ALISON BAKER (“How I Came West, and Why I Stayed”) lives in Salt Lake City. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Ascent and The Threepenny Review. She is at work on a novel.

TOM BETHELL (“The Case for Oxford”) is the Washington editor of The American Spectator and a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of George Lewis: A Jazzman From New Orleans (1977) and The Electric Windmill (1988). Bethell is at work on a book about private property.

GUY BILLOUT (“Tourist Trap”) has received many awards for his magazine and advertising work, and has written and illustrated five children’s books.

KATHLEEN CUSHMAN (“Addicted to ‘Getting Normal’”) is a writer who lives in Harvard, Massachusetts.

KENNETH C. DANFORTH (“Europe: Charlemagne’s Dream”), is an editor with Time-Life Books. Danforth has worked as a journalist in a number of European countries.

ETIENNE DELESSERT (cover art) was born in Switzerland and lives in Connecticut. He is a painter and a writer and has illustrated many children’s books. A monograph on Delessert’s work will be published next spring.

EDWARD DOLNICK (“The Ghost’s Vocabulary”) is a contributing editor of In Health. His article “What Dreams Are (Really) Made Of” was the cover story of the July, 1990, Atlantic.

PERRI KNIZE (“The Mismanagement of the National Forests”) joined the Forest Service in 1983 as a volunteer wilderness guard in southwest Montana, an experience that led her to become a journalist. Her articles about business and environmental politics have appeared in Audubon, New York Newsday, and Outside.

ROBERT KUTTNER (“Trade: Another Great Victory of Ideology Over Prosperity”) covers economics for The New Republic and is a syndicated columnist. He is a co-editor of the new quarterly The American Prospect. Kuttner’s most recent book, The End of Laissez-Faire: National Purpose and the Global Economy After the Cold War, was published last spring.

IRVIN MATUS (“The Case for Shakespeare”) is an independent scholar who lives in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Shakespeare: The Living Record (1991) and is at work on a book about the Shakespeare authorship question.

NORMAN J. ORNSTEIN (“Sexpress”) is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the author of The People, Press and Politics: The American Elections of 1982 (1987).

ELLEN POSNER (“Louis Kahn’s High Aesthetic Calling”) is an architecture critic. In 1989-1990 she held a travel fellowship from the Design Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

ANNE TYLER (“In the Land of Lolita”) won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Breathing Lessons (1988). Her latest novel, Saint Maybe, was published last month.

ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT (“At the Piano”) teaches at Warren Wilson College, in North Carolina. Her most recent book is The Lotus Flowers (1987).

ROSANNA WARREN (“Elegist ”) is the author of Snow Day (1981) and Each Leaf Shines Separate (1984).