Louis Begley is the author of Wartime Lies, which received the PEN Hemingway Prize, and About Schmidt, which was a National Book Critics' Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. Shipwreck, his seventh novel, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in September. Mr. Begley is the recipient of the American Academy of Letters Award in Literature, the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung Literaturpreis, and the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. He lives in New York City.
John Boorman is a five-time Oscar nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the founder and co-editor of Faber and Faber's long-running 'Projections' series, which publishes filmmakers� views on filmmaking.
Robert Olen Butler has written ten novels and four volumes of short fiction, Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and Severance, due in fall 2006. A collection of his lectures on creative writing, From Where You Dream, was published last year. He also has won two National Magazine Awards, one of them along with Zoetrope: All-Story for his story "Fair Warning," which he subsequently developed into a novel. He has written nine feature-length screenplays for six different studios and teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Three of the stories in his collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the 2007 PEN/Hemingway Award, were first published in Zoetrope: All-Story. He has lived in Dallas since 1983.
Mary Gaitskill is the author of two story collections and two novels, most recently Veronica. A new book of stories, Don't Cry, will be published in March.
Gary Kamiya is the executive editor and one of the founders of Salon.com, which has received more awards than any other online cultural and political magazine. Previously, he worked as an editor and cultural critic for the San Francisco Examiner. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, and Sports Illustrated, among other publications. He serves on Zoetrope's editorial board.
Michael Redhill is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Asphodel (1997) and Light-crossing (2001). As a playwright, his most recent works are Doubt and Building Jerusalem, winner of the 2000 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and finalist for the 2001 Governor General's Award. He is the publisher of Brick, a literary magazine. His novel, Martin Sloane, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Trillium Award, the Books in Canada/Amazon.com First Novel Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, and it won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean. 'Long Division' is from his collection of short stories, Fidelity, which will be published by Little, Brown in March 2004. His novel, Consolation, will be published in 2005.
Pauls Toutonghi was born in 1976 in Seattle, Washington. In October 2003, the Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama published his first collection of stories, Live Cargo. He has published in The Boston Review, Glimmer Train, Pittsburgh Quarterly, and Book Magazine. Toutonghi was the winner of the First Annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest, and has received a Fulbright Grant for study in Latvia and a 2001 Pushcart Prize.
Russell Working recently returned to the United States after six years of freelance reporting from the Russian Far East and the Middle East. A former Iowa Short Fiction Award winner, his fiction and humor have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly Review, Kyoto Journal, and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, South China Morning Post, Jerusalem Post, Jordan Times, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines worldwide.
Edgardo Vega Yunqué, author of The Comeback, Mendoza's Dreams, and Casualty Report, was born in Puerto Rico and lives in Brooklyn. His work has been adapted for the stage and has been anthologized internationally. His novel No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain?t Never Coming Home Again will be published in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Rob and Christian Clayton grew up in Aurora, Colorado and graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, where they now serve on the faculty. They work as individual artists and in collaboration out of a storefont studio in La Crescenta, California. For more information about the artists, please visit www.claytonbrothers.com.