Mary Oliver

Reading Mary Oliver is like drinking coffee with your best friend and having long, truthful conversations without fear of judgment. I relate so deeply to her work, which acts as a balm for the difficult days.

Edgar Allan Poe

I think many writers have a bit of darkness inside of them, which has always drawn me towards Poe. I remember reading his work in high school, and his stories stayed with me, even until now, as age has brought forth an even greater perspective and interpretation of his poetry and short stories.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker’s poetry is a gift of love that empowers and uplifts me every time I read her words. Her gentle poetic voice exudes a power and strength that reinforces hope on the good days and lingers on through the hard days.

Charles Bukowski

I appreciate the grit and raw conviction woven throughout Bukowski’s poetry. I think he conveys a quiet desperation and homesickness that I oftentimes feel, even in my own home, and even when writing my own words.

Douglas Adams

I adore the lighthearted, yet abrasively truthful parallels that Douglas Adams creates between science fiction and reality. His books provide comedic relief, especially now, when real life seems unbelievable.

Lindsey is a writer born and raised in Upstate South Carolina. She has words in Emerge Literary Journal, X-R-A-Y, Emrys Journal, Red Fez, Schuylkill Valley Journal and more. She spends her time at home raising a strong, confident daughter. She can be found on her website at https://r3dwillow.wixsite.com/rydanmardsey or on Twitter: @rydanmardsey.

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