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Bio-critical essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 authors from around the world. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author's work in personal and historical context. Volumes include the American Author Series and the British Author Series.
Contemporary Authors and Scribner Writers Series definitely include poets, but take a look at the following for up-to-date biographical information (and more).
Current authors often have websites that include biographical information, a list of writings, public appearances, and contact information. The best websites provide links to interviews and, sometimes, videos. These sites are generally not appropriate sources for academic research papers, but might be appropriate for classroom presentations and short assignments. The following are just a selection of websites for current authors.