Steve Almond’s fiction has appeared in Missouri Review, Playboy, Southern Review, and Zoetrope: All-Story. His debut collection of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in early 2002. Steve Almond lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of A Friend of the Earth, Riven Rock, The Tortilla Curtain, The Road to Wellville, East Is East, World's End (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), Budding Prospects, Water Music, Drop City (nominated for the 2003 National Book Award), The Inner Circle, and six collections of stories. In 1999, he was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction.
John M. Cunningham was born in Montana in 1915. He began writing Western fiction in 1946 and is the author of many short stories and three novels. He presently lives in Oregon and is at work on a new novel.
Jean Hanson is the recipient of an artist fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Hackney Prize in the Short Story, and a Poets & Writers award for emerging writers. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, her work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including Creative Nonfiction and Puerto del Sol. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she is completing a collection of short fiction and writing a novel.
Cynthia Hartwig was born in Missoula, Montana, and now lives in Seattle. "We're All Dying Here" is her first published story. She is at work on a memoir about her experiences as the owner of an advertising agency for fourteen years.
David Mamet is the author of numerous plays, including Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award), and American Buffalo. His films include The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), Hoffa, The Edge, Wag the Dog, and The Spanish Prisoner. He is the author of four volumes of essays and the novels The Village and The Old Religion.
Ana Menendez is a New York Times fellow at New York University. Before entering the graduate writing program, she worked as a journalist for the Orange County Register and the Miami Herald. She divides her time between New York and New Delhi, where she is working on a collection entitled In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, and Other Miami Stories.
Dale Peck's novels are Martin and John, The Law of Enclosures, and Now It's Time to Say Goodbye. His short fiction and critical essays have appeared in The London Review of Books, the Voice Literary Supplement, Granta, and The Nation. He lives in New York City and is at work on a new novel and a collection of essays on gay culture and politics.
Josh Pryor's work has appeared in ZYZZYVA and the Georgetown Review. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He teaches high school English and is assembling a collection of short fiction. "Wrong Numbers" appeared in the Spring 1999 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story.
Chris Spain teaches at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Anna Sui was born in Detroit, Michigan, and studied at Parsons School of Design in New York. She launched her company in 1980, and now has several collections, including the Anna Sui Collection, SUI Anna Sui, Anna Sui Shoes, Anna Sui Jeans, and a forthcoming fragrance and cosmetic line. She has boutiques in New York, Tokyo, and Osaka.