This month’s award-winning writers and photographers.

Now that she has finished her book The Substance of Style, columnist VIRGINIA POSTREL returns to D Magazine in Spaces: "The Truth About Plano," which begins on p. 73. Her D column on the McKinney Avenue trolley ["When Novelties Become a Nuisance"], published in April 2002, won the Press Club of Dallas Katie Award for opinion writing. Virginia is a well-known "blogger" (visit her weblog at and occasionally contributes Dallas-related items to D’s FrontBurner ( A feature in the March 2003 issue of Elle profiled her as one of five new intellectual stars who are "shatter[ing] the age-old notion that women restrict themselves to issues specific to women." We agree.

Photo by Kris Hundt

The work of internationally recognized artist NIC NICOSIA has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and abroad for more than 20 years. Since 1980, he has had 55 solo exhibitions and has been included in more than 120 group shows, such as the prestigious Whitney Biennials of 1983 and 2000, the Exxon National Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, and Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany. In addition, Nic’s still photographs and film pieces are featured in the permanent collections of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This month, Nic captured a moment in Dallas history in our feature about Kim Dawson on p. 98.

Local writer PHIL HARVEY is a senior editor for Light Reading, a telecom news web site that he joined on a dare in September 2000. His byline has appeared in Business 2.0 magazine, Dallas Child, Fort Worth Weekly, and online at He has also written for UPSIDE magazine, Red Herring, the Met, and many, many other publications that, through no fault of his, are no longer in business. This month, Phil’s byline appears on p. 63, where he ponders the Dallas traffic phenomenon. He is also the author of the as-yet-unpublished book Phil Harvey’s Guide to Getting Published. He lives with his wife, actress Shannon McGrann, and their two lovely cats.

Contributing photographer and boating enthusiast KEVIN HUNTER MARPLE recently took a break from both to check out life on the other side of the camera for director Brian Hedenberg’s spoof of Braveheart, aptly titled Strangeheart. After shooting for clients such as Chili’s, 7-Eleven, and Tabasco, Kevin says, "The grass is definitely greener on my side of the camera." Kevin is a regular contributor to our sister publication, D Home, and his work appears in D this month in our Taste section, which begins on p. 185.