WLTM: discovering America through its female writers

I know, I know – I never learn. Anyway, what better way to investigate this temporary place of residence than through its women. Ahem. I mean its women writers. Always interested in challenges with more than one dimension, I thought I could spread my eye kisses across the states… but I need help! Suggestions for women writers from any of the as yet unallocated states below? Throw them at me – in the comments, on twitter, by email or by beautiful old fashioned mail. Oh, and no need to get pissy or strict about state associations – I’m looking broadly for a writer to be born of, or have stayed a length of time in, a state to claim it. This isn’t science, it’s art, alright?

Thanks to @MildlyBitter, @DrBremm, @booksellercrow and @halehroshan for suggestions.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas – MAYA ANGELOU: Gather together in my name
California – KATHLEEN ALCOTT: The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets
Colorado
Connecticut – ANN ARENSBERG: Sister Wolf or Group Sex
Delaware
Florida – ZORA NEALE HURSTON: Their eyes were watching God
Georgia – ALICE WALKER: Now is the time to open your heart
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois – EDNA FERBU: So big; JUDITH GUEST: Ordinary People
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine – ELIZABETH STROUTT: My name is Lucy Barton
Maryland – ADRIENNE RICH: On lies, secrets and silence
Massachusetts – EDITH WHARTON: Ethan Frome; SUSAN AND ELIZA MINOT: Rapture & The Brambles
Michigan – ANGELA FLOURNOY: The Turner House
Minnesota – LOUISE ERDRICH: The Antelope Wife
Mississippi – EUDORA WELTY
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska – WILLA CATHER: My Antonia
Nevada – CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS: Gold Fame Citrus
New Hampshire
New Jersey – CARLENE BAUER: Frances and Bernard
New Mexico
New York – SUSAN SONTAG: In America
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio – TONI MORRISON: A Mercy; MARILYNNE ROBINSON
Oklahoma
Oregon – RACHEL KUSHNER: The Flamethrowers
Pennsylvania – DEVRA DAVIS: When smoke ran like water
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee – ANN PATCHETT: Bel Canto
Texas
Utah
Vermont – MEGAN MAYHEW BERGMAN: Almost Famous Women
Virginia – NELL ZINK: Mislaid/The Wallcreeper
Washington – MARY MCCARTHY: The Group
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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