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

A: Favorite Writers: Richard Siken, CA Conrad, Mathias Svalina, Noah Baldino, Franny Choi, and Anne Carson, to name a few.
Favorite Artists: Rene Magritte, Kehinde Wiley, Hannah Hoch, Ryan McGinley, and many local artists!

A: Milan Kundera
Donna Harraway
Georgina Born
Tia DeNora
Marie Thompson

A: Linda Hogan
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Lidia Yuknavitch
Leslie Marmon Silko
Eve Ensler
Kathleen Dean Moore
Deena Metzger
Joanna Macy
Alice Walker

A: My favourite writers are C.S. Lewis and Stephen King. There are many others I love and enjoy, for example Jeffrey Archer and Piers Anthony, but Lewis and King are my literary heroes.

A: A. G. Hayes; Derek Bickerton; Bentley Gates; David Seaburn; Brian Morley; Leon Puissegur

A: Some of our favorite (recent-ish) nonfiction/fiction/hybrid books have been Jenny Zhang's Sour Heart, Mary-Kim Arnold's Litany for the Long Moment, Amy Long's Codependence, and Tyrese Coleman's How to Sit

Kristine Langley Mahler, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Split/Lip Press, 07 January 2020

A: Rob Plath and Puma Perl are among my favorites. There are a ton of writers I enjoy and it's difficult to isolate to a few.

A: It may sound silly to say that all of the poets we publish are our favorites, but it's true -- RHINO tries to support the writers we publish beyond the page, getting to know their names, sharing their good news, meeting them at events, and seeking their new work for review. We feel honored that we've published both "first timers" and well-known writers, and that so many of our published poets submit to RHINO again.

Jan Bottiglieri, Managing Editor of RHINO Poetry, 06 January 2020

A: As a team, it is difficult for us to narrow our favorites down to just a few writers and artists, so we shall say this: We love writers and artists that deviate from the norm, focus on positive themes, and/or give voice to underrepresented stories and experiences. We love authenticity and passion. We love people, we love creativity, and we love creative people.

A: Besides the writers that I publish, I actually have very wide tastes. If it's well written and does what it says on the outside of the box, then I like it. For example, I loved the 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, even though I don't really read a lot of murder mysteries. But it took a staid format and revitalised it with a fiendishly complex plot.
In literary fiction, I love Anna Burns, who makes her writing both powerful and funny and down-to-earth, Margaret Atwood because she insists on telling a story and isn't up herself, Ian McEwan (same reason as Margaret Atwood), William Boyd (strangely underrated) and a host of others.

Katie Isbester, Editor-in-Chief of Claret Press, 06 January 2020

A: My background is humour, not necessarily speculative fiction, so my tastes tend to reflect that. My favourite author, bar none, is Thomas Pynchon, a chameleon whose every book is unique, but whose voice is unmistakable. Although my writing has been compared to that of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett (both writers I admire), the comparison in a review that felt most right to me was to Tom Robbins (author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). I was a screenwriting geek before I was a prose geek, so my taste has also been influenced by such performers as Buster Keaton, Woody Allen, The Marx Brothers, The Goon Show and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

A: We publish both and it's hard to name one or two. We publish only those whose work we fall in love with.