Mieko Kawakami is a Japanese author whose book won Time’s Best 10 Books of 2020. She was born in Osaka and first appeared in the poetry world in 2006 with her first book My Ego, My Teeth and the World. Not only is she talented at writing but she also sings and has released three singles.
Yaa Gyasi is a Ghanaian-American writer who wrote her debut novel Homegoing in 2016. Her book won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for the best first book. She studied English at Stanford University and later on received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She regularly holds workshops to teach writers new techniques and to share her experiences as a writer over the past several years.
Marie Kondo is famous for her popularisation of the KonMari method which involves tidying up your home with intention. It’s sparked people around the world to start reorganizing their wardrobes and homes and setting aside what no longer sparks them joy. She’s also an amazing writer and has published four books on the act of organizing your space. If you’re a fan of the Netflix series, try reading a few of her books for some tried and tested organization tips.
Warsan Shire is a British poet, teacher, and editor who was born to Somali parents. She’s won notable awards including the Young Poet Laureate for London award. She attributes a lot of her poetry to references about her Somali history and parents especially her mother.
Wang Esmé Weijun Wang’s writing is both chaotic yet organized. She openly talks about her mental health problems on social media and has written an entire account of her struggles called The Collective Schizophrenias. She’s also created a supportive community of people who are struggling with insecurities and fitting into society. Not only is she a talented young female writer but her dreams to help others in the process is certainly admirable and timely.