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David Acord is the author of What Would Lincoln Do? Lincoln's Most Inspired Solutions to Challenging Problems and Difficult Situations (Sourcebooks, 2009) and Success Secrets of Sherlock Holmes (Perigee/Penguin, 2011). He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1993 from Arkansas Tech University and a master of fine arts degree from the writing program at Penn State in 1996. Acord has been a professional journalist, writer, and editor for more than twelve years.

STEVEN R. ANTONOFF is an educational consultant who has served as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Dean of Students at the University of Denver. His articles have appeared in The Journal of College Admissions, Rocky Mountain News, and Electronic Advancement: Student Recruitment. He was a contributor to Barron's Profiles of American Colleges and is now Vice Chairman of the Board of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. His first book, The College Finder, was published by Ballantine in 1993 and revised in 1999.


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Laura Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is a professor of English at Indiana State University, where she has taught courses on Shakespeare. For more than twenty-five years she has worked in prisons as a volunteer and as a professor. She created the world's first Shakespeare program in supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her work has been featured in local and national media, including two segments on MSNBC-TV's Lock Up and is the subject of her first trade book, Shakespeare Saved My Life (Sourcebooks, 2012). She has contributed chapters to numerous academic texts.

JILL BAUER, former managing editor for Smart Kid magazine, has worked as a research assistant at Esquire and as a unit publicist for the film Miami Blues. She has worked closely with many celebrities, including Michael J. Fox, Richard Dreyfuss, Nora Ephron, George Will, Bob Greene, Frank Sinatra, Ollie North, and Gay Talese. She is the author of From "I Do" to "I'll Sue," a compendium of quotations about divorce (Viking, 1993), and she is the producer and director of the award-winning 2012 documentary Sexy Baby.

BRYAN BERG has set six Guinness world records for the tallest free-standing structures made of playing cards. His latest record is for a tower that stands over 25 feet tall and which was commissioned by CBS This Morning. He has stacked cards at conventions and fairs throughout the world and has appeared on TV in segments for CBS, ABC, the Discovery Channel, CNN, Fox, and TBS. His secrets are revealed in Stacking the Deck (Fireside, 2002).

CHRISSIE BLAZE is a certified astrologer at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London. Through radio and television broadcasts, lectures, and workshops on subjects from astrology to spiritual development to UFOs, she has become a well-known figure in the New Age movement. She is the author of Mercury Retrograde (Warner, 2002); The 15-Minute Workout for the Soul (Aslan, 2002); The Baby's Astrologer (Warner, 2003); and Power Prayer (Adams, 2003).

Steven Brower is an award-winning graphic designer and writer. During his tenure as Creative Director, Print garnered two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and Gold and Silver awards from the Society of Publication Designers, as well as other honors. Woody Guthrie Artworks (Rizzoli, 2005), which he designed, edited, and co-authored with Nora Guthrie, won top prizes both in the Foreword Awards and the New York Book Show. He has been an art director at the New York Times and The Nation, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.  He is the author of Satchmo: The Wonderful Art and World of Louis Armstrong (Abrams, 2009); From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin (Fantagraphics, 2010); and Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants: The Art of the Paperback (Universe, 2010). He is on the faculty of Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and The School of Visual Arts, in New York City.

ELINOR BRECHER is a writer for The Miami Herald whose articles have been published widely throughout the United States. Her first book, Schindler's Legacy, about the real survivors of the characters depicted in the film Schindler's List, was published by Viking in 1994.



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KAREN CHRISTINO has written for Modern Bride, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, American Cheerleader, and Your Prom magazines. She wrote the “Choose Your Career” advice column for American Astrology magazine for over ten years, and her work has been featured in numerous astrology journals. She wrote the “Stylescopes” column for Life & Style Weekly magazine. She is the author of Star Success (Pocket Books), Foreseeing the Future (One Reed Publications), and What Evangeline Adams Knew (Stella Mira Books). In 2008, Adams Media will publish A Marriage Made in Heaven: Weddings and Astrology (Adams, 2008).

