Renèe Ashley‘s poetry collections are Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press, 1999) and The Various Reasons of Light (Avocet Press Inc., 1998). She received a 1997-98 NEA grant, and her poem “For Brigit in Illinois” was included in the Pushcart Prize XXIV. Photo by Joanna Eldredge.

Robin Behn‘s books are Paper Bird, The Red Hour, and The Practice
of Poetry
(coeditor). A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Alabama.

Michelle Boisseau is the author of two collections, No Private Life (Vanderbilt, 1990) and Understory (Northeastern University Press, 1996), which won the Morse Prize. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry, Gettysburg Review, and Southern Review. Boisseau is an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Richard C. Borden is the author of The Art of Writing Badly: Valentin Kataev’s Mauvism and the Rebirth of Russian Modernism (Northwestern, 1999) and, with Natalia Belova, the translator of Leonid Dobychin’s The Town of N (Northwestern, 1998). He resides in Paris. Dr. Belova, a physician, resides in Moscow.

Leonid Dobychin (1854-1936?) fell victim to Stalin’s campaign against “formalism” in the arts. After publishing two slim volumes and stories and one small, brilliant novel, The Town of N, Dobychin was somehow elected first whipping boy—”chief formalist”—among Leningrad artists. At a general meeting of the Writers’ Union he was proclaimed a “class enemy” and his writing cruelly censured. Unsubtle hints about his homosexuality circulated. Dobychin vanished the next day and was never seen again. He was almost entirely forgotten until a decade ago, when his works began reappearing in Russia and throughout much of Europe, to considerable acclaim. The present stories are the first to appear in English.

Daniel Mark Epstein is the author of the biography Nat King Cole, as well as seven books of poetry, including The Boy in the Well (1995) and the forthcoming The Traveler’s Calendar (2001).

Forrest Gander is the author of several books, most recently Science & Steepleflower (New Directions, 1998), the translator of Death of the Kiss: The Selected Poems of Pura Lopez Colome, and cotranslator of The Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz.

Frank X. Gaspar has published three collections of poetry. His most recent, A Field Guide to the Heavens, is the winner of the 1999 Brittingham Prize for poetry. He also won a Pushcart Prize for poetry, 2000. His novel, Leaving Pico, was published in 1999 and is the winner of a Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the California Book Award for First Fiction. New work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2000, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and others.

Louise Glück‘s most recent collection, Vita Nova, was published in 1999 by Ecco Press.

Jorie Graham teaches at Harvard University and recently published Swarm with Ecco/HarperCollins.

Debora Greger‘s most recent book of poetry is Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters. Her new book, God, will appear in June 2001. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Florida.

Linda Gregerson is the author of The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) and Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry, to be published in the Poets on Poetry series (University of Michigan Press) in 2001. She teaches at the University of Michigan.

Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first book of poems, appeared in 1966. He was professor of poetry at Oxford University from 1989 to 1994 and has taught regularly at Harvard University. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth.” Most recently he has published The Spirit Level (1996) and an award-winning translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf (1999).

Brian Henry‘s criticism has appeared recently in Yale Review, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Chicago Review, and Quarterly West in the United States; in the TLS, Poetry Review, Stand, and PN Review in the United Kingdom; and in Island, Southerly, Meanjin, and Salt in Australia.

Jane Hirshfield‘s fifth collection of poems, Given Sugar, Given Salt, will appear in Spring 2001 from HarperCollins. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and was recently the Elliston Visiting Poet at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches in the Bennington M.F.A. writing seminars.

Colette Inez‘s latest collection of poems is Clemency (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998). She teaches in the writing program at Columbia University and, during winter and spring 2000, was a visiting poet at Colgate University.

Drago Jancar is Slovenia’s leading writer of prose fiction and drama, and a major intellectual figure in central Europe. His oeuvre has been widely translated in all the major European languages. Among his works available in English are the novels Mocking Desire (Northwestern University Press) and Northern Lights (Northwestern, December 2000) and the play “Stakeout at Godot’s” (Scena Press).

Brigit Kelly teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her most recent book, Song, was published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in 1995 and was awarded the Lamont Poetry Prize by the Academy of American Poets.

John Koethe‘s most recent books of poetry are The Constructor (1999), which was a finalist for the New Yorker Book Award and the Lenore Marshall Award, and Falling Water (1997), which received the Kingsley Tufts Award, both from HarperCollins. He is also the author of a book of essays, Poetry at One Remove, and The Continuity of Wittgenstein’s Thought. He is professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais‘s interviews have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, Mississippi Review, and Missouri Review. Photos by Mary Allen Johnson.

Phillis Levin is the 1999-2000 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholar. She is on the faculty of the M.F.A. program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her third collection of poems, Mercury, is forthcoming from Penguin in April 2001.

James McCorkle has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College.

Rod Mengham lectures in English at the University of Cambridge where he is also a Fellow of Jesus College. He has published several books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing, most recently Introduction to Contemporary Fiction (Polity, 1999). His own poems have been published under the title Unsung: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2000).

Paul Muldoon‘s most recent collection of poems is Hay (Faber & Faber, 1998).

Eric Pankey is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Cenotaph (Alfred A. Knopf), published in 2000.

Jay Rogoff‘s poetry includes The Cutoff (Word Works, 1995) and First Hand (Mica Press, 1997). A balletomane for thirty years, he has recently completed Terpsichore Variations, a manuscript of dance poems, some of which have appeared in Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Salmagundi, and elsewhere.

Michael Ryan‘s book of essays about poetry and writing, A Difficult Grace, was published in October 2000 by the University of Georgia Press. God Hunger won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

Peter Sacks is the author of four books of poems, most recently Natal Command (University of Chicago Press, 1997) and O Wheel (University of Georgia Press, 2000).

Laura Swenson recently received her M.F.A. from Ohio State University. Her stories are forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review and Appalachian Broadsides. She lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Andrew Wachtel is Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature, chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of a wide variety of books and articles on Russian and South Slavic literature, culture, and society. His most recent book is Making a Nation, Breaking a Nation: Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia (Stanford University Press, 1998).

Myles Weber‘s nonfiction has appeared recently in the Southern Review (Autumn 1998) and Michigan Quarterly Review (Spring and Fall 1999). His plays include Pride and A Philosophy of Corpses.

Greg Williamson‘s first book, The Silent Partner, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize and was published by Story Line Press in 1995. A second book, Errors in the Script, is forthcoming in March from Overlook Press. He teaches in the writing seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Robley Wilson‘s third poetry collection, Everything Paid For, was published in 1999 by the University Press of Florida. He recently stepped down as editor of the North American Review after thirty-one years.

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