Amy Bloom
Bloom is the author of two short story collections, one novel, and many essays. She has been nominated for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. Her work has been translated into eight languages and appears in numerous anthologies, including Best American Short Stories. She lives in Connecticut, where she continues to work as a psychotherapist and teach at Yale University. Her first non-fiction book, Normal, is forthcoming.

Jamie Campbell
Campbell was born in Milan and is half-Greek, but speaks reasonable English. He spends his time working for Theodore Zeldin at Oxford University, tutoring young children, acting, and writing novels, articles and TV shows. He played Malvolio in British Touring Shakespeare's winter tour of the Far East. His documentary Alex and I was broadcast by Channel 4 earlier this year. The Guardian recently published his account of running with the bulls at Pamplona.

Paul Cartledge
Cartledge is a Professor of Greek History in the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in Classics at Clare College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In addition to numerous articles and reviews on Greek and Roman history and historiography, Cartledge is the editor of four books and the author of seven. His work has been translated into many languages, including German, Japanese, Greek, Spanish, Finnish, and Hebrew.

Shawn Cheng
Cheng currently lives in suburban Long Island and works sporadically as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. He soon will live in semiurban Brooklyn and work nine-to-fi ve and draw comics.

Temre N. Davies
Davies is a student at the University of Southern California School of Law, having previously studied psychology. Her research has focused on how human vision recognizes and interprets faces and facial expression.

Noe DeWitt
DeWitt spent most of his childhood in the small town of Mariposa, just outside of Yosemite National Park. He now lives in New York City, where he can be found hanging out around town with his dog Izzy. As a young fashion photographer, he has contributed to magazines such as Esquire, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Out. His advertising clients include Polo/Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Mexx, Les Copains and The Limited.

Julian Dibbell
Dibbell has been writing about the culture of digital technologies for over a decade. He is the author of My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World, and is currently a visiting fellow at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society. He can be contacted at

Christopher Frayling
Frayling is Rector of the Royal College of Art. Outside the RCA, he is well known as an historian, critic and an award-winning broadcaster, with his work appearing regularly on network radio and television. He has published thirteen books including Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula, and numerous articles on popular culture, design and the history of ideas. A Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Design Museum, until recently a member of the Arts Council of England, and currently Chairman of the Design Council, he was in the 1980s a governor of the British Film Institute and a member of the Crafts Council. Christopher was knighted for "services to art and design education" in January 2001.

David Gibbons
Gibbons was born in Dudley and grew up in Suffolk. After graduating university as a mature student in 1997, he has divided his time between looking after his two children and writing. He now lives with his family in North Devon, where he is a town councillor, community volunteer and museum guide. He has worked with the BBC and Carlton television on their English Civil War programmes and is presently working on a novel set during the period.

Marc Herman
After a summer in Indonesia, Herman is now back home in California. He writes frequently about international affairs for American magazines. His first book, Searching for El Dorado, about Amazon gold miners, will be published in January 2003.

Donald D. Hoffman
Hoffman is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, in the departments of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Information and Computer Science. He studies human visual perception using psychophysical experiments and computational modeling. He has received the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the American Psychological Association, and the Troland Research Award from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has published more than fi fty professional articles, and is the author of Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See.

Charlotte Holmes
Holmes teaches fiction writing at Pennsylvania State University. Her stories and essays have appeared in many magazines and literary journals, including Epoch, Grand Street, The New Yorker, and STORY, and have been cited for excellence in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology.

Michael Host
A Belgian-born poet and novelist, Host now lives in the "quartier chinois" of Paris. His fifteen works have been translated into six languages, and he has won the Goncourt, Robert Walser and Livre de Picardie Prizes. Host is also the Grand Master of the Order of the Mistigri, an animal rights organization that he founded in 2000.

Rob Lange
Lange is a Dutch photgrapher who lived in Japan for four years. In 1997 he was a finalist in the Tokyo International Photo-Biennale, sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. He now lives in Holland with his wife and two children.

David Leavitt
Leavitt's most recent books are The Marble Quilt, a story collection, and Florence: a Delicate Case, part of Bloomsbury's The Writer and the City series. His work has been nominated for the Pen/Faulkner Prize, the National Book Critics' Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, and teaches in the Creative Writing program at the University of Florida.

Steve McCurry
McCurry has won most of photojournalism's highest awards, including the Olivier Rebbot Memorial Award (twice), numerous first prizes in the World Press Photo Contest, and Magazine Photographer of the Year (National Press Photographer's Association). He joined the international photography cooperative Magnum in 1985 and has published five books. McCurry has covered many areas of international and civil conflict, including the Iran-Iraq war, the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Beirut, Cambodia, the Phillippines, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan. He has been arrested and chained in Pakistan, survived a plane crash in Yugoslavia, was beaten and almost drowned in India, and has been reported killed twice.

Ethel Spector Person
Person is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytical Training and Research, where she was the Director from 1981 to 1991. Her newest book, Feeling Strong: The Achievement of Authentic Power, is due out in October of 2002. She is the author of The Sexual Century, Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters: The Power of Romantic Passion and By Force of Fantasy: How We Live Our Lives. She has edited several other books and contributed over one hundred papers to the psychiatric and psychoanalytic literature.

Neal Pollack
Pollack, the greatest living American writer, is the author of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, which has been translated into three languages and is also available as a spokenword concept album from Chicago's Bloodshot Records. He works hard every day on Never Mind the Pollacks, a novel about the history of rock to be published by Harper Collins in fall 2003. He has lived in Memphis, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Brussels, but right now he lives in Austin, Texas.

Paisley Rekdal
Rekdal is the author of a memoir, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, and two books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos and Six Girls Without Pants. Her poems and essays have appeared in such journals as The New York Times Magazine, Nerve, The Village Voice Literary Supplement, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Indiana Review, as well as on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of a Village Voice "Writer on the Verge Award," a Fulbright Fellowship and a Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship. She currently teaches at the University of Wyoming.

Gerda Reith
Reith is a lecturer and writer, based at the University of Glasgow, U.K. She has written on the topics of gambling, drug addiction and consumerism, and her book, The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture won the 2000 Philip Abrams Prize for Sociology.

Fumiaki Shiraishi
Shiraishi considers himself an American-Japanese. He lived in Tokyo as a small child, but spent his teenage years in a small city in New York state. After college in Boston, he moved back to Tokyo to become a programmer for Final Fantasy XI, an online role-playing game.

Dan Scott Taylor
Taylor joined the U.S. Navy in 1958, and was a torpedo-man aboard destroyers and submarines. After the Navy, he studied aerospace engineering and built his first submarine, The Viperfish. After his search, Taylor married and opened a restaurant, The Aquarium. He moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina in 1996, where he started building his second submarine.

Yi-Fu Tuan
Tuan, Vilas Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of a dozen books on humanistic geography, including Space and Place (1977), Dominance and Affection (1984), Passing Strange and Wonderful (1993), and Dear Colleague (2002). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Vladislav was born in the Ukraine in 1979. He currently lives in Prague, where he works most nights at Escape to Paradise.

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