DANIEL ANDERSON’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Hudson Review, New Republic, Southern Review, Best American Poetry, and Southwest Review among other places. He currently teaches at Murray State University.
WILLIAM BOYD is the author of two collections of short stories and eight novels, the most recent of which is Any Human Heart (Knopf, 2002).
FLEDA BROWN’s fifth collection of poems, The Women Who Loved Elvis All Their Lives, was published in 2004 by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has recent poems and essays in Southern Review, Georgia Review, Arts & Letters, Iowa Review, and other journals. She is a professor of English at the University of Delaware and poet laureate of Delaware.
A. S. BYATT is one of Britain’s leading writers. Her novels include Possession (winner of the 1990 Booker Prize) and the sequence The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower, and A Whistling Woman. She has also written two novellas, Angels and Insects, and five collections of short stories, the most recent being Little Black Book of Stories. Her critical works include Degrees of Freedom, a study of Iris Murdoch, and two collections of essays, Passions of the Mind and On Histories and Stories. The essay in this issue will appear in a forthcoming Princeton publication. In 2002 Byatt was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg.
VICTORIA CHANG’s first book of poetry, Circle, won the Crab Orchard Review Award Series in Poetry (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). She is the editor of the anthology Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press, 2004).
ROBERT COOVER’s most recent books, The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Directors’ Cut and Stepmother, were published by Grove Press and McSweeney’s, respectively. He teaches experimental and electronic writing at Brown University.
JOANNA GOODMAN was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize for her first collection, Trace of One (University of Iowa Press, 2002), and in 2003 she received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also a previous recipient of the “Discovery”/ The Nation Prize from the 92nd Street Y and a Taylor Fellowship from The Kenyon Review’s Writer’s Workshop. Ms. Goodman teaches at Franklin & Marshall College.
JERRY HARP’s book of poems, Creature, was published by Salt Publishing in 2003. His poems appear in Delmar, Iowa Review, Notre Dame Review, Pleiades, Salt, and Verse. His reviews appear in American Book Review, Iowa Review, and Pleiades.
JANE HIRSHFIELD’s most recent book, Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins, 2001), was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Other recent poems appear in Atlantic, Orion, Poetry, Tin House, and American Scholar. Photo credit: Mark Moffett.
DAVID KIRBY is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. His latest collection, The Ha-Ha, appeared in LSU Press’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Photo credit: Barbara Hamby.
PHILLIS LEVIN is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Mercury (Penguin, 2001), and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (Penguin, 2001). The recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, she is the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University and also teaches in the graduate writing program at New York University.
WILLIAM HENRY LEWIS’s fiction has appeared in many journals, including Ploughshares, Colorado Review, Callaloo, New Letters, and African American Review, and in anthologies, including Cry of an Occasion: Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers (LSU Press), Speak My Name (Beacon), Gumbo (Harlem Moon/Doubleday), and Best American Short Stories of 1996 (Houghton Mifflin). His first book, In the Arms of Our Elders, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 1995, and his second collection of stories, I Got Somebody in Staunton, will be published by Amistad/HarperCollins in the spring of 2005.
ROMULUS LINNEY is a the author of three novels, many stories, and over thirty plays produced throughout the United States and abroad. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Photo credit: Jim Peters.
DAVID LYNN’s most recent novel is Wrestling with Gabriel (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002).
JANET PEERY has received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Foundation Writers Award, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Alligator Dance, her collection of stories, was published in 1993. Her novel The River Beyond the World (Picador USA) was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1996. She lives in Virginia.
GRACE SCHULMAN’s latest poetry collections are The Paintings of Our Lives (2001) and Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems (2002, both Houghton Mifflin). Recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship for the writing of poems; the Aiken Taylor Award for Poetry; and the Distinguished Alumna Award, New York University. She is the editor of The Poems of Marianne Moore (Viking, 2003) and Distinguished Professor of English, Baruch College, CUNY. Photo credit: Nancy Crampton.
WILLARD SPIEGELMAN, Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University and editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review, is the author of the forthcoming The Way Things Look Each Day: How Poets See the World (Oxford University Press), and editor of The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt (Columbia University Press).
TIMOTHY STEELE’s collections of poems include The Color Wheel (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). His most recent book is All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification (Ohio State University Press, 1999).
KEVIN STEIN is the author of seven books of poetry and criticism, including the forthcoming collection American Ghost Roses (University of Illinois Press, 2005), in which the poems in this issue will appear. Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University, he is the newly appointed Illinois poet laureate.
ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT has published six books of poetry: Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty, The Lotus Flowers, Two Trees, Kyrie (a National Book Critics’ Circle Award finalist and Teasdale Prize winner), and most recently, Shadow of Heaven, a National Book Award finalist.
GARY YOUNG’s books include Hands, The Dream of a Moral Life, Days, and Braver Deeds, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize. He recently received a second fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his most recent book, No Other Life, won the William Carlos Williams Award.
KEVIN YOUNG’s third book, Jelly Roll: A Blues, won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is also editor of John Berryman: Selected Poems (Library of America, 2004), Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers and the Everyman Pocket Poets Blues Poems. The recent recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, he is Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University. The poems in this issue are taken from his forthcoming collection, Black Maria.