Got this excellent meme from Dorothy:

Name 25 writers who have influenced you. These are not necessarily your favorite writers or those you most admire, but writers who have influenced you. Then you tag 25 people.

I’m not going to tag 25 people, but if you feel so inclined, I’d love to see your own list. I thought it would be a breeze to do but it turned out to be more difficult than I expected. Like Dorothy I sort of put them in a chronological to my life order.

  1. Dr. Seuss
  2. E.B. White
  3. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  4. Madeleine L’Engle
  5. Harper Lee
  6. Ernest Hemingway
  7. John Steinbeck
  8. Charles Dickens
  9. Jane Austen
  10. Frank Herbert
  11. Robert Heinlein
  12. Douglas Adams
  13. Charlotte Bronte
  14. Virginia Woolf
  15. Vita Sackville West
  16. Adrienne Rich
  17. Margaret Atwood
  18. Marge Piercy
  19. Judy Grahn
  20. Tillie Olsen
  21. Muriel Rukeyser
  22. Octavia Butler
  23. Anna Ahkmatova
  24. Michel de Montaigne
  25. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Seuss very likely is at the root of my enjoyment of poetry and is probably why so many poets appear on the list. Madeleine L’Engle hooked me on science fiction all because A Swiftly Tilting Planet had a unicorn on the cover. And can you see my feminist writer binge in there too? And I never would have read Emerson if it hadn’t been for Montaigne. But why I picked up Montaigne to begin with I can no longer remember. But I am glad I did. It seems to me sort of a crazy list, but there you have it. Make of it what you will.