Toni Morrison: I read 3 of her books in several of my writing intensive classed in college. For a non-recreational reader at the time, they were all books I couldn’t put down. I remember specifically the impact she had on our professor, who later died of cancer. The way Toni Morrison wrote always brought so much discussion to our whole class, so she was influential to me because it taught me to speak out about how I interpreted characters and stories, and how we all had different visions of how the story was going in our heads, and they were all correct according to our professor. So as a woman, it taught me to SPEAK UP and talk about what I thought.