C. Michael Curtis is senior editor of The Atlantic. His essays, poems, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines, including The Atlantic, New Republic and National Review as well as many newspapers. He has taught writing at Harvard University,Cornell University,Tufts University and Boston University.

Stanley W. Lindberg is a professor of English at the University of Georgia and editor of The Georgia Review, which won the 1986 National Magazine Award for Fiction. He has co-edited two literary anthologies - Necessary Fictions (1986, short stories) and Keener Sounds (1987, poetry). He was the first recipient of the Georgia Governor's Award in the Humanities in 1986 and is currently serving as one of the editors of the annual Pushcart Prize anthology.

Joy Williams is the author of three novels. State of Grace (nominated for the National Book Award), The Changeling and Breaking and Entering. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and The Paris Review. Her first collection of short stories,Taking Care,was published by Random House in 1982. A new collection of short stories will be published by The Atlantic Monthly Press in late 1989.