Seymour Chwast is a founding partner of the celebrated Pushpin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. Chwast’s clients have included leading corporations, advertising agencies, and publishing companies throughout the world. His designs and illustrations have been used in advertising, animated films, corporate and environmental graphics, publications, posters, packaging, and record covers. He has designed and illustrated over thirty children’s books and has developed several typefaces. He has published two books with Chronicle: The Push Pin Graphic(2004) and Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast (2009).

Chwast’s posters are in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum of The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, The Gutenberg Museum, and The Israel Museum. His current books include graphic novels of Dante’s Divine Comedy (2009) and The Canterbury Tales (2010), and The Odyssey, all published by Bloomsbury.

HIYAGUHA COHEN is a freelance writer who has written training manuals for Harvard University, Microsoft, the United States Air Force, and the Tufts New England Medical Center. She is the author of The No-Pain Resume Workbook (Irwin, 1992) and a principal contributor to Cut Your Spending in Half (Rodale, 1994) and Mr. Cheap's San Francisco. She is the coauthor, with Richard Raben, of Boldly Live As You've Never Lived Before: Life Lessons from Star Trek (Morrow, 1995).

SCOTT COHEN'S articles have appeared in The New York Times, Details, Spin, Egg, and other magazines. His book, a collection of "midnight confessions" of various celebrities entitled Yakety Yak, was published by Fireside in 1994.

EMILY COURIC (deceased) was a State Senator from Virginia and a freelance journalist who specialized in writing about the legal profession. She was a reporter for The Legal Times; and an editor of the newsletter Of Counsel. Her published books include Women Lawyers (Harcourt, 1984); The Business of Law; The Trial Lawyers (St. Martin's Press, 1988); and The Divorce Lawyers (St. Martin's Press, 1992).

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DAVID DODD is the founder of The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics website and co-editor, with Diana Spaulding, of The Grateful Dead Reader (Oxford University Press, 2002); The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood, 1997); and The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics (Free Press, 2005). He is the city librarian of San Rafael, California.

ELENA DORFMAN is a San Francisco-based photographer and the author of The C-Word: Teenagers and Their Families Living with Cancer, of which she sold 5,000 copies primarily through drug companies and word-of-mouth. A cancer survivor herself, Dorfman lectures nationally on young adult and post-treatment issues. She has spoken at almost every major cancer hospital/center in the country, and has also covered national and international assignments for the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a features photographer for national magazines and her work is represented by Photonica London. Her second book, Here and Now: Stories of Cancer Survivors, cowritten with Heidi Adams Schultz, was published by Avalon in 2002.

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COLIN ESCOTT is a record reissue specialist and the author of Good Rockin' Tonight (St. Martin's Press, 1991) which was produced on Broadway in 2010. Most of Escott's written work has appeared in LP boxed set booklets. He produced and annotated Hank Williams: The Original Singles Collection...Plus in addition to an eight-volume series of double LPs/CDs which comprise Williams's entire recorded output. His boxed set booklets and liner notes include those for the definitive record packages of the works of Roy Orbison, B. B. King, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, The Drifters, and Ray Charles. His second book, a biography of Hank Williams, was published by Little, Brown in 1994.

WILLARD R. ESPY was a renowned master of wordplay, having shared with the world what The New York Times called his “elegant ear for rhyme and sure sense of the absurd.” He is the author of An Almanac of Words at Play, A Children’s Almanac of Words at Play, The Autobiography of Anonymous; Oysterville; Oh Thou Uncommon, Thou Improper Noun; and others.

MARI-LYNN EVANS is the Executive Producer of many television and video programs including Living Well: A Guide to Healthy Aging, a 26-week series for PBS and the FOX Health Network. The project was endorsed by the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health, the United Nations, the National Institute of Aging, and the American Geriatrics Society. She also has produced and directed the Living Well five-part video series, book, and website funded by Times Mirror and distributed through QVC, PBS, and retail outlets. Evans is the Executive Producer of Changes, a magazine format program hosted by Nick Clooney that aired on the FOX Health Network; the children’s television program and video Geezbo’s Alley; Standing in the Safety Zone, hosted by Surgeon General David Satcher; and John Glenn: The International Year of Older Adults for PBS. She is also the Executive Producer of Integrative Medicine: Body, Mind, and Spirit, a 13-week series for America’s Health Network and the FOX Health Network hosted by Naomi Judd. She is the editor (with Robert Santelli and Holly George-Warren) of The Appalachians: America's First and Last Frontier, which is based on the 2004 PBS series, and Coal Country, edited with Shirley Stewart Burns and Silas House (Sierra Club / Counterpoint, 2009).

