Melissa Bank won the 1993 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The North American Review, Other Voices, and have been performed in The Selected Shorts Program and broadcast on National Public Radio. She is finishing a collection of stories and lives in New York City.
Pinckney Benedict, a West Virginia native, has published two collections of short fiction and a novel. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ontario Review, The O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, The Pushcart Prize, and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. He is a professor of English at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Amy Bloom's short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Story, and American Fiction, and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories of 1991 and 1992, and in Prize Stories 1994: The O. Henry Awards. She is the author of two books, Come to Me and Love Invents Us.
Joseph Clark is the author of the collection of stories, Jungle Wedding, forthcoming from W. W. Norton in the fall of 1998. He has published stories in Playboy, GQ, and Story.
Francis Ford Coppola is a five-time Academy Awardwinning writer, director, and producer. He won his first Oscar in 1970 at age thirty-one for the screenplay Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North. His work includes screenwriting credits for more than twenty filmsamong them epics such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He resides in Rutherford, California, where he makes wine and is writing his next film.
Jim Harrison is a poet and novelist who lives in northern Michigan.
David Lynn is the editor of The Kenyon Review. His collection of stories, Fortunetelling, will be published in the spring of 1998 by Carnegie Mellon Press. He is also the author of The Hero's Tale: Narrators in the Early Modern Novel (1989) and many stories and essays. In 1995-96 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in India.
Kai Maristed was born in Chicago, studied economics and political science in Munich and at MIT, and has worked as a broadcast journalist and playwright in Germany. She is the author of two novels, Fall (1996) and Out After Dark (1993). Her shorter work has appeared in The American Scholar, Ascent, The American Voice, and Anchor Essay Annual: Best of 1997. Her new collection of stories, Belong to Me, will appear in the spring of 1998.
Helmut Newton was born in Berlin in 1920 and achieved international fame in the 1970s while working principally for French Vogue. He is renowned for the controversial scenarios he chooses for his models, as well as for the precision glamour of his photographs. At seventy-seven he continues to be distinctive and influential in his profession. In 1990, he was awarded the Grand Prix National for photography. In 1992 the German government awarded him Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz for his services to German culture and he was appointed Chevalier des Arts, Lettres et Sciences by S.A.S. Princess Caroline of Monaco. In 1996 he was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Culture.