Elizabeth Altomonte holds a B.A.-B.F.A. degree from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Academy of Art, and recently received her M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School. Her short story “Bangladesh” appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of Inkwell. Elizabeth lives in Connecticut with her husband, three children, and English mastiff, Bella, and is currently writing a collection of stories based on Dag Hammarskjöld.
Courtney Angela Brkic is the author of The Stone Fields (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004) and Stillness: and Other Stories (FSG, 2003). Her work has appeared in Zoetrope, Harpers & Queen (U.K.), and the New York Times Magazine.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), best known as author of The Stranger, was born in Algeria to an impoverished French family, and linked through his essays and fiction to the Existentialists of the mid-twentieth century. He remains one of the more influential literary figures of our time.
Katharine Coles’s most recent collection of poetry, The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension, was published in 2001 by the University of Nevada Press. Her second novel, Fire Season, was published in 2005. She teaches at the University of Utah.
Michael Collier’s most recent collection of poems is The Next Night (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). He is also a coeditor with Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsh of A William Maxwell Portrait (Norton, 2004).
Carol Cosman is a literary translator from French. Her work includes Balzac’s Colonel Chabert, Simone de Beauvoir’s America Day by Day, and J. P. Sartre’s study of Flaubert, The Family Idiot. “The Adulterous Wife” will appear in the collection Exile and the Kingdom (1957), to be published in May 2006 by Penguin U.K.
Tess Gallagher’s forthcoming poetry collection, Dear Ghosts, will be published by Graywolf Press in May of 2006. She is presently collaborating on a book of oral stories from the west of Ireland with the Irish painter Josie Gray. She collaborated with Robert Altman in 1993 on the film Short Cuts, based on stories by her late husband, Raymond Carver.
Linda Gregerson’s most recent collection of poetry, Waterborne, won the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Newer poems have appeared or are forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Poetry, and Atlantic Monthly.
Marilyn Hacker is the author of eleven books of poems, most recently Desesperanto, published by W. W. Norton in 2003. She received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. She lives in New York and Paris, and teaches at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Katherine M. Hedeen has a doctorate in Hispanic literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish and International Studies at Kenyon College. She specializes in Latin American poetry and has written about and translated numerous contemporary authors from the region.
Brad Kessler is the author, most recently, of Birds in Fall (Scribner, 2006). He is working on a novel, Young Woman Drawing, about a painting of the same name.
Khaled Mattawa is the author of two books of poetry, Ismailia Eclipse and Zodiac of Echoes. He is also the translator of five volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-editor of two anthologies of Arab-American literature. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Davis McCombs’s first book, Ultima Thule, was chosen by W. S. Merwin as the winner of the 1999 Yale Series of Younger Poets. He is a professor in the M.F.A. program at the University of Arkansas.
Erika Meitner’s first book, Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore, won the 2002 Anhinga Prize for Poetry (Anhinga Press, 2003). She is currently the Morgenstern Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia, where she also serves on the poetry board of the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Iman Mersal is one of Egypt’s leading young poets and the author of three volumes of poetry. Her poems have been translated to more than a dozen languages, and she has been invited to participate in several literary events in Europe, including the Rotterdam Poetry Festival and the Frankfurt Book Fair. She is an assistant professor of Arabic at University of Winnipeg in Edmonton.
Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has published forty-four books, including Impressionist Quartet: The Intimate Genius of Manet and Morisot, Degas and Cassatt (Harcourt, 2005), and has recently completed a life of Modigliani. He has also written (producers take notice) a screenplay based on Man’s Fate.
Joan Murray is a National Poetry Series Winner, whose collections include Dancing on the Edge (Beacon 2002). She is also editor of Poems to Live By (Beacon 2001) and Poems to Take with You (Beacon 2006), and is general editor of The Best of Pushcart Poetry (2006).
Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of the most significant contemporary Cuban writers. He has published seven books of poetry, many of them recipients of literary awards, including the David Prize (Cuba, 1980), the Plural Prize (Mexico, 1983), the EDUCA Prize (Costa Rica, 1995), and the Renacimiento Prize (Spain, 2000). Rodríguez Núñez has also published various anthologies, critical editions, prologues, and articles on Hispanic literatures. His poems have been included in various American journals, among others, Cream City Review, Literary Review, New England Review, Circumference, Salt Hill, Mid-American Review, New Letters, and Americas Review. He is currently an assistant professor of Spanish at Kenyon College.
Wyatt Prunty’s latest book is Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems. He is the founding director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Ron Rash’s third novel, The World Made Straight, was published by Henry Holt in January. He teaches at Western Carolina University.
J. Allyn Rosser’s first collection, Bright Moves, won the Morse Poetry Prize. Her second, Misery Prefigured, won the Crab Orchard Award and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2001. Her poems have appeared recently in Poetry, Slate.com, Atlantic Monthly, and Georgia Review. She teaches at Ohio University.
Reginald Shepherd is the editor of The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (Iowa, 2004). He is the author of four books of poetry, all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, most recently Otherhood (2003).
Tom Sleigh’s books include After One, Waking, The Chain, The Dreamhouse, Far Side of the Earth, and a translation of Euripides’ Herakles. His latest book of essays is Interview with a Ghost (Graywolf, 2006.) He has won the Shelly Prize from the Poetry Society of America, an Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, an Individual Writer’s Award from the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in the graduate writing program at New York University and at Dartmouth College.
Lisa Russ Spaar teaches at the University of Virginia, where she is an associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program. Her recent books include Blue Venus: Poems (Persea Books, 2004), Glass Town (Red Hen Press), for which she won the Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers, and Acquainted With the Night: Insomnia Poems (Columbia UP, 1999).
Daniel Stern is the Cullen Distinguished Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He is the author of nine novels and six collections of stories. His work has appeared in the O’Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. His new book, The Advancer and Other Stories, will be published next year. His book Twice Told Tales received the Rosenthal Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Susan Wood is the author of three books of poems, most recently Asunder (Penguin, 2001). A former Guggenheim Fellow, she is the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English at Rice University. The poem in this issue is from a series of poems that has its genesis in The Decalogue, ten short films by the Polish director Kryztof Kieslowski.