Eleanor Hallowell Abbott (1872–1958), American poet, novelist and short story writer.

Louise Abeita (born 1926), Native American Isleta Pueblo writer. I am a Pueblo Indian Girl

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.

Nandini Sahu (born 1973), Indian English poet, folklorist and academic.

Akazome Emon (956–1041), Japanese poet and historian.

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 (born 1937), 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.

Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir (born 1938), Icelandic novelist.

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

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.

Julia Álvarez (born 1950), Dominican-American poet, novelist and essayist. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

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 write

Natalie Babbitt (born 1932), US 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.

Albena Bakratcheva (born 1961), Bulgarian author, best known for her work on American Transcendentalism.

Delia Bacon (1811–1859), American writer of plays and short stories, best known today for her work on the Shakespeare authorship question.

Enid Bagnold (1889–1981), British author and playwright. National Velvet

Elisaveta Bagryana (1893–1991), Bulgarian poet; one of the mothers of Bulgarian literature.

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

Faith Baldwin (1893–1978), was a very successful U.S. 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

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

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 novelist.

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 and nun writing in Latin.

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), U.S. 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), British playwright, poet and novelist. The Rover

Gioconda Belli (born 1948), Nicaraguan revolutionary and writer, designated among the 100 most important poets of the 20th century.
Victoria Benedictsson (1850–1888), Swedish author.