KENNETH BROWER ("On the Edge of Down Under”) is a writer specializing in ecological issues, and a frequent contributor to The Atlantic. He is the author of numerous books, including The Starship and the Canoe (1974), Wake of the Whale (1979), and I Song for Satawal (1983).

OLGA ANDREYEV CARLISLE (“Russia’s Muse”) taught a course last year on Russian émigré literature at the Gorky Literare Institute, in Moscow. She is at work on a book about contemporary literary developments in the Soviet Union.

ROBERT P. CREASE ("Managing the Unmanageable”) is an assistant professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a historian at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, on Long Island. He is a co-author, with Charles Mann, of The Second Creation (1986).

FRANCIS DAVIS (“‘Zorn’ for ‘Anger’”) writes frequently about music for The Atlantic. His book Outcats: Jazz Composers, Instrumentalists, and Singers was published last year.

JOHN GARVEY (“Great Britain: Anglican Angst”) is a columnist for Commonweal magazine. He is studying for a Master of Divinity degree at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Garvey is the author of The Prematurely Saved (1986).

SUZANNE GORDON (“A National Care Agenda”) writes frequently about social issues and political culture. She is the author of Lonely in America (1976) and Off Balance: The Rea! World op Pallet (1984). Her article in this issue of The Atlantic is taken from her book Prisoners of Men’s Dreams, to be published this month.

MARY GRAHAM ("Washington: The Quiet Drug Revolution”) is a lawyer and free-lance writer who lives in Washington, D.C. She has worked for various federal agencies, and in the practice of law has concentrated on health and safety" issues.

SHIRLEY KAUFMAN (“ The Core”) is a poet who lives in Israel. I ler most recent collection of poems is Claims (1984).

NICHOLAS P. SAMIOS ("Managing the Unmanageable”) is the director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

MARK SUMMERS (cover artist) is a freelance illustrator who lives in Ontario. His illustrations have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. He received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators last year, and he drew the most recent version of the Atlantic’s colophon.

MARLY SWICK (“The Shadow of the Cross”) teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska. A collection of her short stories, A Hole in the Language. was published last fall.

DOUGLAS L. WILSON (“What Jefferson and Lincoln Read”) is a professor of English at Knox College, in Illinois. His essays on Thomas Jefferson have been published widely. He is the editor of Jefferson’s Literary Commonplace Book (1989) and a co-editor, with James Gilreath, of Thomas Jefferson’s Library (1989).

The January Almanac was compiled with the assistance of Gail Cleere, on behalf of the U.S. Naval Observatory; Ted Moncreiff; and Lawrence Lichty, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D.C.