska 1819–1890, Polish playwright and poet
  • Natalya Baranskaya 1908–2004, Soviet writer; A Week Like Any Other
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld 1743–1825, English poet, essayist and children's author Eighteen Hundred and Eleven
  • Leigh Bardugo born 1974, American young-adult and fantasy author
  • Arvède Barine 1840–1908, French writer and historian
  • Nicola Barker born 1966, English novelist and short story writer
  • Pat Barker born 1943, English novelist; Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, Ghost Road
  • Anna Barkova 1901–1976, Soviet poet, journalist, playwright, essayist, memoirist, and writer of fiction
  • Mary Barnard 1909–2001, American poet, biographer and Greek-to-English translator
  • Djuna Barnes 1892–1982, American writer; Ladies Almanack, Nightwood
  • Margaret Ayer Barnes 1886–1967, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author; Years of Grace
  • Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr 1831–1919, British American novelis;
  • Lynne Barrett, American writer and editor, best known for her short stories
  • Marie Bashkirtseff 1858–1884, diarist and artist
  • Allie Bates born 1957, American writer
  • Katharine Lee Bates 1859–1929, American songwriter
  • Carol S Batey born 1955, American writer
  • Baudovinia fl c 600, French religious writer in Latin; nun
  • Dawn-Michelle Baude born 1959, American poet, journalist and educator
  • Vicki Baum 1888–1960, Austrian novelist
  • Gertrud Bäumer 1873–1954, German writer and feminist
  • Ada Ellen Bayly Edna Lyall, 1857–1903, English novelist
  • Simone de Beauvoir 1908–1986, French author and philosopher; She Came to Stay, The Mandarins
  • Margaret Bechard born 1953, American children's writer
  • Béatrix Beck 1914–2008, French novelist; The Passionate Heart
  • Patricia Beer 1919–1999, English poet and critic
  • Mrs Beeton 1836–1865, English domestic author; Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management
  • Aphra Behn 1640–1689, English playwright, poet and novelist; The Rover
  • Gioconda Belli born 1948, Nicaraguan revolutionary and writer
  • Victoria Benedictsson 1850–1888, Swedish author
  • Elizabeth Benger 1775–1827, English novelist and biographer
  • Gwendolyn B Bennett 1902–1981, African-American writer
  • Louise Bennett 1919–2006, Jamaican poet and folklorist
  • Sally Benson 1897–1972, American screenwriter and short-story writer
  • Nina Berberova 1901–1993, Soviet/Russian writer; The Tattered Cloak
  • Josefa Berens-Totenohl 1891–1969, German novelist
  • Juliana Berners 14th and 15th centuries, English writer on heraldry, hawking and hunting; The Book of Saint Albans
  • Bertice Berry born 1960, American sociologist, author, lecturer, and educator
  • Mei-mei Berssenbrugge born 1947, Chinese American poet associated with language poetry, the New York School, phenomenology, and visual art
  • Betty Berzon 1928–2006, American author
  • Annie Besant 1847–1933, English author, theosophist and activist; The Ancient Wisdom, Thought Forms
  • Elizabeth Beverley fl 1815–30, English pamphleteer and entertainer
  • L S Bevington 1845–1895, English poet, anarchist and essayist
  • Elizabeth Bibesco 1897–1945, English writer
  • Marthe Bibesco 1886–1973, Romanian writer in French
  • Hester Biddle c 1629–1697, English Quaker pamphleteer and preacher
  • Gisèle Bienne born 1946, French novelist
  • Linda Bierds born 1945, American poet and professor
  • Anna Bijns 1493–1575, Flemish humanist writing in Dutch and French
  • Bingxin 1900-1999, Chinese writer
  • Carol Birch born 1951, English novelist
  • Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer c 1800–1868, German playwright and actress
  • Isabella Bird 1831–1904, 19th-century English traveler and writer
  • Anne Bishop, American fantasy novelist; The Black Jewels series
  • Elizabeth Bishop 1911–1979, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and writer
  • Clementina Black 1853–1922, English novelist and political writer
  • Sarah Blackborow fl 1650s–1660s, English Quaker writer and preacher
  • Malorie Blackman born 1962, Barbadian-born English author of literature and television drama for children and young adults; Noughts & Crosses series
  • Isa Blagden 1816 or 1817–1873, novelist and poet in English resident in Italy
  • Susanna Blamire 1747–1794, English poet
  • Neltje Blanchan 1865–1918, American nature writer; Bird Neighbors, Nature's Garden
  • Clair Blank 1915-1965, American author of the Beverly Gray mystery series
  • Barbara Blaugdone c 1609–1705, English Quaker autobiographer
  • Ann Eliza Bleecker 1752–1783, American poet and correspondent
  • Countess of Blessington 1789–1849, Irish novelist
  • Karen Blixen 1885–1962, Danish writer; Out of Africa
  • Francesca Lia Block born 1962, American author; Weetzie Bat series
  • Valerie Bloom born 1956, Jamaican poet and novelist
  • Amelia Bloomer 1818–1894, American writer, women's rights and temperance advocate
  • Judy Blume born 1938, American novelist; Forever, Tiger Eyes
  • Enid Blyton 1897–1968, English children's writer; Famous Five series
  • Margarita Bobba fl 1560, Italian writer and poet
  • Imma von Bodmershof 1895–1982, Austrian poet
  • Louise Bogan 1897–1970, American poet; fourth US Poet Laureate
  • Margarete Böhme 1867–1939, German novelist; Tagebuch einer Verlorenen
  • Eavan Boland born 1944, Irish poet
  • Sarah Knowles Bolton 1841–1916, American writer
  • María Luisa Bombal 1910–1980, Chilean author
  • Erma Bombeck 1927–1996, American humorist
  • Tanella Boni, Ivorian poet and novelist
  • Geraldine Bonner 1870–1930, American author
  • Marita Bonner 1899–1971, American writer, essayist and playwright, commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance
  • Gertrude Bonnin Zitkala-Sa 1876–1938, Native American writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist
  • Mary Everest Boole 1832–1916, English writer
  • Frances Boothby fl c 1669–70, British playwright
  • Alice Borchardt 1939–2007, American writer of historical fiction, fantasy, and horror; The Silver Wolf, The Dragon Queen
  • Marianne Boruch, American poet and professor
  • Anne Lynch Botta 1815–1891, American poet, writer, teacher and socialite
  • Phyllis Bottome 1884–1963, British novelist and short story writer; The Mortal Storm, Danger Signal
  • Jane Bowdler 1743–1784, English poet and essayist
  • Elizabeth Bowen 1899–1973, Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer; The Death of the Heart, The Heat of the Day
  • Jane Bowles 1917–1973, American writer and playwright; Two Serious Ladies
  • Mary Bowes 1749–1800, English playwright and botanist
  • Karin Boye 1900–1941, Swedish poet and novelist
  • Kay Boyle 1902–1992, American writer, educator and political activist
  • Leigh Brackett 1915–1978, American science fiction author; The Starmen, People of the Talisman
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon 1837–1915, English novelist; Lady Audley's Secret
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley 1930–1999, American fantasy and science fiction writer; The Door Through Space, The Firebrand
  • Anne Bradstreet 1612–1672, American poet and writer
  • Shannon Bramer born 1973, Canadian poet
  • Hannah Brand 1754–1821, English actress and playwright
  • Dionne Brand born 1953, Canadian poet, novelist and essayist
  • Giannina Braschi born 1953, Puerto Rican writer; Empire of Dreams, Yo-Yo Boing!, United States of Banana
  • Ann Brashares born 1967, author of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series
  • Lily Braun 1865–1916, German feminist writer
  • Libba Bray born 1964, American author of young adult novels; The Sweet Far Thing, Going Bovine
  • Angela Brazil 1868–1947, British writer
  • Jean "Binta" Breeze born 1956, Jamaican dub poet and storyteller
  • Fredrika Bremer 1801–1865, Swedish writer and feminist activist
  • Sophia Elisabet Brenner 1659–1730, Swedish writer, poet, feminist and salon hostess
  • Martha Wadsworth Brewster 1710–c 1757, American poet and writer; first American-born woman to publish under her own name
  • Patricia Briggs born 1965, American fantasy writer
  • Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright 1859–1945, "New Woman" writer and feminist
  • Vera Brittain 1893–1970, English writer, feminist and pacifist; Testament of Youth
  • Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić 1874–1938, Croatian children's writer, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times; Croatian Tales of Long Ago, The Marvelous Adventures and Misadventures of Hlapić the Apprentice
  • Erna Brodber born 1940, Jamaican novelist and sociologist
  • Anne Brontë 1820–1849, English novelist and poet; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Agnes Grey
  • Charlotte Brontë 1816–1855, English novelist and poet; Jane Eyre, Villette, Shirley
  • Emily Brontë 1818–1848, English novelist and poet; Wuthering Heights
  • Emma Brooke 1844-1926, "New Woman" novelist
  • Frances Brooke 1723–1789, English novelist, essayist, playwright and translator
  • Anita Brookner 1928–2016, English novelist and art historian; Hotel du Lac
  • Geraldine Brooks born 1955, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March
  • Gwendolyn Brooks 1917–2000, American writer; Annie Allen, We Real Cool
  • Nicole Brossard born 1943, French Canadian formalist poet and novelist
  • Rhoda Broughton 1840–1920, English novelist
  • Olga Broumas born 1949, Greek poet, living in the United States
  • Helen Gurley Brown 1922-2012, American author, publisher, and businesswoman
  • Pat Brown born 1955, true crime author, criminal profiler
  • Rebecca Brown born 1956, American author
  • Frances Browne 1816–1887, Irish poet and novelist
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–1861, English poet; Aurora Leigh
  • Andrée Brunin 1937–1993, French poet
  • Mary Brunton 1778–1818, Scottish novelist
  • Colette Bryce born 1970, poet from Northern Ireland
  • Bryher aka Annie Winifred Ellerman 1894–1983, English novelist, poet, memoirist, and magazine editor
  • Maria Elizabeth Budden c 1780–1832, English novelist, translator, and children's writer
  • Pearl S Buck 1892–1973, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author; The Good Earth
  • Andrea Hollander Budy born 1947, American poet
  • Buffalo Bird Woman 1839–1932, Native American Hidatsa writer
  • Anna Bülow died 1519, Swedish writer, translator and abbess
  • Anna Bunina 1774–1829, Russian poet
  • Erika Burkart 1922–2010, Swiss poet and writer in German
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett 1849–1924, English playwright and children's writer; The Secret Garden
  • Frances Burney 1752–1840, English novelist, diarist and playwright; Evelina
  • Frances Burney 1776–1828, English author of closet drama and governess
  • Sarah Burney 1772–1844, English novelist
  • Margaret Busby, Ghanaian publisher, journalist, and dramatist
  • Olivia Ward Bush 1869–1944, American author, poet and journalist
  • Abena Busia 1953– , Ghanaian poet and academic
  • Akosua Busia 1966– , Ghanaian actress, novelist and screenwriter
  • Christine Busta 1915–1987, Austrian poet
  • Sharon Butala born 1940, Canadian novelist
  • Octavia Butler 1947–2006, American science fiction writer; Patternist series, Lilith's Brood
  • Susan Bulkeley Butler, American motivational author
  • Mary Butts 1890–1937, English modernist writer
  • A S Byatt born 1936, English novelist and poet; Possession: A Romance, Angels & Insects
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  • Meg Cabot born 1967, American author; The Princess Diaries
  • Caroline Caddy born 1944, Australian poet
  • Florence Caddy 1837–1923, English writer
  • Cai Wenji born 177, Chinese poet and composer
  • Mona Caird c 1854–1932, Scottish novelist and essayist
  • Taylor Caldwell 1900–1985, Anglo-American novelist
  • Hortense Calisher 1911–2009, American writer
  • Maria Callcott 1785–1842, English author of children's books and travel writings
  • Bebe Moore Campbell 1950–2006, American novelist
  • Marion May Campbell born 1948, Australian novelist and academic
  • Dorothy Canfield 1879–1958, American author; Understood Betsy
  • May Wedderburn Cannan 1893–1973, British poet
  • Minna Canth 1844–1897, Finnish writer and social activist
  • Lan Cao born 1961, Vietnamese American writer; Monkey Bridge; The Lotus and the Storm
  • Jacqueline Carey born 1964, American fantasy novelist; Kushiel's Legacy
  • Rosa Nouchette Carey 1840–1909, English novelist and children's writer
  • Leonora Carrington born 1917, British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter and novelist
  • Catherine Carswell 1879–1946, Scottish writer
  • Angela Carter 1940–1992, English novelist and journalist; Nights at the Circus, The Bloody Chamber
  • Elizabeth Carter 1717–1806, English poet, writer and Bluestocking
  • Caroline Carver
  • Lisa Crystal Carver born 1968, American writer
  • Alice Cary 1820–1871, American poet, sister of Phoebe Cary
  • Elizabeth Cary 1585–1639, English playwright; The Tragedy of Mariam
  • Phoebe Cary 1824–1871, American poet, sister of Alice Cary
  • Adelaide Casely-Hayford 1868–1960, Sierra Leonean short-story writer and educator
  • Gladys May Casely-Hayford 1901–1950, Sierra Leonean poet
  • Kathryn Casey, American true crime author, novelist and journalist
  • Deirdre Cash 1924–1963, Criena Rohan, Australian novelist
  • Kristin Cashore, American fantasy author; Graceling
  • P C Cast 1960, American author; House of Night
  • Rosario Castellanos 1925–1974, Mexican poet and author
  • Ana Castillo born 1953, Mexican-American novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist
  • Elisabeth Castonier 1894–1975, German-born children's writer and journalist writing in German and English
  • Rosalía de Castro 1837–1885, Galician writer and poet
  • Willa Cather 1873–1947, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author; My Ántonia, O Pioneers!
