David Benioff's first novel, The 25th Hour, was published in 2001.
Joe Borini is a member of the Actors Studio and his
plays include Seduction, Three Sisters in Search of a Cherry Orchard, Rose, Baby, Unspoken Conversations, and
Misdirected, which was cited for excellence at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Australia and was performed this past summer at FontanonEstate 2001 in Rome. Homecoming premiered in New York City in 1997 as part of the
Actors Studio School of Dramatic Arts' repertory season.
Tom McNeal's short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, and various literary journals, and has been anthologized in the O. Henry and Pushcart Prize collections. His first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska, winner of the James A. Michener Memorial Prize, was published in 1998. He lives in California with his wife, Laura, and their sons, Sam and Hank, aged three and one.
Nicholas Montemarano is the author of the story collection If the Sky Falls and the novel A Fine Place. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, he teaches at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
George Singleton's work has appeared recently in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, Book, The Georgia Review, and New Stories from the South, 2001. His first collection of stories, These People Are Us, was published in March 2001. A second collection, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, will be published in fall 2002.
Philip Van Doren Stern was born in Pennsylvania in 1900 and died in 1984. A prominent author, historian, and editor, he served as general manager of Editions for the Armed Services during World War II. Stern's books include the definitive Civil War histories An End to Valor and The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. He also edited the work of Thomas De Quincey, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, and Abraham Lincoln. Stern is perhaps best known for his short story, 'The Greatest Gift,' which inspired Frank Capra's classic film It's a Wonderful Life.
Mary Yukari Waters is half Japanese and half Irish-American. Her short stories appear in the following anthologies: The Best American Short Stories 2002, The O. Henry Prize
Stories 2002, The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Short Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories 2003, and Zoetrope: All-Story 2. She is the recipient of an NEA literature grant. �"Mirror Studies"� is part of her collection, The Laws of Evening, published by Scribner in 2003.
Ed Ruscha, painter, printmaker, and creator of
self-published art books, has been exhibiting his work since the early 1960s. His most recent commissioned painting, Picture Without Words, measures thirty feet high by twelve feet wide and hangs in the auditorium of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.