Poet Adrienne Rich received several notable awards over the course of her career, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Frost Medal. Stuart Ransom/AP hide caption

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Author Jasmin Darznik is a professor at Washington and Lee University. Sarah Cramer Shields/Grand Central Publishing hide caption

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Rachel Maddow hosts the nightly news talk show The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Bill Phelps/Courtesy of the author hide caption

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