  • Catherine of Bologna 1413–1463, Italian religious writer and saint
  • Catherine of Genoa St Catherine, 1447–1510, Genoese writer and mystic
  • Catherine of Ricci 1522–1590, Italian religious writer and saint
  • Jane Cavendish 1620/21–1669, English poet and playwright
  • Margaret Cavendish 1623–1673, English poet, philosopher, essayist, playwright, and writer of fiction; The Blazing World
  • Susannah Centlivre 1667–1723, English playwright and poet
  • Laura Cereta 1469–1499, Italian humanist
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha 1951–1982, American novelist and artist; Dictee
  • Françoise Chandernagor born 1945, French novelist and playwright
  • Elizabeth Margaret Chandler 1807–1834, American poet and writer; first woman writer in America to make the abolition of slavery her principal theme
  • Diana Chang born 1934, Chinese American novelist and poet
  • Hester Chapone 1727–1801, English writer and Bluestocking
  • Charlotte Charke 1713–1760, English actress, playwright, novelist, and autobiographer
  • Isabelle de Charrière 1740–1805, Dutch novelist writing in French
  • Lidia Charskaya 1875–1938, popular Russian novelist
  • Noëlle Châtelet born 1944, French essayist, novelist and story writer
  • Subhadra Kumari Chauhan 1904–1948, Indian poet famous for her emotionally charged Hindi songs
  • Daína Chaviano born 1960, Cuban writer; The Island of Eternal Love
  • Mavis Cheek born c 1948, English novelist
  • Ying Chen born 1961, Chinese Canadian author
  • Cheng Naishan 1946–2013 Shanghainese/Hong Kongese novelist and non-fiction writer of the pre-revolutionary era
  • Kelly Cherry born 1940, American, novelist, poet, story writer, essayist, memoirist, book reviewer, translator
  • C J Cherryh born 1942, American sci-fi and fantasy author; Downbelow Station, Cyteen
  • Helmina von Chézy 1783–1856, German poet, playwright and librettist
  • Lydia Maria Child 1802–1880, American poet, novelist and journalist; Over the River and through the Woods
  • Alice Childress 1916–1994, African-American playwright and novelist
  • Mei Chin born 1977, American writer and food critic
  • Paulina Chiziane born 1955, Mozambiquean novelist and short story writer
  • Joanna Chmielewska born 1932, Polish writer
  • Pema Chödrön born 1936, American Buddhist author
  • Choi Jeong-rye born 1955, Korean poet
  • Mary Cholmondeley 1859–1925, English novelist
  • Kate Chopin 1851–1904, American novelist and short story writer; The Awakening
  • Helene Christaller 1872–1953, German children's novelist
  • Kate Christensen 1962, American novelist; In The Drink, Jeremy Thrane, The Great Man
  • Agatha Christie 1890–1976, British crime writer; The Mousetrap, The Seven Dials Mystery
  • Chrystos born 1946, Menominee rights activist and poet
  • Lady Mary Chudleigh 1656–1710, English poet, essayist and writer; The Ladies' Defence
  • Lydia Chukovskaya 1907–1996, Soviet/Russian writer; Sofia Petrovna
  • Ismat Chughtai 1915–1991, Indian Urdu writer
  • Chun Woon-young 1971, Korean author
  • Caryl Churchill born 1938, English playwright; A Mouthful of Birds
  • Sandra Cisneros born 1954, American novelist and short story writer; The House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
  • Hélène Cixous born 1937, Algerian-born French poet, playwright and philosopher
  • Amy Clampitt 1920–1994, American poet and author
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Margaret Clark 1964, American historian, writer, and educator
  • Mary Higgins Clark born 1927, American suspense novelist; A Stranger is Watching, A Cry in the Night
  • Amy Key Clarke 1892–1980, English mystical poet, author and teacher
  • Gillian Clarke born 1937, Welsh poet, playwright, editor, broadcaster, lecturer and translator
  • Margareta Clausdotter died 1486, Swedish writer and abbess
  • Beverly Cleary born 1916, American author; The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Kate McPhelim Cleary 1863–1905, American novelist and story writer
  • Joceline Clemencia 1952–2011, Afro-Curaçaoan writer and linguist
  • Carmen Clemente Travieso 1900–1983, Venezuelan journalist and women's biographer
  • Cleobulina fl c 550 BC, Greek poet
  • Michelle Cliff born 1946, Jamaican-American author; No Telephone to Heaven
  • Lucille Clifton 1936–2010, American poet, writer and educator
  • Caroline Clive 1801–1872, English poet and novelist
  • Catherine Clive Kitty, 1711–1785, English actress and dramatist
  • Wendy Coakley-Thompson born 1966, American novelist; What You Won't Do for Love
  • Florence Earle Coates 1850–1927, American poet
  • Frances Power Cobbe 1822–1904, Irish writer and suffragist
  • Alice Rollit Coe 1858–1940, Canadian-American author
  • Gabrielle de Coignard 1550–1586, French poet
  • Frona Eunice Wait Colburn 1859–1946, American journalist, author of short stories and books
  • Norma Cole born 1945, American poet, visual artist, and translator
  • Wanda Coleman born 1946, American poet
  • Christabel Rose Coleridge 1843–1921, English novelist and editor
  • Mary Elizabeth Coleridge 1861–1907, English novelist and poet
  • Sara Coleridge 1802–1852, English writer and translator
  • Colette 1873–1954, French novelist; Gigi
  • Merle Collins born 1950, Grenadian poet and short-story writer
  • Suzanne Collins born 1962, American novelist; The Hunger Games
  • Vittoria Colonna 1490–1547, Italian poet and marchioness
  • Mary Colum 1884–1957, Irish literary critic and author
  • Anne Compton born 1947, Canadian poet, critic, and anthologist
  • Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884–1969, English novelist; Pastors and Masters
  • Maryse Condé born 1937, Guadeloupean novelist
  • Helen Gray Cone 1859–1934, poet and professor of English literature
  • Consort Ban Ban Jieyu, Lady Pan, c 48—c 6 BC, Chinese scholar and poet
  • Eliza Cook 1818–1889, English poet
  • Marvel Cooke 1903–2000, American journalist and writer
  • Elizabeth Cook-Lynn born 1930, Crow Creek Lakota Sioux editor, essayist, poet, novelist, and academic; Wíčazo Ša Review
  • Ina Coolbrith born Josephine Anna Smith 1841–1928, first poet laureate of California, first public librarian in California
  • Deborah Coonts, American romance, mystery and humor novelist and lawyer
  • J California Cooper, African-American playwright, novelist and short story writer
  • Wendy Cope born 1945, English poet
  • Esther Copley 1786–1851, English religious and children's writer
  • Marguerite Coppin 1867–1931, Poet Laureate of Belgium
  • Marie Corelli 1855–1924, English novelist
  • Corinna Κόριννα, 6th century BC, Greek poet
  • Cornificia c 85–c 40 BC, Roman poet and writer of epigrams
  • Caroline Cornwallis 1786–1858, English writer on education, philosophy and science
  • Jane Cornwallis 1581–1659, English letter writer
  • Patricia Cornwell born 1956, American crime writer; Body of Evidence, Cruel and Unusual
  • Anita Cornwell born 1923, American author
  • Jayne Cortez born 1936, American poet and performance artist
  • Sophie Ristaud Cottin 1770–1807, French novelist
  • Hedwig Courths-Mahler 1867–1950, German novelist
  • Arlette Cousture born 1948, Canadian writer
  • Dani Couture born 1978, Canadian poet and novelist
  • Hannah Cowley 1743–1809, English playwright and poet
  • Dinah Mulock Craik 1826–1887, English novelist; John Halifax, Gentleman
  • Helen Craik 1751–1825, Scottish novelist
  • Margaret Craven 1901–1980, American novelist; I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Isabella Valancy Crawford 1850–1887, Canadian poet
  • Susan P Crawford born 1963, American professor of law
  • Hélisenne de Crenne 1510–1552, French novelist, epistolary writer and translator
  • Ann Batten Cristall 1769–1848, English poet
  • Bithia Mary Croker 1849–1920, Irish-born Anglo-Indian writer
  • M T C Cronin born 1963, Australian writer
  • Camilla Dufour Crosland 1812–1895, English writer and poet
  • Elsa Cross born 1946, Mexican poet and essayist
  • Catherine Crowe 1800–1876, English dramatist, novelist, and author of children's books
  • Helen Cruickshank 1886–1975, Scottish poet writing in Braid Scots and English
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 1651–1695, Mexican poet and playwright
  • Maria Susanna Cummins 1827–1866, American novelist; The Lamplighter
  • Lady Margaret Cunningham died c 1622, Scottish memoirist and correspondent
  • Dymphna Cusack 1902–1981, Australian author; Come In Spinner
  • Julie E Czerneda born 1955, Canadian sci-fi and fantasy author
  • Mary Crow Dog born 1953, Native American writer and activist; Lakota Woman
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  • HD Hilda Doolittle 1886–1961, American poet, novelist and memoirist
  • Anne Dacier 1645–1720, French scholar and classical translator
  • Jordan Dane born 1953, American thriller writer
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga born 1959, Zimbabwean author and filmmaker; Nervous Conditions
  • Edwidge Danticat born 1969, Haitian-American novelist; Breath, Eyes, Memory
  • Catherine d'Amboise 1475–1550, French writer and poet
  • Tullia d'Aragona c 1510–1556, Italian writer, philosopher and courtesan
  • Tina Darragh born 1950, American language poet
  • Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Australian fantasy novelist and short story writer; Bitterbynde trilogy
  • Clare_B_Dunkle born 1964, American children's fantasy author and librarian
  • Amma Darko born 1956, Ghanaian novelist
  • Marie Darrieussecq born 1969, French-Basque novelist
  • Helen Darville Helen Dale, Helen Demidenko born 1972, Australian journalist and novelist
  • Kamala Das born 1932, poet and short story writer
  • Madame d'Aulnoy c 1650s–1705, French writer of fairy tales
  • Marcia Davenport 1903–1996, American novelist, biographer and memoirist; The Valley of Decision, My Brother's Keeper
  • Selina Davenport 1779–1859, English novelist who wrote about and for women
  • Henriette Davidis 1801–1876, German cookbook writer
  • Joy Davidman born Helen Joy Davidman 1915–1960, writer and poet
  • Angela Davis born 1944, American philosopher and political activist
  • Dorothy Salisbury Davis born 1916, American mystery novelist
  • Kyra Davis born 1972, American novelist
  • Rebecca Harding Davis 1831–1910, American journalist and novelist; Life in the Iron Mills
  • Mary Davys 1674–1732, Irish novelist and playwright
  • Elizabeth Dawbarn died 1839, English writer on religion and child care
  • Laura Day born 1959, American writer of self-help books
  • Maria Dąbrowska 1889–1965, Polish writer
  • Shobhaa De born 1947, Indian journalist and novelist; Starry Nights
  • Aurora de Albornoz 1926–1990, Spanish poet
  • Claude de Bectoz fl mid-16th century, French writer and philosopher
  • Teresa de Cartagena born c 1425, Spanish religious writer
  • Claude Catherine de Clermont 1543–1603, French scholar and courtier
  • Hélisenne de Crenne real name Marguerite Briet, c 1510–post 1552, French novelist, letter writer and translator
  • Ana de Jesús 1545–1621, Spanish writer, poet and nun
  • Mazo de la Roche 1885–1961, Canadian novelist in English; Jalna series
  • Christine de Pizan 1363–c 1430, Venetian poet writing in French
  • Florencia del Pinar 15th century, Spanish poet
  • Pamela Dean born 1953, American novelist; Tam Lin
  • Kathryn Deans, Australian children's fantasy author
  • Françoise d'Eaubonne 1920–2005, French feminist essayist and science fiction novelist; ecofeminism
  • Ellen DeGeneres born 1958, American writer, comedian, television host, and actress
  • E M Delafield 1890–1943, English novelist and memoirist
  • Lucy Delaney c 1830–c 1890, American memoirist
  • Mary Delany 1700–1788, English letter-writer and Bluestocking
  • Lucie Delarue-Mardrus 1874–1945, French poet, novelist and journalist
  • Yanette Delétang-Tardif 1902–1976, French poet, translator, literary reviewer and novelist
  • Ella Cara Deloria 1888–1971, American ethnographer, Sioux oral historian and novelist
  • Enid Derham 1882–1941, Australian poet
  • Regina Derieva born 1949, Russian poet and writer
  • Anita Desai born 1937, Indian novelist; In Custody
  • Kiran Desai born 1971, Indian novelist; The Inheritance of Loss
  • Marceline Desbordes-Valmore 1786–1859, French poet
  • Anne Desclos writing as Dominique Aury and Pauline Réage 1907–1998, French journalist and novelist
  • Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières 1638–1694, French poet
  • Virginie Despentes born 1969, French novelist
  • Babette Deutsch 1895–1982, American poet, critic, translator, and novelist
  • Mary Deverell 1731–1805, English religious writer and poet
  • Ashapoorna Devi 1909–1995, Bengali novelist and poet
  • Mahasweta Devi born 1926, Bengali-Indian journalist and novelist
  • Caroline Dexter 1819–1884, English-Australian feminist journalist
  • Dhuoda c 803–c 843, Frankish moralist writing in Latin; Liber Manualis
  • Kate DiCamillo born 1964, American children's author
  • Emily Dickinson 1830–1886, American poet
  • Joan Didion born 1934, American journalist, essayist and novelist
  • Alice Mangold Diehl 1844–1912, English novelist and musician
  • Annie Dillard born 1945, American nonfiction writer, poet, essayist and novelist; Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Blaga Dimitrova 1922–2003, Bulgarian poet and former Vice President of Bulgaria
  • Isak Dinesen 1885–1962, Danish novelist; Out of Africa
  • Diane di Prima born 1934, American poet
  • Kelly DiPucchio born 1967, children's author
  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni born 1956, Indian-American poet, novelist and short story writer; Mistress of Spices
  • Lady Florence Dixie 1855–1905, Scottish feminist travel writer, war correspondent and novelist
  • Assia Djebar born 1936, Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker
  • Valentina Dmitryeva 1859–1947, Russian/Soviet writer; Hveska, the Doctor's Watchman
  • Rosemary Dobson born 1920, Australian poet
  • Mary Mapes Dodge 1831–1905, American children's writer; Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates
  • Berlie Doherty born 1943, English novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter and children's writer
  • Hilde Domin 1909–2006, German poet
  • Emma Donoghue born 1969, Irish-Canadian novelist; Hood
  • Doris Dörrie born 1955, German novelist and film director
  • Lyubov Dostoyevskaya 1869–1926, Russian writer;The Emigrant
  • Sarah Doudney 1841–1926, English children's writer and poet
  • O Douglas, pen name of Anna Buchan 1877–1948, Scottish novelist
  • Maro Douka born 1947, Greek novelist
  • Sara Douglass Sara Warneke born 1957, Australian fantasy novelist; the Axis trilogy
  • Mabel Dove Danquah 1910–1984, Ghanaian short-story writer and journalist
  • Rita Dove born 1952, American poet; Thomas and Beulah
  • Unity Dow born 1959, Botswanan human rights activist and novelist
  • Margaret Drabble born 1939, English novelist and biographer; The Millstone
  • Judith Drake late 17th century, English feminist essayist
  • Ingeborg Drewitz 1923–1986, German playwright and novelist
  • Celia Dropkin 1887–1956, Berorussian-American Yiddish-language poet
  • Annette von Droste-Hülshoff 1797–1848, German poet
  • Ree Drummond
  • Carol Ann Duffy born 1955, Scottish poet and playwright; first female and first Scottish Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
