Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977, and grew up in the university town of Nsukka. An O. Henry Prize'winner, she has also received the PEN/David T. K. Wong Award for Short Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was a finalist for the Orange Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year.
Sherman Alexie's most recent collection of short stories is the national bestseller Ten Little Indians. He is also the author of the novels Reservation Blues and Indian Killer, the short story collections The Toughest Indian in the World (winner of PEN/Malamud Award) and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award), and eight volumes of poetry. He is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian.
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of A Friend of the Earth, Riven Rock, The Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Wellville, East Is East, World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Budding Prospects, Water Music, Drop City (nominated for the 2003 National Book Award), The Inner Circle, and six collections of stories. In 1999, he was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction.
Catherine Dupree's work has appeared in the Connecticut Review, Harvard magazine, Hemispheres, National Geographic Traveler, and Gastronomica, and has been featured on Chicago Public Radio. Recently, she was writer in residence at the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. She lives in Philadelphia.
Ryu Murakami has written some forty novels. Among those translated into English are Almost Transparent Blue, Coin Locker Babies, Sixty-Nine, In the Miso Soup, Audition, and Popular Hits of the Showa Era. He also has directed a number of films based on his works, including the cult classic Tokyo Decadence.
Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist living in Chicago, where she teaches at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Her visual novels have won critical acclaim, and her first novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, was a New York Times bestseller and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. She collects taxidermy and comic books.
Gods of Tin, about his flying years and recently published, gives some idea of James Salter's beginnings. 'Eyes of the Stars,' in this issue, might be said to derive from things that followed. It is part of a collection, Last Night, to be published in April 2005 by Knopf.
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.
Tim Winton, who has won every major Australian literary award and been twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is the author of seven novels—including Dirt Music and Cloudstreet—and seven books for younger readers. "Abbreviation" will be included in The Turning, his third collection of stories.
Gus Van Sant is a filmmaker, photographer, painter, writer, and musician. Among his films are icons of independent cinema: Mala Noche, My Own Private Idaho, and Drugstore Cowboy. He won an Oscar nomination for Good Will Hunting and the Palme d’Or and Best Director prizes at Cannes for Elephant. His most recent film, Last Days, was released in 2005.