ALICE AMSDEN is Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Political Economy at MIT. Her most recent book, co-authored with Lance Taylor and Jacek Kochanowicz, is The Market Meets its Match: Restructuring the Economies of Eastern Europe (Harvard University Press, 1994).
CAL BEDIENT is professor of English at UCLA and author of a forthcoming book of poetry, Candy Necklace (Wesleyan University Press, 1997).
NED BLOCK is professor of philosophy at MIT. He is writing a book on the neuro-psychology of consciousness. His article is adapted from "How heritability misleads about race," Cognition 56 (1995), pp. 99-128.
JOSEPH BRODSKY was born in 1940 and came to the United States in 1972 as an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987. "Letter to Horace" is from his forthcoming collection of essays, On Grief and Reason, which will be published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in January.
ELLEN DAVIS' poems and reviews have appeared in AGNI, Borderlands, The Brownstone Review, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Harvard Review, The Prose Poem, and other magazines.
RICHARD FLACKS teaches sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His recent books include Making History: The American Left and the American Mind; Beyond the Barricades: The Sixties Generation Grows Up (with Jack Whalen); Cultural Politics and Social Movements (Barbara Epstein and Marcie Darnovsky, co-editors). He was a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society.
PAUL GEDIMAN has written about books for The Forward, Commonweal, and the Boston Review. He is currently writing a novel.
DAVID GEWANTER teaches writing at Harvard. In the Belly, his first book of poems, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.
BOB HASS' most recent books are Human Wishes and The Essential Haiku. He is professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley and is currently serving as the US Poet Laureate.
JAMES HYNES is the author of The Wild Colonial Boy.
MARY ANN JANNAZO is a Cleveland writer.
JOE OSTERHAUS is a technical writer for the Computer Sciences Corporation and the poetry review editor for AGNI. A selection of his poems will appear in Take Three, an anthology publication of the work of three poets (Graywolf Press, 1996).
RICHARD ROTHSTEIN is a Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute, an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Occidental College, and a member of the editorial board of The American Prospect. His study of 25-year changes in public school finance, "Where's The Money Gone?", was recently published by the Economic Policy Institute.
CATHERINE A. SALMONS received her MA from the Writing Program at Boston University. She is a regular contributor to the Boston Phoenix, and has written for Partisan Review and Harvard Review.
TOM SLEIGH teaches at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and at Dartmouth College. He is the author of two books of poetry, After One (Houghton Mifflin, 1983), and Waking (University of Chicago Press, 1990), and has a third, The Chair, forthcoming (University of Chicago Press, 1996).
Alan A. Stone is Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry at Harvard Law School.
PATRICIA TRAXLER, whose most recent collection of poetry is Forbidden Words (University of Missouri, 1994), has been appointed 1996 Hugo Poet at the University of Montana. Her story "Adultery" appeared in the Summer 1994