18 February 1934 — 17 November 1992
Audre Lorde was born in New York City and grew up in Harlem. Her parents were from the Caribbean. She learnt to read when she learnt to talk, and wrote her first poem in the eighth grade, so it’s not surprising that she grew up to be a famous writer and poet. Audre wrote about the lives of people who find it hard to fit into society because they are different in some way. She encouraged women not to be afraid of being different, and proudly called herself a ‘black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet’.