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Vol. 14, No. 1

Volume 14, Number 1
Spring 2010

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1948, Mikhail Baryshnikov is one of the greatest ballet dancers of his time. After commencing a promising career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. In 1979 he joined the New York City Ballet to study with master choreographer George Balanchine, but returned to the ABT a year later as its artistic director; there for the next decade he nurtured a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990 to 2002 he was artistic director of the White Oak Dance Project, a touring company he cofounded with Mark Morris; and in 2005 he launched the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. Mr. Baryshnikov is also an Academy Award–nominated actor, and a photographer whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

Ted Burton was born and raised in Weiser, Idaho. He is a graduate of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and works as a hospice chaplain in California’s San Fernando Valley. 

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels EnchantmentsEnvy, The Seal WifeThe Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water; the memoirs The Kiss and The Mother Knot; the travel memoir The Road to Santiago; the biographies Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured; the true-crime work While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family; and the essay collections Seeking Rapture and True Crimes: A Family Album. Her work has appeared in the New YorkerHarper’s MagazineVogue, the New York Times Book Review, and many anthologies.

Jonathan Lethem is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the author of seven novels, two story collections, and an essay collection. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the New York Times. “The Salon” will be included in the anthology The Dark End of the Street, to be published by Bloomsbury USA in May.

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.

Jonathan Nolan is an Academy Award–nominated writer who was born in London and raised in the Chicago area. He wrote the short story “Memento Mori”—the basis for the critically acclaimed film Memento, directed by his brother Christopher Nolan—and cowrote screenplays for The Prestige and The Dark Knight.

Helen Simpson is the author of six story collections, including Getting a Life and In-Flight Entertainment. She is the recipient of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Hawthornden Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award. Her most recent collection, Cockfosters, will be published by Knopf in 2017. She lives in London.

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Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1948, Mikhail Baryshnikov is one of the greatest ballet dancers of his time. After commencing a promising career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. In 1979 he joined the New York City Ballet to study with master choreographer George Balanchine, but returned to the ABT a year later as its artistic director; there for the next decade he nurtured a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990 to 2002 he was artistic director of the White Oak Dance Project, a touring company he cofounded with Mark Morris; and in 2005 he launched the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. Mr. Baryshnikov is also an Academy Award–nominated actor, and a photographer whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

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