BRALDT BRALDS (cover art) was born and educated in the Netherlands and moved to the United States in 1980. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Japan, Korea, and the Netherlands, and has received awards from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club.

FREDCATAPANO (“Principles of HolisticMedicine Applied to Infrastructure Maintenance: A Test Case”) is the deputy vice-president for auxiliary services at Columbia University. He is at work on a collection of short stories.

FRANCIS DAVIS (“Better With Age”) writes frequently about music for The Atlantic. His second book, Outcats: Jazz Composers, Instrumentalists, and Singers, was published last year.

TERRY EVANS (cover-story photographs) lives in Kansas and specializes in photography that involves people and the prairie. Her photographs illustrated the Atlantic cover story for November, 1989, “Back to Eden.” Evans’s book Prairie: Images of Ground and Sky (1986) received awards from the Chicago Book Clinic and the Association of American University Presses.

JAMES FALLOWS (“An Asian Agenda”) is The Atlantic’s Washington editor. He is writing a book about the future of East Asia.

WILLIAM LEAST HEAT-MOON (“PrairyErth”) is the pen name of William Trogdon. Trogdon holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and a doctorate in English from the University of Missouri. He is the author of Blue Highways, a portion of which first appeared as the cover story in the September, 1982, Atlantic.

JANE HIRSHFIELD (“Within This Tree”) is a poet whose most recent collection is Of Gravity & Angels (1988).

DAYID M. KENNEDY (“A Fairer Likeness”) is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University.

MICHAEL LYDON (“A Voice Against Anonymous Death”) is a musician and writer who lives in Manhattan. He is working on a book of essays about literature, Real Writing.

ROBERT MORGAN (“Honey”) teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Cornell University. His book Green River: New and Selected Poems was published last month.

DAVID ROBERTS (“The Decipherment of Ancient Maya”) is the author of Jean Stafford: A Biography (1988) and Iceland: Land of the Sagas (1990). He is working on a book about Geronimo and the Apaches.

JAMES TRAUB (“Oklahoma City: Separate and Equal”) is a free-lance writer whose articles on race-related issues have appeared in The New Republic and Harper’s. He is the author of Too Good to Be True: The Outlandish Story of Wedtech (1990).

LYNNA WILLIAMS (“Sole Custody”) teaches fiction writing at Emory University. Her collection Things Not Seen and Other Stories will be published next spring.

The September Almanac was compiled with the assistance of Gail Cleere, on behalf of the U.S. Naval Observatory; Jacqueline Bogard, of Del Monte Foods; James R. Tischer, of Woodland Biomass Power; and Nielsen Media Research.