JEAN ARASANAYAGAM, a Sri Lankan painter and writer of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and plays, was international writer in residence at the University of Exeter. She is working on a novel, Dragons in the Wilderness, and a poetry collection.

LINDA BAMBER has published stories and poems in Ploughshares, Raritan, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Tufts University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

BRUCE BEASLEY won the 1996 Colorado Prize, selected by Charles Wright, for Summer Mystagogia, and the 1993 Ohio State University/Journal Award for The Creation. He teaches at Western Washington University.

DAVID CITINO teaches English and creative writing at Ohio State University. He is author of ten collections of poetry, including The Book of Appassionata: Collected Poems, forthcoming this year from Ohio State University Press, Broken Symmetry (Ohio State, 1997) and The Weight of the Heart (Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Series, 1996).

BILLY COLLINS is author of two collections of poetry, The Art of Drowning (1995) and Picnic, Lightning (forthcoming this year), both from University of Pittsburgh Press.

STEPHEN COREY, associate editor of The Georgia Review, is author of six collections of poems, most recently All These Lands Your Call One Country (University of Missouri Press, 1992). Poems and essays are recent or forthcoming in Poets & [sic] Writers, Laurel Review, Solo, Yellow Silk, and elsewhere.

ROBERT DANA was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 1996 for his poem “Take It Or Leave It,” in The Kenyon Review. He is working on a new book of poems and editing a collection of memoirs about Paul Engle and the Iowa Writers Workshop, 1941-1966.

DEBORAH DIGGES’s third book of poems, Rough Music (Knopf, 1995), won the Kingsley Tufts Prize from Claremont College.

AMITAV GHOSH is author of three novels, The Circle of Reason (1990 Prix M–dicis), The Shadow Lines, winner in 1990 of two prestigious Indian prizes, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar), and The Calcutta Chromosome (1997 Arthur C. Clark Award). He is also author of two non-fiction works, In an Antique Land and Dancing in Cambodia.

RACHEL HADAS’ translation of Euripides’ tragedy Helen has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her Halfway Down the Hall: New and Selected Poems is due from Wesleyan University Press this year. Photo by Dale Grant.

RED HAWK has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is The Way of Power (Holton, 1996) and recent publications have been in Atlantic, Black Warrior Review, and Poetry. A Holden fellow of Princeton University in 1992, Hawk is also author of The Sioux Dog Dance (Cleveland State, 1992). Photo by James Loren.

ALICE HOFFMAN is the author of twelve novels, including Seventh Heaven, Turtle Moon, Practical Magic, and Here on Earth. Her first book for children, Fireflies, was published by Hyperion Books.

ANDREW HUDGINS’ most recent book, The Glass Anvil (University of Michigan Press), is a collection of essays. His books of poetry include The Glass Hammer (1994), The Never-Ending (1991), and After the Last War (1988), all from Houghton Mifflin.

COLETTE INEZ’s eighth collection of poems, Clemency, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellion University Press. She teaches poetry at Columbia University and has won Guggenheim, NEA and Pushcart awards.

RODNEY JONES has received a National Brook Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Jean Stein Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Professor at Southern Illinois University, his most recent book is Things That Happen Once (Houghton Mifflin, 1996).

JOHN KINSELLA is author of a dozen volumes of poetry, including The Undertow: New and Selected Poems (Arc, UK, 1996) and Poems 1980-1994 (ISBS, 1997). He is a by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and editor of the poetry journal Salt.

DYLAN OTTO KRIDER is a graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona, where he was editor of the Sonora Review. He is a promotions manager at the University of Chicago Press and is pursuing his MFA in writing at Vermont College. He is working on his first novel.

SYDNEY LEA is author of six books of poetry, most recently To the Bone: New and Selected Poems (University of Illinois Press). A novel, A Place in Mind, has been issued in paperback by Story Line. Lea is teaching at Wesleyan University.

MICHAEL LOWENTHAL’s fiction has appeared in Other Voices, Crescent Review, and numerous anthologies, including Best American Gay Fiction 1996 (Little, Brown). His first novel is forthcoming this fall from Dutton. Recipient of a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts fellowship in fiction, he now lives in Boston. He is twenty-eight.

MICHAEL McFEE’s most recent collection of poetry is Colander (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1996). He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is assistant poetry editor of DoubleTake magazine at Duke University. He is winner of the first James Dickey Poetry Prize from Five Points magazine. Photo by Mary Moore McLean.

JAMES McMICHAEL’s most recent books are “Ulysses” and Justice and The World at Large: New and Selected Poems, 1971-1996.

SANDRA MEEK teaches creative writing and literature at Berry College. Her poems have appeared in Iowa Review, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. “Evolution” in this issue is from a manuscript titled Nomadic Foundations.

STEVEN MILLHAUSER’s most recent novel is Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer. A new collection of stories, The Knife Thrower, is being published this spring.

LINDA PASTAN’s Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems, 1968-1999 is about to be published by Norton.

MARGE PIERCY is author of thirteen collections of poetry. Her latest, What Are Big Girls Made Of? (Knopf, 1997) has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She has written thirteen novels, all still in print. Fawcett published her latest novel, City of Darkness, City of Light, in the fall of 1996.

DAISY EUNYOUNG RHAU has published poems and essays in New Letters, Cimarron Review, and North American Review. She is working on a novel and has been a Katey Lehman fellow at Pennsylvania State University where she is a MFA candidate.

JOHN RODDEN is author of The Politics of Literary Reputation (Oxford, 1989) and Lionel Trilling and the Critics (Nebraska, 1998).

JAY ROGOFF is author of The Cutoff (Word Works, 1995), a book of poems, and of the chapbook-length poem First Hand (Mica Press, 1997). New poems of his appear in Chelsea, Double Take, The Journal, Partisan Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.

LISA RUSS SPAAR has published poetry in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, and Verse and two chapbooks, Cellar (Alderman Press) and Blind Boy on Skates (Trilobite). Her manuscript Rapunzel’s Clock was a National Poetry Award finalist and received a Virginia Commission for the Arts award. She teaches and administers the MFA program at the University of Virginia.

JOHN WITTE’s poems appear in recent issues of Massachuseetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Ohio Review and Poetry Northwest.

MICHAEL WOOD is professor of English at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Magician’s Doubts (Princeton, 1995).

KEVIN YOUNG’s first book, Most Way Home (William Morrow, 1995), was selected for the National Poetry Series and won the Ploughshares first book prize. Other poems in the Basquiat series have appeared or are forthcoming in New Yorker, Callaloo, and DoubleTake and in Two Cents, a traveling exhibit and catalog. Young teaches English and African-American studies at the University of Georgia.

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