Last Wednesday we had the privilege to host an exciting panel of women writers curated by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. During their conversation about race and gender and the progress of their work, each of the authors took turns talking about the books that inspired them the most at an early age. Here is a list of the authors that meant the most to each of the panelists.
Winner of both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, C.K. Williams remains one of the most important contributors to American letters. When he died at 78 he had published over 20 collections of poetry. Poems like "In the Heart of the Beast," "The Singing," and "On the Metro" marked him as a voice of his generation.
Two Lines Press is a publisher of translated fiction and nonfiction, offering American readers the opportunity to read some great work from abroad. Two Lines Press endeavors to give readers another point of entry to an international discussion and to see that great literature isn’t created by the background of the culture in which its produced but by the talent of the writer that produces it (and the translator that brings it to English).