Meena Alexander was born in Allahabad, India. Her memoir, Fault Lines (chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 1993), appeared in a new edition in 2003 with a coda: Book of Childhood. Her book of poems, Illiterate Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2002), was a winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Her new book of poems, Raw Silk, will be published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2004. Photo: Robin Holland, 2002.

Will Allison’s short stories have appeared in Shenandoah, American Short Fiction, Zoetrope: All-Story, and other magazines. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and daughter.

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.

Marvin Bell‘s latest books are Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000 and Rampant (2004), both issued by Copper Canyon Press. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington; Sag Harbor, New York; and Iowa City, Iowa, where he teaches for the Writers’ Workshop, leads an annual Urban Teachers Workshop for America Scores, and is Iowa’s Poet Laureate. Photo: Tom Jorgensen.

Floyd Collins’s book-length critical study entitled Seamus Heaney: The Crisis of Identity was published by University of Delaware Press in fall 2003. His poetry appears in Epoch, Gettysburg Review, Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, and West Branch.

Quinn Dalton’s first novel, High Strung, was released by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books in July 2003. “Lennie Remembers the Angles” is part of a collection of short stories, Bulletproof Girl, to follow in spring 2005. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in literary magazines such as ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), The Baltimore Review, Glimmer Train, Ink, and StoryQuarterly, and in anthologies such as Sex and Sensibility and American Girls About Town. She is the winner of the Pearl 2002 Fiction Prize for her short story, “Back on Earth,” and a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council 2002-2003 artist fellowship. Her website can be found at

Wendy Doniger [O’Flaherty] graduated from Radcliffe College and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her D.Phil. from Oxford University. She is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and the author of many books, most recently Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India and The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade.

Robert Dorsett is a physician, poet, and translator working in Berkeley, California.

Beth Ann Fennelly is the recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. “Telling the Gospel Truth” will appear in Tender Hooks, to be published in April by W.W. Norton. Photo: Maude Schuyler Clay.

Thomas Gardner is a professor of English at Virginia Tech. He has published a book of poetry and two books of criticism: Discovering Ourselves in Whitman: The Contemporary American Long Poem and Regions of Unlikeness: Explaining Contemporary Poetry. He has held Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships. This essay is part of a book in progress entitled Emily Dickinson and Contemporary Writers.

Eamon Grennan’s most recent collections are Relations: New and Selected Poems and Still Life with Waterfall. He teaches at Vassar College, where he is the Dexter M. Ferry, Jr., Professor of English.

Alice Hoffman is the author of fifteen novels, most recently The Probable Future, as well as one book of short fiction, Local Girls, and five children’s books, including Green Angel.

David Lehman’s recent books of poetry are The Daily Mirror (2000) and The Evening Sun (2002). He has edited Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003).

Timothy Liu’s new book of poems, Of Thee I Sing, is forthcoming this spring from the University of Georgia Press. Liu lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Randall Mann was awarded the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry for Complaint in the Garden, recently published by Zoo Press. His work has appeared in Paris Review, Pleiades, Poetry, and Salmagundi. He lives in San Francisco.

Kim McMullen has published essays on Irish topics and on recent fiction in such journals as Novel, Modern Fiction Studies, and Women’s Studies. Her current project is Decolonizing Rosaleen, a book-length study of gender, sexuality, and nationality in contemporary Irish literature.

Carl Phillips is the author of seven books of poems, most recently The Rest of Love (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004). His prose collection, Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (Graywolf), will appear this June. Phillips teaches at Washington University, St. Louis.

Stanley Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New &
Selected Poems, 1970-2000
(Ecco/HarperCollins) and Argument and Song: Sources and Silences in Poetry (Other Press) are his most recent books.

W. D. Snodgrass’s most recent publications are critical studies: De/Compositions (Graywolf, 2001) and To Sound Like Yourself (BOA, 2002). His most recent book of poems is Each in His Season (BOA, 1993). Selected Translations (BOA, 1998) received the Harold Morton Landon Award from the Academy of American Poets. At least eighteen of his translations will appear in Robert Kehew’s anthology Lark in the Morning: Verse Translations of the Troubadours, scheduled for publication by the University of Chicago Press in spring 2005.

Leon Stokesbury teaches in the graduate program at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His most recent book, Autumn Rhythm: New and Selected Poems, was awarded the Poets’ Prize in 1998.

Ko Suet Wan is a writer working in Berkeley, California.

Wen Yi-duo was among the first to write out of the Chinese classical formal tradition. He was assassinated in 1946.

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