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Cathy Smith Bowers ("A Little Herbal Primer") is poet-in-residence at Queens College, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the author of Traveling in Time of Danger (1999).

James Fallows ("An Acquired Taste") is The Atlantic's national correspondent.

Nathan Glick ("The Last Great Critic") is a former editor of the U.S. Information Agency's quarterly journal, Dialogue.

George Johnson ("The Jaguar and the Fox") is the author of Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics (1999).

Adam Kirsch ("Scientific Fiction") is a poet and a critic. He writes regularly for The New Republic and other publications.

Sarah Lindsay ("Laser Palmistry: The Early Days") is the author of Primate Behavior (1997), a collection of poems.

Bill McKibben ("The World Streaming In") is the author of several books, including Long Distance: Notes on a Year of Living Strenuously (2000).

Sandro Meallet ("Fish Heads") is a graduate of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Rob Nixon ("As American as Cricket") is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His most recent book is Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food, and Fortune (2000).

Roberto Parada (cover art) is an illustrator and painter whose clients have included Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and Sports Illustrated. His work has been exhibited by the Society of Illustrators and published in American Illustration.

Judith Reitman ("From the Leash to the Laboratory") is the author of several books, including Stolen for Profit (1993) and Bad Blood (1996).

Francis X. Rocca ("Fascism's Secretary of State") lives in Vicenza, Italy. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The American Spectator.

Richard Rubin ("Flotsam") has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and New York.

Daniel Sarewitz ("Breaking the Global-Warming Gridlock") is a research scholar at Columbia University's Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Roger Pielke Jr. is a scientist with the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. They are the editors, with Radford Byerly Jr., of Prediction: Science, Decision Making, and the Future of Nature (2000).

Wislawa Szymborska ("A Little Bit About the Soul") received the Goethe Award in 1991, the Herder Award in 1995, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. Joanna Trzeciak lives in Chicago. A collection of her translations of Szymborska's poetry will be published next April.

J. Maarten Troost ("A Mythic South Pacific") has written for The Washington Post and the Prague Post, among other publications.

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The Atlantic Monthly; July 2000; Contributors - 00.07; Volume 286, No. 1; page 4.