Garrison Keillor (August 7, 1942 -- ) is a story teller, radio host, writer and fellow English major. I have grown up with his voice in my living room, telling stories every Saturday night on NPR's Prairie Home Companion.
Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was a very prolific American poet who in her lifetime was not known for her poetry but rather her introverted personality and love of white clothing.
Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was a British-American poet who is too often remembered for the way she died and not her life's work.
Billy Collins (March 22, 1941 -- ) who's writing has a fun-loving and easy spirit, is one of my favorite poets whenever the need to unwind arises.
Sloane Crosley (August 3, 1978 -- ) is a witty, young essayist with her own writing style. She is someone who's talents I aspire to.
Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 -- ) is best known for her novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In 2007 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Since the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird, she has only published a few short essays. She assisted Truman Capote in his research for his book In Cold Blood.
Daniel Murlin Nester (February 29, 1968 -- ), a man who knows "How to be Inappropriate" as well as all you may or may not want to know about Queen.