Contributor Notes

Thomas Beller used to play the drums. Now he writes occasionally (Seduction Theory, Stories; The Sleep-Over Artist, Novel) and helps run a magazine (Open City) and a web-site (

Olisa Corcoran is a writer and photographer living in Durham, North Carolina. Her work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly.

Rebecca Curtis recently completed an M.F.A. in fiction at Syracuse University. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction and teaching standardized test preparation courses. Her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The Ohio Review, Noon, Fence, and McSweeney's.

Brian Evenson is the author of five books of fiction, most recently Contagion. He is the Senior Editor for Conjunctions magazine and a fiction editor for Denver Quarterly. He teaches at University of Denver.

Myla Goldberg's novel Bee Season was named a New York Time Notable Book for 2000. She is currently working on a new novel concerning the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Although he lives and works in southwestern Wyoming, Kevin Holdsworth maintains a "rude and rustic hovel" in south-central Utah. He is a regular contributor to Weber Studies, South Dakota Review and Junction, and is currently co-editing an anthology of Wyoming poetry for Conundrum Press of Colorado.

Len Jenkinson was born and raised in the English Lake District and originally trained as a painter at the Chelsea School of Art. Married and a father to two grown sons, he's had a number of jobs in arts education but has since moved to full time writing - first poetry, then short stories - over the past five years. He has contributed to London Magazine and U.K magazines such as English, Blade, and The Interpreters House. He is currently looking to publish his collection, Better Than Winning The Irish Sweep. "I've always preferred American fiction to our British stuff. For years I've read Updike (which made me want to be a writer) and I love Rick Moody's work and of course Annie Proulx."

Jennifer Kronovet lives and teaches in New York City. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in Saint Louis. Her poems have been published in Poetry Northwest and Meridian.

Ben Lerner is a poet living in Topeka Kansas.

Lee Martin is the author of a story collection, The Least You Need to Know (Sarabande Books 1996); a memoir, From Our House (Dutton 2000); and a novel, Quakertown (Dutton 2001). He is Associate Professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at The Ohio State University.

Cate Marvin's first book of poems won the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and will be published by Sarabande Books in August 2001. She has work forthcoming in The Paris Review.

Sarah Messer has received fellowships from the NEA and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A book of poems, Bandit Letters, was recently published by New Issues. She lives in North Carolina.

Kate Moos is the Poetry Editor of The Ruminator Review. She received her M.F.A from the Bennington Writing Seminar. She lives in Saint Paul, MN.

Chris Offutt is the author of two books of short stories, Out of the Woods and Kentucky Straight. He has also published a novel, The Good Brother, and a memoir, The Same River Twice. His writing has received many honors, including a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Steve Orlen's new book, This Particular Eternity, was published by Ausable Press in 2001. He teaches at the University of Arizona and in the low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.

Robert Pinsky's most recent book of poetry is Jersey Rain. He is also co-editor of Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology.

Liam Rector's books of poems are American Prodigal and The Sorrow of Architecture. He directs the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and he lives in the Boston area.  

Frederick Reiken is the author of two novels, The Odd Sea and most recently The Lost Legends of New Jersey. He teaches at Emerson College's graduate program in writing and lives in western Massachusetts.

Scott Seward lives in Philadelphia with the love of his life, Maria Danielson. He is proud to write about music for The Village Voice. He has never read anything by Greil Marcus, but he'll get around to it someday. Ask him about the time that he wrote liner notes for The Best of Foghat CD. You can e-mail him at

Michael Snediker has no real problem with Uma Thurman. His poetry has been published in The 12th Street Review, and will most likely appear elsewhere soon.

Jason Wilson has written for Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler,, Travel & Leisure, Saveur, and the North American Review, among other publications (including some he'd rather not admit to, such as airline in-flight magazines). He is the series editor of The Best American Travel Writing.