Sunday, March 8, 2009

25 Writers Who Influenced Me


It's been a while but, I've been tagged again. It seems that Regina over at Regina's Family Seasons is under the impression that I like to read and she is absolutely right! I have been asked to name 25 writers who have influenced me and tag 25 people to do the same. (I don't know about tagging 25 people but, I'll do my best to name a few-lololol!)

Since I can remember, I have always loved to read. My grandfather used to read the newspaper to me and by the time I entered kindergarten, I could read a little bit. Books became my friends and by the list of writers below, you'll see that my tastes are quite eclectic.

25 writers who have influenced me are (in no particular order):

1. Chester Himes
2. James Baldwin
3. Richard Wright
4. Walter Mosley
5. Maya Angelou
6. Zora Neal Hurston
7. Terri McMillan
8. Diane McKinney-Whetstone
9. Omar Tyree
10. Juan Williams
11. Valerie Wilson Wesley
12. Zane
13. Bebe Moore Campbell
14. George L. Jackson
15. Eldridge Cleaver
16. Frantz Fanon
17. Jean Genet'
18. Tananarive Due
19. Eric Jerome Dickey
20. Nikki Giovanni
21. Donald Goines
22. William Shakespeare
23. Langston Hughes
24. Edgar Allan Poe
25. Alex Haley

My tag list for this endeavor is three bloggers... Enjoy!

1. Mizrepresent (Miz's Write For Life)

2. A.J. Brown (A.J. Brown)

3. Moanerplicity (Moaningmoanerplicities)

25 comments:

James Perkins said...

That's quite a list Keith...and it shows why you needed two blogs..you
have so many different interests.

Simon Bastion said...

I've always thought that you were a
well read man.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Wow...You've read a lot.

Sunflower said...

You do indeed have interesting tastes....You go from Shakespere,Poe and the Black Renasaince writers to Zane and Eric Jerome Dickey..Just shows you are very well rounded.

Angie B. said...

I see Chester Himes and Walter Mosley influences in your stories on "Escapades"

Toni said...

You always struck me as being very
literate.

Tate2 said...

I gotta say I was surprized when I saw Zane on that list with those other people, but I see her influence in some of your stories on your "Escapades" Blog.

Jazzy said...

Read on Good Brother, Read On-lolol.

Swaggie said...

I love a great many of the same authors you named.

Halo said...

Wow Keith, you do have ececltic tastes in writers!-lolol.

Vanessa said...

You've got people on your list that
only you could put together (ie-Zane,Eric Jerome Dickey, Zora Neale
Hurston, Chester Himes, Edgar Allan
Poe and William Shakesspere)lololol
but a good list of great writers just the same.

Lisa said...

That's a wonderful list Keith and I'm sure there are some that you left off as well.

Political Sean said...

Was surprised to see George "Soledad Brother"Jackson and
Eldridge "Soul on Ice" Cleaver on your list..but then again...No I'm not...Nice List, just the same...and Jean Genet too! Interesting.

Captain Jack said...

I'm not surprised at how well read you are..It shows on both of your blogs.

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Whew, I'm hoping to avoid being tagged for this one...lol. I take the word 'influence' very seriously so I'd be hard pressed to come up with more than a couple. I don't read books as much as used to...guess I need to rethink that.

My favorite author is J. California Cooper though...she's a hoot.

Keith said...

@Curvy Girl- You know I thought about you when I was writing this-lolololol, guess you lucked out huh? I like J.California Cooper too!

There were so many great writers,
I know that I left more than a few out.

Oyin said...

o ok...well your good, cos I dont think I even know 25 writers..


stay sweet, and keep reading...haha

Mizrepresent said...

Omar Tyree, lol, say it ain't so...i hope to one day be on your list Keith! Happy Sunday!

Kofi Bofah said...

Tananarive Due has a blogspot that is easy to find...

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

I read some of the authors you posted. I'm currently reading a book by Omar Tyree. I love Walter Mosley. Not his sci-fi books tho.

Keith said...

@Southern Gal- I didn't like Walter
Mosley's science fiction books either!

Lovebabz said...

What a list! I came over from checking Miz' list. I love this meme because you can certainly tell a lot about a person by the stuff they read.

We like some of the same authors :) I was tagged a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed thinking about who I would pick.

Regina said...

What a great list!! Very well rounded and definitely a nice variety!
Thanks for doing this! I also totally skipped the tag 25 people part! LOL!

Keith said...

@Regina-lololol -"I totally skipped the tag 25 people part."

Me too!- lololololololol.

Moanerplicity said...

oTAY, good Brotha. I shall take on this act of tagdom. BTW: You have good taste in writers. Several of yours would make my list and my also-rans.

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