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A.L. Kennedy
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  A.L Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965 and has lived in Arbroath and Coventry (while studying at the University of Warwick). Her first collection of stories, "Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains" (1990) won the Saltire Award for best First Book and the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She has also written Looking for the Possible Dance, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, as well as a second collection of stories, Now That You're Back, and a second novel, So I Am Glad, which won the Encore Award and was joint-winner of the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. In 1993 she was chosen as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists. She wrote the script of the BFI/Channel Four film, Stella Does Tricks, and is working on a number of film and drama projects. She lives in Glasgow.

Achmat Dangor
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  Achmat Dangor was born in Johannesburg in 1948, the year the Nationalist Party, the architects of apartheid, won power in South Africa. Winner of many literary prizes, including the 1998 Charles Herman Bosman prize for Kafka's Curse, he is the author of three collections of poetry, a novella and short-story collection, and a novel. This is his first book to be published in the United States. He lives in South Africa.  
Bino Realuyo
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  Bino A. Realuyo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and studied international relations in the United States and South America. He has finished a poetry collection, In Spite of Open Eyes, and is the editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings on New York City.

Bino's poetry and fiction have regularly appeared in The Kenyon Review, Manoa, New Letters, Puerto Del Sol, The Asian Pacific American Journal, and The Literary Review. He has done readings across the country, and was an invited poet at the Geraldine Dodge Foundation Poetry Festival in 1996 and a guest lecturer for literature at Yale University. He has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and the 1998 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Bino works full time in the field of literacy and technology and also teaches survival English part-time to immigrant sweatshop workers. He is at work on a new novel and a second poetry collection. He lives in Manhattan. The Umbrella Country is his first novel.
Peter Carey
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  Peter Carey Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Australia, in 1943. Between 1962 and 1967, he worked as a copywriter in various advertising agencies in Melbourne. In 1980 he published his first novel, Bliss, and moved to Sydney where he opened his own advertising agency. The next year he moved to Bellingen in northern New South Wales, where he wrote Illywhacker, which was published in 1985. The Bellingen Valley and its surroundings provided some of the inspiration for his highly acclaimed 1988 novel, Oscar and Lucinda, which was awarded England's prestigious Booker Prize and is now a major motion picture. Carey is the author of five previous novels and a collection of stories. For the past six years he has lived in New York City.

Frank Manley
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  Frank Manley is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Renaissance Literature and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University. His other works include Within the Ribbons: 9 Stories and Resultances, winner of the Devins Award for Poetry. Manley's writing has been included in The Best of a Decade: New Stories from the South.

Patrick Dillon
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  Patrick Dillon grew up among commercial fishermen on an island in Puget Sound. Formerly an editor and columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, he has won numerous national journalism awards, including a share of the Pulitzer Prize. His columns and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Fast Company magazine, among other publications. Married to photographer Anne Dowie and the father of two, he lives in San Francisco.

    Photo Credits: A.L. Kennedy: Brian Tarr; Achmat Dangor: Annari van der Merwe; Peter Carey: Marion Ettlinger; Patrick Dillon: Anne Dowie