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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: Gloria Mindock
A: In classic literature, we favor the works of Emily Dickinson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, and others. In contemporary literature, we enjoy the works of Carolyn Forche, Kevin Young, and others. Our art editor enjoys the work of Cecily Brown, Miquel Barcelo, and others.
A: My favorite living writer is Anne Carson. My all-time favorite novelist is William Faulkner, though I'm a sucker for Raymond Chandler. Regarding poetry, I can't escape my great American ancestors, Whitman and Dickinson (and I'll add Poe, whose tales are better poetry than his poems). I've taught a Shakespeare course for years. Reading John Milton made me want to try writing poems on my own, and reading Robert Lowell and Robert Bly has influenced on my poems the most, I think. Among the many talented poets I've encountered in the small press, I admire John Grey particularly.
A: There are too many great ones! I can't speak for the rest of my team, but my favorite authors are currently Lisa See and Salman Rushdie, and my favorite artist is Leonid Afremov.
A: This question is so hard. What have I loved recently? I read Megan Abbott's Dare Me a couple years ago and then devoured everything else she had ever written. Shanthi Sekaran's Lucky Boy is a book that I hope more people read in light of the family separations happening now; Sekaran tells such a complicated story so beautifully. Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson remain favorites. C.E. Morgan, Louise Erdrich, Kelly Link, George Saunders, Melanie Rae Thon. And always, Hemingway.
A: In no particular order of preference, our favorite writers are Hemingway, Faulkner, Dickens, D.H. Lawrence, Lawrence Durrell, James Joyce, William Gass, Cormac McCarthy, Elizabeth Strout, Paul Harding, Anthony Doerr, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro, Mo Yan, Sir Walter Scott and many others. We also have a long list of favorite poets.
In art, we like Expressionists of all varieties, especially Egon Schiele and Franz Marc and their counterparts working today, the Impressionists, especially Toulouse-Latrec and those who are today working in the mode, and painters working in the pure abstract. And we are also fond of William-Adolphe Bougereau, the academic painter. We admire many printmakers and lithographers and several collagists, textile artists, ceramists and sculptors, experimental photographers, digital artists, and watercolorists, as well.
A: Alice Munro, Vanessa Veselka, Graham Greene, Larry Brown, Haruki Murakami, Jenny Offill.
A: Writers: George Saunders, Achy Obejas, Sandra Cisneros, Dorothy Allison, Zadie Smith, David Sedaris, Mary Gaitskill
Artists: Henri Matisse, Robert Gober, Frida Kahlo
A: Our favorite writers and artists express a universal beauty or sublime nature with a unique voice and perspective.
A: My favorite writers are all over the map. In terms of fiction, I love EL Doctorow, Herman Melville, and FOX News. I adore the writings of Elaine Pagels, a professor of religion at Princeton. But I also love Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Shakespeare, and TS Eliot. My most ardent literary pipe dream would be for Dan Brown to pen a choose-your-own-adventure book.
A: My favorite writers run the gamut from Mark Twain to Bill Moyers, including John Steinbeck, Barbara Tuckman, Mary Oliver, and so many more, I could go on for pages. Our purpose is to publish the writing of our members, first, and those unsolicited entries of quality that never stop coming via regular mail and email.
Fine Lines does publish art, too. We focus on photography of our members the most.
A: We most enjoy poetry and writing that speaks from the reality of working people. Some of our favorites include poets Tom McGrath, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Robert Edwards, Mary Franke, E.F Shcraeder, Peggy Saffire, Martin Espada, Fred Voss, T.K. O'Rourke, E.P. Fischer, Marge Piercy and many others