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

A: We try to combine standalone poems with original art to emphasize the power of the poem. We publish aspiring poets and also cooperate with artists who are not generally know, so there are no big names in our portfolio.
My personal list of favorite poets is long and it also tends to change from time to time. So I'll offer a few of my favorite fiction writers instead: Sandor Marai, Albert Camus, Marylinne Robinson, Jorge Luis Borges, Mikhail Bulgakov, Paul Auster, and many others...

A: Toni Morrison, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Gerald Stern, Marvin Gaye, Tony Medina, Nikki Giovanni, Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Seamus Heaney, Bob Dylan, E. Ethelbert Miller, Alicia Ostriker, Mozart, Tupac Shakur, Louis Reyes Rivera, Yasiin Bey, Chadwick Boseman, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Dolly Parton, Ross Gay, Jeff Friedman, Martin Espada, Johnny Cash, John Coltrane, Federico García Lorca, Miles, Charlie Parker, Aretha Franklin, Richard Wright, Alex Hale, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Phillis Wheatley, Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson--to name a few.

A: I can never answer the question "Who are your favorite writers" because, inevitably, I regret not naming all the phenomenal writers out there. In general, though, they are authors who bring fresh perspective and fresh language to the page in a way that embraces gravitas, while giving us deeper insights and deeper appreciation for this life and each other.

A: Ray Bradbury, Charles Bukowski

Kristen Simental, Editor-in-Chief of Five South, 16 November 2020

A: Ada Limón, Mary Ann Samyn, Jane Kenyon, Faith Shearin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Wislawa Szymborska, John Murillo, Dorothea Lasky, Marie Howe, Danez Smith, Jacob Saenz, Laura Kasischke, Brenda Hillman, Marge Piercy, H.D., Kay Ryan, Dorianne Laux, W.S. Merwin, Eavan Boland, Alden Nowlan, Leila Chatti, Natalie Diaz, Sue Ellen Thompson, Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, Adam Zagajewski, Maggie Smith, Tess Gallagher, C.D. Wright, Cornelius Eady, Ari Banias, Keetje Kiupers, Nate Marshall, Leila Chatti, Mary Karr, Amit Majmudar, Nickole Brown, Erin Belieu, John Murillo, Tarfia Faizullah, David Kirby, Jean Valentine, Aracelis Girmay, Kim Addonizio, Jericho Brown, Sandra Simonds, Philip B. Williams, Aaron Smith, Wanda Coleman, Heather McHugh, Wendy Xu, Jennifer L. Knox, Cynthia Huntington, Matthea Harvey, Terrence Hayes, E. Ethelbert Miller, Jim Daniels, D. Nurkse, Etheridge Knight, Natalie Shapero, Lucille Clifton, Major Jackson, David Bottoms, Thomas Lux, Maxine Kumin, Larry Levis, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Nicole Caruso Garcia, Allison Joseph, Hayden Saunier, Ernest Hilbert, Luke Stromberg, Chad Frame, David P. Kozinski, Daisy Fried, John Wall Barger, Lynn Levin, Ross Gay, JC Todd, Barbara Crooker, Amy Small-McKinney, Vasiliki Katsarou, Fereshteh Sholevar, Dan Simpson, Ona Gritz, Natalie Homer, Grant Clauser, Amy Barone, Cathy Shea, Alicia Hoffman, Marjorie Maddox, Sean Webb, Malachi Black, Gerry LaFemina, Marc Harshman, James Harms, Nausheen Eusuf, Le Hinton, Jeff Rath, Anton Yakovlev, Afaa M. Weaver, Jean Valentine, Bianca Stone, Shane McCrae, Cameron Conaway, Jamaal May, Jenn Givhan, Nancy Scott, Michael Dylan Welch, Mary Jo Bang, John Amen, Sophie Cabot Black, Rena Priest, Carmen Giménez Smith, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Rio Cortez, Rex Wilder, Donte Collins, Aaron Smith, Jesse Graves, Rasheed Copeland, Mai Der Vang, Richard Jones, Michael Mark, Natasha Trethewey, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Wendy Cope, Murial Rukeyser, Mark Halliday, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Dorianne Laux, Dorothy Parker, Kim Addonizio, Jeff Gundy, Lyn Hejinian, Aracelis Girmay, Margaret Atwood, Louisa Schnaithmann, Joyce Carol Oates, C.X. Hua, Victoria Redel, Jennifer Soong, Jeffrey Harrison, Umit Singh Dhuga, Chessy Normille, Robin Becker, Maya C. Popa, Rimas Uzgiris, Parneshia Jones, Louise Bogan, Adrienne Rich, Chloe Honum, Nick Flynn, Chen Chen, Craig Morgan Teicher, Gary Whitehead, Alberto Rios, Amy Alvarez, Hayden Carruth, Chelsea Dingman, Hanif Abdurraqib, Philip Larkin, Terri Kirby Erickson, Joy Harjo, Frank Bidart, Mark Sanders, Patrick Rosal, Samiya Bashir, Hazel Hall, Mary Ruefle, Carl Phillips, Czeslaw Milosz, Richard Hugo, Elizabeth Leo, Wesley McNair, Robert Pinsky, Sherman Alexie, Blas Manuel de Luna, Jill McDonough, Lois Parker Edstrom, Richard Blanco, Natalie Eilbert, Tracy K. Smith, Jennifer Moxley, Hart Crane, Kwame Dawes, Safiya Sinclair, Ishion Hutchinson, Amy Lowell, William Stafford, Max Ritvo, Susan Hutton, Charles Simic, Denise Duhamel, Suzanne Simmons, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, BJ Ward, Robin Coste Lewis, Frank X Walker, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Vona Groarke, Yehuda Amicahi, Mark Vinz, Prageeta Sharma, Mark Doty, Elisabeth Eybers, Kate Colby, Anna Akhmatova, Lia Purpura, Barbara Ras, Nicole Kocot, Carlyn Pagel, Anne Bradshaw, Jeffrey McRae, Eloise Klein Healy, Jennifer Franklin, Christian Wiman, Emily Hunt, Ladan Osman, Rachel Sherwood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mark Strand, Heather McHugh, Gary Snyder, Ron Padgett, Kathleen Jamie, Idra Novey, Megan Fernandes, Ryan Black, Donald Justice, James Wright, Sherwin Bitsui, A.R. Ammons, Nicholas Christopher, Chase Twichell, Joyce Sutphen, Cynthia Huntington, Charles Wright, George Bilgere, Mark Irwin, Elizabeth Jennings, Michael Hofmann, Claudia Emerson, Louis Jenkins, Katy Lederer, Robert Francis, Sina Queyras, Kim Dower, Judy Ireland, G.C. Waldrep, Justin Marks, Tony Hoagland, Dean Young, Michael Burkard, W.S. Di Piero, Michael Brokos, David Ignatow, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Meg Day, James Galvin, Marvin Bell, Gary Jackson, James Richardson, Todd Davis, Russell Edson, Carl Dennis, Tom Wayman, Donna Masini, Barbara DeCesare, Dana Gioia, Deborah Garrison, Vera Pavlova, Kimiko Hahn, Philip Levine, Jorge Luis Borges, Gregory Corso, Linda Pastan, William Carlos Williams, Wendell Berry, May Sarton, Wendell Keys, Julia Harwig, Linda Gregg.

