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    Contributors: Winter 2010

    Fall/Winter 2010/2011

    Richard Byrne is an award-winning playwright and journalist. His play Burn Your Bookes was produced last May by Taffety Punk Theatre Company, in Washington, D.C. A former editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education, his essays and criticism have appeared in Book Forum, the Guardian, the Nation, and the Belgrade-based review Biblioteka Aleandria. He blogs at Balkans via Bohemia.

    John Clark teaches philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans. He is the author of Max Stirner’s Egoism and The Philosophical Anarchism of William Godwin. His alter ego, Max Cafard, is the author of The Surre(gion)alist Manifesto and Other Writings.

    Andrei Codrescu until recently taught English and comparative literature at Louisiana State University. He is the editor of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Letters & Life ( and a regular commentator on National Public Radio. His books include Alien Candor: Selected Poems, 1970–1995, The Blood Countess, The Devil Never Sleeps and Other Essays, The Disappearance of the Outside, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, and The Poetry Lesson, from which his contribution to this issue is excerpted.

    Ariel Dorfman is a playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist best known for his 1992 play Death and the Maiden, which became a film directed by Roman Polanski. His books include Konfidenz, Last Waltz in Santiago and Other Poems of Exile and Disappearance, Some Write to the Future: Essays on Contemporary Latin American Fiction, Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey, and Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of General Augusto Pinochet. He is professor of literature and Latin American studies at Duke.

    Brett Foster’s writing has recently appeared in Books & Culture, Image, the Kenyon Review, Poetry East, and Raritan. His first book of poetry will be published next year by Northwestern University Press. He teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Wheaton College.

    Rebekah Frumkin is a contributing editor to The Common Review and a junior at Carleton College. Her story "Monster" is featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.

    Paul Charles Griffin writes fiction, book reviews, and essays on literature. His work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Press, and Brooklyn Rail, among other places. He lives in Brooklyn.

    Rachel Hadas teaches English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. She is coeditor of The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (2009) and her most recent collection of poems is The Ache of Appetite (2010). Forthcoming in 2011 is Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry.

    Hussein Ibish is senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine and is the author of What’s Wrong with the One-State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel Is Still the Palestinian National Goal. He is a columnist for the online magazine NOW Lebanon and blogs at

    Michael Lynn is a writer and activist in Chicago. He writes on climate change, resource depletion, economics, and politics. His work has appeared in the Guardian, In These Times, and Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture.

    Tom McBride is a contributing editor of The Common Review. He teaches English and humanities at Beloit College. He is coeditor of Beloit's annual Mindset List and coauthor of the forthcoming They've Never Dialed a Telephone: The Mindset Lists of American History.

    Rafia Zakaria writes a weekly column for Dawn, an English-language newspaper in Pakistan. She is a contributing editor to The Common Review, an associate editor of, and blogs for Ms. Magazine.She serves as the general secretary of the board of directors of Amnesty International USA.