Thom Jones is an American writer, primarily of short stories. He was raised in Aurora, Illinois and attended the University of Hawaii where he played catcher on the baseball team. He later attended the University of Washington, where he graduated in 1970, and the University of Iowa where he received
Sherman J. Alexie, Jr. was born in October 1966. A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, he grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, about 50 miles northwest of Spokane. Born hydrocephalic (water on the brain), Alexie underwent brain operation at the age of six. He survived the surgery,
Graphic novelist Charles Burns, known for is surreal and dark comics Black Hole and Big Baby, chronicles childhood trauma and teenage angst with a sleek visual style and brooding sensibility. His work is published by fantagraphics books and is among the most beautiful examples of the genre.