Steve Almond’s fiction has appeared in Missouri Review, Playboy, Southern Review, and Zoetrope: All-Story. His debut collection of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in early 2002. Steve Almond lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Karen E. Bender is the author of Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin, 2000). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Story, The Kenyon Review, and The Iowa Review, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize collection. Her short stories have been read as part of the “Selected Shorts” series on NPR. She teaches writing at the Antioch Los Angeles MFA program and privately in New York.
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Karl Iagnemma is a research scientist in the mechanical engineering department at M.I.T. His short stories have received the Playboy College Fiction award and The Paris Review Discovery Prize, and have been included in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. 'The Phrenologist's Dream' and 'Zilkowski's Theorem' are part of his first collection of stories, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction, which will be published in May 2003 by Dial Press. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
James Lasdun was born in London and lives in Upstate New York. He’s the author of three collections of stories, three books of poetry, and two novels. His memoir, Give Me Everything You Have, will be published in 2012.
Rick Moody is the author of the novels Garden State, The Ice Storm, and Purple America, and two collections of stories, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven and Demonology. He is the co-editor (with Darcey Steinke) of an anthology of essays, Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. His short work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic, and the Village Voice. He is presently at work on a nonfiction genealogical narrative, The Black Veil.
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Daniel Orozco was a Scowcroft and L’Heureux Fellow in Fiction in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. His stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, Story, and Mid-American Review. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches fiction writing at Stanford.
Mark Schultz recently received an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and is currently the coordinator of MCC Theater's Playwrights' Coalition. Produced plays include Muin Al-Buka, The Story of the Car Thief, and Cities of the Plain. He is a founding member of theater mitu.
Dean Tavoularis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was trained in architecture and the fine arts at the Otis Art Institute and other art schools in Los Angeles. After leaving school, he worked at the Disney Studios for seven years, first in animation and later in live-action films. His first film as chief designer was Bonnie and Clyde, and he has designed over twenty-five films since then, including the three Godfather films and Apocalypse Now, as well as many other films for Francis Coppola. He received an Oscar for The Godfather, Part II and a British Oscar for Tucker, A Man and His Dreams. He lives in Los Angeles and Paris.