Rabih Alameddine was born in Jordan to Lebanese parents and has lived in Kuwait, Lebanon, England, and the United States. He began his career as an engineer, then moved to writing and painting. He is the author of two novels—Koolaids and I, the Divine—as well as The Perv, a collection of short stories, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in San Francisco and Beirut.
Charlotte Bacon is the author of A Private State, a collection of stories that won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1998. Her novel, Lost Geography, was published in 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She teaches in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire.
Rachel Kadish's first novel, From a Sealed Room, was published in 1998. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Story, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, and Bomb, and have been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize collection and elsewhere. She is a recent N.E.A. fiction fellow, and is at work on a new novel titled Soon Also for You. She lives outside Boston.
Damon Runyon was born in Manhattan, Kansas, in 1880 and died in 1946. A newspaper journalist, he began his career as a sportswriter and later became a war correspondent for the Hearst papers. Runyon's short stories first appeared in American magazines during the 1930s, and many were adapted for the screen.
Valerie Sayers, who teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of five novels, including Brain Fever and Due East, which will be reissued in paperback soon. She has been an NEA fellow in fiction, and her stories, essays, and reviews appear widely.
Joanna Scott is the author of five novels, including Make Believe, The Manikin, and Arrogance, and a collection of stories, Various Antidotes. Her new novel, Tourmaline, will be published by Little, Brown in 2002. She teaches at the University of Rochester.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a graphic artist in both words and paint.
He is represented by George Krevsky Fine Arts in San Francisco, and his books are published by New Directions in New York.