Charles Baxter is Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit. His most recent book of poetry is The South Dakota Guidebook from New Rivers Press. He has published a number of his essays in The Antioch Review and elsewhere.
Mario Benedetti is a contemporary Uruguayan writer.
Carol Berge, recipient of a 1980 NEA in fiction, is now a Regional Editor of Shearsman and Contributing Editor to Woodstock Review. Her writings have recently appeared in The Poetry Miscellany, American Book Review, Encyclopedia of Short Fiction. A collection of fiction, Fierce Metronome, is due in 1981. She is once again living in Manhattan.
Phil Boiarski is a graduate of the Goddard College M.F.A. Writing Program. He has published poems and stories in a number of places such as Paris Review, California Quarterly, Rocky Mountain Review, The Minnesota Review, and others. A book of short stories is due in June from Yellow Pages Press in Columbus, Ohio.
Pat Carr's fiction and articles have appeared in over forty journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories. She has published a novel, The Grass Creek Chronicle, a critical book, Bernard Shaw, and a collection of stories, The Women in the Mirror, which received the 1977 Iowa Award for Short Fiction.
Lester Goldberg is the author of One More River, a collection of stories published by the University of Illinois. His stories have appeared in several magazines, including Epoch, Iowa Review, Story Quarterly, Transatlantic Review, and others. His fiction has been collected in both Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories. He was an NEA Fellow in 1979.
Edward Gubar is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop of the University of Iowa. He had had fiction in North American Review, California Quarterly, Boston Phoenix, and other places. He has recently published a long series of investigative articles on the energy business in the state of Indiana.
Flaurie S. Imberman is a graduate student in Comparative Literature at SUNY Binghamton.
Nancy Kline has published a novel, The Faithful, and short fiction in Colorado Quarterly, Beyond Baroque, New Voices, The Minnesota Review. Her critical study, Lightning: The Poetry of Rene Char, is just out. She teaches in the writing program at Harvard.
Peter Leach is from St. Louis. His stories have appeared in Prize Stories 1974: The O. Henry Awards and Best Little Magazine Fiction 1971.
Dona Luongo works as a secretary in a research unit at a hospital in the Boston area. Last fall she had a writing residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.
Michael Martone lives in Ames, Iowa. His book of prose, At a Loss, was published by Windless Orchard Press.
Paul Metcalf's most recent book is U.S. Dept. of the Interior, published by Gnomon in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is the author of six other published works, among them Genoa, Patagoni, The Middle Passage, and Apalache. The story included here is part of an unpublished book, I-57.
Jay Neugeboren's new novel, The Stolen Jew, is being published this spring. He is the author of four other novels (Big Man, Listen Reuben Fontanez, An Orphan's Tale, Sam's Legacy), a collection of stories (Corky's Brother), and a memoir (Parentheses). He recently edited the special fiction issue of Ploughshares (6/3).
Fred Pfeil has had two stories nominated for this year's Pushcart Prize anthology, including one printed in The Minnesota Review. He teaches at Oregon State University and is active in the local chapter of the New American Movement.
Marge Piercy's story is the first chapter from her forthcoming novel, The First Eight Lives. Knopf will be publishing a major selection of her poetry in the near future.
Micala Sidore lives in western Massachusetts and is a tapestry weaver, translator and teacher, as well as a writer. She recently earned an M.F.A. from Goddard College for a translation/adaptation of Brecht's Saint Joan of the Stockyards.
William F. Van Wert teaches film and creative writing at Temple University, he has published considerable film criticism, including two books on film. His fiction and poetry have appeared widely in such places as Antioch Review, Ohio Review...