The writer whose work taught me that my writing had a name - it was poetry. Bukowski's poetry broke many boundaries in terms of style and subject. The Beatniks, particularly Bukowski, make me feel like I have a crowd I fit into as a poet.
The same could be said about people. Some people are nice, some are even nicer. Some are really special & worth writing about. Then there are those really really special people you want to write to & say thank you for making life better.