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Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon (The Puzzler) are the authors of The Random House Guide to Cryptic Crosswords (1995).
Marshall Jon Fisher ("moldovascam.com") is a freelance writer and the co-author with David E. Fisher of Tube: The Invention of Television (1996).
Jane Hirshfield ("The Poet") is the author of two new books, The Lives of the Heart, in which the poem in this issue will appear, and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, a volume of essays. Both will be published by HarperCollins this month.
Wendy Kaminer ("A Civic Duty to Annoy"), a contributing editor of The Atlantic, is a public-policy fellow at Radcliffe College and the president of the National Coalition Against Censorship. She is the author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional:The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions (1992), It's All the Rage: Crime and Culture (1995), and True Love Waits (1996), a collection of essays, which will be published in paperback this month.
Hans Koning ("Notes on the Twentieth Century") is the author of many novels, including The Petersburg-Cannes Express (1975), The Kleber Flight (1981), and Acts of Faith (1986), and of the nonfiction A New Yorker in Egypt (1976) and Columbus: His Enterprise (1991). Koning's new novel, Pursuit of a Woman on the Hinge of History, will be published in November.
Corby Kummer ("In a Fishbowl") is a senior editor of The Atlantic and the author of The Joy of Coffee (1995).
Rebecca Lee ("The Banks of the Vistula") teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is at work on a novel.
Cullen Murphy ("Something in the Water") is the managing editor of The Atlantic and the author of Just Curious (1995), a book of essays. He writes the comic strip Prince Valiant.
Eric Schlosser ("A Grief Like No Other") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. His articles on marijuana and the law that The Atlantic published in August and September of 1994 won the 1995 National Magazine Award for reporting.
Barbara Wallraff ("Peeping in Peace") is a senior editor of The Atlantic and the author of the bimonthly feature Word Court.
Ralph Whitehead Jr. ("High School and the New Jobs") is a professor of journalism at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served in the U.S. Department of Labor from 1994 to 1995.
Robert Wilson ("A Subversive Sympathy") is the editor of Preservation magazine and a former literary editor of Civilization magazine.
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The Atlantic Monthly; September 1997; Contributors; Volume 280, No. 3; page 6.