Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California-Berkeley. His two most recent books are The David Story (Norton, 1999) and Canon and Creativity (Yale, 2000).

Jean Arasanayagam is a Sri Lankan writer. She has published several works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and plays. She has won local and international awards. Her most recent collection of short stories is The Dividing Line (Indialog 2002), and her most recent collection of poetry is Fusillade (Indialog 2003).

Laura Bennett is currently a junior at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She recently won a national gold award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her short story entitled “Constellations,” and is the recipient of two first prizes in poetry from the Delaware Valley College high school writing competition. Her other greatest passions include reading and theater.

Catherine Brady is the author of Curled in the Bed of Love, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (University of Georgia Press, 2003), and The End of the Class War (Calyx, 1999), which was a finalist for the Western States Book Award in Fiction.

Tenaya Darlington is the author of Madame Deluxe (Coffeehouse Press, 2000), winner of the National Poetry Series. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is a columnist and editor for Isthmus newspaper. Her novel, Maybe Baby, is forthcoming from Little, Brown and Company.

Guy Goffette is the author of six books of poems, the most recent Un manteau de fortune, published by Gallimard in 2001, which received the Grand Prix de Poésie de l’Académie Française. Originally from the Ardennes in northern France, he lives in Paris, where he is writing a book on W. H. Auden. Poems of his, in Marilyn Hacker’s translation, have appeared in Paris Review, TriQuarterly, New Letters, Metre, PN Review, and River Styx.

Jason Gray’s chapbook, Adam and Eve Go to the Zoo, won the 2003 National Poetry Chapbook Prize (Dream Horse Press). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review, and other journals. He is currently in the M.F.A. program at Ohio State.

Marilyn Hacker is the author of ten books of poems, most recently Desesperanto (W. W. Norton, 2003). Her translations of contemporary French poets, including Guy Goffette, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Claire Malroux, and Hédi Kaddour, have been widely published.

Robert Hahn is a poet, essayist, and translator. His most recent books of poetry are No Messages (Notre Dame) and All Clear (South Carolina). A selection of his new poems recently appeared in Chelsea, while his essays on poetry, painting, and translation will be found in Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, Massachusetts Review, and MichiganQuarterly Review. His translations of Giorgio Caproni will appear in Modern Poetry in Translation.

Kit Coyne Irwin’s stories have appeared in Story Quarterly, Apalachee Review, Rio Grande, and other literary magazines.

John Koethe’s most recent book is North Point North: New and Selected Poems (Harper- Collins). He received the Kingsley Tufts Award for Falling Water and is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Philip Levine divides his time between Fresno and Brooklyn. In 1991 he won the National Book Award with What Work Is; in 1995, the Pulitzer with The Simple Truth. His book of poems, Breath, will appear in October from Knopf.

Dionisio D. Martínez is the author of Climbing Back, a National Poetry Series selection, and Bad Alchemy (both from Norton). He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and Whiting fellowships. He has poems out and forthcoming in Seneca Review, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Tampa Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.

Claire Messud’s most recent book is The Hunters: Two Short Novels (Harvest). Twice a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, she is a current recipient of the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. Photo: Robin Farquhar-Thomson.

Robin Myers lives in Maplewood, New Jersey. This past year she was the first-place winner of the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest at Hollins University. “A Birth” is her first published work.

Alan Michael Parker is the author of three books of poems, including Love Song with Motor Vehicles (BOA Editions, 2003). His recent awards include the 2003 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Photo: Bill Giduz.

James D. Redwood, a law professor in Albany, New York, has had stories published in Virginia Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. He has a story forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly. From 1972-1974 he taught English and worked for a social welfare project in Saigon, Vietnam. He is currently in the process of completing a collection of short stories.

Samantha Simpsongraduated from Kenyon College in May 2003. Her middle name really is Novella.

Patricia Vigderman’s most recent work has appeared in Georgia Review, Southwest Review, and Harvard Review. She teaches in the English Department at Kenyon College.

Madeline Weinstein is a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore at the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to poetry, her interests include theater and foreign languages. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her parents, brother, and dog, Elliot.

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