Alexander Kushner is a world-famous St. Petersburg poet. Yury Arabov is a philosopher, poet, and one of Russia's leading screenwriters. Orlando Figes is the author of the award-winning A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance. Charlotte Hobson is the author of Black Earth City, a description of life in a Russian provincial city in the last days of Communism. Yury Molodkovets is an official photographer at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Peters-burg, whose work has been widely published.