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Francis Davis ("Charlie Haden, Bass") is a contributing editor of The Atlantic. He is at work on a biography of John Coltrane.

Peter Davison ("Best Friend" and "You") is the poetry editor of The Atlantic. His poems in this issue will appear in his newest collection of poetry, Breathing Room, to be published by Knopf in September.

Jack El-Hai ("Where No Business Is Good Business") is the author of Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places, to be published next month.

Michael Joseph Gross ("The Queen Is Dead") lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is writing a book about celebrity and the politics of identity.

Jeff Hull ("From the Streets to the Piste") is a freelance writer who lives in Missoula, Montana. He is currently at work on a novel about fly-fishing guides.

Jonathan G. S. Koppell ("No 'There' There") is a Markle Fellow at the New America Foundation, where he writes on issues related to technology and governance. He was recently appointed to the faculty of the Yale School of Management.

Corby Kummer ("Between the Vineyards") is a senior editor of The Atlantic.

William Langewiesche ("The Shipbreakers") is a correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert (1996) and Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight (1998).

Valerie Martin ("Being Saint Francis") is the author of two collections of short fiction and six novels, including Italian Fever (1999). Her article in this issue is taken from her biography Salvation: Scenes From the Life of St. Francis, to be published by Knopf next spring.

Harold Meyerson ("The [Still] Relevant Socialist") is the executive editor of L.A. Weekly and a member of the editorial board of Dissent magazine.

Lawrence Millman ("An Irresistible Long-winded Bore") is an Arctic explorer as well as a writer. His nine books include Northern Latitudes, to be published next month.

Roxana Robinson ("The Face-Lift") is the author of Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life (1999) and the novels Summer Light (1988) and This Is My Daughter (1998). She recently received a Guggenheim fellowship.

Sebastião Salgado (cover photograph) has been awarded almost every major photographic prize in Europe and the United States. A recipient of the W. Eugene Smith grant in humanistic photography, he has twice been named Photographer of the Year by the International Center of Photography, in New York.

Peter Schrag ("'High Stakes Are for Tomatoes'") writes frequently about education policy. His most recent book is Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future (1998).

David Wagoner ("Lachrymals") edits Poetry Northwest for the University of Washington. His Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems was published last year.

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The Atlantic Monthly; August 2000; Contributors - 00.08; Volume 286, No. 2; page 4.