Modern Poets for Teen Readers

April is Poetry Month, and Chicago Public Library has your poetry month e-book reads right here!

Elizabeth Acevedo is an Afro-Dominican poet, novelist and performer. Her award-winning novel-in-verse,The Poet X was a New York Times bestseller. Her poetry and novels deal with themes of growing up, being part of a family, being an immigrant, and finding your own voice to speak your truth. Her next novel-in-verse, Clap When You Land, will be available in May. 

Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani-Kashmiri-American poet and screenwriter. Her full-length debut poetry book, If They Come for Us, contains poems about identity, loss, coming of age, discovering one’s sexuality, belonging and being Muslim in the United States of America. 

Morgan Parker is a Black American poet and novelist. Her books of poetry There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce and Magical Negro have won numerous awards. Her sharp, funny, bittersweet poems resonate on the themes of race, love and loneliness, among others. Check out her YA debut novel Who Put This Song On? for more of Morgan’s writing.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a Black poet and writer from Columbus, Ohio. His essays are often about music and culture, including his book Go Ahead in the Rain and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. His book of poetry, A Fortune for your Disaster, is about heartbreak, the death of his mother and histories, collective and personal. 

For more modern poets, check out the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-hop!