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Francis Davis ("Swing and Sensibility") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic.

Elizabeth Frank ("The Pleasures of Formal Poetry") is the Joseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Bard College, in New York. She won a Pulitzer Prize in biography for her book Louise Bogan: A Portrait (1985).

Jessica Hornik ("The Invisible Woman") is a poet whose work has appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, and The New Republic.

Robert D. Kaplan ("The Fulcrum of Europe") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. He is the author of six books, including Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History (1993) and An Empire Wilderness: Travels Into America's Future (1998).

Akash Kapur ("Poor but Prosperous") lives in India. He is spending a year traveling in Eastern Europe on a fellowship from Harvard University.

Yusef Komunyakaa ("Venus of Willendorf") is the author of Neon Vernacular (1993) and Thieves of Paradise (1998). He teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

Philip Levine ("The Return") was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1995 for his collection The Simple Truth.

Charles C. Mann ("Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea?") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. His most recent book is @ Large (1997), written with David Freedman.

W. S. Merwin ("Shore Birds") has won many awards, including the 1998 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. His epic poem, The Folding Cliffs, will be published in October.

Cynthia Ozick ("She: Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body") is a novelist and an essayist whose books include Fame & Folly (1996) and The Puttermesser Papers (1997). Her essay in this issue will appear as the introduction to Best American Essays 1998, to be published by Houghton Mifflin this fall.

Wendy Mai Rawlings ("Come Back Irish") is in the Ph.D. program in creative writing at the University of Utah.

Theo Rudnak (cover art), a freelance illustrator living in Atlanta, has won recognition from the Society of Illustrators, the New York Art Directors Club, and Graphis. He contributed artwork to the official program for the 1998 Super Bowl.

Benjamin Schwarz ("Half a World Away") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and a book critic for the Los Angeles Times. Christina Schwarz has just completed her first novel.

Ellen Ruppel Shell ("Could Mad-Cow Disease Happen Here?") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and an associate professor of journalism at Boston University. Shell is the author of A Child's Place (1992).

Stephen M. Walt ("The Hidden Nature of Systems") is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and the author of The Origins of Alliances (1987) and Revolution and War (1996).

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The Atlantic Monthly; September 1998; Contributors; Volume 282, No. 3; page 8.

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