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T(homas) Coraghessan Boyle

received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 1968, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1977. He began teaching in 1978 at the University of Southern California, where he is now the Distinguished Professor of English. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1977, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988, the Faulkner Award for World’s End in 1989, the PEN Award for Short Story for his collection If the River was Whiskey in 1990, and the Prix Médicis Étranger for the best foreign novel of the year (Tortilla Curtain) in 1997. In 2009, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Esquirepublished Boyle’s first well-known short story, “Heart of a Champion,” in 1975. A collection of short stories, The Descent of Man, appeared in 1979 and his first novel, Water Music, was published in 1982. Boyle also published Budding Prospects (1984), World’s End (1987), East is East (1991), The Road to Wellville (1993), Without a Hero (1995), Riven Rock (1998), Drop City (2006), Talk Talk (2007), The Women: A Novel (2010), Wild Child: and Other Stories (2010), When the Killing’s Done (2011), and San Miguel (2012).

Boyle’s short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire,The New York Times Book Review, Playboy, the Georgia Review, and the Paris Review. Recent short fiction includes “Achates McNeil” in the New Yorker, July 1995; “She Wasn’t Soft” in the New Yorker, September 1995; “Killing Babies,” also in the New Yorker, March 1997; “After the Plague” in Playboy, 1998; and T. C. Boyle Stories II, forthcoming in 2013. Boyle is currently penning his twenty-fifth book of fiction.

The Antioch Review first published Boyle’s “Hostages” in the spring 1978 issue. This was followed by “A Bird in Hand” (Spring 1983), “Rupert Beersley and the Beggar Master of Sivani-Hoota” (Spring 1985), “The Devil and Irv Cherniske” (Fall 1988), “Little Fur People” (Fall 1997), and “Fondue” (Fall 1999).

Gerald Early

received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1980 and 1982. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and Director of the Center for Humanities.

Early’s publications include Tuxedo Junction: Essays on American Culture (1990), My Soul’s High Song(editor, 1991), The Selected Writings of Countee Cullen (editor, 1991), The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Literature, Prizefighting, and Modern American Culture (1991), Speech and Power: The African-American Essay and its Cultural Content from Polemics to Pulpit (V. 1 and 2) (1993), Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and Ambivalence of Assimilation (1993), Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood (1994), One Nation Under Groove: Motown and American Culture (1996), and edited Best African American Fiction(2010) and Best African American Essays (2010).

His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Hungry Mind Review, the New Republic, and Harper’s. He was a consultant to the Ken Burns baseball documentary on PBS and has been a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air.”

Early was awarded a grant from the Missouri Committee for the Humanities in 1983, and received a Council of the Creative and Performing Arts Creative Writing Award in 1978. In 1988, he won the Whiting Foundation Writer’s Award for Tuxedo Junction, and in 1994, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism for The Culture of Bruising. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Early’s “Waiting for Miss America” (Summer 1984), first published in the Antioch Review, was included inTuxedo JunctionThe Antioch Review also published his “The Romance of Toughness” (Fall 1987), “The Unquiet Kingdom of Providence: The Patterson-Liston Fight” (Winter 1990), and “The Color Purple as Everybody’s Protest Art” (Summer 1986). He contributed to our special jazz issue with an essay entitled “Ode to John Coltrane: A Jazz Musician’s Influence on African American Culture” (Summer 1999).

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein

earned her B.A. in political science from Antioch College in 1955. After graduate work at both the University of Chicago Law School and the New School for Social Research, she earned her M.A. from the latter institution in 1960 and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University in 1968.

Epstein has taught at Finch College, Barnard College, Queens College, and Columbia University, and has also been a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Her work has been advanced through grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and the Russell Sage Foundation. She is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, President of the American Sociological Association (2005), and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the Eastern Sociological Society. She has also served, between 1974 and 1975, on an advisory committee on the economic role of women of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. From 1984 to 1995, she was a trustee of Antioch University.

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein’s writings focus on the study of women in the working world. Her work considers issues such as child rearing, role conflict, professions, women’s status in radical movements, women in the legal profession, and other gender informed topics. Her writings include Woman’s Place: Options and Limits in Professional Careers (edited with William J. Good, 1970), The Other Half: Roads to Women’s Equality (edited with Rose Laub Coser, 1971), Access to Power: Cross National Studies of Women and Elites (1981), and Women in Law (edited with Rose Laub Coser, 1981). Her most recent work is The Part-time Paradox: Time Norms, Professional Lives, Family, and Gender, which appeared in 1999.

Epstein published “The Times as Cornerstone” (Spring/Summer 1977) and “On the Non-Work Aspects of Work” (Winter 1991) in the Antioch Review.

