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Brian Boyd ("Nabokov's Butterflies") is a professor of English at the University of Auckland. His books include the two-volume biography Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1991). Dmitri Nabokov, a guest professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has been translating his father's work into English since the 1950s. The work by Nabokov in this issue is excerpted from Nabokov's Butterflies: Unpublished and Uncollected Writings by Vladimir Nabokov, edited and annotated by Brian Boyd and Robert Michael Pyle, with new translations from the Russian by Dmitri Nabokov, to be published this month by Beacon Press.

Steven Cramer ("Everyone Who Left Us") is a poet whose collections include The World Book (1992) and Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand (1997).

Leslie Leyland Fields ("Our First Telephone") is an assistant professor of English at Kodiak College.

John Lewis Gaddis ("Were the Hawks Right About the Vietnam War?") is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University.

Mary Graham ("Regulation by Shaming") is a fellow at Harvard and Georgetown Universities and the author of The Morning After Earth Day (1999).

Donald Hall ("Distressed Haiku") has written many books, including The Old Life: New Poems (1996) and Without: Poems (1998).

Timothy Harper ("The Best Pickup-Basketball Player in America") has covered and played pickup basketball worldwide.

Jamie James ("The Toronto Circle") is the author of The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe (1993).

Carol Kino ("The Baddest of Bad Art") writes for Art in America, Art & Auction, and other publications.

Peter Orner ("The Raft") has published stories in The North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Epoch.

Robert Pinsky ("Three Poems") is the poet laureate of the United States. His collection Jersey Rain will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux this month.

David Rieff ("Midnight in Sarajevo") is the author of Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West (1995) and the co-editor, with Roy Gutman, of Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (1999).

Benjamin Schwarz ("Around the Big Bend") is a correspondent for The Atlantic. Christina Schwarz's first novel, Drowning Ruth, will be published this fall.

Wen Stephenson ("High-Performance Poets") is the editorial director of The Atlantic's online journal, Atlantic Unbound.

Chuck Sudetic ("The Reluctant Gendarme") is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of Blood and Vengeance (1998), about the Bosnian war.

Charles Trueheart ("A New Kind of Justice") is a correspondent for The Washington Post based in Paris.

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The Atlantic Monthly; April 2000; Contributors - 00.04; Volume 285, No. 4; page 6.