Our Readers' List of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World


After we shared our list of the fifty most inspiring authors in the world, we asked our readers to add their favorites. Culled from the responses on pw.org and our Facebook page, here are the results:

 Kim Addonizio Beckian Fritz Goldberg Alice Munro
 Sherman Alexie Peter Handke Cees Nooteboom
 Aharon Appelfeld Joy Harjo Naomi Shihab Nye
 Suzanna Arundhati Roy Jim Harrison Mary Oliver
 Margaret Atwood Seamus Heaney Michael Ondaatje
 Paul Auster Mark Helprin
Robert Pinsky
 Nicholson Baker Alice Hoffman Sheenagh Pugh
 Russell Banks bell hooks Adrienne Rich
 Wendell Berry Michel Houellebecq Marilyn Robinson
 Eric Bogosian Eduardo Hughes Galeano
Richard Rodriguez
 Ray Bradbury John Irving
Philip Roth
 J. M. G. Le Clézio Kazuo Ishiguro Carlos Ruiz Zafón
 Lucille Clifton Denis Johnson Scott Russell Sanders
 Evan Shelby Connell Edward P. Jones George Saunders
 Dennis Cooper Mary Karr Ruth Schwartz
 Wendy Cope Jamaica Kincaid Tom Sharpe
 Edwidge Danticat Barbara Kingsolver Joan Silber
Marie Darrieussecq Milan Kundera Charles Simic
 Annie Dillard Jhumpa Lahiri
José de Sousa Saramago
 Rita Dove Wally Lamb
Mark Strand
 John Dufresne Anne Lamott
Elizabeth Strout
 Peter Everwine Li-Young Lee
Natasha Trethewey
 Lillian Faderman Ursula K. Le Guin
Anne Tyler
 Neil Gaiman Jan Heller Levi William T. Vollmann
 William H. Gass Larry McMurtry
Alice Walker
 Amy Gerstler W. S. Merwin
Rebecca Walker
 Ellen Gilchrist Steven Millhauser Terry Tempest Williams
 Nikki Giovanni
Patrick Modiano
Josef Winkler
 Natalie Goldberg Lorrie Moore
Franz Wright
    Dean Young