Dean Bakopoulos was born just outside Detroit in 1975. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won two Hopwood Awards. He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is the head buyer for Canterbury Booksellers, an independent bookstore, and a contributing writer for Isthmus, an alternative weekly. He wrote 'Please Don't Come Back from the Moon' in memory of Gregory Smolij. It is his first published story.
John Biguenet's fiction has appeared in Esquire, Granta, Story, and elsewhere. His first collection of stories, The Torturer's Apprentice, was recently published by Ecco/HarperCollins. The winner of an O. Henry Award for short fiction, he teaches at Loyola University in New Orleans.
O. Henry was born William Sydney Porter in 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and died in New York in 1910. The author of hundreds of stories, O. Henry is known for unexpected twists of plot—narratives that point in one direction, only to be turned on their heads. “The Ransom of Red Chief,” one of his best-known stories, was originally published in 1910. A master of the American short story, O. Henry is honored each year by the annual awards that bear his name.
Bruce Machart is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Ohio State University. His stories have appeared in Story and Glimmer Train, and he is the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council. He lives near Boston, where he is at work on a collection of stories and a novel.
David Schickler writes fiction and screenplays. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Tin House. In June, 2001, The Dial Press will publish his first book, Kissing in Manhattan, which includes the story “Fourth Angry Mouse.” He lives in New York.
Georgia Smith lives in Paris, where The Vase, her second play, was recently staged. Before moving to France she lived in San Francisco, where she produced documentaries and news for public television.
Julia Whittyï¿½s short stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, Story, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She won an O. Henry Award in 1999, and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her collection of short stories, A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin, as is a novel, The Hunger of Stone.
Dennis Hopper, in addition to acting and directing, is a noted photographer and painter. Many exhibitions of his work have been mounted in the United States, Europe, and Japan. A major retrospective, examining the scope of Hopper’s entire career, opened on February 16th at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and will continue on to the MAK in Vienna, opening on May 29th. This exhibition will tour through various other international locations before coming to America.