Following is a short list of writers whom I have read, enjoyed, and learned something from:
Edward Hoagland, Edward Abbey, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, Ralph Ellison, August Wilson, W.B. Yeats, Wm. Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, Wendell Berry, Joseph Conrad, Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Leo Tolstoy, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Gary Snyder, Lucille Clifton, John Hough, Athol Fugard, R. M. Rilke, Etheridge Knight, etc.