Inspiring Writers

Intrigued by this list over at Poets & Writers, Alison Morris asks “What Living Authors and Illustrators Inspire You?

From the Poets & Writers list, I too admire Elizabeth Alexander (who wowed me with her Amistad poems before she did the inaugural one), Alison Bechdel (Fun Home is one of the most amazing memoirs, in any form, I’ve ever read), Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — need I say more?), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I read One Hundred Years of Solitude decades ago and remember it vividly), and Salman Rushdie (whose early work I adored and who, I just saw somewhere, has a sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories in the works).

As for Alison’s list, I agree with her that  M. T. Andersen, Marilyn Nelson, Elizabeth Partridge, and Shaun Tan are all remarkable and can think of a number of other children’s authors in their league that I admire enormously as well.

But the living writer who inspires me most of all is the ever brilliant Philip Pullman.


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2 responses to “Inspiring Writers

  1. I loved seeing Ben Saenz on that list. I would have added Mary Oliver.



  2. I too was happy to seeing Ben Saenz on it although I can’t weigh in on the inspiration question having read only one book of his (which I did like very much). Unfortunately, I still need to read Mary Oliver and a number of others on the P&W list so I just mentioned those on it whose works have wowed me at some point in my life. (For example, I haven’t read Marquez or Rushdie in years, but boy did they blow me away when I did.)

    I actually was a bit uncomfortable with the word “inspire” and purposely didn’t use it when discussing those writers on the two lists I admire and respect enormously. And I also purposely refrained from adding names other than one who does inspire me more than any other living writer I can think of. (There are just far too many writers I admire and respect to even begin to list them all.)


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