Will Allison lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Deborah Way, and their daughter, Hazel. He thanks the Arts Council of Indianapolis for its support during the writing of “Atlas Towing,” part of a collection-in-progress of connected short stories. Other stories from the collection have appeared in Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, American Short Fiction, and Atlanta. He is a staff member at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, California.
Rick Bass is the author of twenty-one books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel Where the Sea Used to Be. In September 2004, Sierra Club Books published a nonfiction work, Caribou Rising, and in May 2005, Houghton Mifflin will publish a novel, The Diezmo. He lives in northwest Montana's Yaak Valley, where he's active with a number of local organizations seeking wilderness protection for the last roadless areas in the Kootenai National Forest.
Amber Dermont holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her work received special mention in the 2004 Pushcart Prize anthology, and her recent fiction and creative nonfiction can be found in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Open City, and Seneca Review. She lives in Houston.
Viet Dinh graduated from the University of Houston with his MFA. His work appears in the Chicago Review, Black Warrior Review, Fence, Indiana Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among other publications. 'Lucky' is part of his as yet unpublished collection of stories, I (Heart) Disaster. He lives in Denver and carries a rabbit's foot. He hopes the rabbit will forgive him.
William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi, in 1897 and died in 1962. His books include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom!, as well as several other novels and short-story collections.
Etgar Keret’s stories have been published in more than forty languages. For the 2007 film Jellyfish, he and his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Caméra d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Director Award from the French Artists and Writers’ Guild. In 2010, Keret received the decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in Tel Aviv.
JT LeRoy is the author of the novel Sarah, the story collection The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and the novella Harold's End. He was the associate producer of Gus Van Sant's film Elephant, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and is writing an original screenplay for another film to be directed by Van Sant. Visit his website at www.jtleroy.com.
Frances Sherwood attended Howard University on a Meyer Scholarship, graduated from Brooklyn College, received her MA from Johns Hopkins University, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She is the author of a short story collection, Everything You've Heard Is True, and three novels, Vindication, Green, and The Book of Splendor. A fourth novel, Betrayal, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. Two of her stories have been included in O. Henry Award collections (1989, 1992), and one in Best American Short Stories (2000). She is a professor of English at Indiana University South Bend.
Lara Vapnyar is the author of There Are Jews in My House, published by Pantheon Books in 2003. She emigrated from Russia to New York in 1994 and began publishing short stories in English in 2002. Her work has also appeared in Open City and The New Yorker.
Raymond Saunders received a BFA from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1960) and an MFA from California College of the Arts (1961), formerly California College of Arts and Crafts, where he is currently a professor of painting. Saunders’s work has been presented in numerous museum shows, including major solo exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art (1996) and the Oakland Museum of California (1994). His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Saunders lives and works in Oakland, California.