Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and theHurston/Wright Legacy Award, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize andthe John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the Booker. Her shortfiction has won the 2003 O. Henry Prize and has appeared in various literarypublications, including Granta and the Iowa Review. She is a2005/2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and divides her timebetween the United States and Nigeria. Her second novel, Half of a YellowSun, will be published in September 2006.
Aimee Bender is the author of three books, most recently the story collectionWillful Creatures. Her short fiction has been published inGranta, GQ, Harper's, The Paris Review, Tin House, and other publica-tions and has been heard on Public Radio International's This AmericanLife. She lives in Los Angeles.
Judy Budnitz's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Story, The Paris Review, the Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Fence, andMcSweeney's. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize, and her debutcollection, Flying Leap, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1998.Budnitz is also the author of the novel If I Told You Once, which won theEdward Lewis Wallant Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize inBritain. Her most recent book is the collection Nice Big American Baby.She lives in San Francisco.
Jennifer S. Davis is the author of Her Kind of Want, winner of the2002 Iowa Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in suchmagazines as the Oxford American, The Paris Review, Grand Street, andOne Story. Her new collection of short stories, Our Former Lives in Art, is forthcoming from Random House in spring 2007.
Jennifer Egan is the author of the novels The Invisible Circus andLook at Me, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001, and a short-story collection, Emerald City. Her short stories have appearedin The New Yorker, Harper's, and McSweeney's, among otherpublications. Also a journalist, she writes frequently for The New YorkTimes Magazine. Her new novel, The Keep, will be published in August2006.
Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection Don'tErase Me, which won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, theJohn C. Zacharis First Book Award, given by Ploughshares, and the NewVoices Award from Quality Paperback Book Club. Her stories have beenpublished in several anthologies, including The Best American Short Storiesof the Century, edited by John Updike, and Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present, edited byGloria Naylor. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Ferrell teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in the Bronxwith her husband and two children.
Mary Gordon's novels include Pearl, Spending, The Company ofWomen, The Rest of Life, and The Other Side. She is also the author of thememoir The Shadow Man, among other works of nonfiction. She has receiveda Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 1997 O. Henry Award for best story. She teaches at Barnard Collegeand lives in New York City.
Cristina Henriquez is the author of the short-story collection ComeTogether, Fall Apart. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, GlimmerTrain, TriQuarterly, and AGNI. She was featured in Virginia QuarterlyReview as one of Fiction's New Luminaries. She lives in Dallas withher husband.
Samantha Hunt is a writer and artist from New York. She is the authorof The Seas and the forthcoming novel The Invention of Everything Else.Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Cabinet, andSeed Magazine and have been heard on Public Radio International's ThisAmerican Life. Hunt teaches writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of two story collections, MarriedLife and History on