KEITH BANNER has upcoming stories in Men on Men 7: Best New Gay Fiction (Putnam) and in Best American Gay Fiction 3 (Little, Brown). His novel, The Life I Lead, is slated for publication by Alfred A. Knopf in March 1999. A social worker, Banner lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
ROBIN BEHN’s recent poems appear in Field, Iowa Review, New Letters, and Third Coast. She teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Alabama and is the author of The Red Hour (HarperCollins).
DAVID BERGMAN is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, the most recent of which is Heroic Measures (OSU Press, 1998), a volume of poems. He teaches at Towson University. Photo by Jennifer Bishop.
ALISON BOOTH, associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the author of Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf (Cornell, 1992) and editor of Famous Last Words: Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure (Virginia, 1993.) With a longstanding interest in myths of feminine cultural power, she is engaged in a historical study of anthologies of women’s role models.
JOHN R. CARPENTER and BOGDANA CARPENTER live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have recently translated two volumes of Zbignew Herbert’s work, one of poetry—Elegy for the Departure and Other Poems—and the other of prose essays, The King of the Ants.
KELLY CHERRY’s most recent books are Augusta Played, a novel (Louisiana State University Press, 1998), Death and Transfiguration, poems (LSU, 1997), and Writing The World (University of Missouri, 1995). She is Eudora Welty Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Photo by Ann Cherry.
JIM DANIELS’s most recent book of poems, Blessing This House, was published by the University of Pittsburg Press in 1997. His one-act play, Heart of Hearts, premiered in New York City in 1998 at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre.
SHARON DOLIN is author of a book of poems, Heart Work (Sheep Meadow, 1995) and a letterpress poetry chapbook, Climbing Mount Sinai (Dim Gray Bar, 1996). A former Fulbright Scholar, she is working on a translation of Alda Merini’s Italian poetry. Dolin teaches literature at Cooper Union and creative writing at the New School. Photo by Star Black.
FRANK X. GASPAR is author of two books of poetry, The Holyoke (Northeastern University Press) and Mass for the Grace of a Happy Death (Anhinga Press). New poems have appeared in Georgia Review, DoubleTake, and Quarterly West. A novel, Leaving Pico, is forthcoming from University Press of New England.
THOMAS GLAVE is a 1997 O. Henry Award recipient and a 1998-99 Fulbright Fellow. A recent graduate of Brown University, he will be an assistant professor of English at the State Unviersity of New York at Binghamton in the fall of 1999.
SUSAN HAHN’s books of poetry are Harriet Rubin’s Mother’s Wooden Hand (1991), Incontinence (1993), and Confession (1997), all published by the University of Chicago Press. She is editor of TriQuarterly magazine and coeditor of TriQuarterly Books. Photo by Jennifer Girard.
JEFFREY HARRISON is author of The Singing Underneath (Dutton, 1998), which was selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, and Signs of Arrival (Copper Beech, 1996). He is writer-in-residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Photo by John Groo.
ZBIGNIEW HERBERT, born in Lwów (now Luiu, in Ukraine) in 1924, is one of the finest living Polish poets and his work has received many prizes. He lives with his wife in Warsaw.
SYED M. ISLAM is an essayist, critic, translator, and educator in two languages. Recipient of several awards and fellowships, he holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Queens University and is on the faculty at Dhaka University. He has translated extensively from works of Bengali literature and contributes to several leading Bengali and English-speaking periodicals. He lives in Dhaka, a few blocks from the home of Ruby Rahman.
GEETA KOTHARI’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals. She is the editor of “Did My Mama Like to Dance?” and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters (Avon Books, 1994).
WAYNE KOESTENBAUM’s third book of poetry is forthcoming this year from Persea. Winner of a Whiting Writer’s Award, he teaches English in the graduate school of City University of New York.
IRENE McKINNEY has published three books of poetry; the latest is Six O’Clock Mine Report (University of Pittsburg Press, 1989). She is recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry and is director of creative writing at West Virginia Wesleyan.
SANDRA McPHERSON’s recent collections of poetry are Beauty in Use (Janus Press, 1997), The Space between Birds (Wesleyan, 1996), and Edge Effect (Wesleyan, 1996). A professor of English at the University of California at Davis, she collects and sells “extinct objects,” folk art, and quilts.
