ACTORS & ARTISTS
René Auberjonois (1940 - 2019) won a Tony Award for his role in the musical Coco and was nominated for City of Angels, Big River, and The Good Doctor. His film and television credits included M.A.S.H., The Patriot, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Player, Certain Women, Blood Stripe, The Circuit, Benson, The Good Wife, Masters of Sex, Criminal Minds, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Madam Secretary, The Circuit, Windows on the World, Raising Buchanan, First Cow, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Auberjonois was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and a longtime Selected Shorts reader.
Ivan Bunin (1870 - 1953) was the first Russian writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. An influential figure in the Russian literary realism movement, he is best known for his novels The Village, Dry Valley, and The Life of Arseniev, his diary Cursed Days, and his many short stories, collected in Bird’s Shadow, The Gentleman from San Francisco, and Dark Avenues, among others.
Jacqueline Kim is an actress and writer. Film and television credits include The Mighty Ducks, Star Trek: Generations, Trauma, Xena: Warrior Princess, The Operator, ER, The Hollywood Sign, The West Wing, Charlotte Sometimes, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, In Search of Cézanne, Red Doors, Threshold, Doubt, and Advantageous, which she also wrote and produced. She has also appeared in numerous off-Broadway and regional productions, including The Tempest, Measure for Measure, Passion, and In a Year with 13 Moons.
Ana Menéndez is a fiction writer and prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald. She is the author of four books of fiction, In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, which was a 2001 New York Times Notable book of the year and whose title story won a Pushcart Prize, Loving Che, The Last War, chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 100 books of 2009, and Adios, Happy Homeland! Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including Vogue, Bomb Magazine, Poets & Writers, Gourmet Magazine, Cubanisimo! and American Food Writing.
Maulik Pancholy is an actor, author, and activist. He is best known for his television roles on 30 Rock, Weeds, Whitney, The Good Fight, and for lending his voice to the long-running animated series Phineas & Ferb and Sanjay & Craig. He starred on Broadway in Terrence McNally’s It's Only a Play and in The New Group’s production of Good for Otto. He recently returned to Broadway in Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Pancholy’s debut novel, The Best at It, was named a Stonewall Honor Book and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and American Library Association’s Booklist. Pancholy is the co-founder of the anti-bullying organization ActToChange.org.