David Benioff's first novel, The 25th Hour, was published in 2001.
Robert Olen Butler has written ten novels and four volumes of short fiction, Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and Severance, due in fall 2006. A collection of his lectures on creative writing, From Where You Dream, was published last year. He also has won two National Magazine Awards, one of them along with Zoetrope: All-Story for his story "Fair Warning," which he subsequently developed into a novel. He has written nine feature-length screenplays for six different studios and teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
Alicia Erian's first collection of short stories, The Brutal Language of Love, will be published by Villard in spring 2001. She has fiction forthcoming in The Iowa Review and has previously been published in The Sun, Confrontation, and other journals. She hopes to begin production on her first feature film, Walk Like an Egyptian, later this year.
Denis Johnson is the author of Jesus' Son, Already Dead: A California Gothic, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, and Angels and two collections of poetry, The Incognito Lounge and The Veil. His forthcoming novel is entitled The Name of the World. He lives in northern Idaho.
Dale Peck's novels are Martin and John, The Law of Enclosures, and Now It's Time to Say Goodbye. His short fiction and critical essays have appeared in The London Review of Books, the Voice Literary Supplement, Granta, and The Nation. He lives in New York City and is at work on a new novel and a collection of essays on gay culture and politics.
Dale Ray Phillips's book of stories, My People's Waltz, was published in 1999 by W. W. Norton and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Deer, Arkansas.
Mike Salisbury "From Michael Jackson to Rolling Stone to Levi's 501 Jeans, Mike Salisbury has been responsible for the success of many of the most successful pop icons of our time. He has designed corporate logos for Hasbro, Disney, and Polygram, advertising campaigns for Jurassic Park, Aliens, VW and Levi's packages for Mattel Toys and Kirin Beer, and products for Suziki and Honda. Salisbury has either designed from scratch or redesigned such publications as Rolling Stone, Playboy, West, Westways, Surfer, Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Sassy, the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. Mike has won virtually every award for design on the planet including a Grammy and his work is in the Smithsonian and Library of Congress. His photographs have been published in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, Vogue, Men's Journal, and Forbes, and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art." --AdWeek