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Jeff Flocken is the D.C. Office Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) where he leads the organization’s team of legislative professionals advocating for U.S. policy initiatives on behalf of wildlife conservation and animal welfare.  He was a key player in an investigation in wildlife trade over the Internet on U.S. websites and subsequent campaign that resulted in eBay -- the world’s largest buyer/seller platform -- banning the sale of animal ivory on all its sites.  Jeff also works on campaigns conserving whales, polar bears, elephants, lions, and a variety of other species through this position.  Before starting at IFAW, Jeff crafted a piece of legislation designed to provide support of the conservation of thirteen species of wild cats and rare canids – a bill that is poised to become law. He is the author, with Julie Scardina, of Heroes of Wildlife Conservation (Running Press, 2012). 

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DAVID GANS is well-known as the founder and DJ of “The Grateful Dead Hour,” a popular syndicated radio show. He was a senior editor of Record magazine and has worked as a freelance photographer. He is the author of Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead (with Peter Simon; St. Martin's Press, 1985), Talking Heads (Avon, 1985), and Conversations with the Dead (Carol, 1991; DaCapo, 2002).

DOUGLAS GILBERT joined the staff of Look magazine at the age of 21. Since then, his photographs have been published in countless international publications and are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan (DaCapo, 2005; with text by Dave Marsh) is a collection of images that Gilbert shot of a 23-year-old Bob Dylan over the course of two weeks in 1964.

ROB GILBERT is one of the world’s leading experts on Sports Psychology. As a professor at Montclair State University, he teaches Sports Psychology and also researches athletic motivation and teamwork, studies that have helped literally thousands of athletes defeat their mental problems. Gilbert is the Director of the Center for Sports Success and has delivered over 2,000 speeches and seminars around the country on his unique peak performance methods. He is the author of How to Have Fun Without Failing Out: 430 Tips From a College Professor (Health Communications, 2007).

KATHI KAMEN GOLDMARK (deceased) founded the Rock Bottom Remainders, started her own record label, Don't Quit Your Day Job Records, and wrote the hilarious novel, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You (Chronicle, 2002), which was enthusiastically endorsed by Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Olivia Goldsmith, Lynn Hinton, Judy Collins, Dave Marsh, and Roy Blount, Jr. She is also the author (with Dave Marsh) of The Great Rock and Roll Joke Book (St. Martin's Press, 1997).

Nora Guthrie is well-known throughout the musical community for the excellent job she has done in promoting her father’s legacy to a new, young generation of music-lovers. Under her leadership, the Woody Guthrie Foundation has sponsored lectures, workshops, exhibits, and concerts, many in conjunction with school programs. They have created curriculums for elementary, high school, and college levels. She is the author of My Name Is New York: Woody Guthrie’s New York (PowerHouse, 2012).

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RABBI ARTHUR HERTZBERG (deceased) was the Bronfman Visiting Professor of Humanities at New York University and Professor Emeritus of Religion at Dartmouth. He was a member of the faculties of Columbia University and Rutgers University. A world-renowned Jewish scholar, he served as president of the American Jewish Policy Foundation and the American Jewish Congress, and as vice-president of the World Jewish Congress. His classic works include The Zionist Idea; A Jew in America; Jews: The Essence and Character of a People; The French Enlightenment and the Jews; A Jew in America; and The Future of Zionism.

FLOYD HOROWITZ received his Ph.D in American and English Literature in 1960. He was an instructor at the University of Kansas for ten years before assuming the position of Chairman of the Computer Science Department, where he remained until 1990. He was a Professor of English at Hunter College until 1996, when he retired to work on a project that he had researched for decades: uncollected stories by Henry James, which Carroll and Graf published in 2004 as The Uncollected Works of Henry James. Horowitz is also an accomplished poet (a volume of his work was recently published in Israel), and he has delivered and/or written some forty dissertations on literary subjects. He has won numerous awards and has chaired almost fifty programs (in Humanities, Computer Science, Literature, and other areas) at the University of Kansas.

