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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: Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, Jim Butcher, Terry Brooks

A: Natalie Eilbert, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Danez Smith, Marie Howe, Tracy K. Smith, Sharon Olds, Ocean Vuong, Chen Chen, Eve Ewing, Natalie Shapero, Paisley Rekdal

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Poetry Editor of Foglifter, 20 March 2018

A: Considering our focus on the well-crafted sentence, language, and rhythm, it may be no surprise that the writers and artists we most love are as follows: William Faulkner, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, Don Delillo, Graham Greene, T.S. Eliot, Adrienne Rich, Mary Ruefle, Aase Berg, Anders Nilsen, Jaime and GIlbert Hernandez, Michael DeForge, and David Lapham.

A: Favorite poets include Danez Smith, Ariana Reines, Jamaal May, Charlie Bondhus, Mark Doty, Anne Sexton, Donika Kelly, Phillip B. Williams.

A: Some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction writers include Robert Olen Butler, Alexander Chee, Ruthanna Emrys, Roxane Gay, Barbara Kingsolver, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Matt Ruff, George Saunders, Wesley Stace, and Angie Thomas.

A: Since I publish both writing and art, I will name a few of each. Favorite writers over the years have been Ray Bradbury, Barbara Kingsolver, Nikki Giovanni, Li Young Lee, Margaret Atwood, Steve Watkins, Angie Thomas, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Jason Reynolds, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Phillip K. Dick, Liz Prince, Peter Mayle, Nora Ephron, Jonathan Franzen, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Charles Dickens, and Jaqueline Woodson.
Artists I most admire are Frida Kahlo, Salvador DalĂ­, Picasso, Dale Chihuly, Kehinde Wiley, Claude Monet, Amy Sherald, Kathleen Walsh, Jenna Anderson, Tiffany Yates, and Sarah Lapp.

A: VASTARIEN is a journal grounded in the writing and influence of Thomas Ligotti, so obviously he's the first writer we have to name here. In addition to him, and in addition to the other writers included in the first issue of our journal (whose table of contents can be viewed at, we very much like the work of -- in no particular order -- Livia Llewelyn, S. P. Miskowski, Matthew M. Bartlett, T. E. D. Klein, Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, Allyson Bird, Laird Barron, Nicole Cushing, Mark Samuels, Eugene Thacker, Michael Cisco, Simon Strantzas, Richard Gavin, and quite a few others that we could name. As for artists, we like the work of among others, Dave Felton, Yves Tourigny, Andrea Bonazzi, and Aeron Alfrey.

Jon Padgett and Matt Cardin, Editors-in-Chief of Vastarien, 08 March 2018

A: Abdulkarim Alghabban; Ron Yungul

A: DeLillo, Atwood, Nin, Sexton, Plath, Baudelaire

A: n/a

A: I dislike this question because I have so many favorites, but to name a few writers: Flannery O'Connor, Robert Frost, Kay Ryan, Robert Stone, Rainer Maria Rilke, Halldor Laxness, Leigh Bardugo. Artists: Cezanne, Rodin, Picasso, Henry Moore, James Havens, Marjane Satrapi, Lynda Barry, David B., Adrian Tomine, and R. Crumb.

A: Ocean Vuong, Hannah Cohen, Hanif Abdurraqib, Joanna C. Valente, George Abraham, Joyce Chong, Chen Chen, Isobel O'Hare, Hazem Fahmy, Francesca Bell, Paul Tran, Nadia Gerassimenko, Logan February, Alexis Bates, Romeo Oriogun