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Robert Bringhurst is the author of a three-volume study of Haida oral culture. The first volume, A Story as Sharp as a Knife (1999), won the Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and was chosen by the Times His Selected Poems, published in Canada by Gaspereau in 2009, has recently been issued in a shorter form by Jonathan Cape, London. Counterpoint recently published two volumes of his lectures and essays: The Tree of Meaning (2008) and Everywhere Being Is Dancing (2009). His books include The Solid Form of Language and The Elements of Typographic Style.

Calvin Collins is a visual artist who obtained a bachelor's of fine arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and a master's of fine arts degree from the University of Hawai'i at Mōnoa. His work can be seen at

Andrew Lam is a syndicated writer and editor with the Pacific News Service. He is the author of two books of essays: Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the Pen American Beyond the Margins Award in 2006; and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (2010). His collection of short stories, Birds of Paradise, is set for publication in 2011. Lam was featured in the 2004 PBS documentary My Journey Home, and his writing has been covered frequently on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Leo Litwak is the recipient of John Simon Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He has published two novels, a collection of short stories, and two books of nonfiction. His novel Waiting for the News received the National Jewish Book Award; his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories. His articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, and Esquire. A professor at San Francisco State University for more than thirty years, Litwak lives in San Francisco.

Barry Lopez is the author of eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean (2000) and Resistance (2004), and two books of essays. He recently edited, with Debra Gwartney, Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape (2006), a reader's dictionary of regional landscape terms. His most celebrated work, Arctic Dreams (1986), received the National Book Award; Of Wolves and Men (1978), a National Book Award finalist, received the John Burroughs and Christopher medals. He lives in rural western Oregon and is a Mōnoa corresponding editor. [End Page 204]

Manjula Padmanabhan is an Indian writer and artist-cartoonist. Harvest, her fifth play, won the 1997 Onassis Award for Theatre. She has illustrated twenty-four children's books. Her comic strips appeared weekly in the Sunday Observer from 1982 to 1986 and daily in the Pioneer from 1991 to 1997. Her most recent novel is Escape (2008), set in a dystopian future.

Donald Richie is the foremost American scholar of Japanese film. His first major book on cinema, The Japanese Film: Art and Industry, coauthored with Joseph Anderson, was published in 1959. He has since published over forty books of fiction, translation, and nonfiction. He has written and directed dozens of experimental films, and authored hundreds of book, film, and arts reviews for the Japan Times and other publications. The Donald Richie Reader, comprising fifty years of his writing about Japan, was published in 2001.

Deborah Bird Rose is a professor of social inclusion at Macquarie University, Sydney, where her research focuses on multispecies inclusion in this time of extinctions. Her recent books include the prize-winning ethnography Dingo Makes Us Human (2009) and Reports from a Wild Country (2004). Her newest book, Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction, is forthcoming from University of Virginia Press as part of the series Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism.

Anjoli Roy is coeditor of the online journal Vice-Versa: Creative Works and Comments. A writer of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, she graduated with a master's degree in English from the University of Hawai'i at Mōnoa, received the Myrle Clark Award for creative writing, and was awarded a Grace K.J. Abernethy publishing apprenticeship.

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