Iver Arnegard's (Brooks Range) fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has recently appeared in The North American Review, The Missouri Review,, Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. He's worked as a farmer and ranch hand, wilderness guide, waiter, dishwasher, construction worker, and woodcutter. For years he lived in remote cabins across Alaska. His latest book, Whip & Spur, won the 2014 Gold Line Press. Fiction Award and was recently published by Gold Line Press. He currently teaches creative writing at Colorado State University—Pueblo.

Anne Beck (Paper Moon) 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: Time to Cook) 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.

Gillian Bostock (Kairos & Comets) is an artist based in San Francisco and is currently pursuing an MFA at California College of the Arts. Her predominantly photographic practice revolves around notions of time, loss, and longing. She has recently branched out into video, drawing, and three-dimensional work driven by a desire to consider the photographic through other mediums, particularly its mysterious capacity to maintain a tie to an irretrievable moment, like an anchor in an abyss.

Caveman (Whereís the Time?), a five-man vibe collective from NYC, released their first album, CoCo Beware, in 2011. Initially self-released and later snatched up by Fat Possum for re-release in early 2012, the album quickly elevated Caveman from local band to watch to a sizable touring draw and formidable live act, as evidenced by stints on the road with the likes of The War on Drugs and Built to Spill. On their self-titled sophomore album, Caveman stretch their legs in a number of different, albeit cohesive, directions. Having ridden a fast-growing wave of support for CoCo Beware—which, after two years of touring, ultimately culminated in a series of big hometown NYC shows—recording a follow-up proved to be a genuinely good time for the band.

Gary Joseph Cohen (Fieldwork) received his M.A. in Studio and Environmental Art from New York University/International Center of Photography (New York City), his B.F.A. with Honors from The University of The Arts (Philadelphia) and was a resident of the Vermont Studio Center for drawing and painting. In the spring of 2003, he served as The Badlands National Park Poet-in-Residence. A recipient of numerous awards and grants, Cohenís poem "Bibliotalpidae" was chosen by Eric Pankey for inclusion in the anthology Best New Poets 2006, and his "Homology" earned finalist and secured inclusion in the anthology Writing the River by Ledgetop Publishing. Cohen teaches at The Calhoun School and lives in Manhattan.

Reuben Foat (Surrender Cabinet) is from Mukwonago, Wisconsin, a small town outside of Milwaukee. He discovered furniture making in the spring of 2003 while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been working in the field ever since. Foat recently finished a Master of Fine Arts degree at San Diego State Universitywith an emphasis in furniture design and digital fabrication. Foat is a passionate object maker and continually seeks out opportunities to teach others. He has taught at art/craft centers across the country including the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He has been a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, San Diego State University, and Cuyamaca College in California where he now lives. He currently is the seventh-grade Makers teacher at High Tech Middle Media Arts. Visit him online at

Errol Fuller (Paintings) paints and writes from his studio in Kent, England. The subject matter of his books is usually extinction, art, or the curiosities of natural history. Author of the seminal Extinct Birds, he has also written and designed books on the Great Auk, the Dodo, and the Passenger Pigeon, along with two on birds of paradise (including one, Drawn from Paradise, with Sir David Attenborough). Recently he has produced Lost Animals, a book of photos of now extinct mammals and birds featuring photographs taken before they vanished forever. He has also published Voodoo Salon, a walk through the extraordinary world of taxidermy, and a catalogue raisonnť of the work of the early twentieth century etcher of architectural subjects, Hedley Fitton. His own paintings (always painted in oils) only rarely feature animals or birds. Instead they often depict snooker, boxing or other slightly disreputable sports.

Noah Klersfeld (Party in the Bathroom) is a video artist living and working in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is currently an artist in residence at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. Klersfeldís solo exhibitions include The Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton NJ), The Islip Art Museum (Islip NY), Mixed Greens Gallery (New York NY), Freight + Volume Gallery (New York NY), and The Soap Factory (Minneapolis MN). His video project, "Payroll," has been on two national tours (with Rooftop Films and Hi/Lo Film and Video) and has received awards from the Center on Contemporary Arts (Seattle WA) and the ASU Film and Video Festival (Tempe AZ). Klersfeld recently completed a long-term video commission with collaborator Patty Chang at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Tom Bradley International Terminal, a project that was granted by the Percent for Art program and commissioned by the LA City Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with Los Angeles World Airports. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Modern Painters, and ARTnews, among others.

Lyn Lifshin (Moving By Touch) has published over 140 books and chapbooks and edited three anthologies of women's writing including Tangled Vines that stayed in print 20 years. She has several books from Black Sparrow books. Her web site, shows the variety of her work from the equine books, The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness to recent books about dance: Ballroom, Knife Edge, and Absinthe: The Tango Poems. Other new books include For the Roses, poems for Joni Mitchell, All The Poets Who Touched Me, A Girl goes Into The Woods, Malala, Tangled as the Alphabet: The Istanbul Poems. Also just out: Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle, and Luminous Women: Enheducanna, Scheherazade and Nefertiti.

LucŪa Madriz (Crecimiento) was born in San Josť, Costa Rica; currently, she lives in Ettlingen, Germany. Her artistic output spans painting, video, and installation. She has participated in several biennials and other collective exhibits as well as solo shows. Recently, Madriz exhibited at IILA Pavilion of Latin America at the 55th Bienale de Venezia (2013), and Child of Three, a solo show at DesPacio, San Josť, Costa Rica (2014). Madrizís 32 genes was featured in a previous issue of Works & Days.