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SEAN KELLY, a humorist who has worked in a variety of mediums, was senior editor of The National Lampoon from 1973 to 1980 and founding editor of Heavy Metal. His television credits include Saturday Night Live, several network comedy specials, and scripts for The Muppets and CBS Young People's Concerts. Kelly's work has appeared in The New York Times and in parodies of People, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of over twelve books, including Not the Bible (with Tony Hendra; Ballantine, 1983), A Book Called Bob (Warner, 1984), The Nickname Book (with Ron Hauge; Macmillan, 1986), Spitting Images (HBJ, 1987), Grosseries (with Trish Todd; St. Martin's, 1987), Sty (with Ed Breslin; Vintage, 1989), the movie tie-in book for the Disney summer 1992 release Encino Man (with David Kaestle), Boom Baby Moon, a parody of the classic Goodnight Moon (Dell, 1993), Saints Preserve Us! (with Rosemary Rogers; Random House, 1993) and Who In Hell, a devilishly unique reference book (with Rosemary Rogers; Random House, 1996).

MARGARET KENT is a practicing attorney and the author of the best-selling How to Marry the Man of Your Choice (Warner, 1987; 2005). Ms. Kent has been featured on national TV programs such as Donahue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Regis Philbin, Sally Jessy Raphael, and CNN's Larry King Live and in many publications including Playboy and Ms. She is also the author of Love at Work with her husband, Bob Feinschreiber (Warner, 1989), and Not With My Husband, You Don't (Warner, 1990). Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

translation credits include George Sand’s The Black City (DaCapo, 2004), Alexandre Dumas’s Georges (Modern Library, 2008), Maurice Dantec’s Cosmos Incorporated (Del Rey, 2008), and Grand Junction (Del Rey, 2009). She received her education at the University of Denver; the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Next Level Language Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. She has worked as a translator in the United States and Europe for more than ten years.

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JACK LANG wrote about major-league baseball for over forty years. In 1986 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He began his career in 1946 covering the Brooklyn Dodgers, with whom he remained until the club moved to Los Angeles in 1957. From 1958 until 1961, he covered the New York Yankees. He began covering the New York Mets in 1962, and he is past chairman of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He is the author of The New York Mets: 25 Years of Baseball Magic (with Peter Simon; Henry Holt, 1986).

JAMES M. LANG was educated at the University of Notre Dame (BA), St. Louis University (MA), and Northwestern University (Ph.D.). He was an Assistant Professor of English at Assumtion College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has written for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Notre Dame Magazine, and Worcester Magazine. His book reviews have appeared in both popular and scholarly periodicals, from the Chicago Tribune to Studies in the Humanities and Modern Fiction Studies. In 2004, Capitol Books will published his first book: Learning Sickness: A Year with Crohn’s Disease (DaCapo, 2004).

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MICHAEL McCALL is a freelance writer in Nashville who specializes in country music. He was the entertainment writer for The Nashville Banner for seven years, and his work has appeared in publications that include Southern Magazine, Billboard, The Saturday Evening Post, and Country Music. He is the author of Garth Brooks (Bantam, 1991) and Shania Twain (St. Martin’s Press, 1998).

EVELYN MCFARLANE was born in Brooklyn and now resides in Florence, Italy, where she teaches design for Syracuse University. She is the author, with James Saywell, of the highly successful six-volume series If: Questions for the Game of Life (Villard).

