Richard Bausch is the author of six novels, including Rebel Powers and Violence and of three collections of short stories. Spirits and Other Stories, The Fireman's Wife and Other Stories and Rare & Endangered Species, a novella and stories. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, The Southern Review. Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. New Stories from the South, The Granta Book of the American Short Story and The Best American Short Stories. He was nominated twice for the PEN/Faulkner Award and is a two- time winner of the National Magazine Award for fiction. Bausch is also the recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award and the recipient of an award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Professor of English at George Mason University and lives in Broad Run, Virginia, with his wife Karen and their five children.

Ethan Canin is the author of two bestselling collections of short stories. Emperor of the Air, published when he was a 27-year-old medical student, and The Palace Thief. He is the author of the novel, Blue River. Ethan Canin is a graduate of Stanford University (A.B. 1982), The University of Iowa (M.F.A. 1984) and Harvard Medical School (1992). His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Paris Review, Granta and other magazines, and has been selected for a number of anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and Lust, Violence, Sin and Magic: 60 Years of Esquire Fiction. He was the recipient of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship (1988), a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship and the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he works as a doctor.

Mary Morris is the author of the novels; Crossroads, A Mother's Love, and The Waiting Room. She is the author of two collections of short stories. Vanishing Animals and Other Stories, awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and The Bus of Dreams, for which she received the Friends of American Writers Award. She is also the author of two works of nonfiction, Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone and Wall to Wall: From Beijing to Berlin by Rail. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter. Mary Morris is Professor of Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College.