What poets changed the way you thought about writing?
Off the top of my head, and in alphabetical order because I cannot possibly rank them: Franny Choi, Canisia Lubrin, Morgan Parker, Claudia Rankine, Ocean Vuong, A. Zachary, Jenny Zhang. They have each, in their own way, challenged both the medium and the reader. I had only ever known traditional forms of poetry shown to us in grade school; while I liked some of it, I mostly appreciated them on a technical level – emotionally, I had trouble connecting to them and/or seeing facets of myself. These writers have all shown me the potential of the personal, and of the critical.