Julia Alvarez is the author of the novels ¡Yo!, In the Time of the Butterflies, and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents; three collections of poetry; and Something to Declare, a collection of essays. Her work has been translated into seven languages. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she now teaches.
William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi, in 1897 and died in 1962. His books include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom!, as well as several other novels and short-story collections.
Roland Kelts's work has appeared in Playboy, The Village Voice, Details, Gear, Cosmopolitan, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Kansai Time Out in Japan. He has won the Playboy College Fiction Contest and a Jacob K. Javits Award in Writing. His first novel is called Access. Currently he lives in Osaka.
Javier Marías' "What the Butler Said" was first published in Zoetrope: All-Story Vol. 1 No. 2. He is the author of several novels, including All Souls, A Heart So White, Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, and Black Back of Time. He has also written two short-story collections, While They Were Sleeping and When I Was Mortal. He has won numerous international awards for his writing, which has been translated into twenty-two languages.
Jenny McPhee is a writer and translator. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Brooklyn Review, Descant, Glimmer Train, Newsday, the New York Times, The Southwest Review, and the Trenton Times. Her most recent translation is Canone Inverso by Paulo Maurensig. She has completed a collection of short stories entitled Thirteen.
Margo Rabb is the author of the novel Cures for Heartbreak, which was published by Random House in February 2007. Her stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Seventeen, Mademoiselle, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, One
Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She received first prizes in the Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All-Story, and American Fiction contests, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project
Award. Visit her online at www.margorabb.com.
Touré is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone. He has studied at Columbia University's Graduate School of Creative Writing and written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Callaloo, and The Village Voice. His essay "What's Inside You, Brother" will be featured in The Best American Essays of 1999. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and plays guerrilla tennis.
Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and enjoyed a childhood full of hallucinations, apparitions, paranoia, and waking dreams. He catalogs these and subsequent experiences in the pages of his comic books Jim and Frank and on his Web site, at jimwoodring.com. He lives in Seattle with his family and residual phenomena.