EDIE MEIDAV’s “Into the House of Desire” is excerpted from a forthcoming first novel, Eggshell Seas. Having lived and worked in Sri Lanka for two years while on a Fulbright Fellowship, she currently teaches fiction and poetry at the New School for Social Research’s Eugene Lang College in New York City.
D. NURKSE’s latest book, Voices of Water, was reissued by Four Way Books in 1996. He has forthcoming work in the New Yorker and the Yale Review. He teaches in the prison system. Photo by Peggy Eliot.
LUCIA PERILLO’s poems have appeared in several magazines and have been included in the Pushcart and Best American Poetry collections. Her next book, The Oldest Map with the Name America, will be published in 1999 by Random House.
RUBY RAHMAN has been active in translating news and feature articles from English to Bengali for the Associated Press of Bangladesh and serving as an editor of the Daily Janapad. Her poetry has been collected in two books, Bhalobaser Kabita (Love Poems) and Je Jiban Phariner (This Cricket’s Life); other as yet uncollected poems have appeared in numerous Bangladesh and West Bengal publications and in Bengali and English-language anthologies.
LIZ ROSENBERG is the author of Children of Paradise and The Fire Music as well as a novel and several award-winning picture books and poetry anthologies for children. She teaches creative writing at the State University of New York at Binghamton. A book of prose poems is forthcoming from Mammoth Press.
MARY JO SALTER’s fourth book of poems, A Kiss in Space, will be published by Knopf in early 1999. She is a coeditor of the Norton Anthology of Poetry.
STEPHEN SANDY’s latest collection is The Thread: New and Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 1998). His next collection is Black Box, forthcoming from LSU Press in 1999. His translation of Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, was published in the Greek Drama Series (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).
GEORGE SEFERIS, born in 1900, published his first book of poetry, Strophe, in 1931. His second book, Mythistorima (1935), distinguished Seferis as the finest representative of modernism in Greece. He won the Nobel Prize in 1963, published his final collection, Three Secret Poems, in 1968, and died in 1971.
AVI SHARON is a classicist and translator. His version of Plato’s Symposium was published in 1998 (Focus Press). He is working on a biography of George Katsimbalis, the subject of Henry Miller’s Colossus of Maroussi.
RONALD A. SHARP, former editor of The Kenyon Review, is John Crowe Ransom Professor of English and associate provost at Kenyon College. His most recent books are The Norton Book of Friendship (coedited with Eudora Welty) and Reading George Steiner (coedited with Nathan Scott). Photo by Mike Wolf.
REGINALD SHEPHERD’s third book, Wrong, will be published in spring 1999 by the University of Pittsburg Press. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, he lives in Chicago.
STEVEN SHERRILL writes, paints, and teaches in Chicago. His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, 1997; his fiction in Mid-American Review; and his art work is forthcoming in Cutbank.
WILLARD SPIEGELMAN, Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University and editor of the Southwest Review, is currently finishing a book on contemporary poetry.
MARC J. STRAUS, a medical oncologist in New York, has published in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly. His first collection of poems, One Word, was published in 1994 while his second collection, Not God, is due out in 1999, both from Tri-Quarterly Books (Northwestern University Press). In 1998, he was the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award from Yale University Medical School.
VIRGIL SUAREZ has a new book of poems, You Come Singing, published by Tia Chucha Press. He teaches at Florida State University. Photo by Jo Anne Reyes-Boitel.
RABINDRA K. SWAIN’s poetry appears in his book Once Back Home (Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 1996) and elsewhere, including the Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, Weber Studies, Critical Quarterly, and (forthcoming) Contemporary Review.
MEG TYLER, a graduate student at Boston University, has had her poetry published in two recent issues of AGNI. She also taught poetry workshops for prisoners and, with Rosanna Warren, recently coedited two anthologies of poetry by prisoners.
ANTHONY WALTON is the author of Mississippi: An American Journey (Vintage). He is the editor, with Michael S. Harper, of The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (Fall 1999) and is writer-in-residence at Bowdoin College.
SUSAN WOOD’s most recent book, Campo Santo, was a Lamont selection of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches English at Rice University and is completing a third book of poems.
CAROLYNE L. WRIGHT has worked extensively with Bengali and Bangladeshi women authors. Her two collections of translations from the Bengali are The Game in Reverse: Poems by Taslima Nasrin (George Braziller, 1995) and Another Spring, Darkness: Selected Poems of Anuradha Mahapatra (Calyx Books, 1996). She has also published five books of poetry and a collection of essays. Photo by Yusef Komunyakaa.