Here are some writers and poets that have broken the mold.
Maya Angelou is known for being a writer/poet that has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She started out being an overall performer in San Fransisco and started writing about her experiences. She became the first African American woman to have a screenplay produced. She has been nominated for a Tony award and for an Emmy. Her most popular book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was on the NYT non-fiction bestseller's list for over two years, which is the longest period for any book on this list.
- Maya Angelou in the Vise Library: Checkout the book All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes located at 818 A584a, 1991.
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott is known for her books Little Women and Little Men. During the Civil War she was a nurse. She also did her part to end women's suffrage by organizing rallies for women to vote in school elections.
- Louisa May Alcott in the Vise Library: Checkout the book Louisa May Alcott located at 813.4 Alc Che.
Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck was an author that got her start writing stories for Atlantic Monthly and Nation. Her book The Good Earth was the best selling book of 1931 and 1932. This book won the Pulizter Prize and was turned into a movie. She won the Novel Peace Prize for Literature. This made her the first American woman to ever win this award. During her life she wrote over 70 books. She became very involved in American civil rights and women's rights.
- Pearl S. Buck in the Vise Library: Checkout the book The Child That Never Grew located at 362.3 B922.