Adrienne Rich, a U.S. poet who influenced the feminist and gay-rights movements, has died at the age of 82. Rich suffered complications caused by rheumatoid arthritis, the Associated Press reported, citing her son, Pablo Conrad. Her work challenged the American dream and was quoted by anti-war protesters.
Rich was born on May 16, 1929, in Baltimore and published her first book of poems in 1951, while still a student at Radcliffe College. Before her graduation, her poetry was chosen by W.H. Auden for publication in the Yale Younger Poets series.