The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
Zora Neale Hurston
NOTE: Yes, I know it's sixteen. I had completely thought I put Bradbury in here, so when I edited it to finally include him, I just couldn't take anyone out. Sue me.