Fred I. Greenstein

earned his undergraduate degree from Antioch College in 1953 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1960. He also completed post-doctoral study at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute from 1961 to 1962. Since then, he has taught political science at Yale, Wesleyan University, Princeton University, the University of Essex, and the University of Virginia. He has been the Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton University since 2000. In addition to these professorships, Greenstein has also served as the director of the Political Science Research Library at Yale, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the political science advisory panel for the National Science Foundation.

Greenstein’s publications include An Introduction to Political Analysis (1962); The American Party System and the American People (1963); Children and Politics (1965); Personality and Politics: Problems of Evidence, Inference, and Conceptualization  (1969); The Dynamics of American Politics (1976); The Evolution of the Modern Presidency (1977); and most recently, The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader (1994). He has also contributed to the following compilations: Politics and Social Life, ed. Nelson Polsby et. al (1963); The Kennedy Assassination and the American Public, ed. Bradley Greenberg and Edwin Parker (1965); The American Party Process , ed. Norman L. Zucker (1968); and Political Power and the Urban Crisis , ed. Alan Shank (1969). His writing has appeared in a number of journals, includingPolitical Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and New Society.

In 1968, Greenstein was honored with a senior post-doctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. He also received a fellowship in political science from the Ford Foundation in 1972 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 1976.

Greenstein’s essay, “The President Who Led by Seeming Not To: A Centennial View of Dwight Eisenhower,” appeared in the Antioch Review (Winter 1991), followed by “The Presidency of My Mind’s Eye” (Fall 2000).

Amy Hempel

is a short story writer, journalist and university professor. A native of Chicago and a graduate of Whittier College, she is currently the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer of English at Harvard University, where she began teaching in 2009. Hempel is one of America’s premier short story writers. In 2006 Scribner’s publishedThe Collected Stories of Amy Hempel to critical acclaim.  Her first story collection, Reason to Live,published in 1985 won the Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medal. Hempel is also the author ofThe Dog of the Marriage (2005), Tumble Home (1997), and At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom (1990). Her stories, articles, and essays have appeared in Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s, and Playboy, and in several anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.

Hempel has won several prestigious literary awards, including the Hobson Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction in 2009, a USA Fellowship grant by United States Artists in 2006, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has served as a judge for the National Book Award, The PEN/Revson Award, The PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Mary McCarthy Prize, among others. 

Gordon Lish

received his B.A. from the University of Arizona, and after a year of graduate work at San Francisco State College, became a broadcaster and instructor of English, and by 1963, the editor-in-chief and director of linguistic studies at the Behavioral Research Laboratories in Menlo Park, California. In 1969, he became the fiction editor for Esquire magazine, and for the next eight years, published the work of well-established writers such as Paley and Cheever and introduced the magazine’s readership to new talents such as Barry Hannah and T. Coraghessan Boyle. In 1977 he accepted an editorship with Alfred A. Knopf and since 1974 has also been editor of GordonLish/McGraw Hill Books. In 2011, the Broadway play Seminar, rumored to be based on Lish’s own writing seminar, reached the Golden Theater stage with Alan Rickman originating the lead role. Lish continues to teach at the Center for Fiction in New York.

While at Esquire, Lish edited two anthologies of short fiction, The Secret Life of Our Times: New Fiction from Esquire (1973) and All of Our Secrets are the Same: New Fiction from Esquire (1977). In 1983, he published his first novel, Dear Mr. Capote, to much acclaim: it is the story of a murderer who offers the novelist Truman Capote a chance to write his biography. Since then, Lish has also published What I Know so Far, a collection of short stories, in 1984; Peru, a novel, in 1985; Epigraph, a novel, in 1996; Arcade: Or How to Write a Novel, in 1998; and Krupp’s Lulu, in 2000. He edited The Quarterly between 1987 and 1996.

Lish was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 1984. He has also received three awards for his editing work, one from the American Society of Magazine editors in 1971, for distinguished editing in fiction, and two more from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1971 and 1975, for distinguished editing in fiction and nonfiction, respectively.

Lish has published several short stories in the Antioch Review. “For Jeromé–with Love and Kisses,” published in the Summer 1983 issue, won an O. Henry Award. “The Merry Chase,” published in the Winter 1985 issue, was selected for the 1986-87 Pushcart Prize Anthology. The Review most recently published “View from the Other Side” in the Summer 2012 issue.

Jay W. Lorsch

 is the Louis Kirstein Professor of Human Relations at the Harvard Business School. He is the author of over a dozen books, the most recent of which are The Future of Boards: Meeting the Governance Challenges of the Twenty-First Century (2012), Challenges to Business in the Twenty-First Century (with Rosenfeld, Gerald, and Rakesh Khurana, 2011), and Restoring Trust in American Business (with Leslie Berlowitz and A. Zelleke, 2005). Organization and Environment (with Paul R. Lawrence) won the Academy of Management’s Best Management Book of the Year Award and the James A. Hamilton Book Award of the College of Hospital Administrators in 1969.

