I'm meeting with 4 writer friends on Friday night and one of our topics is who inspires us as writers. When asked this question, I was surprised that the first two people who came to my mind were painters, not writers-- Frida Kahlo & Georgia O'Keeffe.
I had to stop and actually think what writers/poets inspire me most. Two of my favorite poets were Denise Levertov & Jane Kenyon. I'd put them near the top of my list. Also I'm inspired by Richard Hugo, William Stafford, and William Carlos Williams. Pablo Neruda is always near the top of any list I write.
Currently in the living world, the following people have inspired me recently, Naomi Shihab Nye, Spike Lee, and Barack Obama.
I am trying to choose just one person. So, tell me, who inspires you?