I can’t say that I can think of any American creative writer who I expect to have any impact on the 2012 Presidential elections. Yet, here is a nice article below which outlines the significance of writing in Egypt in the spring revolutions. . . and the dilemmas facing those writers as that country moves ahead.
Why do we think about our own writers as mostly purveyors of “entertainments” (on the one hand) or as a subset of the university world (on the other) and only producing what a very few folks will read? Do the arts have no role to play in preserving our democracy? Does it require a situation of unusual revolutionary fervor for the arts to matter? (Or, ironically, do the arts only matter when a government tries to repress them?)
Egypt’s Writers Consider the Future