PIR SULTAN ABDAL was a legendary Sufi poet, whose vision often reflects the trials of the Anatolian people suffering under harsh Ottoman rulers. He lived in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and wrote in the Turkoman folk verse of his time.
MAHMOUD DARWISH is the foremost Palestinian poet and one of the most prominent poets writing in Arabic today. He has received numerous international awards, and has published more than thirty books of poetry and prose. He received the Lannan award for cultural freedom in 2002. He is also a Knight of the French Arts and Belle Letters.
G. S. EVANS is a writer and translator who divides his time between the Czech Republic and the United States. He is coeditor of the Internet journal The Cafe Irreal, which publishes fiction like that of Kafka and Borges.
CAROL FROST is writer-in-residence and professor of English at Hartwick College. New poems are appearing or have appeared in Poetry, Ninth Letter, New England Review, and Gettysburg Review. Her most recent book is I Will Say Beauty (Northwestern, 2003).
DEBORA GREGER’s most recent book of poetry is Western Art, published by Penguin in fall 2004.
GÜNELI GÜN, Turkish-American novelist, translator, and essayist, is the author of On the Road to Baghdad and Book of Trances, as well as the prize-winning translator of Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book and The New Life.
SUSAN HAHN is the author of six books of poetry, including Self/Pity (2005). Her first play, Golf, had its world premier in February 2005. She is a recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship. Photo credit: Jennifer Girard.
HENRY HART’s biography, James Dickey: The World as a Lie (Picador/St. Martin’s Press, 2000), was runner-up for the Southern Book Critics’ Circle Award for nonfiction. He has also published studies of Geoffrey Hill, Robert Lowell, and Seamus Heaney, and recently finished his third book of poems.
FADY JOUDAH is a poet, physician, and member of Doctors Without Borders. His translations of Mahmoud Darwish’s most recent poetry is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2006.
MARGARET KAUFMAN, a graduate of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers, lives in Kentfield, California. She edits fiction for the Marlboro Review, has published her first full collection of poetry, Snake at the Wrist (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2002), and has completed a novel in short stories, Where Somebody Waits for Me, from which “Fishing” is taken. Photo credit: Jennifer Kaufman.
JAMES KIMBRELL has a new volume of poems, My Psychic, forthcoming with Sarabande Books in 2006. He has received a Whiting Writers Award and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He teaches at Florida State University.
LINDA LAPPIN lives in Rome. She is the author of a novel, The Etruscan (Wynkin deWorde, Galway, Ireland, 2004). She is currently working on a book about women writers and artists in the twenties. She is codirector of the Centro Pokkoli Creative Writing Center in Vitorchiano, Italy.
TIMOTHY LIU is the author of five books of poems, most recently, Of Thee I Sing. A new book, For Dust Thou Art, is forthcoming in fall 2005.
ARNOST LUSTIG is a winner of the National Jewish Book Award (U. S.), the Karel Capek Award (the highest distinction for literary achievement given in the Czech Republic), and has won an Emmy Award for the screenplay of The Precious Legacy. His most recent novel is Lovely Green Eyes (Arcade, 2003).
JOYCE CAROL OATES is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. Her most recent novel is The Falls (Ecco, 2004).
ALAN MICHAEL PARKER is the author of three books of poetry, including Love Song with Motor Vehicles (BOA, 2003), and a novel, Cry Uncle (Mississippi, 2005) He teaches at Davidson College and in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program.
MARC ROBERT’s stories have appeared in Salt Hill and on Web Conjunctions. In 2003, he was awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in fiction. He has also written and directed several short films, including “The Djinn SETI,” which can be viewed on iFilm.com.
MARK RUDMAN’s Rider trilogy (Wesleyan), which also included The Millenium Hotel and Provoked in Venice, received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book is The Couple (Wesleyan). A book-length companion to Rider, Sunday’s on the Phone, will appear in 2005 (Wesleyan). He has just finished a book of essays, Out of the Loop, portions of which first appeared in The Kenyon Review. He lives in New York City with his wife and son and teaches poetry part-time at NYU. Photo credit: Nancy Compton.
PHILIP SCHULTZ’s latest books are Living in the Past (Harcourt, 2004) and The Holy Worm of Praise (Harcourt, 2002). He founded and directs the Writers Studio in New York City and lives in East Hampton.
JULIE SHEEHAN’s first book, Thaw (Fordham), won the Poets Out Loud Prize and appeared with an introduction by Marie Ponsot in 2001. New poems are forthcoming or have appeared recently in Paris Review, which awarded her the 2003 Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry, Yale Review, Raritan, Salmagundi, Prairie Schooner, and Southwest Review, among others.
GEORGE SINGLETON is the author of three collections of stories, and one novel, Novel (Harcourt, 2005).
ALINE SOULES’s work has appeared in the MacGuffin, 100 Words, Tattoo Highway, The Size of the World/The Shape of the Heart (Plain View Press, 2000), Literature of the Expanding Frontier (Prentice Hall, 2001), and other publications. She lives in the San Francisco area. Photo credit: Lois Tema.
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN ITALLIE’s more than thirty plays include America Hurrah, The Serpent (with the Open Theatre), The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and Light. Author of Chekhov, the Major Plays and The Playwright’s Workbook, director of Shantigar Foundation for theater, meditation, and healing, van Itallie teaches workshops internationally.
SIDNEY WADE’s most recent book of poems is Celestial Bodies (LSU Press, 2002). She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Florida.
BRUCE WEIGL’s most recent book of poetry is The Unraveling Strangeness (Grove, 2003). These poems are from a book in progress, Declension in the Village of Chung Luag.
MICHAEL WHITE’s latest poetry collection, Re-entry, has won the 2004-05 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry and will appear in April 2006. He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.