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alan warner
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  Alan Warner hates to fly and loves to drink. He is afraid of sharks. He speaks Spanish fluently and English poetically. He plays pool fairly well. He does not have e-mail. He knows a ton about music and even more about literature. He writes like a dream. Morvern Callar, his first novel, won a Somerset Maugham Award and is to be filmed by the BBC. He lives in Edinburgh. Sometimes.
 
 
kevin canty
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  Kevin Canty is the author of a collection of stories, A Stranger In This World, and a novel, Into the Great Wide Open. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife, the photographer Lucy Capehart, and his children Turner and Nora.
 
 
stewart o'nan
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  Stewart O'Nan's award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, The Names of the Dead, and the story collection In the Walled City. In 1996 he was named one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists." "The Speed Queen is my first comedy, and my first novel set in Oklahoma. My next novel is a family tragedy set during World War II on the south shore of Long Island--working title, The War Back Home."
 
 
jenefer shute
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  Jenefer Shute was raised in South Africa, a fact to which she rarely admits. Since 1978, she has been trying, unsuccessfully, to turn herself into a Californian, a Bostonian and, currently, a New Yorker. She teaches at Hunter College and is the author of the novels: Life-Size and Sex Crimes.  
 
fred leebron
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  Fred Leebron has published stories in magazines and anthologies such as Grand Street, Ploughshares, North American Review, TriQuarterly, and Flash Fiction. Since the publication of Out West Leebron has been co-editing Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology. For ten years he worked in nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, San Francisco, and Provincetown, and he now teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  
 
rand richards cooper
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  Rand Richards Cooper grew up in New London, Connecticut, and studied at Amherst College with the writers Robert Stone, Mary Gordon, and William Pritchard. Cooper's stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and Story, and his essays and reviews are featured regularly in The New York Times Book Review. He has published two collections of short fiction, The Last to Go and Big As Life: Stories About Men. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut, where he is at work on his first novel.  
 
nicholas christopher
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  Nicholas Christopher is the author of two novels, The Soloist and Veronica. His first nonfiction work, Somewhere In The Night: Film Noir in the American City has just been published by The Free Press. He is also the author of six books of poetry, most recently 5 Degrees and X Rays, forthcoming from Harcourt Brace, and he has edited two anthologies. His work has appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Esquire, The New Republic, The Nation, and The Paris Review. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, most recently from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently at work on his next novel, A Trip To The Stars, to be published by The Dial Press in 1999.  
 
david mura
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  David Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist. A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, he lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. He is currently working on a book of essays, a new play, and a novel about the Japanese American sculpture, Isamu Noguchi. "I work in several forms in order to keep challenging myself and to search for new forms of expression. Often I will uncover a set of images or a story theme in one form and then further develop it in another. Each form requires a different relationship to language and different options to explore. My work in theater, for example, has forced me to focus more on the rhythms and range of everyday speech and gives me the opportunity to work with other artists that I don't have as a solitary writer. I started out as a poet and still feel my work as a poet anchors my writing and drives my sense of language. In a certain light, my memoirs provide readers with the intellectual, cultural, historical and political background for my poetry that isn't present in the mainstream culture or educational system.. As someone who is "raced" by this society, I'm trying to expand the reach of understanding and references within American culture; I want to create a new and necessary language for the dialogue on race, a language that includes in particular the experience of Asian Americans.  
 
mark richard
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  Mark Richard is the author of two books of fiction, The Ice At The Bottom of the World, a collection of short stories that won the PEN/Hemingway Prize for best first book of fiction, and Fishboy, a surreal novel that has become an underground cult classic. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's, The Quarterly, Grand Street, Antaeus, Shenandoah, Equator, and have been widely anthologized. He was born on November 9, 1955, on an Air Force base in Lake Charles, La. and grew up in Texas and Virginia. At age thirteen he became the country's youngest radio announcer with a daily show on WYSR-AM. He dropped out of Washington and Lee University during his junior year to work on commercial fishing boats. He crewed on flounder, scallop, and shrimp boats, and participated in the Mariel, Cuba boatlift. After returning to Washington and Lee he received a Journalism degree, then worked for several years as a housepainter, aerial photographer, real estate salesman, radio announcer, newspaper reporter, advertising copywriter, and magazine editor. In 1986, Richard moved to New York to pursue a career as a fiction writer, supporting himself with employment as a bartender, proofreader, and private investigator. After leaving New York in 1993, Richard has taught at the University of the South, Sewanee as the Tennessee Williams Fellow there, and at the University of Mississippi, Oxford as the John and Renee Grisham Chair. In 1996, Richard received the Mary Francis Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters. He has also received a Whiting Foundation Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Jeanne Goodheart Shapriot Fiction Prize, and a National Magazine Award Finalist for Fiction award. Currently, Richard lives in Southern California with his wife Jennifer. He has just completed a new collection of short stories tentatively titled Tunga Tunga and Other Stories, and is finishing two novels: The Papermaker--a commercial thriller replete with switched identities, popsicle corpses, and levitating dogs; and Babyhead, another surreal voyage of the damned.  
 
shirley jackson
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  Shirley Jackson was born in 1916. During her lifetime she wrote twelve books and countless short stories which were published in such venues as The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and Collier's. Until her death in 1965 at the age of 48, she lived with her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman in North Bennington, Vermont.  
 
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    Photo Credits: Alan Warner: Rip; Kevin Canty: Miriam Seger; Stewart O'Nan: Marion Ettlinger; Jenefer Shute: Marion Ettlinger; Fred Leebron: Tom Levy; Rand Richards Cooper: Melissa Hayden; Nicholas Christopher: Marion Ettlinger; Mark Richard: Bill Hayward; Shirley Jackson: Lawrence J. Hyman.