Agha Shahid Ali, professor of English and creative writing at the University of Utah, is the author, most recently, of The Country Without a Post Office (Norton, 1997), and editor of Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English (Wesleyan, 2000).

Dorothy Barresi is the author of The Post-Rapture Diner, which won an American Book Award. She has poems forthcoming in Parnassus and Southern Poetry Review, and she is a regular contributor of essay-reviews to the Gettysburg Review. Barresi directs the creative writing program at California State University, Northridge, where she is a professor in the department of English.

Bruce Beasley‘s fourth book, Signs & Abominations, was published by Wesleyan University Press in the fall of 2000. He teaches at Western Washington University.

David Bottoms‘s most recent book is Vagrant Grace, published by Copper Canyon Press in 1999.

John and Bogdana Carpenter have completed translation of a volume of poems by Zbigniew Herbert, titled Epilogue of the Storm, which is ready for publication. They have also translated about thirty poems by a younger Polish poet, Bronislaw Maj.



Chard de Niord‘s poems have appeared recently in the Pushcart Prize XXII (1998), Best American Poetry 1999, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Agni, Harvard Review, and Ploughshares. Author of Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990), he teaches English and creative writing at Providence College.

Beth Ann Fennelly is from Chicago and teaches English at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She was the 1998-1999 Diane Middlebrook Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Her poems have been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2001, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Poets of the New Century, the writing textbook 13 Ways of Looking for a Poem, and The Best American Poetry 1996. She has recently completed her first manuscript, The Room of Everywhere.


Andrew Frisardi recently completed a book of translations of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s poetry. His recent poems and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Hudson Review, Yale Italian Poetry, Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines.



Margaret Gibson has published seven books of poems, all with LSU Press, most recently Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems (1997) and Icon and Evidence (fall 2001).

Robert Hass teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent book of poems is Sun Under Wood (Ecco Press, 1996).

Zbigniew Herbert, one of the great contemporary Polish poets, died in 1998. He was born in Lvov, eastern Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine) in 1924.

Andrew Hudgins‘s most recent books are Babylon in a Jar (Houghton Mifflin, 1998) and The Glass Anvil (University of Michigan Press, 1997). He is a Distinguished Research Professor and Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.



Tara Ison‘s first novel, A Child Out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, 1997), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards.

Mark Jarman‘s most recent book is Unholy Sonnets. His previous book, Questions for Ecclesiastes, won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for 1998. He teaches at Vanderbilt University.



Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais are working on a series of interviews with American writers. Their interview with William H. Gass appeared in the Winter 2001 issue of The Kenyon Review. Photos by Mary Allen Johnson.



Dian Li is an assistant professor of East Asian studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He teaches and writes about modern Chinese poetry and has published in a number of journals, including The Kenyon Review and Babel.



Medbh McGuckian was born in and is living in Belfast, where she is a research fellow at the university. She has published books with Gallery Press, County Meath, and Wake Forest. She also won the National Poetry Competition in Britain and numerous awards in Ireland.

Claudia MonPere‘s fiction and poetry appear in Prairie Schooner, Calyx, Puerto Del Sol, Coracle, and elsewhere. She received the 1997 Georgetown Review Fiction Award, and is working on a collection of short stories set in the San Joaquin Valley. MonPere teaches creative writing and composition at Santa Clara University.

Sawnie Morris was the recipient of a 1999 Texas Pen Literary Award. She holds an M.F.A. in writing (poetry) from Vermont College.

D. Nurkse‘s most recent books are Leaving Xaia (Graywolf, 1993; Four Way, 2000), Voices Over Water (Four Way, 1996), and Rules of Paradise (Four Way, 2001). He has new work in the New Yorker, Poetry, and the Paris Review.



Clare Rossini‘s first book, Winter Morning with Crow, received the 1996 Akron Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Akron Press in 1997. She is currently on the faculty of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and the low-residency M.F.A. program at Vermont College.

Sherod Santos‘s most recent collection of poems, The Pilot Star Elegies (W. W. Norton, 1999), was a finalist for the National Book Award and the New Yorker Book Award. His collection of essays, A Poetry of Two Minds (University of Georgia Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.



Steven Boyd Saum began writing about Nikita Khrushchev in Ukraine, where Saum served as a Peace Corps volunteer, hosted a radio show, and directed the Fulbright Program. He is currently the editor for the Commonwealth Club of California and has recently completed a novel about Khrushchev.

Maxim D. Shrayer was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1967, and immigrated to the United States in 1987. He teaches literature at Boston College. Shrayer is the author of The World of Nabokov’s Stories (University of Texas Press, 1999), Russian Poet/Soviet Jew: The Legacy of Eduard Bagritskii (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), and three collections of verse. His fiction has recently appeared in Agni and Southwest Review.

Rabindra K. Swain‘s books include two volumes of poetry, A Tapestry of Steps (Orient Longman, 1999) and Once Back Home (Har-Anand, 1996), and a critical work, The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: A Critical Study (Prestige Books, 2000). His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, New Letters, Verse, Weber Studies, Critical Quarterly, Contemporary Review (U.K.), and in Ariel (Canada).


Richard Unger has his education specialist degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His previously published pieces have been limited to education periodicals such as Executive Educator and to local newspapers. In his second retirement, he divides his time between writing and acting.

Jia Wei (1966-) lives in Kunming, Yunnan Province, and is an editor with Kunming Daily. She is also an accomplished artist with a number of exhibitions to her credit.

Lu Xixi (1964-) is a freelance writer living in Wuhan, Hubei Province. She is the winner of the Mountain Flower Poetry Award in 2000.

Lu Ye (1969-) teaches Chinese literature at Jinan University, Shandong Province. She has published a number of poetry collections including Wind Never Has Home (Tianjin: Bai Hua Publishing, 1966).

Liu Zehn (1970-), an actor by training, lives and works in Shanghai as a freelance writer and film producer.


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