The author of nine works, Andre Dubus received the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rea Award for excellence in short fiction, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Boston Globe's first annual Lawrence L. Winship Award, and fellowships from both the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. Until his death in 1999, he lived in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
ZZ Packer is the author of a forthcoming short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Best American Short Stories. She attended Yale, and received an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.
Richard Powers is the author of eight novels, including Galatea 2.2, The Gold Bug Variations, and Gain. His latest, The Time of Our Singing, will be published in January by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award.
Eric Puchner teaches at Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His short stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the anthologies Pushcart Prize XXVIII and Best New American Voices 2005. His first collection of stories, Music Through the Floor, will be published in November 2005 by Scribner.
Jaspreet Singh grew up on the India-Pakistan border, and in 1990 moved to Canada, where he received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His short stories have appeared in Fiddlehead, and his fiction has been nominated for publication in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best New American Voices. He lives in Montreal, where he is working on a collection of stories set in Kashmir.
Scott Snyder lives in New York City, where he recently completed his M.F.A. in fiction at Columbia University. He is currently finishing his first collection of short stories and teaching writing in a high school.
Sean Michael Welch was awarded the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and won the 2000 KC/ACTF Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition for Charleston's Finger.
Laurie Anderson was creating multimedia before the word entered the American lexicon. She is a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, ventriloquist, electronics innovator, vocalist, and instrumentalist, and has combined these talents in such performance artworks as United States IV, The Nerve Bible, and Songs and Stories from Moby Dick. This year she will serve as the first artist in residence at NASA.