The staff of Poets & Writers magazine came up with this list of fifty of the most inspiring authors in the world. Less than twenty are women. Seems to me this rather tepid list needs some redressing. What do you think of the authors on this list? And who are some other living writers you consider inspiring? And how about a line or two on why you’ve chosen each one?
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.