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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: My longtime favorites include: Joan Didion, Alex Kotlowitz, Ann Patchett. My MFA program gave me: Emily Rapp Black, Ivy Pochoda, Claudia Rankin, Tod Goldberg, Gina Frangello, Susan Mancuso, Natasha Deon. And my work in narrative medicine and Please See Me gave me: Michele Harper, Atul Gawande, Paul Kalanithi, Jenny Lawson. We do publish digital art in all forms - I just saw the immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Chicago and highly recommend it!
A: I don't want to speak to just my own favorites. K'in has a socially engaged and diverse editorial staff, so this list would reflect that range.
A: Since we publish poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art, I have a lot of opinions on this. Of the authors we've published, I adore Barbara Kingsolver, Sharon Olds, Julia Alvarez, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sandra Cisneros, Penelope Scambly Schott, Frances Payne Adler, Alicia Ostriker, Paulann Petersen, Marty McConnell, Jennifer Givhan, and Ursula K. Le Guin (whose loss I am still feeling pretty deeply). In our upcoming issue, we have an art insert dedicated entirely to street art made by women at the Akumal Arts Festival in Akumal, Mexico. It's vibrant and colorful and deeply impactful. One of my other favorite art inserts we did in Vol. 30:3 featured work from the Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island exhibit that highlighted missing and murdered indigenous women.
A: There is no one writer or artist we'd call as favorite ones. We admire those artists and writers the most who are talented - ie independent, hard-working, thoughtful, persistent, brave.
A: My favorite writers include Orwell, Solzhenitsyn, Villon, Céline, Bukowski, and Thoreau. As for those I publish, I like Gary Goude, Trish Somers, and Dave Ochs. As for artists, Daumier and Breugel impress me. The only art I've published is my art because I have yet to receive any art critical of the academic/literary/art establishment.
A: Louise Gluck, Dylan Thomas, Dominic Leonard, Lisa Jarnot, Hera Lindsey Bird, Luke Kennard, Ocean Vuong, Charles Baudelaire, Nick Makoha, John Ashbery, H.D., A.K. Blakemore, Matthew Haigh, Rebecca Tamas, Raúl Zurita, all the dead french guys, Chelsey Minnis, Aaron Kent. This list could go on forever, I don't really go for a particular style of poetry, I like everything that is good.
A: Whoever’s in the latest issue! Beyond that it's not for an editor to have favourites.
A: We do both. I love Douglas Adams and writers who craft bizarre adventures in new worlds that don't limit themselves to a single genre. As an artist, I love work that contains technical details that demonstrate skill that a non artist might miss. My favorite artists are illustrators like Malika Favre, Tristan Gion, Brian Edward Miller, Teo Skaffa, and others.
A: Poets: Todd Copeland, Russell Rowland, Margaret Avison, St. John of the Cross, T. S. Eliot, Matthew J. Andrews, Michael G. Donkin, D. S. Martin, Tyler James Russell, Brad Davis, Sharon Scholl, Bethany F. Brengan
Fiction Writers: Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O'Connor, C. S. Lewis, James Joyce, William Faulkner, William Gaddis, Thomas Pynchon, Andrew Reichard
Philosophers: William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, Greg Ganssle, David Horner, William Alston, Douglas Geivett, Richard Fumerton, Brian Leftow
Spiritual Theologians: Dallas Willard, Henri Nouwen, John Coe, Steve Porter
Homilists: St. John Chrysostom, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, St. Augustine
Visual Artists: Stephen Shore
A: Some of our favorite writers are/were mentors or visiting writers in our shared MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts: Dave Jauss, Mark Cox, Michael Martone, Sue William Silverman, Sascha Feinstein, Abby Frucht, Laurie Alberts, and many others. Suzanne (answering these questions) has a lengthy list of other favorite writers as well: Gretel Ehrlich, Joan Didion, Barbara Ehrenreich, James McBride, Dinty Moore, Eula Biss, Patricia Hampl, Terry Tempest Williams, Sonya Huber, Edwidge Danticat, Barry Lopez, Trevor Noah, Rebecca Makkai, Tyrese Coleman, Kiese Laymon, S. Isabel Choi, Victoria Blanco, Mary Roach, Brene Brown, Laura Hillenbrand, Susan Sontag, Peggy Shumaker, and on and on and on.
A: This changes all the time but having just read The Essex Serpent and Melmoth, I’m in awe of Sarah Perry’s ability to create atmosphere steeped in underlying moral complexity. The rhythm and lyricism of language that Elaine Feeney uses in her dark comic fiction, As You Were really drew me in and my old favourite, Alan Bennett, holds a special place on my bookshelf with his insight into the human condition and the ability to displace the worst of us with humour - a masterclass in characterisation.
A: If forced to pick current favourites whose work I always look out for, I'd have to include Valeria Luiselli, Samanta Schweblin, Fatima Bhutto, Dorthe Nors, Petina Gappah, Leïla Slimani, Andrés Neuman, Borhan Sonmez, Etgar Keret, Colson Whitehead and Edward Carey, all of whom I've interviewed and/or have contributed to Bookanista.