DAVE MARSH, perhaps the best-known rock critic in the country, was a founding editor of Creem, a music critic at Newsday, and an editor of The Real Paper before joining Rolling Stone as an associate editor in 1975. His syndicated record reviews have appeared in over 200 newspapers, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, The Village Voice, The Nation, and TV Guide. His books include Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story (Delilah/Doubleday, 1979; Dell, 1981; Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1996), The Book of Rock Lists (Dell, 1981), The Rolling Stone Record Guide (Random House, 1979; revised 1981), Elvis (Times Books, 1982; Warner, 1983), Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who (St. Martin's Press, 1983), Fortunate Son (Random House, 1985), The First Rock & Roll Confidential Report (Pantheon, 1985), Trapped: Michael Jackson and the Crossover Dream (Bantam, 1985), and Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s (Pantheon, 1987; Dell, 1991; Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1996), which appeared on The New York Times best-seller list for four weeks. Marsh is also the author of The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Best Singles Ever Recorded (NAL, 1989), Pastures of Plenty: The Uncollected Writings of Woody Guthrie (edited with Harold Leventhal; HarperCollins, 1990); 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight Censorship (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1991); and Louie Louie (Hyperion, 1993), a social history of the song. The New Book of Rock Lists, a sequel to his classic, was written with James Bernard (Fireside, 1994). In 2004, Born to Run and Glory Days were released as a single volume titled Two Hearts (Taylor & Francis), and in 2006, Bruce Springsteen on Tour was published by Bloomsbury. Marsh also supplied the text for Douglas Gilbert's Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan (DaCapo, 2005). Marsh is the publisher of a monthly rock and politics newsletter, Rock & Rap Confidential, and the producer, with March Tenth, of For the Record, a series of oral histories published by Avon Books. He is the host of three Sirius radio programs.

Eric Meola is a well-known American photographer who has worked for popular magazines such as Life, Esquire, and Time. His work has appeared in museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and in Munich's Museum of Modern Art. His clients include American Express, Jeep, AT&T, Porsche, and BMW. Meola has traveled throughout the world, and is recognized for the brilliant use of color in his photography. He is also known for his photos of Bruce Springsteen, including the cover of Springsteen's album Born to Run. His published books include Last Places on Earth (Graphis, 2004), Born to Run: The Unseen Photos (Insight, 2006), India: in Word and Image (Welcome, 2008), and Streets of Fire (HarperCollins, 2012).

RICK MITCHELL was the country music critic for The Houston Chronicle. His articles on all forms of music have appeared in Rolling Stone, Musician, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Downbeat, and L.A. Weekly. His illustrated biography of Garth Brooks was published by Simon & Schuster in 1992.

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DAVID NIVEN, PH.D., is a psychologist and social scientist whose research emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. His research has been published in the Social Science Quarterly, The Journal of Black Studies, and The Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics. He is the author of the best-selling The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People (2000), The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People (2002), The 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships (2003), The 100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People (2003), The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families (2004), The 100 Simple Secrets of The Best Half of Life (2005), The 100 Simple Secrets of Why Dogs Make us Happy (2007), all published by Harper San Francisco. In 2010 Hay House published Up: A Pragmatic Look at the Direction of Life.

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JIM O'DONNELL is a freelance writer and the author of The Day John Met Paul (Penguin, 1995; Routledge, 2006), an hour-by-hour account of how the Beatles began. He teaches high school in Jersey City, New Jersey.

THOMAS O'DONNELL was a reporter and editor for the Des Moines Register for sixteen years, writing on technology, physics, and higher education. He is the co-author, with Bryan Berg, of Stacking the Deck (Fireside, 2003).

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JAYNE PUPEK (deceased) held an MA in counseling psychology from James Madison University and spent most of her professional life in the field of mental health. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in several print and online literary journals. Her first novel, Tomato Girl, was published by Algonquin in 2008.

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RICHARD RABEN has written numerous training manuals and professional publications. He also knows more about Star Trek than most people know about their own eating habits. His first book, cowritten with Hiyaguha Cohen, entitled Boldly Live As You've Never Lived Before: Life Lessons from Star Trek, was published by Morrow in 1995.