  • Daphne du Maurier 1907–1989, English novelist; Rebecca
  • Marilyn Dumont born 1955, First Nations Canadian poet
  • Sarah Dunant born 1950, English genre novelist; The Birth of Venus
  • Alice Dunbar Nelson 1875–1935, American poet, journalist and political activist
  • Lois Duncan born 1934, American young adult thriller writer; I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Elaine Dundy 1931–2008, American journalist, novelist and biographer
  • Clare_B_Dunkle born 1964, American children's fantasy author and librarian
  • Dương Thu Hương born 1947, Vietnamese dissident and novelist; Paradise of the Blind
  • Rachel Blau DuPlessis born 1941, American poet and essayist, known as a feminist critic and scholar
  • Mary Durack 1913–1994, Australian historical novelist and children's writer
  • Claire de Duras 1777–1828, French novelist; Ourika
  • Marguerite Duras Marguerite Donnadieu 1914–1996, French novelist, playwright and screenwriter; L'Amant, Hiroshima mon amour
  • Karen Duve born 1961, German novelist and story writer
  • Guerguina Dvoretzka, Bulgarian poet and journalist
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  • Edith Maude Eaton, aka Sui Sin Far 1865–1914, Chinese-English-Canadian novelist
  • Winnifred Eaton, aka Watanna Onoto 1875–1954, Chinese-English-Canadian-American novelist and short story writer
  • Margareta Ebner, 1291–1351, German diarist and mystic
  • Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach 1830–1916, Austrian novelist
  • Leigh Eddings 1939–2007, American fantasy novelist
  • Emily Eden 1797–1869, English novelist and poet
  • Zee Edgell born 1940, Belizean novelist; Beka Lamb
  • Maria Edgeworth 1767–1849, English-born Irish novelist; Castle Rackrent
  • Egeria Aetheria fl AD 381–4, Gallic pilgrim and correspondent writing in Latin
  • Barbara Ehrenreich born 1941, American feminist, socialist and political activist
  • Marianne Ehrenström 1773–1867, Swedish writer
  • Roza Eldarova born 1923, Soviet writer and politician writing in Russian
  • Elephantis fl late 1st century BC, Greek erotic poet
  • George Eliot born Marian Evans, 1819–1880, English novelist and poet; The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch
  • Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine in German: Liselotte von der Pfalz, 1652–1722, German correspondent
  • Elizabeth F Ellet 1818–1877, American writer, historian and poet
  • Elizabeth Elstob 1683–1756, English feminist scholar and translator
  • Diamela Eltit born 1949, Chilean novelist
  • Lynn Emanuel born 1949, American poet
  • Buchi Emecheta born 1944, Nigerian novelist; The Bride Price
  • Claudia Emerson born 1957, American poet; won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Carol Emshwiller born 1921, American novelist and short story writer
  • Dorothe Engelbretsdotter 1634–1716, Norway's first recognized female author
  • Isobel English 1920–1994, English novelist; Every Eye
  • Enchi Fumiko Fumi Ueda, 1905–1986, Japanese playwright, novelist and short story writer
  • Marian Engel 1933–1985, Canadian novelist
  • Enheduanna 2285–2250 BCE, Sumerian royal priestess and poet
  • Nora Ephron 1941–2012, American film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist
  • Louise Erdrich born 1954, American novelist, poet and children's writer
  • Erinna Ἤριννα, fl c 600 BC, Greek poet
  • Anastasia Eristavi-Khoshtaria 1868–1951, Georgian novelist
  • Annie Ernaux born 1940, French novelist and autobiographer
  • Florbela Espanca 1894–1930, Portuguese poet
  • Nataly von Eschstruth 1860–1939, German novelist
  • Laura Esquivel born 1950, Mexican novelist; Like Water for Chocolate
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estés born 1945, American poet
  • Eleanor Estes 1906–1988, American children's writer; The Moffats, Ginger Pye
  • Parvin E'tesami 1907–1941, Persian poet of Iran
  • Janet Evanovich born 1943, American novelist; Stephanie Plum series
  • Augusta Jane Evans 1835–1909, American novelist
  • Mari Evans born 1923, American poet, playwright and children's writer
  • Matilda Jane Evans Maud Jean Franc, 1827–1886, Australian novelist
  • Juliana Horatia Ewing 1841–1885, English children's writer
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  • Diane Fahey born 1945, Australian poet
  • Diane Fanning, American true crime author and novelist
  • Ursula Fanthorpe born 1929, English poet
  • Nancy Farmer born 1941, American young adult and children's novelist; The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
  • Penelope Farmer born 1939, English children's novelist; Charlotte Sometimes
  • Forough Farrokhzad 1935–1967, Iranian poet and film director
  • Margaretta Faugères 1771–1801, American poet
  • Jesse Redmon Fauset 1882–1961, American poet, essayist and novelist; Plum Bun
  • Else Feldmann 1884–1942, Austrian playwright, poet and novelist
  • Edna Ferber 1885–1968, American novelist and playwright; Show Boat
  • Charlene "Charlie" Fern born 1968, American speechwriter to Laura Bush
  • Fanny Fern 1811–1872, American columnist, humorist, novelist, and children's writer; Ruth Hall
  • Roberta Fernández, American novelist, scholar, critic and arts advocate
  • Renée Ferrer de Arréllaga born 1944, Paraguayan poet and novelist
  • Susan Edmonstoune Ferrier 1782–1854, Scottish novelist
  • Rachel Field 1894–1942, American novelist, poet, and children's writer; Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
  • Helen Fielding born 1958, English novelist; Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Sarah Fielding 1710–1768, English novelist
  • Jennie Fields 1953–, American novelist
  • Celia Fiennes 1662–1741, English travel writer
  • Sia Figiel born 1967, Samoan poet and novelist
  • Adelaide Filleul 1761–1836, French novelist
  • Anne Finch Countess of Winchilsea, 1661–1720, English poet
  • Annie Finch born 1956, American poet, translator and critic
  • Anne Fine
  • M F K Fisher 1908–1992, American food writer
  • Penelope Fitzgerald 1916–2000, English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer
  • Louise Fitzhugh 1928–1974, American author and illustrator of children's books; Harriet the Spy
  • Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Fannie Flagg born 1944, American screenwriter and novelist; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
  • Marieluise Fleißer 1901–1974, German playwright
  • Marjorie Marjory Fleming 1803–1811, Scottish child diarist and poet
  • Zénaïde Fleuriot 1829–1890, French novelist
  • Lynn Flewelling born 1958, American novelist; Nightrunner
  • Winifred Foley 1914–2009, English autobiographer
  • Mary Hallock Foote 1847–1938, American novelist
  • Jolán Földes 1902–1963, Hungarian novelist
  • Esther Forbes 1891–1967, American novelist and children's writer; Johnny Tremain
  • Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force 1654–1724, French novelist and poet
  • Olga Forsh 1873–1961, Russian/Soviet writer; Palace and Prison
  • Margaret Forster born 1938, English novelist and biographer
  • Hannah Webster Foster 1758–1840, American novelist; The Coquette
  • Karen Joy Fowler born 1950, American novelist and short story writer
  • Janet Frame 1924–2004, New Zealand novelist and autobiographer
  • Marie de France fl 12th century, poet in Anglo-Norman French
  • Annie Francé-Harrar 1886–1971, Austrian writer and scientist
  • Suzanne Francis born 1959, English fantasy author
  • Julia Franck born 1970, German novelist
  • Veronica Franco 1546–1591, Italian poet and courtesan
  • Louise von François 1817–1893, German novelist
  • Anne Frank Anna, 1929–1945, German-born Dutch diarist; The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Miles Franklin 1879–1954, Australian feminist writer; My Brilliant Career
  • Antonia Fraser born 1932, English genre novelist and biographer; Mary, Queen of Scots, Quiet as a Nun
  • Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman 1852–1930, American novelist and short story writer
  • Raquel Freire born 1973, Portuguese film director, screenwriter and novelist
  • Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle 1778–1857, English diarist
  • Anna Freud 1895–1982, Austrian and British psychoanalytic writer
  • Gayleen Froese born 1972, Canadian mystery novelist and songwriter
  • Eva Margareta Frölich 1650–1692, Swedish writer
  • Claire Fuller living, English novelist
  • Margaret Fuller 1810–1850, American feminist journalist
  • Mary Eliza Fullerton 1868–1946, Australian feminist poet, short story writer, journalist and novelist
  • Alice Fulton born 1952, American author, poet
  • Cornelia Funke born 1958, German children's writer; The Thief Lord, Inkheart trilogy
  • Bilkisu Funtuwa, Nigerian novelist
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  • Ekaterine Gabashvili 1851–1938, Georgian feminist novelist
  • Frances Dana Barker Gage 1808–1884, American writer, poet, reformer, feminist and abolitionist
  • Jeannine Hall Gailey born 1973, American poet and critic
  • Mary Gaitskill born 1954, American essayist, novelist and short story writer
  • Kate Gale born 1965, American poet, librettist and independent publisher
  • Zona Gale 1874–1938, American novelist and playwright
  • Mavis Gallant born 1922, Canadian-French short story-writer
  • Tess Gallagher born 1943, American poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright
  • Karina Galvez born 1964, Ecuadorian poet
  • Alisa Ganieva pseudonym Gulla Khirachev born 1985, Russian writer and essayist
  • Jane Gardam born 1928, British author of children's and adult fiction
  • Helen Garner born 1942, Australian novelist and journalist; The Children's Bach
  • Constance Garnett 1861–1946, English translator from Russian
  • Elizabeth Gaskell 1810–1865, English novelist and biographer; Cranford
  • Whitney Gaskell born 1972, American novelist
  • Nathalie Gassel born 1964, Belgian feminist writer
  • Pauline Gedge born 1945, Canadian genre novelist
  • Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de Genlis Madame de Genlis; 1746–1830, French novelist, playwright and children's writer
  • Elizabeth George born 1949, American mystery novelist; The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
  • Margaret George born 1943, American historical novelist
  • Amy Gerstler born 1956, American poet
  • Gertrud von Helfta 1256–c 1302, saint and mystic writing in Latin
  • Amélie Gex 1835–1883, French poet and writer in French and Franco-Provençal
  • Kaye Gibbons born 1960, American novelist; Ellen Foster
  • Stella Gibbons 1902–1989, English novelist, journalist and short story writer; Cold Comfort Farm
  • Ellen Gilchrist born 1935, American novelist, short story writer, and poet
  • ElizaBeth Gilligan, American fantasy novelist
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1860–1935, American sociologist, author, poet and lecturer for social reform; Herland
  • Mary Gilmore 1865–1962, Australian socialist poet and journalist
  • Beryl Gilroy 1924–2001, Guyanese novelist
  • Nikki Giovanni born 1943, African American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator
  • Diane Glancy born 1941, American poet, novelist and playwright
  • Ellen Glasgow 1873–1945, American novelist
  • Susan Glaspell 1876–1948, American novelist and playwright
  • Madeline Gleason 1903–1979, American poet and dramatist
  • Louise Glück born 1943, American poet; 42nd US Poet Laureate
  • Marita Golden born 1950, African-American novelist and non-fiction writer
  • Emma Goldman 1869–1940, Lithuanian-American anarchist writer
  • Claire Goll 1890–1977, German-born poet and novelist writing in German and French
  • Jewelle Gomez born 1948, American poet, critic and playwright
  • Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda 1814–1873, Cuban novelist, playwright and poet; Sab
  • Lorna Goodison born 1947, Jamaican poet
  • Allegra Goodman born 1967, American novelist
  • Nadine Gordimer born 1923, South African writer, political activist and Nobel Prize in literature laureate
  • Catherine Gore 1799–1861, British novelist and dramatist
  • Hedwig Gorski born 1949, American performance poet and avant-garde artist
  • Hiromi Goto born 1966, Canadian novelist
  • Olympe de Gouges 1748–1793, French journalist during the Revolution
  • Posie Graeme-Evans born 1952, English-Australian historical novelist and screenwriter
  • Agnieszka Graff born 1970, Polish feminist academic writer and essayist
  • Françoise de Graffigny 1695–1758, French novelist and playwright
  • Sue Grafton born 1940, American mystery novelist; Kinsey Millhone series "A" Is for Alibi, etc
  • Jorie Graham born 1950, American poet
  • Anna Katharine Green 1846–1935, American mystery novelist; Marked "Personal"
  • Miriam Green, South African academic now living in England
  • Debora Greger born 1949, American poet and visual artist
  • Bette Greene born 1934, American author of children and young adult's books
  • Linda Gregg born 1942, American poet
  • Simonetta Greggio born 1961, Italian-born novelist writing in French
  • Lady Gregory 1852–1932, Irish folklore revivalist and playwright
  • Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg 1633–1694, Austrian poet
  • Elizabeth Griffith c 1727–1793, Irish dramatist, fiction writer, essayist, and actress
  • Martha Grimes born 1931, American mystery novelist; Richard Jury series
  • Charlotte Forten Grimké 1837–1914, American anti-slavery activist and poet
  • Angelina Weld Grimke 1880–1958, American journalist and poet
  • Eliza Griswold born 1973, American journalist and poet
  • Claudine Guérin de Tencin 1682–1749, French literary patron and novelist
  • Guðrún Helgadóttir born 1935, Icelandic children's writer
  • Judith Guest born 1936, American novelist and screenwriter; Ordinary People
  • Pernette Du Guillet c 1520–1545, French poet
  • Guji, Princess of Joseon died 1489, Korean writer, poet and dancer
  • Karoline von Günderrode 1780–1806, German poet
  • Eileen Gunn born 1945, American short story writer and editor
  • Elizabeth Gunn, American mystery novelist
  • Susannah Gunning c 1740–1800, English novelist
  • Elena Guro 1877–1913, Russian Futurist writer; The Little Camels of the Sky
  • Rosa Guy 1922–2012, Trinidad-born American writer of fiction for adults and young people
  • Emma Jane Guyton 1825–1887, English novelist and editor
  • Beth Gylys born 1964, American poet and professor
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  • Ha Seong-ran 1967, Korean author
  • Maria Hack 1777–1844, English children's writer
  • Marilyn Hacker born 1942, American poet, translator and critic
  • Jessica Hagedorn born 1949, Filipino American poet, playwright and novelist
  • Ida, Countess of Hahn-Hahn 1805–1880, German novelist
  • Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey born 1938, American novelist and playwright
  • Gisèle Halimi born 1927, French-Tunisian feminist essayist
  • Anna Maria Mrs S C Hall 1800–1881, Irish novelist
  • Radclyffe Hall 1880–1943, English novelist
  • Anne, Lady Halkett 1623–1699, English memoirist and religious essayist
  • Marion Rose Halpenny, English equestrian writer and author of the pioneering book British Racing and Racecourses
  • Jane Eaton Hamilton born 1954, Canadian short fiction writer and poet
  • Virginia Hamilton 1936–2002, American children's novelist; M C Higgins, the Great
