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Stephen Budiansky ("The Truth About Dogs") is a correspondent for The Atlantic.

Peter Davison ("Italy's Greatest Seaport") is the poetry editor of The Atlantic. His tenth book of poetry, No Escape, will be published next year.

George W. Goodman ("Sonny Rollins at Sixty-eight") is a former reporter for The New York Times and a former assistant editor of Look and Ebony. He is at work on a book about jazz.

Jane Hirshfield ("Apple") teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. writing seminars. Her most recent books are The Lives of the Heart (1997), a collection of poetry, and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997), a book of essays.

Perri Knize ("Winning the War for the West") is a freelance writer who lives in Montana. Her articles on environmental policy and on travel have appeared in Audubon, Sports Illustrated, and Condé Nast Traveler.

Toby Lester ("The Money Artist") is the executive editor of Atlantic Unbound, The Atlantic's Web site.

Beth Lordan ("From Mutton Island") is the director of the creative-writing program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her first collection of stories, And Both Shall Row, was published last fall.

W. S. Merwin ("Unknown Bird") has won many awards for his poetry, including the 1998 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. His The Folding Cliffs, an epic poem, was published last year.

Matthew Miller ("A Bold Experiment to Fix City Schools") is a syndicated columnist and a contributing writer for The New Republic. He is a co-host of Left, Right & Center, on KCRW-FM in Los Angeles, and a senior fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Miniter ("The False Promise of Slave Redemption") writes on subjects including entrepreneurship, national politics, foreign affairs, and the environment. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Reader's Digest.

Rob Nixon ("Apollo 11, Apartheid, and TV") is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His most recent book is Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy (1999).

Robert G. O'Meally ("'How Can the Light Deny the Dark?'") is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of The Craft of Ralph Ellison (1980) and the editor of The Jazz Cadence of American Culture (1998).

Mark Ulriksen (cover art) is an illustrator who lives in San Francisco. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, and other publications.

Michael J. Weiss ("At Last Count") is a contributing editor of American Demographics. His latest book, The Clustered World, will be published next January.

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The Atlantic Monthly; July 1999; Contributors - 99.07; Volume 284, No. 1; page 4.