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

A: I love writing that is refreshingly unique and unpretentiously genuine. There are too many writers I adore; some of them are Vian, Vonnegut, Lispector, Borges, Calvino, Beckett, Prevert, Edson, Foster Wallace but I also love finding literary qualities in non-fiction books, such as the writings of C.G. Jung, for instance.

A: I publish short stories, novelettes, and will soon publish novels, so I work with a variety of authors in multiple genres. It's very hard to pick a favorite. They are all talented and have their own unique voices.

A: I've read everything from the classics to Rumi, memoirs to whatever's on the bestseller list, and everything in between. Like most publishers/editors, I'm a voracious reader beyond the work published on our site. I've come to realize my favorite writers are whoever I'm reading at the moment. Since this answer seems like an evasion, I'll admit to a soft spot for John Steinbeck.

A: All authors whose works always strive to challenge the existing boundaries of literature - its forms, content, themes.
For instance, Milorad Pavic. With his exemplary works, he strived to take the literary form of novels to a different dimension.

A: There are so many, it's hard to narrow down.

A: Some of my favourite writers include Eavan Boland, Joy Harjo, Li-Young Lee, Linda Gregg, Ayn Rand, Grace Nichols, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, J. D. Salinger & Edgar Allan Poe. As to artists, two of my favourite are Salvador Dali and Leonid Afremov.

A: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Valeria Luiselli, Italo Calvino, Mary Roach, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Patrick Chamoiseau, Edwidge Danticat, Adrienne Rich, Aracellis Girmay

Rebecca Valley, Editor-in-Chief of Drizzle, 04 July 2019

A: Lee Smith, Paulette Jiles, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Lauren Belfer, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Kenneth Grahame, Victoria Holt, Jennifer Blake, Carole Cadwalladr, Andrea Wulf, Mary Wollstonecraft, Wallace Stegner

A: Jenny Boully
Arthur Yap
Louise Gluck
Marie Howe
Rae Armantrout
Raymond Carver
Lewis Warsh

Cyril Wong, Founding Editor of SOFTBLOW, 17 June 2019

A: Walter Mosley, Anne Sexton, Mahmoud Darwish, Larry David Nevil, Bansky

A: If I say all of our contributors, it sounds cheesy, but we have had the good fortune to publish some amazing writers, so: yes. All of our contributors.

A: We publish both writing and art. I read a lot of fantasy fiction and enjoy Neil Gaiman, Robert Heinlein, J.K Rowling but I'm more likely to judge a book by its merit and not necessarily who wrote it. As for artists: I like the photography of Ansel Adams, Man Ray and Annie Leibovitz. In paintings, I like Monet, Matisse, some Picasso and Dali. And the tarot work of Ciro Marchetti