A: Wow. There are so many. Writers: Alden Nowlan, Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Stephen King, Philip Pullman, Roald Dahl, Charles Bukowski, Aldous Huxley, George RR Martin, Dr. Seuss, Emily Dickinson, Junot Diaz.
Art: Vincent Van Gogh, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Jenn Zed, Pablo Picasso

A: Writers: Lucille Clifton, Terrance Hayes, Edgar Allen Poe, Flannery O'Connor, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Lemony Snicket, Lorenzo Carcattera, Roald Dahl
Art: Jamie Livingston, Claude Monet, Edward Weston

A: I won't play favorites with the writers whom I have published, so the list will not include many whom I admire greatly and whom I was lucky enough to be be able to showcase at RAR. Who would I like to publish that I haven't snared yet? Pat Fargnoli, Pam Bernard, Kim Addonizio, Kelli Russell Agodon, the late Mary Oliver. Who do I read for personal pleasure? All of the above, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, John Donne, Ann Sexton, Maxine Kumin, David Budbill. Non-poets? Joseph Citro, Ernest Hebert, Andrew Vachss, John Sterinbeck, Dorothy L. Sayers.

A: We’re short story and poetry lovers, and our favorites include Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Daniel Pearlman, Haruki Murakami, Koji Suzuki, Gina Ochsner, Die Booth (we were lucky enough to get one of his stories in our first issue!), and Mary Oliver. Mostly, though, we love discovering the work of new writers. We find so many gems in our inbox.

A: Writers: Leslie Jamison, Lydia Davis, Jenny Zhang, Lauren F. Winner, Molly McCully Brown, Meghan O'Gieblyn, Roxane Gay; Artists: Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald, Heather Day, Nick Cave, Marina Abramovic, Andy Goldsworthy

Liz Charlotte Grant, Contributing Editor of The Curator, 09 November 2020

A: Richard Rodriguez, Annie Dillard, Cormac McCarthy, Marilynne Robinson, Christian Wiman, Toni Morrison, Carolyn Forche, Linda Hogan, Chigozie Obioma, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Louise Glueck.

Gregory Wolfe, Publisher & Editor of Slant, 05 November 2020

A: For long writing works, I love Margaret Atwood and Sue Monk Kidd; you can't beat Frida Kahlo and Joan Mitchell for amazing paintings.