  • Beatrice Hammer born 1963, French novelist and children's writer
  • Han Mahlsook born 1931, Korean novelist
  • Judith Hand born 1940, American novelist, essayist, and screenwriter
  • Nathalie Handal, Haitian-born American poet and playwright of Palestinian descent
  • Sophie Hannah born 1971, English poet and novelist; Little Face
  • Lorraine Hansberry 1930–1965, American playwright; A Raisin in the Sun
  • Bergtóra Hanusardóttir born 1946, Faroese novelist and short story writer
  • Hao Jingfang, Chinese novelist
  • Thea von Harbou 1888–1954, German novelist and screenwriter
  • Joy Harjo born 1951, American poet
  • Frances Harper 1825–1911, American poet and novelist; Iola Leroy
  • Yun-I Hyeong 1976, Korean author
  • Alice Harriman 1861–1925, American poet, and publisher; A Man of Two Countries, Wilt Thou Not Sing
  • Carla Harryman born 1952, American poet, essayist, and playwright; associated with the language poets
  • Petra Hartmann born 1970, German journalist, novelist and children's writer
  • Gwen Harwood 1920–1995, Australian poet and librettist
  • Mihri Hatun died 1506, female Ottoman poet
  • Marlen Haushofer 1920–1970, Austrian novelist and children's author
  • Paula Hawkins
  • Eliza Haywood 1693–1756, English novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and translator
  • Shirley Hazzard born 1931, American novelist, non-fiction and short-story writer
  • Bessie Head 1937–1986, Botswanan novelist, journalist and short story writer
  • Anne Hébert 1916–2000, Canadian poet and novelist; Kamouraska
  • Jennifer Michael Hecht born 1965, American poet, historian, philosopher and author
  • Allison Hedge Coke born 1958, American poet and writer
  • Hee Geum born 1979, Korean author
  • Ursula Hegi born 1946, German American novelist
  • Lyn Hejinian born 1941, American poet, essayist, translator and publisher
  • Heo Su-gyeong born 1964, Korean poet
  • Héloïse d’Argenteuil c 1101–1164, French scholar and abbess writing in Latin
  • Lillian Hellman 1905–1984, American playwright
  • Felicia Hemans 1793–1835, English-born Welsh poet writing in English
  • Beth Henley born 1952, American playwright and screenwriter
  • Emmy Hennings 1885–1948, German poet and performer
  • Marguerite Henry April 13, 1902–November 26, 1997, American writer of children's books, especially stories about horses
  • Luise Hensel 1798–1876, German religious writer and poet
  • Heo Nanseolheon 1563–1589, Korean female poet of the mid-Joseon dynasty
  • Mary Sidney Herbert 1561–1621, English poet, translator, and patron
  • Judith Hermann born 1970, German story writer
  • M Miriam Herrera, American author and poet
  • Karen Hesse born 1952, American children's novelist; Out of the Dust
  • Dorothy Hewett 1923–2002, Australian feminist poet, novelist, librettist and playwright
  • Eleanor Hibbert 1906–1993, English historical novelist countless pseudonyms; Murder Most Royal
  • Patricia Highsmith 1921–1995, American crime novelist and short story writer; Strangers on a Train
  • Hildegard of Bingen 1098–1179, German mystic, playwright and poet writing in Latin; Scivias
  • Lorna Hill 1902–1991, English children's novelist
  • Hilda Hilst 1930–2004, Brazilian poet, playwright and novelist
  • S E Hinton born 1948, American children's novelist; The Outsiders
  • Hồ Xuân Hương 1772–1822, Vietnamese poet born at the end of the Lê Dynasty
  • Laura Z Hobson 1900–1986, American novelist
  • Karla Höcker 1901–1992, German novelist and biographer
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman born 1955, American novelist and short story writer
  • Barbara Hofland 1770–1844, English children's writer and poet
  • Merle Hodge born 1944, Trinidadian novelist and critic
  • Linda Hogan born 1947, American poet, novelist and short story writer
  • Constance Holme 1880–1955, English novelist and playwright
  • Winifred Holtby 1898–1935, English novelist and journalist
  • Bell Hooks born 1952, American feminist academic
  • Ellen Sturgis Hooper 1812–1848, American poet, member of the Transcendental Club
  • Pauline Hopkins 1859–1930, American novelist, journalist and playwright
  • Nalo Hopkinson born 1960, Jamaican-Canadian novelist and short story writer
  • Marya Hornbacher born 1974, American author and freelance journalist
  • Janette Turner Hospital born 1942, Australian novelist and short story writer
  • Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, American author; Farewell to Manzanar
  • Julia Ward Howe 1819–1910, American abolitionist, social activist, and poet, most famous as the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
  • Fanny Howe born 1940, American poet, novelist, and short story writer
  • Susan Howe born 1937, American poet, scholar, essayist and critic; closely associated with the language poets
  • Ada Verdun Howell 1902–1981, Australian American poet
  • Anna Mary Howitt 1824–1884, English writer and feminist
  • Mary Howitt 1799–1888, English poet and children's writer; "The Spider and the Fly"
  • Hrotsvith von Gandersheim c 935–c 1002, German dramatist and poet writing in Latin
  • Huang E aka Huang Xiumei 1498–1569, Chinese poet of the Ming dynasty
  • Huarui Furen fl mid-10th century, Chinese poet
  • Ricarda Huch 1864–1947, German historian, novelist and poet
  • Frieda Hughes born 1960, English poet and painter
  • Marsha Hunt born 1946, American actress and novelist
  • Kristin Hunter 1931–2008, African-American novelist
  • Constance Hunting 1925–2006, American poet and publisher
  • Fannie Hurst 1885–1968, American novelist
  • Zora Neale Hurston 1891–1960, American novelist
  • Nancy Huston born 1953, Canadian novelist and essayist writing in French and English
  • Lucy Hutchinson 1620–1681, English biographer
  • Elspeth Huxley 1907–1997, English-Kenyan memoirist and journalist
  • Hwang Jung-eun 1867, author and podcaster
  • Hypatia c AD 350/70–415, Greek philosopher and mathematician
  • Yun-I Hyeong 1976, Korean author
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  • Eva Ibbotson 1925–2010, Austrian-born British novelist
  • Nilima Ibrahim 1921–2002, Bangladeshi writer
  • Elizabeth Inchbald 1753–1821, English novelist, actress, and dramatist; Lovers' Vows, A Simple Story
  • Rachel Ingalls born 1940, American novelist; Mrs Caliban
  • Jean Ingelow 1820–1897, English poet
  • Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir born 1942, Icelandic poet
  • Sylvia Iparraguirre born 1947, Argentine novelist
  • Lady Ise c 875–c 938, Japanese poet
  • Ise no Taiu or Taifu early 11th century, Japanese poet
  • Elizabeth Isichei born 1939, Nigerian author, historian and academic
  • Helen Ivory born 1969, English poet
  • Molly Ivins born 1944, American columnist
  • Princess Iwa 4th or 5th century, Japanese poet
  • Izumi Shikibu born c 976, Japanese poet
  • Ina Coolbrith born 1841, poet, writer, and librarian
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  • Noni Jabavu 1931–2008, South African memoirist and journalist
  • Helen Hunt Jackson 1830–1885, American novelist; Ramona
  • Shelley Jackson born 1963, Filipino American novelist, short story writer and essayist; Patchwork Girl
  • Shirley Jackson 1916–1965, American novelist and short story writer; "The Lottery"
  • Harriet Jacobs 1813–1897, American memoir writer; Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Annie Jacobsen
  • Josephine Jacobsen 1908–2003, American poet, short story writer, and critic; 21st US Poet Laureate
  • Frances Jacson 1754–1842, English novelist
  • Ada Jafarey born 1924, Pakistani Urdu poet
  • Rona Jaffe 1932–2005, American novelist; The Best of Everything
  • Svava Jakobsdóttir 1930–2004, Icelandic playwright and short story writer
  • Alice James 1848–1892, American diarist
  • P D James born 1920, English mystery novelist; Cover Her Face
  • Anna Brownell Jameson 1794–1860, Irish-born English writer on art and literature
  • Jang Eun-jin born 1976, Korean author
  • Elizabeth Janeway 1913–2005, American novelist
  • Éva Janikovszky 1926–2003, Hungarian author of children's books
  • Tama Janowitz born 1957, American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter; Slaves of New York
  • Lisa Jarnot born 1967, American poet
  • Jefimija 1349–1405, Serbian poet
  • Elfriede Jelinek born 1946, Austrian playwright, novelist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Gish Jen born 1956, American writer
  • Elizabeth Jennings 1926–2001, English poet
  • Jeon Gyeong-rin born 1962, Korean novelist
  • Jung Ihyun born 1972, Korean author
  • Sarah Orne Jewett 1849–1909, American novelist and short story writer
  • Geraldine Jewsbury 1812–1880, English novelist
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala born 1927, German-English-Indian-American novelist and screenwriter; Heat and Dust, A Room with a View, Howards End
  • Jindeok of Silla fl 647–654, Korean poet and queen
  • Empress Jitō 645–702, Japanese poet and empress
  • Rita Joe born 1932, Canadian poet
  • Oddvør Johansen born 1941, Faroese novelist
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson 1877–1966, American poet
  • Helene Johnson 1906–1995, American poet
  • Pauline Johnson 1861–1913, Canadian poet
  • Susannah Willard Johnson 1729–1810, American memoirist
  • Mary Johnston 1870–1936, American novelist
  • Diana Wynne Jones born 1934, British novelist, primarily of fantasy
  • Gayl Jones, born 1949, American novelist
  • Sandy Jones born 1943, American parenting writer
  • Erica Jong born 1942, American novelist; Fear of Flying
  • Ingrid Jonker 1933–1965, South African poet
  • Kishi Joō 929–985, Japanese poet
  • June Jordan 1936–2002, American poet, essayist, journalist, novelist, librettist and autobiography writer
  • Irena Jordanova born 1980, Macedonian author
  • Jenny Joseph born 1932, English poet
  • Heidi Julavits born 1968, American journalist and novelist
  • Julian of Norwich 1342–1416, English mystic
  • Miranda July born 1974, American writer and performance artist
  • Jung Mi-kyung born 1960, Korean novelist
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  • Kodagina Gowramma 1912–1939, Indian writer
  • Sheema Kalbasi born 1972, Iranian poet, producer, critic, blogger and human rights advocate
  • Julie Kane born 1952, American poet, scholar and editor; Louisiana Poet Laureate 2011–2013
  • Sarah Kane 1971–1999, English playwright of in-yer-face theater
  • Kang Sok-Kyong born, 1961, Korean author
  • Kang Young-sook born, 1966, Korean author
  • Anna Louisa Karsch 1722–1791, German poet and letter writer
  • Lady Kasa early 8th century, Japanese poet
  • Marie Luise Kaschnitz 1901–1974, German novelist and poet
  • Kassia 810–pre-865, Byzantine poet and composer writing in Greek
  • Gina Kaus 1893–1985, Austrian novelist and screenwriter
  • Julia Kavanagh 1824–1877, Irish novelist
  • Jackie Kay born 1961, Scottish poet and novelist; Trumpet
  • Kim Byeol-ah born 1969, Korean author
  • Annie Keary 1825–1879, English novelist and poet
  • Antigone Kefala born 1935, Australian poet and prose-writer of Greek-Romanian heritage
  • Helen Keller 1880–1968, American lecturer, essayist, and autobiography writer; Light in my Darkness
  • Gene Kemp born 1926, English children's writer
  • Margery Kempe c 1373–1438, English autobiographer and mystic
  • Margaret Kennedy 1896–1967, English novelist; The Constant Nymph
  • Judith Kerr born 1923, German-born English children's writer in English
  • Jessie Kesson 1916-1994, Scottish writer
  • Irmgard Keun 1905–1982, German novelist
  • Vénus Khoury-Ghata born 1937, Lebanese-French writer; former Miss Beirut
  • Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya 1824–1889, Russian novelist; The Boarding School Girl
  • Sue Monk Kidd born 1948, American writer; The Secret Life of Bees
  • Emelihter Kihleng, first Micronesian poet to publish a collection in English
  • Anne Killigrew 1660–1685, English poet
  • Dorothy Kilner 1755–1836, English children's writer
  • Ronyoung Kim 1926–1987, Korean American writer
  • Kim Jae-Young born 1966
  • Kim Mi-wol born 1977
  • Kim Seon-wu born 1970, Korean poet
  • Jamaica Kincaid born 1949, Antiguan American novelist; Annie John
  • Grace King 1852–1932, American short story writer and historian
  • Tabitha King born 1949, American novelist
  • Mary Kingsley 1862–1900, English explorer and scientific writer
  • Barbara Kingsolver born 1955, American novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist
  • Sarah Kirsch born 1935, German poet and translator
  • Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs born 1974, Faroese children's writer, poet and short story writer
  • Anne Knight 1792–1860, English children's writer
  • Maxine Hong Kingston born 1940, Chinese American novelist and academic
  • Karin Kiwus born 1942, German poet
  • Carolyn Kizer born 1925, American poet
  • Annette Kolb 1870–1967, German writer
  • Alexandra Kollontai 1872–1952, Russian/Soviet writer and important political figure; A Great Love
  • Gertrud Kolmar 1894–1943, German poet
  • Anna Komnene 1083–1183, Byzantine chronicler and emperor's daughter writing in Greek; Alexiad
  • Amalia Wilhelmina Königsmarck 1663–1740, Swedish noble, known as a dilettante artist painter, amateur actor, and poet
  • Maria Konopnicka 1842–1910, Polish novelist, poet, translator and essayist
  • Lina Kostenko born 1930, Ukrainian poet
  • Elizabeth Kostova born 1964, American novelist; The Historian
  • Helene Kottannerin fl 1430s, Hungarian memoirist writing in German
  • Sofia Kovalevskaya 1859–1891, Russian writer and major mathematician; Nihilist Girl
  • Hanna Krall born 1937, Polish writer, novelist, journalist
  • Julia Kristeva born 1941, Bulgarian-French critic, philosopher and novelist
  • Uma Krishnaswami born 1956, children's writer
  • Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir born 1949, Icelandic novelist
  • Gerður Kristný born 1970, Icelandic poet and novelist
  • Agota Kristof born 1935, Hungarian novelist writing in French
  • Dragana Kršenković Brković, Montenegrin writer, nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award six times
  • Maxine Kumin born 1925, American poet and children's novelist
  • Joanne Kyger born 1934, American poet; tied to the poets of Black Mountain, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the Beat generation
  • Jean Kwok, Chinese American novelist
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  • Mercedes Lackey born 1950, American fantasy novelist
  • Madame de La Fayette 1634–1693, French novelist; La Princesse de Clèves
  • Selma Lagerlöf 1858–1940, Swedish novelist and children's novelist, and 1909 Nobel Prize in Literature winner
  • Sinikka Laine born 1945, Finnish writer of young adult literature
  • Jhumpa Lahiri born 1967, Bengali American short story writer and novelist; won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies; also wrote The Namesake
  • Laila Lalami born 1968, Moroccan American journalist, essayist and novelist; Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
  • Lalleshwari aka Lalla, Lal Ded or Lal Arifa 1320–1392, mystic and poet; creator of the mystic poetry called vatsun, the earliest compositions in the Kashmiri language
  • Lady Caroline Lamb 1785–1828, English novelist
  • Mary Lamb 1764–1847, co-author with her brother Charles Lamb
  • Alice Elinor Lambert 1886–1981, American romance novelist
