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

A: It’s too much of an exhaustive answer as to who are my favorites. I’m sure the same list presses on in many English departments who had deconstructed much of what’s been written since the written word was invented. To mention a few: Philip Larkin; Donald Hall; Wallace Stevens; E. E. Cummings; T. S, Eliot; Dylan Thomas; James Joyce; the OULIPO folks; Ben Lerner; Glyn Maxwell… and if we are to mention poets that are the shoulders of giants that we are here for, say Shakespeare; Keats; Wordsworth; Milton; Donne; Blake; Chaucer; Byron; Auden; Spencer; Coleridge; Kipling; Burns; Dryden; Johnson; Heaney; Lawrence; Pound; Poe; Frost; Brooke; Graves…

A: Writing:
The Surrealists and modernists are the most interesting to us. Paul Eluard, Jeffery Beam, Jonathan Williams, Arthur Rimbaud, Franz Wright, Jean Cocteau, William Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Richard Brautigan, Leonard Cohen, Barton Smock, Federico Garcia Lorca.
Gerhard Richter, Man Ray, Joan Miro, Francis Bacon, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp.

A: Again, there are so many writers we admire right now. Here are some that we've published and a few we haven't. Claude Wilkinson, John Sibley Williams, Ellen June Wright, Sjohnna McCray, Ashley M. Jones, Jacqueline Trimble, Derrick Harriell, Adam Vines, and Cassondra Windwalker. I'm sure there are many I'm overlooking.

A: Here are some examples of longer memoirs we appreciate: Speak Memory, Oleander Jacaranda, Down and Out in Paris and London, Borrowed Finery, Barbarian Days, The Three of Us, A Young Lady's Miscellany, In Search of the Blue Duck.

James Bloom, Co-editor of Memoirist, 28 April 2022

A: My favorite writer is Vladimir Nabokov.

A: Too many to mention! Bohumil Hrabal, Sayaka Murata, Carmen Maria Machado, Don DeLillo, Han Kang, Adrian Tomine, Ludvík Vaculík, Leo Tolstoy, AK Blakemore, Raven Leilani, Penelope Fitzgerald, Stefan Zweig, Ali Smith, Robert Hughes, John Berger, Susan Sontag...
(I haven’t mentioned many poets as I’m not as knowledgeable as others in the team, but fortunately we have some fantastic Poetry Readers informing our selections.)

A: My favorite writer right now is Ada Limón.
Our Issue images often come from the writers, our editorial staff, or an artist we admire and hire for the Issue.

A: I really love Claire Ellen Weinstein's work. Her research and chapters on student motivation have been just so formative for how I teach my coursework. bell hooks has also been a tremendous influence for me and I love her writing. I can't overstate how frustrated my colleagues must be with me because almost every answer I give is "well bell hooks says..."

A: Favorites range from the 12th c. philosopher, Hildegard von Bingen to 21st millennium offerings: Joan Didion, Richard Powers, Annie Sprinkle, Helene Cixous, Elena Ferrante, George Bataille, Michel Foucault, William Blake, Carlos Casteneda, Jean Genet, Anais Nin, Harold Bloom, etc.
Still & Motion Picture Artists include Eva Hesse, Kathy Acker, Georgia O'Keefe, Guy Debord, Carl Dreyer, Mike Figgis, Werner Hertzog, Sebastao Salgado, Stan Brakhage, Jane Campion, Yoko Ono, Kazimir Malevich, The Starn Twins, Andrei Tarkovsky, Gerhard Richter, etc.
We also feature soundscapes & like Florian Hecker, Carsten Nicolai, Samson Young, Erik Satie, Max Richter, Jon Hopkins, Balmorhea, Hildur Gudnadottir, Nils Frahm, Lorne Balfe, etc.

A: Jeanette Winterson, Vicki Feaver, Lucy Holme ... and many more.

A: Pippa Phillips, Mona Bedi, Orrin PreJean, ~Silk, Lafcadio, Michael H.Lester.

A: In literary fiction and nonfiction I love the work of Katherine Govier (especially The Ghost Brush), Michelle Butler Hallett (This Marlowe), Kwame Anthony Appiah (The Lies That Bind), Clifford Jackman (The Braver Thing) and Richard Wagamese (Ragged Company). In speculative fiction, I have to say Laura E. Weymouth's YA fantasy book The Light Between Worlds broke and warmed my heart in all the best ways. China Miéville's The City and The City blew my mind. I love stuff that shows me something new. The more imaginative and immersive, the better.