Francis Ford Coppola is a five-time Academy Award–winning writer, director, and producer. He won his first Oscar in 1970 at age thirty-one for the screenplay Patton, which he cowrote with Edmund H. North. His work includes screenwriting credits for more than twenty films—among them epics such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. His most recent film, Twixt, debuted at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Alexandra Kleeman grew up in Colorado and lives in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Conjunctions, and Diagram.
Ryu Murakami has written some forty novels. Among those translated into English are Almost Transparent Blue, Coin Locker Babies, Sixty-Nine, In the Miso Soup, Audition, and Popular Hits of the Showa Era. He also has directed a number of films based on his works, including the cult classic Tokyo Decadence.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) was an author, poet, editor, and literary critic and among the first American practitioners of the short story.
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.
Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN New England Award for fiction, and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Story Prize. He teaches at Williams College.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded Rodarte in 2005 in Los Angeles, California. They have won numerous honors and accolades, including the 2009 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion, and were nominated for a 2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Costume Design for their work in the film Black Swan. In 2009 Rodarte became the first fashion house to be awarded a United States Artists grant. The exhibition Rodarte: States of Matter opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in March. And Rodarte’s first monograph, Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth, was published by JRP|Ringier in September.