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Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?

A: Alice Monroe, Katherine Dunn, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Isak Dinesen, Arundhati Roy, Jane Austen, Shirley Jackson, Colson Whitehead, Vladimir Nabokov, Samantha Schweblin, Herman Melville, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sylvia Plath, Zora Neale Hurston, Jorge Luis Borges, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda

A: Iain McLachlan; Leonard Cohen; Harold Robbins; Maeve Binchy; Isaac Asimov; Ray Bradbury; Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde; Claude Monet; Joseph Turner

A: My all time favorite author is Neil Gaiman; I also enjoy the works of Michael Crichton, some of the works of Chuck Palahniuk, and many other authors of which I have only read singular works.

A: (I am only one editor; I don't want to speak for the entire team on this personal issue.)

A: SCJ publishes both Visual Art and Literature. My personal favorites for fiction are TC Boyle, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Arundhati Roy; for Poetry: Sharon Olds, Robert Vivian, Joy Harjo. For Visual Arts I look for artists that intentionally seek to disrupt our thinking and create a conversation (which is how I picked my authors).

A: all contemporary collage, miniature, and mixed-media artists

Hannah Rego, Founding Co-Editor of ctrl + v, 07 October 2019

A: Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ernest Hemingway, Elena Ferrante, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Salman Rushdie, Denis Johnson, Kathy Fish

A: Will Self, Maeve Binchy, Charles Dickens, Aidan Chambers. Neil Gaiman,

Gill James, editor-in-chief of CafeLit, 02 October 2019

A: I have a wide range of favorite authors - too many to name, but here are a few: Rumi, Ntozake Shange, James Baldwin, Anne Rice, Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, J.R.R. Tolkien, Octavia Butler, William Shakespeare and many more.
Visiting museums and watching an artist create paintings is mesmerizing to me. I am inspired by all art forms, from graffiti to marbled sculptures to glass blowing. Some of my favorite artists are Alexandros of Antioch (Venus De Milo), Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, Edmonia Lewis, Jean Michel Basquiat, Jacob Lawrence, Gustav Klimt, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Picasso.

K. China Myers, Senior Editor of Duende, 29 September 2019

A: We've a long laundry list of authors who influence our selection criteria and it is always evolving, here is but a snippet from around the genre.
William Gibson
Gene Wolfe
Bruce Stirling
Pat Cadigan
Malka Older
Lisa Mason
Terry Pratchett
Richard Morgan
Adam Baron
Raymond Chandler
Alfred Bester
Robert E. Howard
H.P. Lovecraft

A: I always find this question to be such a hard one because I'm always impressed with so many different writers. David Mitchell is someone who I always read. Kevin Brockmeier's imagination is so amazing, Karen Russell for her beauty storytelling with fantasy, Ha Jin, Paul French, Pearl S. Buck for stories about China.

A: I enjoy new fiction from newer authors.

William Gensburger, Editor and Publisher of Books 'N Pieces, 19 September 2019