Lemony Snicket - Grew up with this guys books. He was the guy who taught me how to write.
J.K. Rowling - I'm a Harry Potter fan, so what, can't help it
George Orwell - Writes amazing books, basically the guy who introduced me to the idea of postmodernism.
Shel Silverstein - First poetry I ever read, and damn, was it wonderful. Big big big influence on my poetry now.
Thom Yorke - Isn't really much of a writer, but his lyrics are downright amazing.
Kevin Smith - Fantastic screenwriter. Clerks is one of my favorite movies ever.
Etc, etc. Might add more later, but for this'll have to do for now.
Who are your favorite writers?