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tim o'brien
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  Tim O'Brien is the author of Going After Cacciato, winner of the 1979 National Book Award in fiction, and The Things They Carried, which was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of l990, received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1993 the French edition of The Things They Carried received the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. O'Brien's last novel, In the Lake of the Woods, was named by Time magazine as the best novel of 1994. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times. His other books are If I Die in a Combat Zone, Northern Lights, and The Nuclear Age.

O'Brien's short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Atlantic, Playboy, Granta, Gentleman's Quarterly, The New Yorker, and in several editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories. In 1987 he received the National Magazine Award for his story The Things They Carried, which was also selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. O'Brien has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
maxine swann
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  Maxine Swann has been living in Paris since 1991. In 1997 she received a master's degree from the Sorbonne for a thesis on Proust's style. She is currently spending eight months in Punjab, Pakistan, where she is collaborating on a screenplay with Juan Pablo Domenech and writing her first novel. "Flower Children" is her first publication.  
federico andahazi
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  A best-selling author in his native Argentina, Federico Andahazi lives in Buenos Aires, where he is a practicing psychiatrist. His short stories have received many awards. The Anatomist is his first novel.  
michael koepf
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  Michael Köepf worked for nineteen years as a commercial fisherman, which was also the trade of his father and his brothers. Formerly a journalist and a teacher, he is currently writing a screenplay about Lewis and Clark for Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks SKG. Köepf lives in Elk, California.

david lehman
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  A native of New York City, David Lehman is an acclaimed poet, critic, and editor--a throwback to the ideal of the man-of-letters who can move with seeming ease and grace from one genre or discipline to another. The Last Avant-Garde, which can be classified as general nonfiction, criticism, biography, or all three, is an apt reflection of Lehman's own identities and activities.

David Lehman is the author of five nonfiction books, including the influential Signs of the Times, which investigated deconstruction as both a word and an academic world. The most recent of his three collections of poems is Valentine Place (Scribner, 1996), a book about love and romance and anguish, the title of which was taken from Lehman's street address in Ithaca, New York, his primary residence for many years. He stills spends summers in Ithaca but now lives mainly in a Greenwich Village apartment in close proximity to the fabled avant-garde haunts of the 1950s that he evokes in The Last Avant-Garde.

Lehman initiated The Best American Poetry in 1988 and serves as the series editor of this distinguished annual anthology. Lehman is also the general editor of the University of Michigan Press' "Poets on Poetry" and "Under Discussion" series. For his own poetry he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a three-year writer's award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.

Lehman is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at Bennington College and the New School for Social Research. He also teaches a "great poems" course in the undergraduate honors program at New York University. A major presence in the New York poetry scene, he is codirector of the prestigious KGB poetry reading series. He organized (and served as master of ceremonies) for the "Poetry Olympics" sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery in 1997.
    Photo Credits: Federico Andahazi: Alejandra López; Michael Koepf: John Birchard; David Lehman: Star Black.