15 authors of influence

I was tagged by two people on facebook to complete this task: “Fifteen authors who’ve influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes….”

I’m skipping the “tag 15 people” part, but if you want to create your own list, please go ahead!

I made my list on the bus on the way home from work. I contemplated waiting until I got home, but decided that making my list while standing in front of my bookcase might defeat the purpose of the assignment. And should I really include “that one author who wrote that article in that eros and theology book that was really amazing but whose name I can’t remember…”? I’m definitely going to check on her name when I get home.

So here’s my list, in no particular order, and of course there are more, but I think this makes a nice little group.

My 15 authors:
Madeline L’Engle
Ursula K. LeGuin
Robert Munsch
Catherine Keller
Jhumpa Lahiri
Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza
Mary Daly
Guy Gavriel Kay
William Shakespeare
Maya Angelou
Jane Vennard
Sue Monk Kidd
John Caputo

What authors have influenced you? Why? I could almost write a separate post for each person explaining the why part… Maybe that’s a task for a rainy day!