A winner of the Toppan Drawing Prize, the Cecilia Beaux Portrait Prize, and the Cresson Traveling Scholarship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Peter Groesbeck is currently employed by Drexel University and maintains a freelance photography business. His work has been most recently displayed at the Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, and the JMS Gallery in Chestnut Hill, PA. His photography has appeared in Darkroom Photography, Collector’s Photography, Popular Photography, and has been published in several books, including Graphis Nude, and Sensual Photography.
Richard Burgin is a fiction writer, editor, composer, critic and teacher. Burgin is the author of 11 books, including the novel, Ghost Quartet (l999), and the short story collections The Sprit Returns (2001), Fear of Blue Skies (l998), Private Fame (1991), and Man Without Memory (l989). The latter three books were each listed as a Notable Book of the Year by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Burgin’s stories have won four Pushcart Prizes and 15 others have been listed by that prestigious anthology as being among the year’s best. Other stories have been reprinted in the anthologies The Best of Witness and As the Story Goes: Twenty Five years of the Johns Hopkins Short Fiction Series, among others. Burgin is also the author of Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer, which has been translated and published in four foreign language editions. A major excerpt from the book appeared in two parts as the cover story in The New York Times Magazine. Burgin was the founding editor of Boston Review and New York Arts Journal and the founding and current editor of the internationally distributed literary journal Boulevard (l985 to present), now in its 21st year of continuous publication.
Al Gury, Contributing Editor
Al Gury is a painter in oils of figures, portraits, landscapes and still-lifes. He shows his work at F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia. His paintings have been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design in New York and the National Capitol in Washington D.C., as well as many other galleries and museums. Gury is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, America's oldest and first art school and art museum. He has been featured in articles and interviews. He has won many awards and grants, including, among others, the Alumni Painting Award (The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), the Best of Show Award and Medal (The Philadelphia Sketch Club), the Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant for Arts in Education. He writes for American Artist magazine and is currently writing a book on painting methods.
David R. Slavitt is the author of 86 books, including his own fiction and poetry as well as his translations from the Greek and the Latin, including, among others: Seneca, Ovid, Virgil and Aeschylus. His translation of OedipusTyrannos will be published this fall by Yale University Press. His non-fiction includes a book on Virgil (also published by Yale) and Physicians Observed, Doubleday, as well as his account of running for office, Blue States Blues, published in April 2006 by Wesleyan University Press. He has also published under the names Henry Sutton, David Benjamin, Lynn Meyer and Henry Lazarus.
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