  • Anne Lamott born 1954, political activist, progressive and author of several novels and works of non-fiction
  • Leena Lander born 1955, Finnish novelist
  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon L E L 1802–1838, English poet and novelist
  • Margaret Landon 1903–1993, American novelist; Anna and the King of Siam
  • Jane Lane 1905–1978, British historical novelist and biographer
  • Katja Lange-Müller born 1951, German novelist
  • Elisabeth Langgässer 1899–1950, German poet and novelist
  • Eve Langley 1908–1974, Australian novelist
  • Aemilia Lanyer 1569–1645, English poet
  • Alda Lara 1930–1962, Angolan poet
  • Lucy Larcom 1824–1893, millgirl, frequent contributor to the Lowell Offering, published four books of poetry in her lifetime
  • Rebecca Hammond Lard 1772–1855, American poet; first poet of Indiana
  • Claudia Lars 1899–1974, Salvadoran poet
  • Nella Larsen 1891–1964, American novelist and short story writer
  • Sophie von La Roche 1730–1807, German novelist
  • Else Lasker-Schüler 1869–1945, German poet and playwright
  • Yulia Latynina born 1966, Russian writer; The Insider
  • Evelyn Lau born 1971, Canadian poet and novelist
  • Margaret Laurence 1926–1987, Canadian novelist and short story writer; The Stone Angel
  • Dorianne Laux, born 1952, American poet
  • Christine Lavant 1915–1973, Austrian poet and novelist
  • Mary Lavin 1912–1996, Irish novelist and short story writer
  • Emily Lawless 1845–1913, Irish novelist and poet
  • Layla al-Akhyaliyya 7th century, Arab poet
  • Emma Lazarus 1849–1887, best known for her poem "The New Colossus" inscribed on the Statue of Liberty
  • Jane Leade 1624–1704, English mystic
  • Louisa Leaman born 1976, English writer on education
  • Mary Leapor 1722–1746, English poet
  • Violette Leduc 1907–1972, French novelist and autobiographer
  • Ursula K Le Guin born 1929, American science fiction and children's novelist, poet and essayist; Earthsea, Ekumen
  • Harper Lee 1926–2016, American novelist; To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Harriet Lee 1757–1851, English novelist and playwright
  • Muna Lee 1895–1965, American poet and translator
  • Sophia Lee 1750–1824, English playwright and novelist
  • Tanith Lee born 1947, British novelist, poet, and screenwriter
  • Gertrud von Le Fort 1876–1971, German novelist, poet and essayist
  • Lee Hye-gyeong 1960, Korean poet
  • Joy Leftow, American poet
  • Tuija Lehtinen born 1954, Finnish children's writer and novelist
  • Leena Lehtolainen born 1964, Finnish crime writer
  • Rebecca Lenkiewicz born 1968, English playwright
  • Katerina Lemmel 1466–1533, German letter-writer and nun
  • Madeleine L'Engle born 1918, American novelist and children's novelist; A Wrinkle in Time
  • Sue Lenier born 1957, English poet and playwright
  • Ellen Lenneck 1851–1880, German novelist and story writer
  • Anna Maria Lenngren 1754–1817, Swedish writer, poet, feminist, translator and salonist
  • Charlotte Lennox 1720–1804, English novelist, poet, and dramatist
  • Donna Leon born 1942, American-Italian mystery novelist
  • Ellen Lenneck Helene Weichardt, 1851–1880, German author of novels and novellas
  • Charlotte Lennox 1730–1804, American-born English writer and poet
  • Doris Leslie 1891–1982, British historical novelist and biographer
  • Doris Lessing 1919–2013, English-Zimbabwean novelist and Nobel Prize winner; Canopus in Argos
  • Meridel Le Sueur 1900–1996, American journalist and novelist
  • Octavia Walton Le Vert 1811–1877, American writer
  • Denise Levertov 1923–1997, English American poet and essayist
  • Aurora Levins Morales born 1954, US Puerto Rican essayist, poet and fiction writer
  • Andrea Levy born 1956, English novelist
  • Fanny Lewald 1811–1889, German novelist and feminist
  • Alethea Lewis 1749–1827, English novelist
  • Janet Lewis 1899–1998, American novelist
  • Anne Ley c 1599-1641, English writer, teacher, and polemicist
  • Li Qingzhao 1084–1151, Chinese poet of the Song Dynasty
  • Mechtilde Lichnowsky 1879–1958, German poet, playwright and essayist
  • Erika Liebman 1738–1803, Swedish poet and academic
  • Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières 1638–1694, French poet
  • Werewere Liking born 1950, Côte d'Ivoire-based writer and playwright
  • Rosa Liksom born 1958, Finnish short story writer, novelist and children's writer
  • Suzanne Lilar 1901–1992, Belgian playwright, essayist and novelist writing in French
  • Lin Huiyin 1904–1955, Chinese architect and writer
  • Astrid Lindgren 1907–2002, Swedish children's novelist; Pippi Longstocking
  • Elizabeth Linington 1921–1988, American mystery novelist
  • Kelly Link born 1969, American short story writer and editor
  • Laura Lippman born 1959, American crime fiction writer
  • Clarice Lispector 1920–1977, Brazilian novelist; The Passion According to GH
  • S E Lister born 1988, British novelist
  • Penelope Lively 1933, British novelist and children's writer; Moon Tiger
  • Dorothy Livesay 1909–1996, Canadian poet
  • Liz Lochhead born 1947, Scottish poet and dramatist
  • Mirra Lokhvitskaya 1869–1905, Russian poet
  • Lesley Lokko, Ghanaian-Scottish novelist and academic
  • Joan Long, born 1925, Australian screenwriter and producer
  • Ruth Frances Long born 1971, Irish fantasy writer
  • Anita Loos 1888–1981, American screenwriter, playwright and novelist; Gentlemen Prefer BlondesGG
  • Josefina Lopez born 1969, Chicana playwright,screenwriter and novelist; Real Women Have Curves
  • Audre Lorde 1934–1992, American poet
  • Emilie Loring 1864–1951, American romance novelist
  • Isabel Losada, British writer, actress, singer, dancer, and television producer
  • Amy Lowell 1874–1925, American poet
  • Lois Lowry born 1937, American children's novelist; Number the Stars, The Giver
  • Mina Loy 1882–1966, English poet and artist
  • Dulce María Loynaz 1902–1997, Cuban poet and novelist
  • Clare Boothe Luce 1903–1987, American editor, playwright and journalist
  • Jane Lumley 1537–1578, English translator
  • Ulla-Lena Lundberg born 1947, Finland-Swedish author
  • Luo Luo, Chinese novelist
  • Alison Lurie born 1926, American novelist and academic; Foreign Affairs
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  • Rose Macaulay 1881–1958, English writer; The Towers of Trebizond
  • Betty MacDonald 1908–1958, American writer; The Egg and I, The Plague and I, Anybody Can Do Anything, Onions in the Stew, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle
  • Gwendolyn MacEwen 1941–1987, Canadian novelist and poet
  • Serena Mackesy born 1960s, English novelist and journalist
  • Mary Mackey born 1945, American novelist, poet and academic
  • Patricia MacLachlan born 1938, American children's novelist; Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Mary MacLane 1881–1929, controversial Canadian-American writer
  • Charlotte MacLeod 1922–2005, Canadian/American novelist and mystery writer
  • Akka Mahadevi 12th century, Indian poet writing in Old Kannada
  • Mahsati Ganjavi c 1089–post-1159, Persian poet
  • Jennifer Maiden born 1949, Australian poet
  • Eudokia Makrembolitissa c1021–1096, Byzantine poet and empress writing in Greek
  • Rosie Malek-Yonan, Assyrian novelist, actor and filmmaker
  • Gitta Mallasz 1907–1992, Hungarian author of esoteric dialogues
  • Françoise Mallet-Joris born 1930, Belgian-French novelist and essayist
  • Nathalie Mallet, Canadian science fiction and fantasy writer
  • Richmal Mangnall 1769–1820, English schoolbook writer; Mangnall's Questions
  • Delarivier Manley c 1670–1724, English novelist, playwright, and political pamphleteer
  • Erika Mann 1905–1969, German writer, screenwriter and actress
  • Eeva-Liisa Manner 1921–1995, Finnish poet, playwright and translator
  • Olivia Manning 1908–1980, English novelist; Fortunes of War
  • Ruth Manning-Sanders 1886–1988, British poet and author best known for her series of children's books
  • Chris Mansell born 1953, Australian poet and publisher
  • Katherine Mansfield 1888–1923, New Zealand-English short story writer
  • Lisa Mantchev, American author of fantasy novels
  • Hilary Mantel born 1952, English writer of fiction, and essayist
  • Lee Maracle born 1950, Canadian poet, novelist and storyteller
  • Dacia Maraini born 1936, Italian novelist, playwright, poet and journalist
  • Anna Margolin 1887–1952, Russian-American Yiddish-language poet
  • Daphne Marlatt born 1942, Canadian poet
  • E Marlitt Eugenie John, 1825–1877, German novelist
  • Monika Maron born 1941, German essayist and political writer
  • Anne de Marquets c 1533–1588, French poet
  • Ellen Marriage 1865–1946, English translator of Balzac's novels
  • Ngaio Marsh 1895–1982, New Zealand mystery writer; Roderick Alleyn
  • Paule Marshall born 1929, American novelist
  • Una Marson 1905–1965, Jamaican feminist, activist, radio producer and poet
  • Harriet Martineau 1802–1876, English novelist and social theorist
  • Judi Ann Mason 1955–2009, American playwright, screenwriter, journalist, producer; Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Bobbie Ann Mason born 1940, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic; In Country
  • Daphne du Maurier 1907–1989, English novelist and short story writer; Rebecca
  • Ana María Matute 1925–2014, Spanish novelist
  • DeBarra Mayo born 1953, American bodybuilder and fitness writer
  • Eleanor Mayo 1920–1981, American novelist
  • Bunny McBride born 1950, American writer, journalist, and anthropologist
  • Anne McCaffrey 1926–2011, American science fiction novelist; Dragonriders of Pern
  • Mary McCarthy 1912–1989, American novelist, critic and memoir writer
  • Sharyn McCrumb born 1948, American novelist and short story writer
  • Carson McCullers 1917–1967, American novelist; The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • Colleen McCullough
  • Phyllis McGinley 1905–1978, American author of children’s books and poetry
  • Patricia A McKillip born 1948, American sci-fi and fantasy writer
  • Emma McLaughlin born 1974, American novelist
  • Terry McMillan born 1951, American novelist; Waiting to Exhale
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Richelle Mead born 1976, American novelist; Vampire Academy
  • Gwerful Mechain fl 1460–1500, Welsh poet
  • Mechthild of Magdeburg c 1207–c 1282/94, German mystic writing in Low German
  • Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn 1240/41–1298, German religious writer in Latin
  • Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger 1924–1942, Romanian-born German poet
  • Cecília Meireles 1901–1964, Brazilian writer and educator
  • Pauline Melville born 1948, Guyanese-born British writer and actress
  • Eva Menasse born 1970, Austrian novelist and journalist
  • Sophie Mereau 1770–1806, German novelist and poet
  • Alda Merini 1931–2009, Italian writer and poet
  • Fatema Mernissi born 1940, Moroccan feminist academic
  • Grace Metalious 1924–1964, American novelist; Peyton Place
  • Stephenie Meyer born 1973, American novelist; The Host, Twilight Saga
  • Esther Meynell 1878–1955, British author; The Little Chronicle of Magdalena Bach, Sussex County Books series
  • Alice Meynell 1847–1922, English feminist essayist, critic and poet
  • Malwida von Meysenbug 1816–1903, German political writer and memoirist
  • Charlotte Mew 1869–1928, English poet; The Farmer's Bride
  • Máire Mhac an tSaoi born 1922, Irish language scholar, poet, writer and academic
  • Michitsuna no Haha c 935–995, Japanese diarist
  • Agnes Miegel 1879–1964, German journalist, writer and poet
  • Jo Mihaly 1902–1989, German diarist, novelist and dancer
  • Mitsukazu Mihara born 1970, Japanese manga writer and artist, illustrator
  • Grace Mildmay 1552–1620, English diarist
  • Josephine Miles 1911–1985, American poet and literary critic
  • Edna St Vincent Millay 1892–1950, American poet
  • Caroline Pafford Miller 1903–1992, American novelist
  • Grażyna Miller 1957–2009, Polish poet, writer, translator
  • Kirsten Miller born 1973, American novelist; Kiki Strike series
  • Leslie Adrienne Miller born 1956, American poet
  • Rebecca Miller born 1962, American novelist, writer; Jacob's Folly
  • Anchee Min born 1957, Chinese American novelist and memoir writer; Red Azalea
  • Mirabai aka Meera, Meera Bai c 1498–c 1547, Hindu mystical poet
  • Gabriela Mistral Lucila Godoy Alcayaga 1889–1957, Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist; first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Gladys Mitchell 1901–1983, English mystery novelist
  • Margaret Mitchell 1900–1949, American journalist and novelist; Gone with the Wind
  • Susan Mitchell born 1944, American poet, essayist and translator
  • Naomi Mitchison 1897–1999, Scottish novelist and poet
  • Jessica Mitford 1917-1996, English-American author, journalist and civil rights activist; The American Way of Death
  • Mary Russell Mitford 1787–1855, English novelist and dramatist; Our Village
  • Nancy Mitford 1904–1973, English novelist, biographer and letterwriter; The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate
  • Minae Mizumura born 1951, US-educated Japanese novelist, critic, essayist
  • Janet Mock born 1983, American writer, transgender rights activist, author, and the former staff editor of People magazine's website
  • Moero or Myro 3rd century BC, Greek poet
  • Mary Louisa Mrs Molesworth 1839–1921, English children's novelist
  • Grace Mera Molisa 1947–2002, ni-Vanuatu politician, poet and campaigner for women's equality
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689–1762, English poet, essayist, diarist, and letter-writer
  • Florence Montgomery 1843–1923, English children's writer
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery 1874–1942, Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet; Anne of Green Gables
  • Ruth Montgomery 1912–2001, American journalist, novelist and psychic
  • Susanna Moodie 1803–1885, Canadian diarist, novelist, children's novelist and poet
  • Anne Moody born 1940, American autobiographer; Coming of Age in Mississippi
  • C L Moore 1911–1987, American fantasy writer; Jirel of Joiry
  • Lorrie Moore born 1957, American short story writer
  • Marianne Moore 1887–1972, American poet
  • Ruth Moore 1903–1989, American novelist, poet and short story writer
  • Barbara Moraff born 1939, American poet of the Beat generation
  • Cherrie Moraga born 1952, Chicana poet, playwright and essayist
  • Ann Moray 1909–1981, Irish-American novelist and singer
  • Hannah More 1745–1833, English moralist, poet, and playwright
  • Sydney, Lady Morgan 1781–1859, Irish novelist; The Wild Irish Girl
  • Irmtraud Morgner 1933–1990, German novelist
  • Jan Morris born James Morris, 1926, Welsh historian and travel writer
  • Mary McGarry Morris born 1943, American novelist; finalist, National Book Award and Pen/Faulkner Award; Vanished
  • Toni Morrison born 1931, American novelist, children's novelist and 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature winner; Beloved
  • Penelope Mortimer 1918–1999, Welsh-English novelist
  • Marie Moser born 1948, Canadian novelist and short-story writer
  • Thylias Moss born 1954, American poet, children's novelist and playwright
  • Julia Moulden born 1956, Canadian non-fiction writer and speechwriter
  • Lisel Mueller born 1924, German-born American poet
  • Willa Muir 1890-1970, Scottish writer
