Anne Beck (Hand-beaten Andean Pampas Grass Paper) is a curator, educator, and artist working collaboratively and independently in a variety of media, ranging from painting to print- and book-making to public intervention. She holds an M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Virginia. Beck lives and works in Northern California where she is director of Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space and handmade paper mill that focuses on interdisciplinary sustainable creative practice Beck co-founded the space with Dietmar Krumrey in 2010. Beck's paper will serve as the background for each of Works & Days Quarterly's 2014 issues. Her work may be found online at

Ashley Suzan Beck (Recipes: Transition and Nutrition) was raised in Newport Beach, California, where she inherited her love for the kitchen from her Armenian mother and grandmother. Beck received her B.A. from New York University and most recently worked for the Marcus Samuelsson Group. She is returning to NYU to pursue a Master's of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition. When not studying or testing new recipes, she fancies running along the East River, knitting, reading Fitzgerald, and dining out with friends. She lives in Brooklyn with her Morkie, Coco, and can be followed on Twitter @AshleySuzan.

Controllar (Again Again) is an electro-rock trio based in Amsterdam. Lead by Anat Spiegel's singular vocals, Controllar's music evokes shards of electro-noise swallowed by punk beats. Together with her musical partner and husband Thomas Myrmel, Spiegel and Controllar exploded into life in 2008 as a duo, touring across the USA by motorcycle and playing over 30 shows nationwide. In their ongoing search for more energy they added Anat's punk drummer brother Gur Spiegel in 2011 to become the radical all-engulfing trio they are today. The band has toured in the USA, the Middle East, Europe and in Japan, performing in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), Levontin7 (Tel Aviv), Revolver (Oslo) Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and InnerSound (Bucharest). Controllar’s first studio album Only Strangers Are Normal was released in October.

Born in 1978 in France, Niko de La Faye (Visages) is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator. He started his career in San Francisco, where he designed costumes and choreographed shows. Since 2008, he has been splitting his time between Paris and Beijing. de La Faye’s work is about geometry, primary colors and interactions with people. He creates kinetic sculptures, installations, photographs, and costumes. Performance is the underlying component of all the art forms he explores, as part of the creative process or in the presentation of the end result. Visages is a photographic series of very graphic portraits completed over two years in collaboration with 75 models. de La Faye’s work is currently presented in Macau at the 2014 Biennial of the Lions, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Michael DeLucia (Community) was born in Rochester, New York, in 1978. He lives and works in Brooklyn. After studying art at the Rhode Island School of Design, he earned a degree in sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 2004. Formerly an assistant of Jeff Koons, DeLucia produced sculptures that metamorphose practical objects into poetic, humorous apparitions before initiating a series of works on wooden panels featuring compressed reliefs that are first modelled on a computer. In 2008, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Brussels gave Michael DeLucia his first solo exhibition. Since then his works have entered prestigious private collections and have been exhibited at CRAC Alsace, at the Sculpture Center in New York, at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. Michael DeLucia had a second solo show at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in 2012, and will be exhibiting in Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Brussels in November 2014. In 2015, he will have a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Santa Barbara, California.

Composer Daniel Felsenfeld (Requiescat) has been commissioned and performed by Simone Dinnerstein, Two Sense, Metropolis Ensemble, American Opera Projects, Opera on Tap, Great Noise Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, ACME, ETHEL, REDSHIFT, Two Sides Sounding, Momenta Quartet, Friction Quartet, Blair McMillen, Stephanie Mortimore, Jennifer Choi, Caroline Widmann, Cornelius Duffallo, Jody Redhage, Nadia Sirota, Caroline Worra, Elanor Taylor, Kathleen Supové, Jenny Lin, Ensemble 212, New Gallery Concert Series and Transit, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Kennedy Center, ATLAS, Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, Galapagos Art Space, The Stone, The Kitchen, BAM, Jordan Hall, Duke University, The Southern Theatre, Stanford University and Harvard University, as part of 21c Liederabend, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA, Keys to the Future, Make Music New York, He has also worked with Jay-Z, The Roots, Keren Ann, Rick Moody, Stew, Mark Z. Danielewski, and is the court composer for John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders. Commercially available on the Sony, Def Jam, Black Box, and Naxos labels. Raised in the outlying suburbs of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn.

FUGU (FUGU) includes band member Fung Chern Hwei (violin) and Ng Chor Guan (theremin). Guan and Hwei, grew up and live under a society that presents very narrow artistic freedom to its people—mainly due to religious regulations. Yet, the two have come together and found their own way to express themselves freely, in spite of all the rules and laws that forbid them to do so. With a wailing theremin and a screeching violin, together with electronic noises, they have discovered a powerful screaming voice that protests their oppressors. Finding one’s sound is liberating; but finding one’s sound when a society does not encourage it is liberation itself.

