Wes Anderson has written and directed the films Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. His most recent film, The Darjeeling Limited, is in theaters, and he is preparing to shoot his next film, an animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Fiona McFarlane is the author of the novel The Night Guest. Her collection of stories, The High Places, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May 2016. She lives in Sydney.
Karen Russell is the author of the story collections St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, the novella Sleep Donation, and the novel Swamplandia!, which was honored as a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Her story “The Hox River Window,” which appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Zoetrope: All-Story, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.
Anya Ulinich grew up in Moscow, Russia, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters. After publishing her first novel, Petropolis (Viking, 2007), she was named one of the five most promising and exciting writers under the age of thirty-five by the National Book Foundation. She holds an MFA in visual arts from the University of California, Davis.
Amanda Eyre Ward's work has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, and Salon. Her newest novel, Forgive Me, was published by Random House in June 2007. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Elizabeth Peyton was born in 1965 and received her BFA at New York's School of Visual Arts in 1987. Her work was the subject of a monograph published by Rizzoli in 2005 and is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. She lives and works in New York City.