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jean hegland
jean hegland
  Jean Hegland moved to northern California in 1984, where she lives in the forest with her husband and three children (ages 10, 8, and 4). She teaches English and creative writing classes at the local junior college, homeschools her kids, and writes. She is currently working on her next novel for Bantam.
 
 
kim barnes
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  I was born in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1958, and one week later I returned with my mother to Orofino Creek, where my father was logging. For the next twelve years, my family worked and lived in the small communities and logging camps of north Idaho-Pierce, Headquarters, and a number of places along the North Fork of the Clearwater River. It is this river I have come back to as an adult: the house I share with my husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, my nine-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son, perches on the cliff above the Clearwater at Lenore, 25 miles upriver from Lewiston.

The isolation of the logging camps, coupled with my family's involvement in Pentecostal fundamentalism and my eventual turn away from that faith, has given me a wealth of material to write about. The struggle I face each time I put pen to paper is how I want to present--and represent--the area and people I believe shaped me as a woman and as a writer. I am currently finishing work on a second memoir, Out of the Fire, which picks up where the In the Wilderness leaves off.

My work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review and Shenandoah. In 1991, I received a grant of $5,000 from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. I was chosen by the Pen/Jerard Foundation in 1995 to receive their fellowship given to an emerging woman writer of nonfiction. In 1997, I was honored with a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for my memoir, which was also nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography/Autobiography. I am co-editor, with Mary Clearman Blew, of Circle of Women, an anthology of contemporary western women writers, published by Viking Penguin in 1994. I divide my professional time between teaching English at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, and writing.
 
 
mick cochrane
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  Mick Cochrane was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He currently teaches creative writing and English at Canisius College, in Buffalo, New York, where he recently was named writer in residence, a position created especially for him. Flesh Wounds was recently chosen for the "Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers" series. He is married with two children, and he is working on a new novel.  
 
carol shields
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  Carol Shields is the author of The Stone Diaries wich won the 1995 Pulizter Prize for fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her new novel, Larry's Party, will be released any second now. "I grew up in the American Midwest and have lived in Canada for the last forty years. I've written poetry, plays, and novels, coming later, with a great of shock pleasure, to short fiction. Currently I am Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. Like the couple in the story, I once spent a month without looking into a mirror, and I still remember the stunned suprise of meeting my image after an enforced separation--can that woman really be me! I suppose most of us think of mirrors as providing a daily reality check; without them we drift into a new and perhaps freer sense of ourselves."  
 
christine schutt
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  Christine Schutt was born and raised in Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and receieved her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives and teaches in New York City. Her first story collection, Nightwork, was published by Knopf in 1996.  
 
alice elliott dark
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  Alice Elliott Dark is the author of the story collection Naked to the Waist, and has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Her short story "In the Gloaming" was recently adapted into an HBO film starring Glen Close and Robert Sean Leonard, and was included in the New Yorker collection of love stories titled Nothing But You.  
 
chitra divakaruni
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  Indian-born Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning poet and author who teaches creative writing at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, where she also serves as president of MAITRI, a helpline for South Asian women. Her much-praised collection of short stories, Arranged Marriage was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for fiction, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She is also the author of The Mistress of Spices. Ms. Divakaruni lives with her husband and two children in Sunnyvale, California.  
 
emily perkins
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  Emily Perkins was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1970 and grew up in Auckland and Wellington. She attended the New Zealand Drama School/Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa in 1988 and is a graduate of Bill Manhire's writing course at Victoria University, Wellington. She is currently living in London and working on her first novel.  
 
david james duncan
  David James Duncan is the acclaimed author of The River Why, The Brothers K, and River Teeth.  
 
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    Photo Credits: Mick Cochrane: Tom Wolf; Carol Shields: Neil Graham; Christine Schutt: Bill Hayward; Alice Elliott Dark: Jerry Bauer; Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Dru Banerjee; Emily Perkins: Robin Farquhar-Thomson.