Results are In: Your Favorite Writers

I’ve always believed that in order to be good writers, most people can’t limit themselves to one genre of writing. The more you practice diverse genres, the better you become at writing your favorite one. You pick up so many writing tools from practicing many genres.

Writing grows on you. As a young writer, you may tell yourself that your goal is to be a non-fiction writer. But later in life, in doing a lot of reading, going to writing events, and  making friends with writers of other genres, you find that other genres attract you, too.

I remember long ago when I had a friend who wrote mystery novels, I first told him I wasn’t interested in reading mysteries. He suggested I read some mystery novels and gave me a few names of famous mystery writers. The next time I walked into a used bookstore, I picked up a couple of mystery paperbacks. While I never became an avid mystery reader myself, let alone mystery writer, I actually did enjoy reading a few mystery novels, namely those of British author Ruth Rendell.

Now, I’d like to thank all 24 of you who responded to the survey about your favorite writer. Some of your favorites are household names, while others may not ring a bell with many people.

Good writers are intellectually curious, so I suspect you’ll be checking out these authors listed below and reading about those you’ve never heard of. And, it’s so gratifying to see that many of your favorite writers are of different nationalities than your own. Readers of this blog are very literate!

I know in reading over your names of favorites, I’ve been reminded to re-read some authors that I haven’t read in a long time, namely: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Annie Dillard, Richard Wilbur, Shakespeare, Rumi, and Agatha Christie, all of whose books are on my bookshelves. But their books have gotten lost amid the thousands in my home.

I hope this list and any follow-up you do with it enriches you:


  • Wislawa Szymborska, poet (Polish)

Submitted by: Tricia Knoll, USA

  • Richard Wilbur, poet (American)

Submitted by: Barb Germiat, USA

  • Jessica Malone Latham, haiku poet (American)

Submitted by: Susan Burch, USA

  • Agatha Christie, novels: mysteries (English)

Submitted by: Susan Beth Furst, USA

  • Tillie Olsen, short story (American)

Submitted by: Roberta Beary, Ireland/USA

  • William Shakespeare, poet/dramatist (English)

Submitted by: Barbara Eaton, USA

  • Daniel Berrigan, poet (American)

Submitted by: Johnny Baranski, USA

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet/playwright (American)

Submitted by: kjmunro, Canada

  • Anne Carson, poet/essayist/translator (Canadian)

Submitted by: Beverly Acuff Momoi, USA

  • Annie Dillard, poet/fiction/narrative non-fiction (American)

Submitted by: Erin Marissa Russell, USA

  • Robert Westall, children’s writer (English)

Submitted by: Paul Beech, UK

  • Mary Oliver, poet (American)

Submitted by: Tom Clausen, USA

  • Raymond Carver, short story/poet (American)

Submitted by: Pasquale Asprea, Italy

  • Robert Walser, short story/novel (Swiss )

Submitted by: Stefano d’Andrea, Italy

  • John Saul, horror (American)

Submitted by: Pam Larson, USA

  • Rumi, poet (Persian)

Submitted by: Hifsa Ashraf, Pakistan

  • Bodil Malmsten, poet/novelist (Swedish)

Submitted by: Kerstin Park, Sweden

  • George Swede, poet (Canadian/Latvian)

Submitted by: Brendon Kent, UK

  • Valerio Magrelli, poet (Italian)

Submitted by: Lucia Fontana, Italy

  • Margaret Atwood, novelist/poet/essayist (Canadian)

Submitted by: Jan Benson, USA

  • Marguerite Yourcenar, novelist/essayist (French)

Submitted by: Eufemia Griffo, Italy

  • Gary Snyder, poet/essayist (American)

Submitted by: Andy McLellan, UK

  • Diana Gabaldon, novelist: historical fiction/romance/mystery (American)

Submitted by: Agnes Eva Savich, USA

  • Stan Lee, comic-book writer (American)

Submitted by: Alan Summers, UK


Copyright 2017 by Charlotte Digregorio.


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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12 Responses to Results are In: Your Favorite Writers

  1. My favorite author is Paul.

  2. Barb Germiat says:

    The interesting this about these results is that, apparently, you got 24 responses naming 24 different writers, a good sign of the breadth of reading of your subscribers.

    Barb Germiat Appleton, WI

    On Sat, Nov 11, 2017 at 7:55 PM, Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog wrote:

    > Charlotte Digregorio posted: “I’ve always believed that in order to be > good writers, most people can’t limit themselves to one genre of writing. > The more you practice diverse genres, the better you become at writing your > favorite one. You pick up so many writing tools from practicing ” >

  3. Thank you Charlotte.
    Tomorrow, I’ll share it in my blog.
    Best wishes,

  4. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    What a fascinating list of names. One that stands out for me is Pasquale Asprea’s choice, Raymond Carver, whose work I love. I presented Carver’s ‘Proposal’ as Poem of the Month at a poetry venue on the Wirral a couple of years ago.

    As for the benefits of working in different genres, I’m right with you there. Even the writing I did as a social housing manager – reports, procedures and so on – equipped me with skills I could use to advantage in my creative work. And, yes, it worked the other way round too! Nowadays, writing haiku, which I love for its own sake anyway, certainly sharpens me up for work in other genres.

    My very best,


  5. Reblogged this on Il fiume scorre ancora and commented:
    Dal blog di Charlotte Digregorio, un interessante sondaggio sul nostro scrittore preferito.

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