Lorsch has taught in all of Harvard Business School’s educational programs, and is currently Chairman of the Harvard Business School Global Corporate Governance Initiative and Faculty Chairman of the Executive Education Corporate Governance Series. As a consultant, he has had as clients such diverse companies as Ameritech, Applied Materials, the Bank of Montreal, Citicorp, Chubb and Sons, Coopers & Lybrand, Corning Glass, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Merck Sharp and Dohme and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. He is a Director of Computer Associates International, Inc. and a member of the Advisory Board of U.S. Foodservice.

A 1955 graduate of Antioch College, he earned a M.S. degree in Business from Columbia University in 1956, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1964. From 1956-59, he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Finance Corp.

Lorsch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A. G. (Ann Grace) Mojtabai

earned her B.A. in philosophy from Antioch College in 1958, and earned an M.A., also in philosophy, and an M.S., in library science, from Columbia University in 1968 and 1970. She has lived abroad in Iran and Pakistan for several years. She currently teaches at the University of Tulsa.

Mojtabai’s first novel, Mundome, received excellent reviews when it was published in 1974. It is the story of a brother, his institutionalized sister, and the brother’s misplaced sexual attraction for her; toward the end, “the book erupts with dramatic clues that flare backward and forward through the narrative like thin, ignited trains of gunpowder…” says reviewer Timothy Foote in an article for Time.

Mojtabai’s subsequent publications have also been favorably received. She was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction in 1983 and the Arts and Letters Award for Literature in 1993. In 1976 she published The 400 Eels of Sigmund Freud, followed by A Stopping Place in 1979, Autumn in 1982, Ordinary Time in 1989, and Called Out in 1994. She has also published a non-fiction work called Blessed Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo, Texas in 1997 and a collection of short stories called Soon: Tales from the Hospice in 1998. Her most recent publications include All That Road Going: A Novel (2008) and Parts of a World: A Novel (2011).

Her work has been reviewed in The New York Book Review, the New Republic, Time, New Yorker, Saturday Review, Nation and many other journals and magazines. Her story “Isolation” (Fall 1997) appeared in the Antioch Review and is included in Soon: Tales from Hospice (1998).

Sylvia Nasar

is a journalist, economist and author of A Beautiful Mind. She is the first John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia University. Prior to that she conducted research at the Institute for Economic Analysis with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontif, was an economics reporter at The New York Times, a writer at Fortune and a columnist at U.S. News & World Report. Among her other credits, she has been a Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation; a DeWitt Wallace Fellow, MacDowell Colony; a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; and a visiting fellow, Kings and Churchill Colleges, Cambridge University.

A Beautiful Mind won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Helen Bernstein Journalism Award, and the Rhone Poulenc Prize for Science Writing. Published in thirty languages, A Beautiful Mind inspired the movie of the same name.

Nasar was born in Germany and grew up in New York, Washington, D.C., and Ankara. A 1970 graduate of Antioch College, she earned her M.A. in Economics at New York University. Her most recent publication,Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius (2011), won The Los Angeles Times Book Prizein Science and Technology and was praised by The Economist as “a history of economics which is full of flesh, bloom, and warmth…”

David St. John

earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University in 1972 and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1974. He began his teaching career at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he taught from 1975 to 1977, before moving to Baltimore to teach in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, from 1977 to 1987. Since 1987, he has taught at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he is currently the Director of The Ph. D. Program in Literature and Creative Writing.

St. John is the author of nine books of poetry. His most recent collection, The Face: A Novella in Verse,was published in 2004. His first book, Hush, appeared in 1976, followed by The Shore in 1980, The Man in the Yellow Gloves: A Poem in 1984, No Heaven in 1985, Terraces of Rain (illustrated by Antoine Predock) in 1991, Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems in 1994, The Red Leaves of Night in 1999, and Prism in 2002. He is also a contributor to a number of periodicals, including The New Yorker, Antaeus, Georgia Review, Partisan Review, and Poetry. In 2011, St. John collaborated with composer Donald Crockett, writing a libretto for Crockett’s multidisciplinary chamber opera, The Face.

St. John has been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 1975, 1984, and 1993, and earned a Guggenheim fellowship in 1977. He has also received grants from the San Francisco Foundation, the Maryland Arts Council, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. In 1984-85, he was awarded a Prix de Rome fellowship.

From 1981 to 1995, St. John was the poetry editor for the Antioch Review. He has had several poetry review essays, as well as his own poems, published in the Review.