The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 11, No. 3


Guest Designer: Tim RothTim Roth is an Academy Award–nominated actor who debuted as a director with the 1999 film The War Zone. He lives in Los Angeles.

Andrew Malan Milward is studying at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His story "The Burning of Lawrence" is part of a just-finished story collection about his home state of Kansas, and he is at work on a novel.

Ethan Coen has written a story collection, Gates of Eden, and two collections of verse, The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way and the upcoming The Day the World Ends. He has made—with his brother, Joel—fifteen movies, and has written several one-act plays, one of which, Talking Cure, is on Broadway through January, and two evenings of which have been produced off-Broadway by the Atlantic Theater. The Atlantic also is staging his latest collection of one-acts, Happy Hour.

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Brief History of the Dead and The Truth About Celia; the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery; and the story collections Things that Fall from the Sky and the forthcoming The View from the Seventh Layer. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

Jonathan Baumbach's short fiction has been widely anthologized in such publications as Best American Short Stories; O. Henry Prize Stories; All Our Secrets Are the Same: New Fiction from Esquire; The Best of TriQuarterly; On the Couch: Great American Stories about Therapy; Transgressions: The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Fiction; and Show Me a Hero: Great Contemporary Stories about Sports. His fifteenth book, the novel You, will be published in October 2007.

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.