  • Bharati Mukherjee born 1940, Indian American novelist and short story writer; Jasmine
  • Lale Müldür born 1956, Turkish poet and writer
  • Harryette Mullen born 1953, American poet, short story writer, and literary scholar
  • Herta Müller born 1953, Romanian-born German novelist, poet and essayist; Nobel Prize winner
  • Inge Müller 1925–1966, German poet
  • Alice Munro born 1931, Canadian short-story writer; Dance of the Happy Shades
  • Murasaki Shikibu c 973–1014 or 1025, Japanese novelist and poet; The Tale of Genji
  • Iris Murdoch 1919–1999, Irish-English novelist and philosopher; The Sea, the Sea
  • Mary Noailles Murfree 1850–1922, American novelist and short story writer
  • Rosario Murillo born 1951, Nicaraguan poet
  • C E Murphy born 1973, American author
  • Margaret Murphy born 1959, British crime novelist; The Dispossessed, Now You See Me
  • Inga Muscio born 1966, American writer; Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
  • Susan Musgrave born 1951, Canadian poet and children's writer
  • Małgorzata Musierowicz born 1945, Polish writer, author of many stories and novels for children and teenagers
  • Carol Muske-Dukes born 1945, American poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and professor; California Poet Laureate
  • Beverle Graves Myers born 1951, American mystery novelist and short story writer
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  • Constance Naden 1858–1889, English poet and philosopher
  • Sarojini Naidu aka The Nightingale of India 1879–1949, child prodigy, Indian independence activist and poet
  • Carolina Nairne 1766–1845, Scottish songwriter
  • Nakatsukasa 912–991, Japanese poet
  • Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Persian novelist
  • Taslima Nasrin born 1962, Bengali doctor, novelist and poet and essayist; Lajja
  • Marguerite de Navarre 1492–1549, French poet, playwright and short story writer; Heptameron
  • Benedikte Naubert 1752–1819, German historical novelist
  • Gloria Naylor born 1950, American novelist; The Women of Brewster Place
  • Irène Némirovsky 1903–1942, Ukrainian-born novelist writing in French
  • Adalgisa Nery 1905–1980, Brazilian poet, novelist, journalist and politician
  • E Nesbit 1858–1924, English children's novelist and short story writer; Five Children and It
  • Friederike Caroline Neuber 1697–1760, German playwright and actress
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil born 1974, Asian American poet and essayist
  • Lauretta Ngcobo 1931–2015, South African novelist and essayist
  • Grace Nichols born 1950, Guyanese poet
  • Lorine Niedecker 1903–1970, American poet; only woman associated with the Objectivist poets
  • Charlotte Niese 1854–1935, German writer and poet
  • Audrey Niffenegger born 1963, American novelist and artist
  • Florence Nightingale 1820–1910, English nurse, statistician and feminist
  • Anaïs Nin 1903–1977, French eroticist, critic and diarist; Henry and June
  • Rebeka Njau born 1932, Kenyan playwright and novelist
  • Anna de Noailles 1876–1933, French-born Romanian writer in French
  • Ingrid Noll born 1935, German novelist
  • Oodgeroo Noonuccal aka Kath Walker 1920–1993, Australian poet, political activist, artist and educator
  • Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht 1718–1763, Swedish poet, feminist and salon hostess
  • Clara Nordström 1886–1962, Swedish-born novelist writing in German
  • Kathleen Norris 1880–1966, American novelist
  • Caroline Norton 1808–1877, English author, social reformer and feminist
  • Nossis fl c 300 BC, Greek epigrammist and poet
  • Amélie Nothomb born 1967, Belgian novelist
  • Alice Notley born 1945, American poet
  • Helga M Novak born 1935, German poet and political writer
  • Mary Novik born 1945, Canadian novelist
  • Princess Nukata c 630–690, Japanese poet of the Asuka period
  • Flora Nwapa 1931–1993, Nigerian novelist; Efuru
  • Julia Nyberg 1784–1854, Swedish poet and songwriter
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  • Ann Oakley born 1944, English feminist academic and novelist
  • Joyce Carol Oates born 1938, American novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright and critic; We Were the Mulvaneys
  • Charlotta Öberg aka Lotta Öberg 1818–1856, Swedish poet
  • Edna O'Brien born 1930, Irish novelist and short story writer
  • Kate O'Brien 1897–1974, Irish novelist and playwright
  • Silvina Ocampo 1903–1994, Argentine poet and short story writer
  • Flannery O'Connor 1925–1964, American novelist and short story writer
  • Julia O'Faolain born 1932, Irish novelist
  • Grace Ogot born 1930, Kenyan novelist and short story writer
  • Oh Soo-yeon born 1964Korean author and essayist
  • Nnedi Okorafor born 1974, Nigerian American novelist and short story writer
  • Sofi Oksanen born 1977, Finnish novelist and playwright
  • Princess Ōku 661–702, Japanese poet
  • Sharon Olds born 1942, American poet
  • Margaret Oliphant 1828–1897, Scottish novelist; Phoebe, Junior
  • Mary Oliver born 1935, American poet
  • Tillie Olsen 1913–2007, American feminist novelist and short story writer
  • Mary Devenport O'Neill 1898–1957, Irish poet and dramatist
  • Fuyumi Ono born 1960, Japanese novelist
  • Ono no Komachi 825–900, Japanese poet
  • Amelia Opie 1769–1853, English novelist
  • Mary Oppen 1908–1990, American activist, artist, photographer, poet and writer
  • Baroness Orczy 1865–1947, Hungarian-born English novelist, translator, and illustrator; The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Mathilda d'Orozco aka Mathilda Montgomery-Cederhjelm 1796–1863, Swedish originally Spanish-Italian noble and salonist, composer, poet, writer, singer, amateur actress and harpsichordist
  • Eliza Orzeszkowa 1841–1910, Polish writer
  • Maggie O'Sullivan 1908–1990, British poet, performer and visual artist associated with the British Poetry Revival
  • Alice Oswald born 1966, English poet
  • Ōtomo no Sakanoe no Iratsume c 700–750, Japanese poet
  • Ouida 1839–1908, English novelist and short story writer; Under Two Flags
  • Ōtagaki Rengetsu 1791–1875, Japanese poet and calligrapher
  • Angelika Overath born 1957, German author and journalist
  • Julie O'Yang born 1968, Chinese-born novelist, visual artist and screenwriter based in the Netherlands
  • Emine Sevgi Özdamar born 1956, Turkish-born German novelist and playwright
  • Cynthia Ozick born 1928, American critic and novelist
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  • Ruth Padel born 1946, British poet, and non-fiction author known for her poetry criticism and nature writing
  • Isabel Pagan c 1740–1821, Scottish poet
  • Karen A Page born 1962, American food writer
  • Camille Paglia born 1947, American feminist essayist; Sexual Personae
  • Charlotte Painter born 1926, American novelist and writer
  • Marina Palei born 1955, Russian writer; Rendezvous
  • Grace Paley 1922–2007, American short-story writer, poet and activist
  • Nettie Palmer 1885–1964, Australian poet, essayist and literary critic
  • Kirsti Paltto born 1947, Sámi playwright, short-story and children's literature writer
  • Pamphile of Epidaurus 1st century AD, Greek historian
  • Emmeline Pankhurst 1858–1928, English feminist activist, speaker and autobiography writer
  • Sylvia Pankhurst 1882–1960, English suffragist, poet; wrote Writ on Cold Slate, poems about her prison experience
  • Vera Panova 1905–1973, Soviet novelist and short-story writer; Seryozha
  • Emilia Pardo Bazán 1851–1921, Spanish essayist and novelist
  • Sara Paretsky born 1947, American mystery novelist
  • Dorothy Parker 1893–1967, American poet, critic and short-story writer
  • Adele Parks born 1969, English fiction writer
  • Suzan-Lori Parks born 1964, American playwright and screenwriter
  • Sophia Parnok 1885–1933, Russian Silver Age poet
  • Catherine Parr born 1512, Queen of England from 1543 to 1547, spouse of King Henry VIII
  • Anne Parrish 1888–1957, American children's novelist
  • Sarah Willis Parton Fanny Fern 1811–1872, American novelist, columnist and children's short story writer
  • Vesna Parun 1922–2010, Croatian poet
  • Ann Patchett born 1963
  • Karolina Pavlova 1807–1893, Russian writer; A Double Life
  • Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska 1891–1945, Polish poet
  • Laura Pedersen born 1965, American author, humorist and playwright; The Brightness of Heaven
  • Erica Pedretti born 1930, Czechoslovakian-born Swiss writer in German
  • Inês Pedrosa born 1962, Portuguese journalist, novelist, short story writer, children's writer and playwright
  • Kira Peikoff born 1987, American thriller writer
  • Kathleen Peirce born 1956, American poet
  • Emily Pepys 1833–1877, English child diarist 1844–5
  • Elizabeth Peters born 1927, American mystery novelist; Amelia Peabody
  • Ellis Peters 1913–1995, Welsh-English mystery novelist, short-story writer and translator; Brother Cadfael
  • Julia Peterkin 1880–1961, American short-story writer and novelist
  • Marine Petrossian born 1960, Armenian poet, essayist and columnist
  • Lyudmila Petrushevskaya born 1938, Russian writer and dramatist; Immortal Love
  • Ann Petry 1908–1997, American journalist, short-story writer and novelist
  • Katherine Philips 1631–1664, English poet
  • Phintys or Phyntis, 4th or 3rd century BC, Greek philosopher
  • Karoline Pichler also Caroline, 1769–1843, Austrian novelist; Agathocles
  • Pickles a pen name, American children's book author
  • Jodi Picoult born 1966, American novelist
  • Meredith Ann Pierce born 1958, American fantasy writer
  • Tamora Pierce born 1954, American children's novelist; Alanna of Trebond
  • Marge Piercy born 1936, American poet, novelist, and social activist
  • Ruth Pitter 1897–1992, English poet; first woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, in 1955
  • Mary Pix 1666–1709, English novelist and playwright
  • Christine de Pizan 1364–1430, Venetian feminist poet and rhetorician in French; The Book of the City of Ladies
  • Alejandra Pizarnik 1936–1972, Argentine poet
  • Josefina Pla 1903–1999, Spanish poet, playwright, art critic, painter and journalist
  • Sylvia Plath 1932–1963, American poet, novelist, short-story writer and essayist
  • Ann Plato born c 1820, American essayist
  • Karen Platt fl 2004–present, English gardening writer
  • Anne Plumptre 1760–1818, English translator and fiction, travel, and political writer
  • Daphne Pochin Mould 1920–, English-born geology, religion and history writer
  • Aliénor de Poitiers fl late 15th century, French writer on court etiquette
  • Elizabeth Polack fl 1830–1838, Anglo-Jewish playwright
  • Katha Pollitt born 1949, American feminist poet, essayist and critic
  • Elizaveta Polonskaya 1890–1969, Russian Jewish poet, translator, and journalist
  • Elizabeth Polwheele 1651–c 1691, British playwright
  • Elena Poniatowska born 1932, Polish-Mexican journalist, novelist and short-story writer
  • Marie Ponsot born 1921, American poet and essayist
  • Anna Maria Porter 1780–1832, English poet and novelist
  • Eleanor H Porter 1868–1920, American children's writer; Pollyanna
  • Jane Porter 1776–1850, English historical novelist and playwright
  • Katherine Anne Porter 1890–1980, American journalist, essayist, story writer and novelist
  • Beatrix Potter 1866–1943, English children's writer and illustrator; The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Emily Post 1873–1960, American journalist and novelist; Etiquette
  • Halina Poświatowska 1935–1967, Polish poet
  • Dawn Powell 1896–1965, American novelist, playwright and short-story writer
  • Marguerite Agnes Power 1815–1867, British novelist, periodical writer, and editor
  • Rhoda Power 1890–1957, English educational and children's writer
  • Praxilla 5th century BC, Greek poet
  • Paula von Preradović 1887–1951, Austrian story writer and poet
  • Katharine Susannah Prichard 1883–1969, Australian novelist, playwright and short-story writer
  • Mary Prince c 1788-after 1833, Bermuda-born writer of the first account of the life an enslaved black woman to be published in the UK, The History of Mary Prince 1831
  • Pauline Prior-Pitt, British poet
  • Amrita Pritam 1919–2005, considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist
  • Faltonia Betitia Proba c 306/15–c 353/66, Roman poet in Latin
  • Adelaide Anne Procter 1825–1864, English poet
  • E Annie Proulx born 1935, American novelist, short-story writer and journalist; The Shipping News
  • Ptolemais of Cyrene, 3rd century BC or later, Greek writer on music
  • Barbara Pym 1913–1980, English novelist; Quartet in Autumn
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  • Qiu Jin 1875–1907, Chinese revolutionary, feminist and writer
  • Anna Quindlen born 1953, American journalist, columnist, novelist; Black and Blue
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  • Ra Heeduk born 1966, Korean poet
  • Rabia Balkhi 10th century, Persian poet
  • Ann Radcliffe 1764–1823, English gothic novelist; The Mysteries of Udolpho
  • Radegund c 520–586, Frankish princess and poet writing in Latin
  • Rajashree, Indian chick lit novelist; Trust Me
  • Ayn Rand 1905–1982, Russian American novelist and philosopher; The Fountainhead; Atlas Shrugged
  • Mary Randolph 1762–1828, American housekeeping book and cookbook author; The Virginia House-Wife
  • Jennifer Rankin 1941–1979, Australian poet and playwright
  • Ellen Raskin 1928–1984, American children's writer and illustrator; The Westing Game
  • Claudia Rankine born 1963, American poet and playwright
  • Rao Xueman born 1972, Chinese novelist, short story writer, essayist and blogger
  • Elsa Rautee 1897–1987, Finnish poet
  • Dahlia Ravikovitch 1936–2005, Israeli poet, translator, and peace activist
  • Angela Rawlings born 1978, Canadian poet, editor, and interdisciplinary artist
  • Angela Readman born 1973, English poet
  • Pauline Réage 1907–1998, French erotic novelist; Story of O
  • Elisa von der Recke Elisabeth Recke, 1754–1833, German writer and poet from Courland
  • Jaclyn Reding born 1966, American historical romance novelist
  • Ruth Reichl born 1948, American food and memoir writer
  • Mirkka Rekola born 1931, Finnish poet
  • Mary Renault 1905–1983, English historical novelist; Fire From Heaven, The Last of the Wine
  • Ruth Rendell born 1930, English mystery novelist; A Fatal Inversion
  • Gabriele Reuter 1859–1941, German novelist, essayist and children's writer
  • Fanny zu Reventlow Franziska, 1871–1918, political writer and feminist
  • Regina Rheda Sãõ Paulo, Brazil, 1957, short-story writer, novelist; animal rights advocate; Humana Festa
  • Jean Rhys 1890–1979, Dominican novelist; Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Mrs Riazuddin born 1928, Pakistami feminist activist and travelogue writer
  • Marie Jeanne Riccoboni 1714–1792, French novelist
  • Anne Rice born 1941, American novelist; Vampire Chronicles
  • Adrienne Rich born 1929, American feminist poet
  • Dorothy Richardson 1873–1957, English novelist, poet, essayist and short story writer
  • Elizabeth Richardson 1576/7–1651, English religious writer
  • Henry Handel Richardson real name Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, 1870–1946, Australian novelist; The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
  • Jutta Richter born 1955, German author of children's and youth literature
