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stephen kuusisto
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  Stephen Kuusisto is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar. He has taught at Hobart College and his work has appeared in the Antioch Review, Partisan Review, and Harper's, among others. Kuusisto is currently director of alumni relations at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a guide-dog school in Yorktown Heights, NY  
 
ian mcewan
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  Ian McEwan is the author of The Cement Garden; The Comfort of Strangers, short-listed for the 1981 Booker Prize; The Child in Time, winner of the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Innocent; and most recently, Black Dogs, also short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also written two collections of short stories: First Love, Last Rites, which won the Somerset Maugham Award; and In Between the Sheets. He lives in Oxford, England with his wife and their four children.  
 
marya hornbacher
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  Born in San Francisco in 1974, Marya Hornbacher began writing seriously at age 14 and has been doing so ever since. She has been working as a journalist since age 16.

Educated at the Interlochen Arts Academy, American University, and University of Minnesota, Marya Hornbacher has written and published fiction and poetry. During her extensive career as a journalist she has reported on the arts, theater, dance, and everything from environmental politics to window treatments. She has been a freelance editor and a "research hack" for academics and writers, as well as a college instructor in cinema studies and poetry.

She has won numerous writing awards, among them the Jean Keller Bouvier Scholarship for Writing from the University of Minnesota, an award for journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the White Award for Writing-Magazine Journalism, first prize of 1993.

Her memoir, Wasted, grew out of an essay she wrote for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine in 1993. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband, Julian Beard.
 
 
geraldine brooks
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  A former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Geraldine Brooks is the author of Foreign Correspondence and Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. She is a native of Australia and a graduate of Sydney University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Virginia with her husband and son.  
 
v. diane woodbrown
v. diane woodbrown
  Formerly a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, V. Diane Woodbrown writes editorials for the San Francisco Examiner and does voice-over work for commercials and educational software. She lives in San Anselmo, California, wither her husband and daughter.  
 
alan warner
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  Alan Warner was born in Oban and brought up there. His first book, Morvern Callar, was a critical triumph and won a Somerset Maugham Award; the novel has now been filmed by the BBC. He currently lives in Co. Wicklow, and is working on a third novel.  
 
tim o'brien
  Tim O'Brien is the author of Going After Cacciato, Northern Lights, The Things They Carried, If I Die in a Combat Zone, The Nuclear Age, and In the Lake of the Woods.  
 
leslie cockburn
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  Leslie Cockburn is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. She has produced and directed two dozen documentaries covering wars for CBS and ABC News, and was a correspondent for PBS's Frontline. She has won numerous awards for her jounalism, including an Emmy and a National Press Club Award. With her husband Andrew, she co-wrote One Point Safe, wich was the basis for the DreamWorks motion picture The Peacemaker. The Cockburns have three children and live in Washington, D.C. and Ireland.  
 
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    Photo Credits: Stephen Kuusisto and Corky: Marion Ettlinger; Ian McEwan: Jane Brown; Marya Hornbacher: Mark Trockman; V. Diane Woodbrown: Michael Scarpelli; Leslie Cockburn: Wade Davis.