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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 personal favorites include Ernest Hemingway, Jeff Shaara, John Steinbeck, Elmer Kelton, Louis L'Amour, Don Coldsmith, Mark Twain, Bernard Cornwell and James Michener.

A: I'm big into the modernists for all literature. For me, on writers living elsewhere, it's Hemingway in A Moveable Feast, that inspired so much of my desiring an expat life, who began to show me what it was like to live and exist in another world. It's also the candidness and vulnerability in authors like Gilbert, in her very human confrontations and struggles. Also earlier writers that you read in Lit class, like Melville and Hawthorne, or others you'll find flipping through the anthologies. I'm reading Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek right now, and am in love with her content, voice and style. Some of it is just breathtaking.

A: Margaret Atwood
Ursula K Le Guin
Sarai Walker
Emily St. John Mandel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Omar El Akkad
Ray Bradbury
Stephen King
John Steinbeck
Louise Erdrich
Patrick Chamoiseau
Keri Hulme
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Paolo Coelho
Charlotte Bronte
Janet Frame
Sherwood Anderson
Toni Morrisson
Albert Camus
Carson McCullers

Tamara Sellman RPSGT CCSH, Editor, curator, producer of Vitamin ZZZ, 16 March 2019

A: Coming to writing, I have a thing for historical fiction and gothic elements, and very fortunately, in our first issue, we had a submission of this kind from Kat Devitt, who now kindly helps me edit magazine’s prose. In poetry, there are numerous names, including Agha Shahid Ali, Kathryn Maris, Shara Lessley, Lisa Stice and William Wordsworth (an extended list of names is available on our website). We have Maris’ poems in our Issue 02, and also Lisa Stice has helped edit poetry for Issue 03. To add to it, poetry that defines the ideas of place is certainly a personal favourite.
As for art, there are a few recent favourites — Jana Heidersdorf, and some others; and we loved having Yoko Kubrick in our very first issue.

A: Of the writers that I've published, my favorite writers are Lee Conrad, Kat Devitt, and Dennis Herrick.
Of writers in general, my favorites are Bernard Cornwell, C.S., Forester, Ray Hogan, Cameron Judd, Louis L'Amour, Jason Manning, Robert Randisi, Rex Stout and Randy Wayne White.

A: I read everything - fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry. I am addicted to the New Yorker and the New York Times, but always have a murder mystery on hand to wild away an hour or so. My favorite writers are too many and varied to name, but my favorite book is “Lying Awake” by Mark Salzman- a jewel that barely reaches novel length.
My favorite artists are the impressionists, although my taste is eclectic. In photography I favor those who capture a moment on the brink of happening, or an opportunity slipping away as we watch. Stephen Shore embodies this for me.

A: Rod Serling
Ray Bradbury
Arthur Machen
O. Henry
Brittany Ham
James Bradley
Ernest Hemingway
M. R. James
Flannery O'Connor
Charles Dickens
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Edgar Allan Poe
Saki (H. H. Munro)
Washington Irving
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Bram Stoker
Ambrose Bierce
Lord Dunsany
James Thurber
William Butler Yeats
T. S. Eliot
Mehreen Ahmed
Sylvia Plath
James Joyce
Jerome Bixby
Earl Hamner Jr.
Abdulkarim Alghabban

A: I've recently come to the realization that I care almost as much about style as I do plot or story. So, needless to say, I'm a big fan of canonical favourites like Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Mavis Gallant, John O'Hara, Joan Didion, Ernest Hemingway, Clarice Lispector, W. G. Sebald; but also contemporary writers like Thomas Morris, Colin Barret, Sally Rooney, Max Porter, Zadie Smith, Andrés Barba.

A: One of our favorite poets of all time is Mary Ruefle, who is judging our Philip Booth contest this year, something we are beyond thrilled about. We also love the work of Layli Long Soldier, Terrance Hayes, Amy Hempel, and Claudia Rankine, among others. We can also never get enough of the writing of Syracuse alums like Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Wendy Chen, Grady Chambers, and Chen Chen! - Ally

Ariel Chu, Rainie Oet, Myriam Lacroix, Ally Young, Editor in Chief of Salt Hill, 27 February 2019

A: Also changes all the time: Laila Lalami, Victor LaValle, Rebecca Makkai, Carmen Maria Machado, Elizabeth McCracken, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jesmyn Ward, Colson Whitehead

Katelyn Keating, editor in chief of CRAFT, 24 February 2019

A: My favorite writers are the ones who have written my favorite stories, so I'll approach the question from a story-based angle.
"The One Who Waits" by Ray Bradbury is, in my opinion, one of the great quintessential science fiction stories of all time. That, along with Martian Chronicles and so many others makes Bradbury one of my favorite writers in terms of short stories.
"The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth" locks down Roger Zelazny as one of my favorite writers.
I don't want to orbit around classic writers exclusively, so I'll finish that category off with James Tiptree Jr. because of how much I love "A Momentary Taste of Being." Alice Bradley Sheldon lived one of the most fascinating lives a person could live.
In terms of today's writers, I'm a big fan of Patrick Rothfuss for fantasy because of his Kingkiller Chronicle. Really hope he finishes that third book. And for modern SF, it's almost impossible to pick a favorite Ted Chiang story. Chiang is the guy writing the most moving, remarkable science fiction of our age.

Norm Sherman, Chief Editor of Drabblecast, 24 February 2019

A: No favorites.