Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel,Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and theHurston/Wright Legacy Award, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize andthe John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted...read more
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the Booker. Her short fiction has won the 2003 O. Henry Prize and has appeared in various literary publications, including Granta and the Iowa Review. She is a 2005/2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and divides her time between the United States and Nigeria. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, will be published in September 2006.
Aimee Bender is the author of three books, most recently the story collection Willful Creatures. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Tin House, and other publica- tions and has been heard on Public Radio International’s This American Life. She lives in Los Angeles.
Judy Budnitz’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, The Paris Review, the Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Fence, and McSweeney’s. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize, and her debut collection, Flying Leap, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1998. Budnitz is also the author of the novel If I Told You Once, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in Britain. Her most recent book is the collection Nice Big American Baby. She lives in San Francisco.
Jennifer S. Davis is the author of Her Kind of Want, winner of the 2002 Iowa Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in such magazines as the Oxford American, The Paris Review, Grand Street, and One Story. Her new collection of short stories, Our Former Lives in Art, is forthcoming from Random House in spring 2007.
Jennifer Egan is the author of the novels The Invisible Circus and Look at Me, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001, and a short-story collection, Emerald City. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. Also a journalist, she writes frequently for The New York Times Magazine. Her new novel, The Keep, will be published in August 2006.
Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection Don’t Erase Me, which won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, given by Ploughshares, and the New Voices Award from Quality Paperback Book Club. Her stories have been published in several anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike, and Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present, edited by Gloria Naylor. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Ferrell teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in the Bronx with her husband and two children.
Mary Gordon’s novels include Pearl, Spending, The Company of Women, The Rest of Life, and The Other Side. She is also the author of the memoir The Shadow Man, among other works of nonfiction. She has received a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 1997 O. Henry Award for best story. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.
Cristina Henríquez is the author of the short-story collection Come Together, Fall Apart. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly, and AGNI. She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries.” She lives in Dallas with her husband.
Samantha Hunt is a writer and artist from New York. She is the author of The Seas and the forthcoming novel The Invention of Everything Else. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Cabinet, and Seed Magazine and have been heard on Public Radio International’s This American Life. Hunt teaches writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of two story collections, Married Life and History on a Personal Note, and five novels, On Mermaid Avenue, Pure Poetry, A Disturbance in One Place, Hester Among the Ruins, and An Almost Perfect Moment. She is a professor at Columbia University, Graduate School of the Arts.
Dika Lam was born in Canada and lives in Brooklyn. She was a New York Times Fellow in the MFA program at New York University, and her work has appeared in Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1999, Story, One Story, Failbetter.com, and elsewhere. The first chapter of her novel-in- progress won the 2005 Bronx Writers’ Center Chapter One contest.
Caitlin Macy is the author of the novel The Fundamentals of Play and is at work on a collection of short stories. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and she is the recipient of a 2005 O. Henry Prize. She lives with her family in London.
Francine Prose is the author of fourteen books of fiction, including, most recently, A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her nonfiction includes the national bestseller The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired and Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles. Her next book, Reading Like a Writer, will be out in summer 2006 from HarperCollins. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, Prose was a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
Holiday Reinhorn lives in Los Angeles. Her debut collection of short stories, Big Cats, was named one of the best books of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a recipient of the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Creative Writing Institute at the University of Wisconsin/Madison. Reinhorn’s stories have appeared in Zoetrope, Tin House, Ploughshares, and Columbia, among other publications. She is currently at work on a novel.
Roxana Robinson is the author of seven books: three novels, three short-story collections, and a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her most recent book is the collection A Perfect Stranger. Robinson was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Four of her books were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, One Story, Daedalus, Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches at the New School.
Curtis Sittenfeld’s first novel, Prep, was a national bestseller. Chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, it will be published in twenty-three foreign countries, and its film rights have been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Her second novel, The Man of My Dreams, was published by Random House in May 2006. Sittenfeld’s nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, Allure, Glamour, and on Public Radio International’s This American Life.
Lynne Tillman’s last novel, No Lease on Life, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent book is This Is Not It, a collection of stories and novellas. Her new novel American Genius: A Comedy will be published by Soft Skull Press in October 2006. Tillman is a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities and a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Martha Witt is the author of the novel Broken as Things Are. Her short fiction and translations are included in the anthologies Post-War Italian Women Writers and The Literature of Tomorrow. She is a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship, a Spencer Fellowship, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, and a New York Times Fellowship, as well as residencies at the Yaddo and Ragdale artist colonies. Originally from Hillsborough, North Carolina, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two children