Justine Graham (Lugar Común) is a photographic artist, urbanist and cultural producer whose work explores issues of social, cultural, and spatial identity through systems of classification. She creates subjective inventories based on a wide range of subject matter, in order to direct the viewer to question stereotypes and magnify ignored realities. Her work experiments with the photographic medium’s ability to record and amass, in order to then reclassify and display anew. She is the founding creative director of creative lab YAPO Project and Profesor of Photography at the School of Design, Universidad Católica de Chile. To learn more about her work, please visit

Adelaide-based artist, Emma Hack (Magnolia Whispers) has been exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999. Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, Emma's works evoke a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism. Her first ever wallpaper camouflage took 19 hours straight to paint with more recent works taking anywhere from 8-15 hours, depending on the complexity of the design. Emma's collaboration on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" has seen her profile skyrocket with the video amassing over 350 million hits on YouTube. To see more of her work, please visit The Rebecca Hossack Gallery online.

Nels Hanson (Dark Mirror) received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart Prize nominations for his fiction in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Montreal Review, and other journals. His poems have appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Heavy Feather Review, Meadowlands Review, Ilanot Review and other magazines, and are in press at Pacific Review, Pavilion, Sharkpack Review Annual, and S/tick. Poems that appeared in Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine and in the Citron Review have been nominated for 2014 Pushcart Prizes.

Elías Heim (Gulgolet) studied at the Academy of Arts in Israel and the academies of Munich and Dusseldorf in Germany. Heim has had solo shows at La Tertulia Museum of Modern Art in Cali, at the Modern Art Museum in Bogota, at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena, and elsewhere. He has participated in numerous group shows such as Punto de Apoyo at the Colombian Center in New York, the XLVI Venice Biennial, the XXVI São Paulo Biennial, and Off Limits in Madrid. He lives and works in Cali, Colombia.

Simon Porte Jacquemus (Le Pull Double Tête) is a self-taught designer from the south of France. Once in Paris, Jacquemus studied fashion design for three months, then worked as a stylist assistant until he decided that he was ready and in 2009 he moved to a small atelier in Montmartre to work on his collection. His style is also very much a product of the 90s and it’s those fashion codes that he chose for his creations mixing them a hint of naïvety, sensuality, and authentic pop culture. Jacquemus’ line is stocked in Opening Ceremony, Dover Street Market, Maria Luisa Hong Kong, and Biffi. See more at

Alex Katz (Cutouts) has been the subject of numerous major retrospectives and solo presentations over the course of his career, which has extended over more than half a century. In addition to his show earlier this year at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, his work appears in several solo exhibitions in 2014, including 356 S. Mission Rd in Los Angeles, the Tate Modern in London, and the Albertina Museum in Vienna. His work is included in the permanent collections of over one hundred important museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Tate Gallery, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; el Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; the Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Tate St. Ives, Cornwall; and Turner Contemporary, Kent.

Hawaii native Dan McCarthy (Facepots) studied at San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned his BFA. He has been included in group shows around the world, including P.S. 1, MoMA, New York; Blondeau & Cie, Geneva; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne; Galerie Daniel Blau, München; Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento; and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles. His most recent solo show was at Anton Kern Gallery earlier this year. McCarthy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Born in 1955, Jean-Luc Moulène (Blown Knots) studied Aesthetics and Sciences of Art at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he currently lives and works. He participated in Documenta X (1997), the Sao Paulo Biennial (2002), the Venice Biennial (2003), the Taipei Biennial (2004), the First International Biennial of the Image (Laos, 2007) and the Sharjah Biennial (2010). Among the institutions that have dedicated solo exhibitions to his work are Dia:Beacon (2012), Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (2003), Musée du Louvre, Paris (2005), Culturgest, Lisbon (2007), and Carré d’art-Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes (2009). Moulène’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Witte de With (Rotterdam), ARC / Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Le Magasin (Grenoble), Grey Art Gallery (New York), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Beaune, Villa Médici (Rome), Yokohama Museum of Art, Triennale de Milano, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), De Appel (Amsterdam), Grand Palais (Paris), Landesmuseum Joanneum GmbH Kunsthaus (Graz), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Kunstverein Nürnberg, and elsewhere.

