Henry Alley has three published novels, and his stories have appeared in such journals as Seattle Review and Virginia Quarterly. He is the author of The Quest for Anonymity: The Novels of George Eliot (University of Delaware Press, 1997).

David Baker is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Changeable Thunder (University of Arkansas Press, 2001), and two critical books. His work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, DoubleTake, Georgia Review, Nation, New Republic, New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, and Yale Review. He holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University (Granville, Ohio). He is a recipient of a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation and is the poetry editor of The Kenyon Review.

Christopher Cessac lives in Marfa, Texas. After studying literature and history at Texas A. & M. and graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he received an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Republic Sublime (Zoo Press, 2003) is his first book and is the 2002 winner of the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry.

Theresa Daniels lives in Pennsylvania. She teaches at Drexel University.

Geoffrey Galt Harpham is the author, most recently, of Shadows of Ethics (Duke University Press) and Language Alone: The Critical Fetish of Modernity (Routledge). He is director of the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

Thomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories (City Lights, 2000).

Marilyn Hacker is the author of nine books of poems, most recently Desesperanto (Norton, 2003), which was published along with First Cities, a reissue of her first three books, including the National Book Award-winning Presentation Piece. Photo by Eleanor Hamilton.

Susan Hahn has published five books of poetry, including Holiday (University of Chicago Press, 2001) and Mother in Summer (Northwestern University Press, 2002). She is editor of TriQuarterly literary magazine. Currently, she is at work on a sixth book of poetry and a third play.

Bob Hicok’s third collection, Animal Soul, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. University of Pittsburgh Press will publish Insomnia Diary in 2004.

Mark Jarman’s most recent book is Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry in the University of Michigan’s Poets on Poetry Series. His most recent collection of poems is Unholy Sonnets from Storyline Press (2000).

Mary Karr’s books of poems include Viper Run (Penguin, 2000) and The Devil’s Tour (New Directions, 1993). In 2001 she published the introduction to the Modern Library’s editon of The Waste Land. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.

Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist, resident in France since 1973, author of a dozen collections of poems and as many novels. Her most recent collection, Compassion des pierres, was published by La Différence in 2001. She was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000. Her poems, in Marilyn Hacker’s translations, have appeared in the English-speaking world in Ambit, Banipal: a Journal of Modern Arab Literature, Connect, Field, Global City Review, Jacket, Metre, New Yorker, Poetry, Ratapallax, Shenandoah, and Verse. Here There Was Once a Country, a collection of her poems in Hacker’s translation, was published by Oberlin College Press in 2001; another collection, She Says, from which these poems are taken, will be published by Graywolf in 2003.

David Kirby is the W. Guy McKenzie Professor of English at Florida State University. His next collection of poetry, The Ha-Ha, will be published as part of LSU Press’s Southern Messenger Series in 2003.

Laurence Lieberman’s recent books include Flight from the Mother Stone (University of Arkansas Press, 2000), The Regatta in the Skies: Selected Long Poems (University of Georgia Press, 1999), Compass of the Dying (University of Arkansas Press, 1998) and Beyond the Muse of Memory: Essays on Contemporary American Poets (University of Missouri Press, 1995).

Joshua McKinney’s Saunter won the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition in 2001. His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry International, and many other journals. He teaches at California State University-Sacramento.

Karen Palmer is the author of two novels, All Saints (Soho Press, 1997) and Border Dogs (Soho Press, 2002). A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she lives and works in Colorado.

Kevin Prufer is the author of The Finger Bone (Carnegie Mellon, 2002) and editor of the New Young American Poets (2000) and Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, both from Southern Illinois University Press. New work is in the 2002 Pushcart Prize anthology, Boulevard, Field, Ploughshares, and New England Review.

Wyatt Prunty’s latest book is Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems. He directs the Sewanee Writers Conference and edits the Sewanee Writers Series.

Ron Rash’s most recent books include a collection of stories, Casualties, and poems, Raising the Dead. His first novel, One Foot in Eden, has recently been published by Novello Festival Press. He teaches at Tri-County Tech in Pendleton, South Carolina, and the Queens University M.F.A. program.

Roger Rosenblatt’s essays for Time and the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody, and the Emmy. His Children of War won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize. The essay “My Bear” will appear in a collection of new pieces, Anything Can Happen (Harcourt, 2003).

Maurya Simon is the author of four volumes of poems. A sixth volume, Weavers, is forthcoming, and her fifth book, A Brief History of Punctuation, was published by Sutton Hoo Press in 2002. The poem in this issue is from a new manuscript entitled The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of Saint Jerome & Saint Paula.

Charlie Smith’s latest book is Heroin and Other Poems (Norton, 2000). Work in progress includes Women of America (poems), Sadism and Lucky Larry (long poems), and two novels, As I Came from the Holy Land and Deceit. Recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim fellowship, he also taught recently at Princeton University and the University of Alabama.

Willard Spiegelman is Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University and editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review.

Natasha Trethewey is author of Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000) and Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002). She is assistant professor of creative writing at Emory University.

Patricia Vigderman teaches at Kenyon College. Her writing has appeared in the NationParabola, the New York Times, Working Papers, and other publications. She is currently working on an extended meditation about the Boston art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Michael Waters teaches at Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He has published seven volumes of poetry, including Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2001), and has coedited Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2001) and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003).

Myles Weber’s collection of drama criticism, Middlebrow Annoyances, is forthcoming from Gival Press.Mitch Wieland is the author of a novel, Willy Slater’s Lane (SMU Press, 1996). His stories have appeared in Sewanee Review, Witness, Northwest Review, and other publications. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at Boise State University, where he edits the Idaho Review.

Anthony Winner, recently retired after forty-five years of teaching literature, is the author of Characters in the Twilight (University Press of Virginia, 1981) and Culture and Irony: Conrad’s Major Novels (University Press of Virginia, 1988). My Fiction, just completed, bestrides memoir and fiction.

Robert Wrigley teaches at the University of Idaho. His sixth book, Lives of the Animals, will be published later this year by Penguin, which also published his Reign of Snakes, winner of the 2000 Kingsley Tufts Award.

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