David Byrne cofounded the band Talking Heads in the mid-seventies and established the record label Luaka Bop. His recent work includes Contemporary Color, a performance event inspired by the phenomenon of color guard (2015); Here Lies Love, a twenty-two-song theatrical production authored with Fatboy Slim (2013) that will be restaged at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and the Seattle Repertory Theater in 2017; Love This Giant, a studio album written and recorded with St. Vincent (2012); How Music Works, a book about how music is shaped by various contexts (2012); and Playing the Building, an interactive sound installation exhibited internationally (2005–12). He designed the Spring 2003 edition of All-Story.
Yannick Murphy is the author of five novels—This Is the Water; The Call; Signed, Mata Hari; Here They Come; and The Sea of Trees—two story collections, and three children’s books. Her work is online at yannickmurphy.com.
Budd Schulberg (1914–2009) was a screenwriter, producer, novelist, playwright, and sports journalist. He wrote the films On the Waterfront, for which he won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Story and Screenplay, and A Face in the Crowd and the novel What Makes Sammy Run? The first boxing editor of Sports Illustrated, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002
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.
Mickalene Thomas is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator who has exhibited internationally. Her work—which combines art-historical, political, and pop-cultural references to introduce complex notions of femininity and to challenge common definitions of beauty and aesthetic representation—is part of the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is the 2015 United States Artists Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow.