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Read all the editors' answers to Duotrope's interview question: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists? Learn more.
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Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: It's impossible to pick favorites - we publish the writers we do because they're stunning, exceptional, and their books are incredibly unique. But for anyone looking to get a sense of authors who best encapsulate what Dzanc does, I'd recommend checking out the work of Lindsey Drager, Lance Olsen, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Nino Cipri, John Englehardt, RE Katz, Banah le Ghadbanah, Robert Lopez...I could go on and on, but these are some of the folks doing very interesting work, reimagining what a novel can be and breaking the fiction mold in brilliant ways.
A: Annie Lighthart, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Chen Chen, Sara Ahmed, Kao Kalia Yang
A: To be honest, my favorite writers are as diverse as my interests. I love literary fiction, poetry, haiku, as well as science fiction, horror, transgressive fiction, even dabbling in some Splatterpunk.
My influences include the usual suspects: Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Bukowski blew my eighteen year old mind. His writing is the main reason I strive to be/stay authentic as a writer, Publisher, man. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky hit like an atom bomb around the same time in my life. I think about what it taught me about those subjects quite often.
Favorite contemporary authors of mine include, but are not limited to the following and encompass all genres: U.V. Ray, Frank Bill, Donald Ray Pollock, Brian Evenson, Aron Beauregard, Bret Easton Ellis, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Ron Whitehead, Sam Pink, Stephen Graham Jones, Rudy Fransisco, Chuck Palahniuk to name several.
A: Stephen Dunn, James Salter, Philip Roth, Galway Kinnell
A: Some writers we love: Rajiv Mohabir, Belle Boggs, Ruth Ozeki, K-Min Chang, Donika Kelly, Sequioa Nagamatsu, Richard Powers, Barbara Kingsolver, Ross Gay, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Matt Bell, Imbolo Mbue, Diane Cooke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Alison Cobb, Ben Ehrenreich, Atsuro Riley, Kenan Ince, Patricia Lockwood, Rebecca Solnit, Claudia Rankine, Elissa Washuta, Emily St. John Mandel
A: Toni Morrison, Kafka, Li Po, Herman Hesse, Clive Barker, Richard Wright, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Langston Hughes, Jean Michelle Basquiat
A: Min Jin Lee, Karen Russell, Brandon Taylor, Fernanda Melchor, Rachel Cusk, Maggie Nelson, C.E. Morgan. One of my favorite writers who is no longer with us would have to be Nabokov. I mean, that is just THE example of beautiful, luxurious writing. That is decadence. And I'll throw in Kathy Acker too for some experimental representation. Love her. Love what she does to challenge the boundaries of fiction.
A: For essays, poetry and short stories: George Saunders, Joan Didion, Nam Le, Anne Carson, Wells Tower, David Sedaris, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.
For longer fiction: Don DeLillo, Kazuo Ishiguro, Donna Tartt, Nora Ephron, Ottessa Moshfegh, Maggie Nelson, Colson Whitehead, Jennifer Egan, Rebecca Makkai, C Pam Zhang, Octavia Butler, Yaa Gyasi, Elena Ferrante.
Memoir: Patti Smith, Tara Westover, Carmen Maria Machado,
I also love light romance, often British: Paige Toon, Lindsey Kelk, Sarra Manning, Emily Henry.
But the list could be a million titles long—I just REALLY love to read.
A: My favourite poets are always Elizabeth Bishop, Frank O'Hara, Auden, John Clare and currently, Hannah Sullivan
A: Edgar Allan Poe, of course, as that's what Love Letters to Poe is all about. I also enjoy M.R. James, Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker, Richard Matheson, Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, and more.
A: Whew, I feel like every writer has a never-ending list of their favorite creators, but I'll stick to five. To start off, always, Kaveh Akbar-- I've learned so much about writing only through reading his work. Tracy K. Smith, whose incredible collection "Life on Mars" is a delight from start to finish. Chen Chen, for his humour and experimentation and honesty in his writing. Natalie Diaz, who finds meaning in places I could never have imagined (isn't that what poetry is all about?). Ocean Vuong's novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" swept me off my feet; his expertise over his craft is exquisite.
As for prose, Maggie Stiefvater is unparallelled in all she does. Celeste Ng writes with such simplicty and truth and poetics; I've loved both her novels and am really excited for her next one. Zalika Reid-Benta's "Frying Plantain" had so many layers, and I haven't found a book like it since I finished. Grace D. Li's debut novel was enchanting and exciting. Jordan Ifueko's "Raybearer" series is some of the best fantasy I've read, and I can't imagine the brainpower that went into penning a work like that.
A: Our favourite writers are some of the folks whose work we publish. Dr Charles Oliviero, Dr Bernd Horn, Matt Hardman, Michael Dorosh, Michael Goodspeed, John Barnes, Christopher Lyke, and Sean Claxton, to name a few. Thinking more broadly, who do we love? John Keegan, Bernard Fall, Anthony Lloyd, and many others.