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.
Frederick Busch's twenty-seventh book, a novel titled North, will be published in May 2005, by W.W. Norton. Busch's other publications include the story collection Donï¿½t Tell Anyone and the novels Girls, The Night Inspector, and A Memory of War.
Tom Lee's stories have been published in Britain and in The Dublin Review in Ireland, and broadcast on the BBC. He lives in London and is working on a collection of stories and a novel.
Peter Matthiessen published his first short story, in The Atlantic Monthly, before he graduated from Yale University in 1950. Besides At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was nominated for the National Book Award, he has written seven novels, notably Far Tortuga, Killing Mister Watson, and Bone by Bone. In his parallel career as a naturalist and explorer, he has produced numerous acclaimed works of nonfiction, among them The Tree Where Man Was Born, also nominated for the National Book Award, and The Snow Leopard, which won it. Mr. Matthiessen was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974.
Robert McCarthy is a graduate student at the University of Illinois, where he is finishing a short story collection titled Stag. “In Gavin Slough” is the second of his stories to be published; the first recently appeared in The Paris Review.
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the author most recently of the novel The Gravedigger's Daughter and the collection High Lonesome: Stories 1966â€”2006.
Michael Goldberg’s work is part of the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the MoMA, the Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.