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 Don�t Tell Anyone and the novels Girls, The Night Inspector, and A Memory of War.
Len Kruger lives in Washington, D. C. and works at the Library of Congress. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. He is currently finishing a novel.
Peter Lefcourt was born in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles. His first novel, The Deal, was published by Random House in 1991, followed by The Dreyfus Affair (1992) and Di and I (1994). His fourth novel, Abbreviating Ernie, spent five weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.
Claire Messud's short fiction has appeared in Granta magazine. She is the author of a novel, When the World Was Steady, which was a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Edna O'Brien is the author of several books, including The Country Girls, Lantern Slides, House of Splendid Isolation, and most recently Down by the River.
Tom Paine’s story collection Scar Vegas (Harcourt) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Playboy, and the Oxford American, as well as in the anthologies The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize.
David Salle was born in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1952, and studied at the California Institute of the Arts. His first solo exhibition was in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Project, Inc., in 1975, followed by one-man exhibitions at Foundation de Appel, Amsterdam; Mary Boone Gallery, New York City; Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo; Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris; Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich; Larry Gagosian, New York City; and Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne. Early in his career, he became a prominent member of the New Painting Movement, which revived figurative painting on canvas. Salle is also one of the central contributors to postmodern painting, in which internal conflict of superimposed images creates a sense of abstraction and deracinated iconography.