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Cathy Smith Bowers ("Crepe Myrtles") is poet in residence at Queens College, in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas (1992) and Traveling in Time of Danger, to be published this month.
Paul Bracken ("America's Maginot Line") is a professor of management and political science at Yale University. He is the author of Fire in the East: The Rise of Middle Eastern and Asian Military Power and the Decline of Western Dominance, to be published early next year.
Stephen Budiansky ("Lost in Translation") is a correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of several books, including The Nature of Horses (1997) and If a Lion Could Talk: Animal Intelligence and the Evolution of Consciousness, which was published in October.
Seymour Chwast (cover art) is the director of the Pushpin Group, a graphic-design firm in New York. His work, in a variety of media, has been exhibited widely in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
Billy Collins ("Invention") is the author of Questions About Angels (1991), The Art of Drowning (1995), and Picnic, Lightning (1998).
Peter Ho Davies ("Today Is Sunday") teaches in the creative-writing program at the University of Oregon. A collection of his short stories, The Ugliest House in the World, was published last year.
Robert D. Kaplan ("Hoods Against Democrats") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. His Atlantic cover stories for last July and August appeared, in somewhat different form, in his book An Empire Wilderness: Travels Into America's Future, published last summer.
Corby Kummer ("An Old-fashioned Christmas") is a senior editor of The Atlantic and the author of The Joy of Coffee (1995).
Cullen Murphy ("Back to Basics") is The Atlantic's managing editor. His latest book is The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own (1998).
Edith Pearlman ("Neshering") has written for The New York Times and The Boston Globe, and one of her stories appears in The Best American Short Stories 1998. She is the author of Vaquita and Other Stories (1996), which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.
Eric Schlosser ("The Prison-Industrial Complex") is a correspondent of The Atlantic. His article "A Grief Like No Other," about the families of murder victims, was The Atlantic's cover story for September, 1997.
Benjamin Schwarz ("Dirty Hands") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and a book critic for the Los Angeles Times.
William H. Youngren ("Mahler's Unfinished Symphony") is a professor of English at Boston College. He has just completed his doctoral dissertation in musicology at Brandeis University, on the songs of C.P.E. Bach.
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The Atlantic Monthly; December 1998; Contributors; Volume 282, No. 6; page 8.