Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Other Voices, Prism International, Calyx, and Wasafiri. She was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing and was a runner-up in the Commonwealth Short Story Award. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, will be published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in the autumn of 2003. She lives in Connecticut.

Henrique Boteqhilha
Boteqhilha was born in Lisbon. He began his career as a radio journalist but quickly moved to the written press. He worked for six years at the weekly newspaper Semanario, and in 1998 moved to Visão, Portugal's leading news magazine. He specialises in East Timor's transition towards independence.

Joe Ford
After teaching English in a French convent school, Ford studied languages at the University of Cambridge. He spent a year taking pictures in Paris while he was a student and moved back there after his degree. He exhibits regularly in England and France, and currently works as a freelance photographer in Paris.

Stephanie Frank
Frank is currently studying philosophical theology at Oxford University. In real life, though, she writes short stories. Her work has been published in the May Anthologies, among other places. She grew up in New Hampshire.

Brian Gallagher
Gallagher, who began writing as a reporter for small newspapers in the Midwest, now lives, works and studies in New York City. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

Alexander Garvin
Garvin is currently Vice President for Planning, Design and Development at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Before his work at Ground Zero he was Managing Director for Planning for NYC2012, the committee seeking to bring the Olympic Games to New York City in 2012. He is a commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission, an adjunct professor at Yale University, and the author of the recently updated The American City: What Works, What Doesn't.

Robert B. Gilpin
Gilpin is currently the 2001 Paul Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, where he recently completed an M.Phil in British History. He has also received a Masters degree in American History from Yale University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, an occasional hobo, and an avid banjoist, Gilpin is the Executive Editor of Topic Magazine.

Dennis Hardy
Hardy is Director of Development Strategy and a research professor at Middlesex University. He is an urban planner with previous experience in local government. His various books on aspects of planning and utopian history include From Garden Cities to New Towns, Arcadia for All, and Utopian England.

Benjamin Hurwitz
Hurwitz studied film at Wesleyan University, and has since moved to sunny Los Angeles. He is the author of several screenplays, and the director of several short films.

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
Kurtz-Phelan studies History and International Studies at Yale University. He was a reporter for the Buenos Aires Herald and is editor-in-chief of The New Journal.

E.J. McAdams
McAdams was the wildlife manager for the City of New York/Parks & Recreation Urban Park Rangers and is now the Executive Director of the New York City Audubon Society. He has published poems in The Paris Review and other journals.

Nancy Milio
Milio is Chair of Affordable Rentals, Inc, a non-profit local housing organisation, and Professor Emeritus of Health Policy at the University of North Carolina. She is also active in Quaker peace and social justice work. She has written nine books and over one hundred articles. Currently, she is transcribing 50 years of her lifelong diaries and journals with an eye to possible publication.

Bill Mitchell
Mitchell is Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also taught at University of California (Los Angeles), Harvard, Yale, Carnegie-Mellon, and Cambridge Universities. He is currently Chair of The National Academies Committee on Information Technology and Creativity. His new book, ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City, will be published this year by MIT Press.

Zuzanna Olszewska
Olszewska was born in Warsaw and grew up in Singapore. She has studied at Harvard College and Oxford University, and has worked with non-profit organisations in Singapore, Nepal, India, and the United States. She is currently based in Warsaw, working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

José Picayo
Picayo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1959. He studied photography at Parson's School of Design in New York and graduated in 1983 with a BFA. Picayo has had 4 solo shows in NYC and is represented by the Staley Wise Gallery and the Robin Rice Gallery. His work has been published in magazines worldwide. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.

José Ramos-Horta
Ramos-Horta was awarded the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, along with his countryman Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, for his work towards a peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor. He has written several books, including East Timor and the United Nations: The Case for Intervention, and has edited The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Reconciliation. He is currently East Timor's Foreign Minister.

Saskia Sassen
Sassen is a professor at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics. Her recent books include Global Networks, Linked Cities, and The Global City, which was recently republished in a fully updated edition. Her books have been translated into twelve languages. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities, and Chair of the newly formed Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security Committee of the U.S. Social Science Research Council.

John Scanlan
Scanlan lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He is currently working on a book provisionally titled Disconnects: Fragments for a History of Disorder. He will admit to once having worked as a garbage man himself for several months in the late 1980s, but has for the last four years been working as a lecturer and researcher at a number of UK universities. He is currently lecturer in sociology at the University of Paisley.

Leon van Schaik
Van Schaik is Professor of Architecture and Pro Vice-Chancellor at RMIT University in Melbourne. He writes regularly for architectural and other journals focusing on urbanism, criticism and architecture as popular culture. He has lectured and published widely, and regularly briefs the media on city issues. Among other projects, he was a member of the UIA Science Committee for the Barcelona '96 Conference and has been moderator of the Asian Design Forum since 1996.

Tom Slaughter
Slaughter was born in New York City in 1955. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada. His prints are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City. He is represented by the print publisher, Durham Press, with whom he has been making limited edition prints for over a decade. He divides his time between New York City and Stratford, Ontario.

Binyavanga Wainaina
Born in Kenya, Wainaina lived and worked for ten years in South Africa, and has been writing from Kenya for the past two years. He has been published by various literary journals around the world. He writes regularly for The Sunday Times (South Africa) and The East African (Kenya). In July 2002 he won the Caine Prize for African Writing.

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Topic Magazine
Issue 3 | Winter 2003

Editor in Chief
David Haskell
Executive Editor
Robert B. Gilpin
Managing Editor
Maggie Evans
Senior Editors
Peter Abbott, Tom Hill, Nicholas Macgregor, Alan Schoenfeld & Eliza Young
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Nicholas Macgregor
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