Woody Allen’s prolific career as a comic, writer, and filmmaker spans more than five decades. He writes frequently for the New Yorker and is the author of Without Feathers, Getting Even, Side Effects, and Mere Anarchy.
Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing) was born in Shanghai, China, in 1920. Her early story collections Romances (1944) and Written on Water (1945) established her reputation as a giant of modern Chinese literature. In 1952 she moved to the United States, where she continued to write. She died in Los Angeles in 1995.
Mary Gaitskill is the author of two story collections and two novels, most recently Veronica. A new book of stories, Don't Cry, will be published in March.
Alan Heathcockís work has recently appeared in Best American Mystery Stories; Harvard Review; The Kenyon Review; and The Virginia Quarterly Review, in which his story won a National Magazine Award for fiction. He teaches writing at Boise State University.
Yiyun Li's work has been published in The New Yorker, Zoetrope: All-Story, and elsewhere. She has received grants and awards from the Lannan Foundation and the Whiting Foundation and was among Granta's Best of Young American Novelists.
Jonathan Telís stories have appeared in Granta and The New Yorker. He is writing a collection of linked stories set in contemporary Beijing.
Marjane Satrapi was born in Iran. Her illustrations regularly appear in newspapers and magazines around the world, and she is the author of several childrenís books and the graphic memoirs Persepolis, Persepolis 2, Chicken with Plums, and Embroideries. She cowrote and codirected the 2007 film Persepolis, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Since 1994 she has lived in Paris.