I'm inspired by writers who write about food, culture, sexuality, power, and religion. Here are a few that have really been piquing my interest and giving me something to be inspired and renewed by.
Reading The Book of Salt by Monique Truong, Vietnamese-American author and lawyer. A gorgeous essay by Monique in a past issue of Gourmet here. Also featured on the cover of the Sept/Oct '10 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Eliza Griswold, journalist and poet, discovered via this NPR Fresh Air interview with Terri Gross. Cool bio factoid: Eliza grew up Episcopalian and is the daughter of Franklin Griswold, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Wrote The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. On my hold list at my local public library.
I also discovered Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Harvard Divinity School grad, through the Los Angeles Catholic Worker's July issue of The Agitator. Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Worker, interviewed Chris Hedges in a fascinating article. The article covered a lot of ground on how theological education has influenced and shaped the way that Chris investigates and interprets the world. I was inspired and challenged. He's a columnist at TruthDigs.com.