Melissa Bank won the 1993 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The North American Review, Other Voices, and have been performed in The Selected Shorts Program and broadcast on National Public Radio. She is finishing a collection of stories and lives in New York City.
Margaret Benbow's collection of poems, Stalking Joy, received the Walter McDonald First Book Award. Her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, The Georgia Review, and Wisconsin Fiction. She is currently at work on stories that deal with the later lives of Carlo and Consolata.
Francis Ford Coppola is a five-time Academy Awardwinning writer, director, and producer. He won his first Oscar in 1970 at age thirty-one for the screenplay Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North. His work includes screenwriting credits for more than twenty filmsamong them epics such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He resides in Rutherford, California, where he makes wine and is writing his next film.
Julio Cortázar (1914–1984) was among the most influential and prolific writers of contemporary Latin American literature. His work includes short stories, novels, political essays, and poetry. Born in Brussels, he was raised outside Buenos Aires and later moved to Paris, where he achieved his greatest success, which included the 1963 novel Hopscotch.
Tim Gautreaux's fiction has appeared in Harper's, GQ, The Atlantic Monthly, Story, The Best American Short Stories, and New Stories from the South. He has won a National Magazine Award for fiction and an NEA Creative Fellowship. A Louisiana native, he is the director of creative writing at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is the author of several books, including the forthcoming short-story collection Welding with Children, which will be published by St. Martin's/Picador.
Paul Griner's stories have been published in Playboy, Story, Bomb, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, and other magazines. Random House, which published his collection, Follow Me, in 1996, will publish his novel, Collectors, this fall. He teaches in the English department at the University of Louisville.
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, England, in 1947. Since his first hit single, "Space Oddity," in 1969 he has completed thirty-four albums. He has participated to varying degrees in twenty-two films, including Basquiat, in which he portrayed Andy Warhol, and The Hunger. His artwork has been shown in galleries worldwide, including Cologne, London, Basel, Florence, and Montreaux, and belongs to private collections in London, Manchester, and Florida. He has contributed to numerous publications as a writer and journalist, including Interview, Ray Gun, The Independent, and the Evening Standard.