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Colin Beavan ("Underwater Daredevils") is a writer who lives in New York.
Peter Davison ("Off the Maine Coast") is the poetry editor of The Atlantic. His books include The Fading Smile (1994), a memoir, and The Poems of Peter Davison 1957-1995, which was just published in paperback.
Sandra Dionisi (cover art) is an illustrator who lives in Toronto. Her work has appeared in numerous publications in North America and Europe. She is currently completing the cover art for the Canadian edition of the Robertson Davies Library.
John D. Donahue ("The Disunited States") is an associate professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His essay in this issue will appear in somewhat different form in his book Disunited States, to be published next month by Basic Books.
Cynthia Ozick ("Puttermesser in Paradise") is a novelist and essayist. She is the author of many books, including Fame & Folly (1996). Her short story in this issue is taken from her novel The Puttermesser Papers, to be published next month by Alfred A. Knopf.
Wislawa Szymborska ("A Word on Statistics") won the 1996 Nobel Prize for literature. Her most recent book in English is View With a Grain of Sand (1995). She lives in Krakow, Poland. Joanna Trzeciak, the translator of Szymborska's poem in this issue, is currently at work on a collection of translations of Szymborska's poetry.
Martin P. Wattenberg ("The Crisis of Electoral Politics") is a professor of political science at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of The Decline of American Political Parties, 1952-1994 (1996).
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The Atlantic Monthly; May 1997; Contributors; Volume 279, No. 5; page 8.