Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novel Veronica, a finalist for the National Book Award and one of the New York Times‘ top five novels of the year. She is the author of Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998). Her story “Secretary” was the basis for the film of the same name. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she teaches creative writing at Syracuse University. She lives in New York.
Daphne Carr is the author of Pretty Hate Machine, and her work appears regularly in the Associated Press, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.