Sunday, February 22, 2009

25 Writers Meme

I was tagged by Geoffrey to name 25 who have influenced my writing. There are some you might find surprising, but I thought of it carefully (with the help of my bookshelf) and came up with the following:

1. Richard Wright
2. Paul Laurence Dunbar
3. Ishmael Reed
4. James Baldwin
5. Jean Toomer
6. Langston Hughes
7. Ernest J. Gaines (pictured above)
8. Fydor Dostoevsky
9. August Wilson (Playwright)
10. Octavia Butler
11. Toni Morrison
12. Zora Neale Hurston
13. John Henrik Clarke
14. Sterling Brown
15. Irwin Shaw
16. John Donne
17. William Shakespeare
18. Oscar Brown Jr (Singer/Songwriter)
19. Edwin Torres
20. Clifton L. Taulbert
21. Curtis Mayfield
22. William Faulkner
23. Bill Withers (Singer/Songwriter)
24. Joseph A Walker (Playwright)
25. Kahlil Gibran

Honorable Mention: Jesus Christ (Holy Spirit) who is with me everytime I pick up the pen.

(Note: The names are in no particular order. Also, some of the names are song writers.)

Now, I'll have to tag 25 bloggers. Here's my list:

Barbie's Rants-n-Raves
Conscious Thought
Get Zapped~Pearls of Wisdom
Lessons Learned
Mwabi's World
NML is Tired of Men
A.E. Roman ~ Writer
Cathy Delaleu~Poet
Kei's Revelation
Kofi Conde
Poetic Pin
Pop Musicology
The Trials and Tribulations of Jenelly Bean
Torrance Stephens
Uncle David's Poetry
Urban Butterfly~Poetry
Yasmeen Christian
Soul Aperture
The Fulfillingness of Nina
Wandering Caravan
Bougie Black Boy~ Author
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