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

A: If forced to pick current favourites whose work I always look out for, I'd have to include Valeria Luiselli, Samanta Schweblin, Fatima Bhutto, Dorthe Nors, Petina Gappah, Leïla Slimani, Andrés Neuman, Borhan Sonmez, Etgar Keret, Colson Whitehead and Edward Carey, all of whom I've interviewed and/or have contributed to Bookanista.

Mark Reynolds, Editor of Bookanista, 03 March 2021

A: Brendan Constantine and Alexis Rhone Fancher

Leann Denman, Editor-in-chief of BOMBFIRE, 02 March 2021

A: As an editor of a bi-monthly magazine available for worldwide submissions, it would be unfair to play favorites, but there are regular contributors

A: Poets: Natalie Diaz, Eugenia Leigh, Ada Limón, Abby E. Murray, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Danez Smith, Morgan Parker
Prose: Elizabeth Acevedo, Pam Houston, Rachel Khong, Kiley Reid, Esmé Weijun Wang
Artists: Dawn Beckles, Katherine Case, Micha Darling Henry, May Klisch, Dana Ross, Amy Sherald

A: I’ve enjoyed books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Cheryl Strayed and Delia Owens.

A: I'm personally a fan of supporting living writers. Scott Ferry, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Valerie Bacharach, Ron Riekki, Sheila Squillante, Heather McNaugher, Sheryl St. Germain, Sarah Shotland, Charlie Brice, Kaveh Akbar, Adriana Es Ramirez, Gregory Orr, Deesha Philyaw, Gail Langstroth, Kiese Laymon...a partial list of a large number of living writers and poets whose work is important and deeply resonates with me.

A: I focus on writers who are "unpublished" to help give them a platform, support and encouragement. 95% of these writers are Moms, struggling everyday just to be heard. ScreaminMamas is the Voice of Everyday Moms. I also publish artists who are willing to work with us with illustrations, Susan (Kissinger) Clausen is someone who worked very closely with us.

Darlene Pistocchi, Editor-in-cheif of ScreaminMamas, 20 February 2021

A: Personally, I enjoy narrative and minimal works by ideal writers like Charles Bukowski, Pablo Neruda, and Maya Angelou.

A: Ohhhh, that's a long one. Writers past include George Orwell, Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Robert E. Howard. More modern ones include Gillian Flynn, Clint Lee Werner, Garth Ennis, Kentaro Miura and Bill H. Keith Jr. Artists include Katsuhiro Otomo, Kentaro Miura, Manuel Mesones, Francesca Resta, Frank Frazetta and Adrian Smith. There's more, but I think that's a good start.

A: Fiction: Karen Russell, Edwidge Danticat, George Saunders, Jennifer Egan, Manuel Gonzales, Han Kang, Steven Millhauser, Irenosen Okojie, May-Lan Tan
Art: Tracy Emin, Rashid Johnson, Sophie Calle, Albert Oehlen, Yoko Ono, Mariechen Danz and Joseph Beuys (particularly his blackboard drawings), and Francisco Goya (especially his black and white drawings)
Poetry: Vahni Capildeo, Daisy Lafarge, Claudia Rankine, May Ayim, Roseanne Watt, Anne Carson, Sawako Nakayasu, Kaveh Akbar, Feng Sun Chen, Gail Sher
Creative Nonfiction: Sabrina Orah Mark, Ocean Vuong, Sigrid Nunez, Terese Marie Mailhot, Natalia Ginzburg, Claudia Rankine, Ann Carson, Kathleen Jamie, Eileen Myles

A: Jesmyn Ward
William Styron
Adrian McKinty (I like a good mystery)

Stuart Phillips, Editor-in-chief of Causeway Lit, 28 January 2021

A: We have just one issue published so far and the writers in it are: Jonathan Segol, Betty J. Cotter, Eric Roe, Laura Ruth Loomis, Madalyn Aslan.
As a team, we have many favorite writers: Victor LaValle, Bethany Ball, Eric Darton, Banana Yoshimoto, Walter Mosely, Jeanne Mackin, Hanif Kureishi, Elif Shafak, Hakan Günday, Sema Kaygusuz, Jane Hamilton, Yasar Kemal, Anita Desai, Kurt Vonnegut, Ralph Ellison, Octavia Butler, Yasunari Kawabata, Aleksandar Hemon, Edwidge Danticat, Eleanor Henderson, and many others.