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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.
Here is a small sampling from our recent Editor Interviews. We have interviewed over 2,100 editors.
Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: Paul Nemser, Kevin Prufer, Rhina Espaillat, Lucie Brock-Broido, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Jane Hirshfield, Ellen Bryant Voight, Mary Ruefle, Cathy Park Hong, Rowan Ricardo Phillips. and so many others.
A: Alice Oswald
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Jorge Luis Borges
Camille T. Dungy
A: Jeremy Lent
Daniel Christian Wahl
Thich Nhat Hanh
A: Alexis Hall, Casey McQuiston, Annabeth Albert, Roan Parrish, Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Beverly Jenkins, Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole, Adrianna Herrera, Cat Sebastian, Elizabeth Kingston, Maya Rodale, Sarah MacLean, Alisha Rai, Helen Hoang, Uzma Jalaluddin, Kara Jorgensen, Sierra Simone, E.M. Lindsay, Jay Northcote
A: We have been lucky to have found voices which really resonate with our mission, intentionally or not.
Rosa Marin was one of the original editors, and still among the strongest poetic voices we've published to date, in prose and verse.
Fred Pollack, a self-described 'beat-classicist' helped push our efforts to interrogate our writers through interviews, and push the guiding aesthetic (pomoclassicism) further as an editorial vision.
Alice Notley is a visionary and iconoclastic poet, and it was my pleasure to bring some of her visual poetry to our readers.
Speaking beyond those we have ourselves published, we gravitate toward those writers who seem to confirm our biases and literary ideals. Anne Carson. Cormac McCarthy. Susan Howe. Emily Dickinson. William Blake. Dante. Shakespeare. Virgil. William Burroughs. Salinger (who inspired our name, if legend is to be believed). Kurt Vonnegut. Truman Capote. James Joyce. Franz Kafka. Virginia Woolf. Zbignew Herbert, and Pushkin, too. Harold Pinter, but don't forget Brecht. Don't forget Beckett, or Apollinaire. Try to remember Aphra Behn, and James Baldwin. We like Edward Taylor and Nathaniel Hawthorne. We like Melville. We like Thomas Pynchon and Jamaica Kincaid and Aldous Huxley and Fran Ross.
A: Oh, that is a tough one! I'm going to skip over the bigger names. No one needs to hear Stephen King, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, etc. Some of my personal favorites from the past decade are Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, V. Castro, Ania Ahlborn, S.P. Miskowski, Aaron Hodges, and H.M. Long. This is barely scratching the surface and I could probably list another 30 easily.
A: Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, host of others
A: Frost, Joyce, Atwood
A: My favorite writers are Wole Soyinka, NoViolet Bulawayo, Thomas Mofolo, and Tsitsi Dagarembga.
A: I love and appreciate the work of many authors but particularly enjoy the stories of Tommy Dean, Keely O'Shaughnessy, Serena Jayne, Ai Jiang, Allison Renner, MM Schreier, and Dustin Walker. Remember, this is a super-short shortlist! We'd be here ALL DAY were I to list everyone.
A: Poetry: Terrance Hayes, Shane McCrae, Emily Berry, Anthony Anaxagorou, Tracy K. Smith, Richard Siken, Alice Notley, Jericho Brown, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Grace Nichols, Mark Ford, Fred D'Aguiar; Prose: Vidyan Ravinthiran, Jeremy Noel-Tod, Anthony Capildeo, Sandeep Parmar, Stephanie Sy-Quia, Ruth Padel, Glyn Maxwell, Don Paterson