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ROBERT SANTELLI is the author of Aquarius Rising: The Rock Festival Years (Dell, 1979), Sixties Rock: A Listener's Guide (Contemporary, 1985), The Jersey Shore: A Travel and Pleasure Guide (Globe Pequot, 1986), and is co-author (with Max Weinberg) of The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Great Drummers (Contemporary, 1984). His book The Big Book of Blues was published by Viking in 1993, and Viking published its sequel, The 101 Best Blues Records, was released in in 1996. He is the editor of The Appalachians (Random House, 2004) and the author of Greetings From E Street (Chronicle, 2006) and This Land Is Your Land (Running Press, 2012). He has been a regular contributor to Modern Drummer, Music and Sound Output, and Goldmine, and his work has appeared regularly in The Aquarian. He was the Director of Education for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Director and CEO of Expericence Music Project. He is the editor (with Mari-Lynn Evans and Holly George-Warren) of The Applachians: America’s First and Last Frontier (Random House, 2004), based on the PBS series. He is currently the Director of Education for teh Grammy Museum.

JAMES SAYWELL was born in Toronto and has taught s architecture at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. He lives in Tuscany and is the author, with Evelyn McFarlane, of the highly successful series, now in its sixth volume, If: Questions for the Game of Life (Vintage). He is also the co-author (with Anne-Marie-Roffi) of Dilemmas (Perigee, 2001).



Julie Scardina has a long and rich history in the wildlife conservation field and has established herself as an expert on the subject. As SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove Animal Ambassador, Julie Scardina shares her life-long love of animals and the parks' commitment to wildlife education and conservation with audiences ranging from children in classrooms to millions of viewers on national television. Julie serves on the board of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a not-for-profit organization supporting conservation education, habitat protection, species research, and animal rescue and rehabilitation around the world. Julie has appeared on shows such as CNN's Larry King Live, and Dr. Oz. She is a monthly guest on NBC's morning show Today. She has been a regular guest on NBC's The Tonight Show since 1999. She is the author, with Jeff Flocken, of Heroes of Wildlife Conservation (Running Press, 2012).

RON SCHAUMBURG is a medical writer who specializes in psychiatric subjects. He is the author, with Dr. Jeffrey Jonas, of Everything You Need to Know About Prozac. As a ghostwriter, he has written more than ten books on a range of subjects including sleep disorders, cults, illicit drugs, addiction, and depression. His first book, Growing Up with the Beatles, was published in 1976. He is coauthor, with Josepth Jastrab, of Sacred Manhood, Sacred Earth, which was published by HarperCollins.

HEIDI ADAMS SCHULTZ is a writer, cancer survivor, and the founder of Planet Cancer, an organization that supports young adults with cancer. She is the author (with Elena Dorman) of Here and Now: Inspiring Stories of Cancer Survivors (Avalon, 2002) and, with Chris Scultz, Planet Cancer (Lyons, 2010).

DR. ANGELO SCOTTI received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965 and since then has specialized in infectious diseases and immunology. His articles have appeared in numerous professional journals. His books include The Traveller's Medical Manual (Berkley, 1985) and Safe Sex (Paperjacks, 1987).

JIMMY NEIL SMITH is the founder of the National Storytelling Festival, first held in Jonesborough, Tennessee, in 1973. In 1975 he founded the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling (NAPPS), and after serving as a member of its board of directors for nine years, seven of them as its chairman, he remains forever its honorary chairman. He is recognized as a major force behind the renaissance in American Storytelling and is the editor of two storytelling collections: Homespun: Tales from America's Favorite Storytellers (Crown, 1988) and Why the Possum's Tail Is Bare (Avon, 1993).

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, rocker supreme, is also the author of Songs, which Avon published in 1998 to critical and commercial acclaim.

PAMELA STOVALL is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including the Houston Post, the Dallas Times-Herald, the Grand Rapids Press, the Chattanooga News-Free Press, and Accent Magazine. Her first book, a guide to wineries and vineyards entitled Vine and Wine Weekends, was published by Globe Pequot in 1992, and her second book, a collection of non-alcoholic beverage recipes entitled Zero Proof (with Richard Lalich), was published by St. Martin's Press in 1994.

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CYNTHIA THAYER, a literary novelist whose stories take place primarily in Maine and Nova Scotia, has written three well-received books: Strong for Potatoes (St. Martin's Press, 1999), which won a Barnes and Noble Discovery Award; A Certain Slant of Light (St. Martin's Press, 2000), which was optioned for film by Couture-Sarrazin; and A Brief Lunacy (Algonquin, 2005).