  • Lola Ridge 1873–1941, anarchist poet and an influential editor of avant-garde, feminist, and Marxist publications
  • Laura Riding 1901–1991, American poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer
  • Brigitte Riebe also Laura Stern, born 1935, German novelist
  • Alifa Rifaat 1930–1996, Egyptian short story writer
  • Denise Riley born 1948, English poet and philosopher
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart 1876–1958, American novelist, playwright, and poet; The Butler Did It
  • Luise Rinser 1911–2002, German novelist, autobiographer and children's writer
  • Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie 1837–1919, English novelist
  • Ana Irma Rivera Lassén born 1955, Puerto Rican poet, feminist writer and lawyer
  • Antoinette Henriette Clémence Robert 1797–1872, French novelist and playwright
  • Michèle Roberts born 1949, British noveleist and poet
  • Nora Roberts pen name J D Robb, born 1959, American romance and fantasy novelist; In Death series
  • E Arnot Robertson 1903–1961, English novelist
  • Lisa Robertson born 1961, Canadian poet
  • Marilynne Robinson born 1943, American novelist; Gilead
  • Mary Robinson 1757–1800, English poet, novelist, and actress
  • Lucia St Clair Robson, American novelist
  • Charlotte Roche born 1978, English-born novelist in German; Feuchtgebiete
  • Esther Rochon born 1948, Canadian science fiction novelist
  • Ginny Rorby born 1944, American young adult novelist
  • Christina Rossetti 1830–1894, English poet; Goblin Market and Other Poems
  • Veronica Rossi born 1973, American young adult novelist
  • Judith Rossner 1935–2005, American novelist; Looking for Mr Goodbar
  • Anne Rouen born 1950, Global Ebook award-winning, historical fiction novelist
  • Anne Rouse born 1954, American-British poet
  • Mary Rowlandson 1635–1711, American memoirist
  • J K Rowling born 1965, English novelist; Harry Potter series
  • Susanna Rowson 1762–1824, British-American novelist, poet and playwright; Charlotte Temple, Lucy Temple
  • Susanna Roxman, English writer, poet and critic born in Sweden; Imagining Seals
  • Arundhati Roy born 1961, Indian novelist; The God of Small Things
  • Gabrielle Roy 1909–1983, Canadian novelist and journalist; The Tin Flute
  • Lucinda Roy born 1955, novelist
  • S J Rozan born 1950, American crime fiction writer; Winter and Night
  • Pascale Roze born 1954, French playwright and novelist
  • Bernice Rubens 1928–2004, Welsh novelist
  • Dina Rubina born 1953, Russian writer; The Blackthorn
  • Anne Rudloe 1947-2012, American marine biologist, Zen Buddhist
  • Anneli Rufus, American journalist
  • Muriel Rukeyser 1913–1980, American feminist poet
  • Joanna Russ born 1937, American novelist, essayist, and short story writer
  • Gig Ryan born 1956, Australian poet
  • Kay Ryan born 1945, American poet and educator; 16th US Poet Laureate
  • Marah Ellis Ryan 1860–1934, American novelist specializing in western frontier and European-American Indian relationships
  • Nan Ryan, American writer of romance novels
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  • Nawal el-Saadawi born 1931, Egyptian feminist writer, novelist, and short-story writer
  • Nelly Sachs 1891–1970, German poet and playwright
  • Vita Sackville-West 1892–1962, English writer, poet and gardener
  • Elif Safak born 1971, Turkish writer
  • Françoise Sagan 1935–2004, French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter
  • Mamta Sagar born 1966, Kannada poet and playwright living in Bangalore
  • Sarojini Sahoo born 1956, Indian feminist writer, novelist and short-story writer; Sensible Sensuality, The Dark Abode
  • Nandini Sahu born 1973, Indian English poet, folklorist and academic
  • Lisa St Aubin de Terán born 1953, English novelist and memoirist; Keepers of the House
  • Stéphanie Félicité du Crest de Saint-Aubin 1746–1830, novelist, playwright and children's writer: see Genlis
  • Pirkko Saisio born 1949, Finnish author, actress and director
  • Excilia Saldaña 1946-1999, Afro-Cuban poet and children's literature writer
  • Blanaid Salkeld 1880–1959, Irish poet, dramatist, actor and salon hostess
  • Lydie Salvayre born 1948, French writer
  • Jessica Amanda Salmonson born 1950, American novelist, essayist, editor, and short-story writer
  • Samina Raja born 1961, Pakistani poet, writer, editor, translator, educationist and broadcaster
  • Fiona Sampson born 1968, British poet and editor
  • Sonia Sanchez born 1934, American poet, playwright, and children's writer
  • Milcha Sanchez-Scott born 1953, American playwright
  • George Sand 1804–1876, French novelist and playwright; Indiana
  • Mari Sandoz 1896–1966, American novelist, biographer, and short story writer
  • Sappho c 630–570 BC, Greek poet
  • Dipti Saravanamuttu born 1960, Sri Lankan-Australian poet and journalist
  • Nathalie Sarraute 1900–1999, Russian-French novelist and essayist
  • May Sarton 1912–1995, Belgian American poet, novelist, and memoirist
  • Marjane Satrapi born 1969, Iranian graphic novelist
  • Robin Sax born c 1971, American true-crime author, commentator, and former prosecutor
  • Dorothy L Sayers 1893–1957, English mystery novelist, translator, essayist, and short-story writer; Whose Body
  • Oda Schaefer 1900–1988, German poet and journalist
  • Caroline Schelling 1763–1809, German essayist, critic and correspondent
  • Stacy Schiff born 1961, American non-fiction author and guest columnist; winner of the Pulitzer Prize
  • Dorothea von Schlegel 1764–1839, German novelist and translator
  • Eva Schloss born 1929, Austrian Jewish memoirist and Holocaust survivor
  • Elke Schmitter born 1961, German novelist
  • Pat Schneider born 1934, American writer, poet and editor
  • Jane Johnston Schoolcraft 1800–1842, American Indian writer of poetry and fiction
  • Elizabeth of Schönau 1129–1165, German visionary writing in Latin
  • Amalie Schoppe 1791–1858, German children's writer
  • Olive Schreiner 1855–1920, South African novelist, allegorist, and political writer
  • Ossip Schubin real name Aloisia Kirschner, 1854–1934, Austrian novelist
  • Simone Schwarz-Bart born 1938, French playwright and novelist
  • Ann Scott born 1965, French novelist
  • Cathy Scott, American true crime author, biographer, and journalist; The Killing of Tupac Shakur
  • Jane Scott c 1779–1839, English theatre manager, performer, and playwright
  • Madeleine de Scudéry 1607–1701, French novelist
  • Molly Elliot Seawell 1860–1916, American essayist, novelist, and short-story writer
  • Alice Sebold born 1963, American novelist; The Lovely Bones
  • Catharine Sedgwick 1789–1867, American novelist
  • Lisa See born 1955, Chinese-American novelist; Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Anna Seghers 1900–1983, German novelist; The Seventh Cross
  • Comtesse de Ségur 1799–1874, Russian-French novelist
  • Taiye Selasi, Nigerian-Ghanaian novelist
  • Olive Senior born 1941, Jamaican poet, novelist, short story writer
  • Danzy Senna born 1970, American novelist
  • Ruta Sepetys born 1967, Lithuanian-American writer of historical fiction
  • Nina Serrano born 1934, American poet, writer, storyteller, and independent media producer
  • Diane Setterfield born 1964, English novelist; The Thirteenth Tale
  • Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné 1626–1696, French letter-writer
  • Anna Seward 1747–1809, English Romantic poet
  • Anna Sewell 1820–1887, English novelist; Black Beauty
  • Anne Sexton 1928–1974, American poet
  • Ippolita Maria Sforza 1446–1484, Italian writer also wrote in Latin
  • Marietta Shaginyan 1888–1982, Soviet Russian writer and political activist; Mess-Mend
  • Ruchoma Shain died 2013, author of All for the Boss
  • Ntozake Shange born 1948, American playwright and novelist
  • Shangguan Wan'er c 664–710, Chinese poet and prose writer
  • Jo Shapcott born 1953, English poet, editor and lecturer
  • Tatiana Shchepkina-Kupernik 1874–1952, Russian writer and dramatist; Deborah
  • Alice Sheldon 1915–1987, American novelist and short-story writer
  • Mary Shelley 1797–1851, English novelist; Frankenstein
  • Nan Shepherd 1893–1981, Scottish novelist and poet
  • Frances Sheridan 1724–1766, Irish novelist and playwright
  • Mary Martha Sherwood 1775–1851, English children's writer
  • Carol Shields 1935–2003, American-Canadian novelist; The Stone Diaries
  • Murasaki Shikibu 973–1025, Japanese novelist and poet; The Tale of Genji
  • Sim Yunkyung born 1972, Korean novelist
  • Nan Shepherd 1893-1981, Scottish writer
  • Shin Kyeong-nim born 1936, South Korean writer
  • Shikishi Naishinnō died 1201, Japanese classical poet
  • Aki Shimazaki born 1954, Canadian novelist and translator
  • Sharon Shinn born 1957, American novelist
  • Shirome 10th century, Japanese poet
  • Maria Shkapskaya 1891–1952, Soviet poet and journalist
  • Sei Shōnagon 965–1010, Japanese writer; The Pillow Book
  • Bapsi Sidhwa born 1938, Pakistani novelist
  • Mary Sidney 1561–1621, English translator, playwright, and poet
  • Leslie Marmon Silko born 1948, American novelist, poet, and short-story writer
  • Nea Anna Simone born 1960, African American novelist and poet
  • Ruth Simpson 1926–2008, American lesbian author, founder of first lesbian community center
  • Jo Sinclair 1913–1995, pen name of Ruth Seid, Jewish-American writer
  • May Sinclair 1862–1946, English novelist, poet, and short-story writer
  • Johanna Sinisalo born 1958, Finnish science-fiction and fantasy writer
  • Edith Sitwell 1887–1964, English poet
  • Maj Sjöwall born 1935, Swedish mystery novelist
  • Vendela Skytte 1608–1627, Swedish writer
  • Karin Slaughter born 1971, American crime writer
  • Barbara Sleigh 1906–1982, children's writer and broadcaster; Carbonel series
  • Anna Smaill born 1979, New Zealand poet and novelist; The Chimes
  • Jane Smiley born 1949, American novelist
  • Ali Smith born 1962, Scottish novelist
  • Amanda Smith 1837–1915, American evangelist and autobiographer
  • Betty Smith 1896–1972, American novelist; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Charlotte Turner Smith 1749–1806, English poet and novelist
  • Dodie Smith 1896–1990, English novelist and playwright; I Capture the Castle
  • Doris Buchanan Smith 1934–2002, American children's novelist; A Taste of Blackberries
  • Patti Smith born 1946, American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist
  • Stevie Smith 1902–1971, English poet and novelist
  • Tracy K Smith born 1972, African American poet and educator
  • Zadie Smith born 1975, English novelist
  • Laura J Snyder born 1964, philosopher and historian
  • Seo Hajin born 1960, Korean author
  • So Young-en born 1943, Korea author
  • Edith Södergran 1892–1923, Finland-Swedish poet
  • Zulu Sofola 1935-1995, Nigerian playwright and dramatist
  • Somerville and Ross Edith Somerville, 1858–1949, and Violet Florence Martin, 1862–1915, writing as Martin Ross, Irish novelists; The Irish R M
  • Son Bo-mi born 1980, Korean novelist
  • Cathy Song born 1955, American poet
  • Susan Sontag 1933–2004, American essayist and novelist
  • Fuyumi Soryo born 1959, Japanese manga writer
  • Aminata Sow Fall born 1941, Senegalese novelist
  • Muriel Spark 1918–2006, Scottish novelist; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Terry Spear, American urban fantasy romance and medieval romance novelist
  • Anne Spencer 1882–1975, American poet
  • Leonora Speyer 1872–1956, American poet and violinist
  • Erica Spindler 1957, American writer specializing in romantic thrillers and mystery
  • Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford 1835–1921, American mystery novelist, poet, and short-story writer
  • Johanna Spyri 1827–1901, Swiss children's writer; Heidi
  • Marilyn Stablein born 1946, American poet, essayist and fiction writer
  • Ilse von Stach 1879–1941, German playwright, novelist and poet
  • Madame de Staël 1766–1817, Swiss-French novelist
  • Jean Stafford 1915–1979, American novelist and short-story writer
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815–1902, American feminist journalist and essayist
  • Freya Stark 1893–1993, British travel writer
  • Lilian Staveley 1878–1928, Christian writer and mystic whose works were published anonymously
  • Christina Stead 1902–1983, Australian novelist and short-story writer
  • Danielle Steel born 1947, American romance novelist
  • Flora Annie Steel 1847–1929, English novelist
  • Charlotte von Stein, 1742–1827, German dramatist and friend of Goethe
  • Gertrude Stein 1874–1946, American novelist, playwright, poet, librettist, and short-story writer
  • Joanne Stepaniak born 1954, American author of vegan cookbooks and books on veganism
  • Maria W Stewart 1803–1897, American feminist lecturer and journalist
  • Mary Stewart born 1916, English mystery/romance novelist
  • Susan Stewart born 1952, American poet, university professor and literary critic
  • Ruth Stone born 1915, American poet
  • Sam Stone English novellist, Short story writer and playwright Mostly known for Horror, Fantasy and Steampunk
  • Alfonsina Storni 1892–1938, Argentinian poet
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811–1836, American novelist; Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Barbra Joan Streisand 1942, American screenwriter and songwriter
  • Hesba Stretton 1832–1911, English children's writer
  • Agnes Strickland 1796–1874, English history writer and poet
  • Eva Strittmatter 1930–2011, German poet and children's writer
  • Elizabeth Strout
  • Jan Struther 1901–1953, Scottish hymn writer and novelist; Mrs Miniver
  • Lady Louisa Stuart 1757–1851, English writer of memoirs and letters
  • Sugawara no Takasue no musume born 1008, Japanese diarist
  • Sulpicia, two poets share the name, both of Ancient Rome:
    • Sulpicia I fl 1st century BC
    • Sulpicia II fl 1st century AD
  • Jacqueline Susann 1918–1974, American novelist
  • Efua Sutherland 1924–1996, Ghanaian playwright, children's author and dramatist
  • Bertha von Suttner 1843–1914, Austrian novelist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Anni Swan 1875–1958, Finnish author of children's books, journalist and translator
  • May Swenson 1913–1989, American poet and playwright
  • Magda Szabó 1917–2007, Hungarian novelist, poet, playwright; The Door
  • Mária Szepes 1908–2007, Hungarian author of esoteric and science-fiction novels
  • Wisława Szymborska 1923–2012, Polish poet
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  • Gladys Taber 1899–1980, American novelist, nature writer
  • Véronique Tadjo born 1955, Côte d'Ivoire poet, novelist, artist
  • Princess Tajima died 708, Japanese poet
  • Lisa Takeba born 1983, Japanese screenwriter
  • Amy Tan born 1952, American novelist; The Joy Luck Club
  • Meca Tanaka born 1976, Japanese manga writer
  • Shelley Tanaka, Canadian nonfiction children's writer
  • Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya 1891–1968, Soviet Russian poet, playwright, translator, and author of children's books
  • Sooni Taraporevala born 1957, Indian screenwriter and photographer
  • Cheryl Kaye Tardif born 1963, Canadian suspense novelist; Whale Song
  • Lisa Ysaye Tarleau 1885–1952, American short story author
  • Judith Tarr, born 1955, American author; The Hound and the Falcon
  • Donna Tartt born 1963, American novelist
  • Ann Taylor 1782–1866, English poet and critic
