Madison Smartt Bell is the author of ten novels, including All Souls' Rising, a National Book Award Finalist, and two short-story collections. He was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Bennington Writing Workshop, Johns Hopkins, and Vassar. He currently teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore where he lives with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires, and his daughter. His novel Master of the Crossroads (the next installment of his Haitian trilogy) will be published in November 2000 by Pantheon.
Gabriel Brownstein is writing a novel about Harry Houdini.
Jason Coleman graduated from the School of Communications of the University of Texas. He worked for three years as a freelance editor in the Netherlands. Recently he earned his M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of Virginia, where he now works in public relations. "Properties of the Body," which will also appear this fall in Best New American Voices 2000 (Harvest Books), is the first story he has submitted for publication.
Lee Durkee was raised in Mississippi and now lives in Vermont. His short stories have appeared in Harper's, the New England Review, and elsewhere. His novel Rides of the Midway is due out this February from W. W. Norton.
Jennifer Egan is the author of a novel, The Invisible Circus, and a short-story collection, Emerald City. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Ploughshares, GQ, and elsewhere. Also a journalist, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine.
Graham Greene was born in 1904 and died in April 1991. He wrote several novels, including Stamboul Train, Journey Without Maps, The Power and the Glory, The End of the Affair, The Quiet American, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary Consul, and The Captain and the Enemy. He is also the author of several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, and three books of autobiography. Many of his short stories and novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Third Man, which was written as a film treatment.
Stacey Richter has won three Pushcart Prizes and a National Magazine Award, and her fiction has been published in GQ, Granta, and elsewhere. She is the author of the story collection My Date with Satan. More of her work can be found at www.staceyrichter.com.
Julian Schnabel is a painter and a film director. He lives in New York City with his family. "If these images have anything to do with these stories, it's only by proximity on the page and the chance that I was asked to be the guest designer for this issue. I see this magazine as a sculpture and I am covering the outside of it. These images are neither illustrations of the stories nor a representation of the work I've done before. I did, however, take the photographs."