WYATT TOWNLEY is a prize-winning poet and the founder of Yoganetics, a form of yoga that employs movement. Her poetry collection, The Breathing Field, was published by Bulfinch in 2002 and is illustrated with the artwork of acclaimed artist Eric Dinyer. Yoganetics was published by Harper San Francisco in 2003.

Paul Trout received his Ph. D. from the University of British Columbia. He has been an Associate Professor of English at Montana State University since 1979. He has taught a wide variety of courses on mythology, classical, and biblical backgrounds to literature. His published works have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, Commonweal, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. His first book, Deadly Predators: Animal Predators and the Mythic Imagination, was published in 2011 by Prometheus.

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Michael Uslan is a film producer with numerous award-winning projects to his credit. He is executive producer of all the Batman features from Batman to The Dark Knight Rises and won an Emmy Award for TV's Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? He has been a speaker at the Smithsonian Institution, and taught the world's first accredited college course on comic books. His book The Boy Who Loved Batman was published in 2011 by Chronicle to critical acclaim.

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TOM VICK is the film programmer for the Smithsonian Institution’s American Museum of Asian art. He is the only film programmer in the United States whose work is devoted entirely to Asian cinema. He has written for The All Movie Guide, Cinemad, and other periodicals. He is the author of A Field Guide to Asian Cinema (HarperCollins, 2007).

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JOHN WATERS is the notorious creator of classic cult films including the 1988 box-office smash Hairspray, the infamous Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Desperate Living, Polyester, Crybaby, and Serial Mom. His articles have appeared in Film Comment, Rolling Stone, and The Baltimore Sun. Waters is the author of two collections of essays: the critically acclaimed Shock Value (Dell, 1981; Thunder's Mouth Press, 1995); and Crackpot (Macmillan, 1986; Vintage, 1988; Scribner’s, 2003). His screenplay collections include Trash Trio (Vintage, 1985; Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1996) and Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005). He is also the author, with Bruce Hainley, of Sex: A Book About Art (Thames and Hudson, 2003).

MAX WEINBERG, long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as well as bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He is the author of The Big Beat: Interviews with Rock's Greatest Drummers (Contemporary, 1985; Billboard. 1991).

DAVID WHEELER (deceased) was the director and archivist of the Archive of Contemporary Music, which he co-founded. He was also assistant editor of the literary magazine Conjunctions. As a freelance writer/editor, Wheeler contributed to a number of books including Major Modern Writers (Bobbs-Merrill), American Literature (Harper & Row), Popular Writing in America (Oxford University Press), The Territory of Language (University of Illinois Press), and Enjoying Stories (Longman). As a librarian, archivist, and collector of books and recordings, Wheeler was uniquely qualified to edit the anthology entitled No, But I Saw the Movie, a collection of the best short stories upon which popular movies have been based, which Viking published in 1985.

DANIEL WOLFF is the author of the definitive biography of Sam Cooke, You Send Me, which won first prize at the Ralph Gleason Music Book Awards in 1995; and his liner notes to The Complete Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers was nominated for a Grammy in 2003. He is also the author of The Memphis Blues Again (Studio, 2001) and Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Bloomsbury, 2005). He has received grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, as Writer in Residence in Rockland County under the New York State Council on the Arts grant, and from the Public Arts Fund of New York City. His articles have appeared in many publications including Connoisseur, The Nation and Vogue. A featured op-ed piece on public schools appeared in Education Weekly, and his work on school reform has been featured in national articles, including a front-page piece in The New York Times, August, 2000. His work has been anthologized in various publications and featured on National Public Radio, a BBC documentary, public and network television, and in numerous publications from the Chicago Tribune to the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of How Lincoln Learned to Read, a historical survey of education (Bloomsbury, 2008).

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TOM ZIMBEROFF worked as a photojournalist for over twenty-five years, photographing celebrities, artists, scholars, and politicians. His work has appeared on the covers of Time, Fortune, Money, and People, and is included in such prestigious collections as the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A decades-long custom motorcycle enthusiast, he is the author of The Art of the Chopper (Bulfinch, 2004); and The Art of the Chopper II (Bulfinch, 2006).

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