John Barth is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Sot-Weed Factor, The Tidewater Tales, Lost in the Funhouse, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, the National Book Award winner Chimera, and most recently Where Three Roads Meet. He taught for many years in the writing program at Johns Hopkins University.
Neil Burger is the writer and director of The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and of Interview with the Assassin (2002), a nominee for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best First Film and Best First Screenplay. After graduating from Yale University, he created and directed the award-winning “Books: Feed Your Head” literacy campaign
for MTV. He lives in New York City.
David Byrne cofounded the band Talking Heads in the mid-seventies and established the record label Luaka Bop. His recent work includes Contemporary Color, a performance event inspired by the phenomenon of color guard (2015); Here Lies Love, a twenty-two-song theatrical production authored with Fatboy Slim (2013) that will be restaged at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and the Seattle Repertory Theater in 2017; Love This Giant, a studio album written and recorded with St. Vincent (2012); How Music Works, a book about how music is shaped by various contexts (2012); and Playing the Building, an interactive sound installation exhibited internationally (2005–12). He designed the Spring 2003 edition of All-Story.
Daniel Handler is the author of the books The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs. ï¿½He is also, as Lemony Snicket, the author of a sequence of novels for children collectively entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events.ï¿½ He lives in San Francisco with his wife and child.
Aviya Kushner's work has appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry.
Steven Millhauser is the author of ten works of fiction, including Edwin Mullhouse, Martin Dressler, and The Knife Thrower and Other Stories. His most recent book is The King in the Tree, a collection of three novellas.
Susan Straight's new novel, A Million Nightingales, was just published by Pantheon. "El Ojo de Agua" is part of a collection of stories about Louisiana and California. Her first short story for All-Story, "Mines," was included in Best American Short Stories 2003.
Gus Van Sant is a filmmaker, photographer, painter, writer, and musician. Many of his films are among the pantheon of independent cinema, including Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, and My Own Private Idaho. He won Oscar nominations for Good Will Hunting and Milk and the Palme d’Or and Best Director prizes at the Cannes Film Festival for Elephant, and he designed the Winter 2004 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story.
Kiki Smith is an artist of international prominence whose sculptures, drawings, and photographs are included in the collections of more than thirty museums worldwide. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis recently organized her first major retrospective: the exhibition opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005 before traveling to the Walker Art Center; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. She lives and works in New York City.