  • Elizabeth Taylor, English novelist At Mrs Lippincote's
  • Jane Taylor 1783–1824, English poet and novelist; "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
  • Susie Taylor 1848–1912, American teacher and memoir writer
  • Teresia Teaiwa, I-Kiribati and American poet and academic
  • Sara Teasdale 1884–1933, American lyrical poet
  • Nadezhda Teffi 1872–1952, Russian/Soviet writer; Close Friends
  • Telesilla fl 510 BC, Greek poet
  • Olena Teliha 1906–1942, Ukrainian poet
  • Claudine Guérin de Tencin 1682–1748, French novelist
  • Teresa of Ávila 1515–1582, Spanish nun, monastic reformer, and mystic
  • Mary Church Terrell 1863–1954, African-American activist and journalist
  • Josephine Tey 1896–1952, Scottish mystery novelist
  • Celia Thaxter 1835–1894, American writer of poetry and stories
  • Elizabeth Thomas 1770/71–1855, English Gothic novelist and religious poet
  • Louie Myfanwy Thomas 1908–68, Welsh writer and novelist
  • Hester Thrale Mrs Piozzi, 1741–1821, English diarist and author; Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson
  • Tibors de Sarenom c 1130–post-1198, French poet writing in Occitan
  • Petronella Johanna de Timmerman 1723–1786, Dutch poet and scientist
  • Miriam Tlali born 1933, South African novelist
  • Olga Tokarczuk born 1962, Polish writer and poet
  • Lynn Toler born 1958, American lawyer and the arbitrator on the court series Divorce Court
  • Lisa Tolliver, American academic-practitioner and media personality
  • Tatyana Tolstaya born 1951, Russian TV presenter, novelist, and essayist
  • Fatma Aliye Topuz 1862–1936, Turkish and Muslim novelist
  • Lucrezia Tornabuoni 1425–1482, Italian poet
  • Angela Topping born 1954, British poet, literary critic and author
  • Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir 1845–1918, Icelandic novelist and short story writer
  • P L Travers 1889–1996, Australian-British writer of the Mary Poppins books
  • Natasha Trethewey born 1966, American poet; Mississippi Poet Laureate, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Adriana Trigiani, Italian-American writer and filmmaker
  • Sarah Trimmer 1741–1810, English children's writer and critic
  • Flora Tristan 1803–1844, French socialist writer, feminist and activist
  • Frances Trollope 1779–1863, English novelist and travel writer; Domestic Manners of the Americans
  • Joanna Trollope born 1943, English novelist
  • Catherine Trotter 1679–1749, Scottish-English novelist, playwright, philosopher, and letter-writer
  • Trotula 11th–12th century, Spanish writer on women's medicine writing in Latin
  • Meta Truscott 1917–2014, Australian diarist and Ashgrove historian
  • Sojourner Truth 1797–1883, American feminist; "Ain't I a Woman"
  • Marina Tsvetaeva 1892–1941, Russian poet
  • Evgenia Tur 1815–1892, Russian novelist and literary critic; Antonina
  • Megan Whalen Turner born 1965, American fantasy writer
  • Agata Tuszynska born 1957, Polish writer, poet and journalist
  • Violet Tweedale 1862–1936, Scottish writer and poet
  • Chase Twichell born 1950, American poet, professor, and publisher
  • Anne Tyler born 1941, American novelist
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  • Brenda Ueland 1891–1985, American-Norwegian writer, journalist, teacher; If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit
  • Jenny Uglow born 1940s, British biographer
  • Uhwudong died 1480, Korean writer, poet and dancer
  • Lesya Ukrainka 1871–1913, Ukrainian poet
  • Adaora Lily Ulasi born 1932, Nigerian novelist and journalist
  • Leonora Christina Ulfeldt, 1621–1698, author of the Danish masterpiece Jammers Minde
  • Anya Ulinich born 1973, Russian writer; Petropolis
  • Regina Ullmann 1884–1961, Swiss poet writing in German
  • Lyudmila Ulitskaya born 1943, Russian writer; Medea and Her Children
  • Sigrid Undset 1882–1949, Norwegian novelist and 1928 Nobel Prize in Literature-winner; Kristin Lavransdatter
  • Joan Ure 1918–1978, Scottish poet and playwright
  • Jane Urquhart born 1949, Canadian novelist and poet; The Stone Carvers
  • Kaari Utrio born 1942, Finnish novelist; Isabella
  • Uvavnuk fl early 20th century, Inuit poet
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  • Celestine Vaite born 1966, Tahitian novelist
  • Katri Vala 1901–1944, Finnish poet
  • Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez born 1969, American novelist, journalist and screenwriter
  • Aline Valek, born 1986, Brazilian writer, novelist, editor and illustrator
  • Jean Valentine born 1934, American poet; New York State Poet Laureate
  • Luisa Valenzuela born 1938, Argentinian novelist and short story writer
  • Rahel Varnhagen 1771–1833, German essayist and correspondent
  • Mariya Vilinska 1833–1907, Russian/Ukrainian novelist, and translator
  • Jennifer Vanasco born 1971, American columnist and journalist
  • Mona Van Duyn 1921–2004, American poet; 36th US Poet Laureate
  • Lin Van Hek 1944, Australian novelist
  • Mahadevi Varma 1906–1987, Hindi poet, freedom fighter, women's activist and educationist from India
  • Janine Pommy Vega 1942–2010, American poet associated with the Beat generation
  • Yvonne Vera 1964–2005, Zimbabwean novelist
  • Tatiana Vedenska born 1976, Russian novelist
  • Anastasiya Verbitskaya 1861–1928, Russian novelist and dramatist; Keys to Happiness
  • Lidia Veselitskaya 1857–1936, Russian novelist; Mimi's Marriage
  • Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand 1697–1780, French correspondent
  • Clara Viebig 1862–1952, German novelist and playwright
  • Monica Vikström-Jokela born 1960, Finnish-Swedish television script writer and author
  • Maruxa Vilalta born 1932, Mexican playwright
  • Marie-Catherine de Villedieu 1640–1683, French playwright, novelist, and short story writer
  • Louise Leveque de Vilmorin 1902–1969, French novelist, poet, and journalist
  • Renée Vivien 1877–1909, French poet
  • Élisabeth Vonarburg born 1947, French science fiction novelist
  • Marko Vovchok 1833–1907, Russian/Ukrainian writer; Ukrainian Folk Tales
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt born 1943, American poet and essayist
  • Julia Voznesenskaya born 1940, Soviet/Russian writer; The Women's Decameron
  • Susanna de Vries born 1936, Australian biographical author
  • Jurgen Vsych born 1966, American director and screenwriter
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  • Charity Waciuma born 1936, Kenyan novelist
  • Elizabeth Wagele born 1939, American author and cartoonist
  • Diane Wakoski born 1937, American poet
  • Rosmarie Waldrop born 1935, American poet, translator and publisher
  • Anne Waldman born 1945, American poet
  • Alice Walker born 1944, American novelist, short story writer, and poet; The Color Purple
  • Margaret Walker 1915–1998, American poet and novelist
  • Wallada bint al-Mustakfi 1001–1080, Andalusian poet writing in Arabic
  • María Elena Walsh 1930–2011, Argentine poet, novelist, musician, and playwright
  • Ania Walwicz born 1951, Australian poet
  • Mary Augusta Ward Mrs Humphrey Ward, 1851–1920, English novelist
  • Gertrude Chandler Warner 1890–1979, American children's writer
  • Susan Warner 1819–1885, American children's writer and songwriter
  • Myriam Warner-Vieyra born 1939, Guadeloupean poet and novelist
  • Wendy Wasserstein 1950–2006, American playwright
  • Sarah Waters born 1966, Welsh-born novelist
  • Margaret Way, Australian author of romance novels
  • Catherine Webb born 1986, British novelist
  • Mary Webb 1881–1927, English novelist; Precious Bane
  • Simone Weil 1909–1943, French mystic and philosopher
  • Hannah Weiner 1928–1997, American poet
  • Dorothy Wellesley 1889–1956, English poet
  • Ida B Wells 1862–1931, African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist
  • Martha Wells born 1964, American novelist
  • Eudora Welty 1909–2001, American novelist, short story writer, and photographer
  • Viola S Wendt 1907–1986, American poet and educator
  • Dorothy West 1907–1998, American novelist and short story writer
  • Jane West 1758–1852, English novelist, poet, playwright, and tract-writer
  • Rebecca West 1892–1983, British novelist, essayist, and travel writer; Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
  • Anne Wharton 1659–1685, English poet
  • Edith Wharton 1862–1937, American novelist and short story writer; The Age of Innocence
  • Leslie What born 1955, American novelist and short story writer
  • Phillis Wheatley 1753–1784, American poet
  • Evelyn Whitaker 1857–1903, British novelist
  • Antonia White 1899–1980, English novelist and short story writer
  • Dorothy White c 1630–1686, English religious writer
  • Ellen White 1827–1915, American evangelist and prophetess
  • Isabella Whitney born c 1540, English poet
  • Phyllis A Whitney born 1903, American mystery novelist
  • Anna Wickham 1884–1947, British poet
  • Zoë Wicomb born 1948, South African novelist and short story writer
  • Margaret Widdemer 1884–1978, American poet and novelist
  • Ulrika Widström 1764–1841, Swedish poet and translator
  • Elisabeth of Wied pen name Carmen Sylva, 1843–1916, poet, playwright and queen consort of Romania
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850–1919, American poet
  • Charlotte Wilder 1898–1980, American poet
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder 1867–1957, American children's writer; Little House on the Prairie
  • Helen Maria Williams 1762–1827, English novelist and poet
  • Sherley Anne Williams 1944–1999, American poet and novelist
  • Connie Willis born 1945, American science fiction writer
  • Elizabeth Willis born 1961, American poet, literary critic and professor
  • Kate Wilhelm born 1928, American novelist and short story writer
  • Jacqueline Wilson born 1945, English children's writer
  • Harriet E Wilson 1825–1900, American novelist
  • Sarah Winnemucca 1841–1891, American lecturer and autobiographer
  • Jeanette Winterson born 1959, English novelist
  • Jane Wiseman c 1682–1717, English poet and playwright
  • Monique Wittig born 1935, French writer and feminist
  • Maria Petronella Woesthoven 1760–1830, Dutch poet
  • Gabriele Wohmann born 1932, German novelist and story writer
  • Christa Wolf 1929–2011, German novelist, critic and essayist
  • Leslie Wolfe born 1967, American novelist
  • Mary Wollstonecraft 1759–1797, English novelist and feminist; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Jade Snow Wong 1922–2006, American ceramic artist and autobiographer
  • Nellie Wong born 1934, Chinese-American feminist poet; Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park, The Death of Long Steam Lady
  • Ellen Mrs Henry Wood 1814–1887, English novelist; East Lynne
  • Virginia Woolf 1882–1941, English novelist and essayist; Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse
  • Constance Fenimore Woolson 1840–1894, American novelist and short story writer
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 1771–1855, English poet and diarist
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689–1762, English letter-writer
  • C D Wright born 1949, American poet
  • Judith Wright born 1915, Australian poet
  • Mary Tappan Wright 1851–1916, American novelist and short story writer
  • Lady Mary Wroth 1587–1652, English poet
  • Wu Zetian 624–705, Chinese poet, essayist, and empress regnant
  • Audrey Wurdemann 1911–1960, American poet; won 1935 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Elinor Wylie 1885–1928, American poet and novelist
  • Sylvia Wynter born 1928, Jamaican novelist, dramtatist, critic and essayist
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  • Xiao Hong 1911–1942, Chinese novelist and short story writer
  • Xie Daoyun pre-340–post-399, Chinese poet
  • Olga Xirinacs Díaz born 1936, writer and piano teacher
  • Empress Xu 1362–1407, Chinese bibliographer and empress consort
  • Xu Hui 627–650, Chinese poet
  • Halima Xudoyberdiyeva born 1947, Uzbek poet; People's Poet of Uzbekistan
  • Xue Tao 768–831, Chinese poet
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  • Hisaye Yamamoto 1921–2011, Japanese American short story writer
  • Empress Yamato fl later 7th century, Japanese poet
  • Wakako Yamauchi born 1924, Japanese American writer
  • Ann Yearsley 1753–1806, English poet, novelist, and playwright
  • Yeo Ok, Korean poet from the Gojoseon kingdom
  • Anzia Yezierska 1883–1970, Polish American novelist and short story writer
  • Yi Geun-hwa born 1976, Korean poet
  • Charlotte M Yonge 1823–1901, English novelist
  • Banana Yoshimoto born 1964, Japanese novelist
  • Marguerite Yourcenar 1903–1987, Belgian novelist and essayist writing in French
  • Akiko Yosano 1878–1942, Japanese poet
  • Yu Anjin 1941, Korean poet and essayist
  • Yu Xuanji 844–869 or 871, Chinese poet
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  • Helen Zahavi born 1966, British writer; Dirty Weekend
  • Gabriela Zapolska 1860–1921, Polish novelist, playwright, naturalist writer
  • Marya Zaturenska 1902–1982, American poet; won 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • María de Zayas y Sotomayor 1590–, Spanish novelist
  • Eva Zeller born 1923, German poet and novelist
  • Empress Zhangsun, 601–636, Chinese moralist; Examples for Women
  • Vera Zhelikhovsky 1835–1896, Russian writer; The General's Will
  • Zhu Shuzhen c 1135–1180, Chinese poet
  • Maria Zhukova 1804–1855, Russian writer; Evenings on the Karpovka
  • Zhuo Wenjun Wen Jun, 2nd century BC, Chinese poet
  • Lydia Zimmermann born 1966, Spanish filmmaker and screenwriter
  • Alice Zimmern 1855–1939, English writer and translator
  • Hedda Zinner also Elisabeth Frank, 1905–1994, German political writer
  • Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal 1866–1907, Russian writer; The Tragic Menagerie
  • Zitkala-Sa 1876–1938, American writer
  • Kathinka Zitz-Halein 1801–1877, German writer
  • Narcyza Żmichowska 1818–1876, Polish novelist and poet
  • Zuo Fen c 255–300, Chinese poet
  • Unica Zürn 1916–1970, German poet and painter
  • Fay Zwicky born 1933, Australian poet and academic
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See also

  • List of women cookbook writers
  • Feminist literary criticism
  • Feminist science fiction
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender in science fiction
  • List of biographical dictionaries of female writers
  • List of early-modern women playwrights UK
  • List of early-modern women poets UK
  • List of female detective/mystery writers
  • List of female poets
  • List of feminist literature
  • List of female rhetoricians
  • Norton Anthology of Literature by Women
  • Women in science fiction
  • Women Writers Project
  • Women's writing in English
  • Sophie digital lib

References

  1. ^ Retrieved 15 November 2016
  2. ^ Pickles
  3. ^ "2014 Global Ebook Awards Winners" Global EBook Awards

External links

  • A Celebration of Women Writers
  • SAWNET: The South Asian Women's NETwork Bookshelf
  • Victorian Women Writers Project
  • Voices from the Gaps: Women Artists and Writers of Color
  • The Women Writers Archive: Early Modern Women Writers Online
  • SOPHIE: a digital library of works by German-speaking women
  • REBRA: a list of women writers from Brazil Biographies in Portuguese, English, and in Spanish
  • Teena Lyons Website

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