Peter Feldstein is an artist working at the intersection of photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital imaging. Feldstein's work has been shown in galleries across the country, at the Des Moines Art Center and has been included in group exhibitions at the Center for Creative Photography, Walker Art Center, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received an NEA Individual Artist's Grant and two Polaroid Collection Grants. For more than three decades, Feldstein taught photography and digital imaging at the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History.

Stephen G. Bloom is the author of Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America (2000). He also is the author of a collection of nonfiction stories, Inside the Writer's Mind (2002). Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls (St. Martin's Press) will be published in September 2009. Since 1993, Bloom has taught at the University of Iowa, where he specializes in narrative writing.

Gerald Stern is an award-winning poet and essayist. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Book Award, the Lamont Prize, a Guggenheim, four NEA awards and the Ruth Lilly Prize.