Born 1981 in Nigata, Japan, Yukiko Nagai (Poltrone Gemelle) graduated from Tama Art University’s Landscape Design course. Afterward, she moved to Italy and graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna with a degree in Mosaics in 2009. She returned to Japan from 2009 to 2011 then she went back to Ravenna, starting to work as a mosaic artist/designer in Tokyo and Italy. Her concept consists in the interpretation of various materials using exclusively marble and rocks, trying to create a sense of surprise in the touch and look of the surface rendered in the work. The series of "seats" fully embody this intent: the spectator is astonished by the contrast between the smooth, "plush" look of the "upholstery" in opposition to the actual hardness of the mosaic surface.

Simon Perchik (Magic, Illusion, and Other Realities) is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled "Magic, Illusion and Other Realities" please visit his website.

Jon Eric Riis (From Black to White) is a distinguished fiber artist whose work can be found in the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Museum of Art and Design, and the Smithsonian. Riis studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in 1970 went to India on a Fulbright Grant to study double ikat, a highly specialized dyeing and weaving technique practiced in Gujarat. During a career that has spanned more than four decades, Riis has exhibited his work in museums around the world and traces his passion for textiles to time spent as a child wandering Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. In 2011, he was a United States Artists Windgate Fellow and recipient of the Master of the Medium Award in Fibers bestowed by the Renwick Alliance. Locust Series is the third in a yearlong curated series of Riis’ art to be featured in Works & Days Quarterly.

Ruby Rumié (Lugar Común) develops projects with political content related to psychology and injustice, plumbing questions of territorial inheritance and the role of the socially committed artist. Her works do not merely present critical arguments but also propose solutions to pave a road of hope for issues that concern her. Born in Colombia, Rumié continues to work in Cartagena de Indias; to see additional work, please visit her website.

Retired from her career as a Hospital Administrator, calligrapher Nancy Sheffler is a freelance writer whose essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, and The Record among many others. She is currently working on her first novel.

Pedal steel player Spencer Cullum, Jr. and guitarist Jeremy Fetzer of Steelism (China Plate) first met in Nashville performing in backing bands for artists including Caitlin Rose, Wanda Jackson, Jonny Fritz, Rayland Baxter and Andrew Combs. In one another they discovered a mutual enthusiasm for instrumental pop music across genres—country, surf rock, reggae, psychedelic, jazz, funk, and soul. Following in the traditions of instrumental artists such as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Ennio Morricone and Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Steelism let their instruments do the talking, creating intoxicating melodies and hooks that are thoroughly modern, with a nod to their instrumentalist forebears. Their debut album 615 to FAME was released in September on the Muscle Shoals, Alabama based Single Lock Records founded by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes), John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and Will Trapp.

Anne Whitehouse (Twin Dancers) is pleased that her poetry is appearing in Works & Days for the second time. Her most recent poetry collection is The Refrain, published by Dos Madres Press in 2012. Her novel, Fall Love, is now available as an ebook from Feedbooks, Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, and iTunes.

Eric Wines (Recipes: Transition and Nutrition, Director of Events) was raised in Detroit, Michigan and lives in New York City where he is Director at Skylight Group, NYC's premier event venue collection, and co-owner of Tre, a Neapolitan eatery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In his free time Wines enjoys biking, urban gardening, and volunteering for The Lowline. Follow him on Twitter @EricWines.

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Luke Cissell (Infinite Progress) is a musician and composer who lives in Lower Manhattan. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a fiddling champion at the age of eight. In 2013 Cissell premiered his String Quartet No. 2 with the Hudson Quartet and he released his second full-length studio album, Cosmography. He recently appeared on Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music) and performed at the New York premiere of Yves Klein’s seminal Monotone-Silence Symphony. Cissell is a returning 2014-2015 Teaching Artist Associate for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. Play with his jukebox at

Sarah Marriage is a maker of furniture and other fine wooden objects. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and fine woodworking at The College of the Redwoods. She also serves as Art Director, Designer, Programmer, and Calligrapher for Works & Days. Her work was recently featured in Dwell On Design in Los Angeles and in "Hand Made/Mind Made" in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco.

Cara Marsh Sheffler (Guide) is a writer who lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side. In her past life as an actress, she was featured in Woody Allen's Celebrity and in The Looking Glass Theatre's Off-Broadway production of Much Ado About Nothing. A recipient of the Fagles Prize, she has most recently been working on Our Trespasses, and Guide. She is performing excerpts of Guide in tandem with Luke Cissell's (The Myth of) Infinite Progress around New York City. Sheffler is also providing the libretto for Cissell's adaptation of The Ambassadors. She won the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1986.