Tobias Marriage (Observations on Time) is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research addresses questions concerning the origin and evolution of the Universe. To approach these questions, he and his research team build telescopes that measure the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the light from the edge of the observable universe. His current projects are the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor. Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Tobias studied at Princeton University (BA, 2000; PhD, 2006) and Cambridge University (Part III, 2001). He grew up in Tulsa, OK and Anchorage, AK.

Rachel Mason (Starseeds) is a sculptor, songwriter, and performer. A graduate of UCLA and Yale University, she has written three operas, recorded ten full length albums of songs, and has toured, screened films, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at galleries and museums internationally. Her most recent project is a feature film called The Lives of Hamilton Fish whose entire story is a libretto which she wrote and performs live to accompany the film. She has exhibited and performed at the Queens Museum, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Kunsthalle Zurich, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, Human Resources, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy and she has been the subject of a numerous articles in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, The LA Times, Art in America and FlashArt. Mason was a 2013 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Harvestworks Residency. She is a contributor to online publications including Art21 and The Huffington Post and has been a guest lecturer at schools including the School of Visual Arts, Corcoran Gallery and NYU. She is represented by envoy enterprises gallery in New York.

Nikki McClure (Love: 15,000 Years Later) is a self-taught artist. She has been making her popular yearly calendar since 1998. She is a writer and/or illustrator of seven childrenís books published by Abrams Books, including The New York Times Bestseller All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant. Sasquatch Books and Chronicle Books also publish her work. McClure has been included in the past four years of the Society of Illustratorsí annual juried exhibition and her illustration work has earned many starred reviews from Publisherís Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and elsewhere. McClure received the 2012 Washington State Book Award for To Market, To Market, about the Olympia Farmersí Market. Her papercuts have been featured on snowboards, Patagonia t-shirts, record covers, magazine illustrations, greeting cards, book covers, movies, tote bags, Microsoft advertisements, non-profit logos, strangerís tattoos, and Olympiaís storm drains. She has shown her work internationally from Tokyo to Lyon. In August of 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon curated 15-year retrospective of her art. McClure lives in Olympia, Washington where she collaborates with her husband, Jay T. Scott making lamps, and with her son making fern gardens and large holes in dirt. In addition to all this work, Nikki picks berries, swims in the Salish Sea, and makes an occasional pie. Visit her online at

Christopher Mulrooney (calendar leaves) is the author of symphony (The Moon Publishing & Printing), flotilla (Ood Press), and jamboree (Turf Lane Press, forthcoming).

My Brother The Wind (Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One) is a Swedish improvisation collective consisting of Anekdotenís Nicklas Barker, Makajodamaís Mathias Danielsson, and Daniel Fridlund Brandt. Their latest album (on which the featured track appears) was released in October 2014.

Lorraine Nam (Year of the Snake) is an illustrator using paper as her medium. She manipulates paper by cutting into it with an exacto knife to create positive and negative shapes. She is also the co-founder of #FFFFFF Walls, a studio visit blog in which she documents studio spaces and interviews working artists about their processes.

Boston native Duke Riley (After the Battle of Brooklyn) explores the struggles of marginal peoples who exist, perhaps forgotten, within larger encompassing societies, looking at such issues as the tension between individual and collective behavior, and conflict with institutional power. Riley is known for work that combines the seafarerís craft with nautical history through drawing, tattooing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, and video structured as complex multimedia installations. Riley has had solo exhibitions at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; and the Havana Biennial, among other venues. He has received numerous awards and commissions, including a Percent for Art public art commission, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and the MTA Arts For Transit commission for the Beach 98th Street Station renovation. Born in Boston, he received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, before moving to New York, settling in Brooklyn, and earning his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Riley lives and works in New York.

Benjamin Schmittís (Poems) poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Grist Journal, Solo Novo, The Monarch Review, Blue Lyra Review, Packingtown Review, and elsewhere. His first book, The global conspiracy to get you in bed, was published in 2013 by Kelsay Books. He currently lives with his wife in Seattle, where he teaches workshops to both children and adults.

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.

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Valeska Soares (Any Moment Now...) has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY since 1992. She will be the subject of a major traveling museum survey in 2017, curated by Julie Joyce and debuting at The Santa Barbara Museum of Art as part of the Getty Foundationís Pacific Standard Time initiative. Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions for the artist include Belle Haleine: The Scent of Art at Museum Tinguely, Basel; Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo at the Museum, Contemporary Art, Chicago; Permission to be Global at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Blueprint at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson. Soaresís works are included in important museum collections such as the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., The Guggenheim Museum, NY, The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA and Tate Modern, London. Soares has participated in various surveys and exhibitions of international art, including the Sharjah Biennial, the S„o Paulo Biennial and the Venice Biennale.

Previous work by J. A. Tyler (Goners) has appeared in Diagram, Haydenís Ferry Review, Black Warrior Review, and Denver Quarterly, among others. He teaches high school in Colorado.

Eric Wines (Recipes: Time to Cook, 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 Manhattanís 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 is a musician and composer who lives in Lower Manhattan. In 2013 Cissell premiered his String Quartet No. 2 with the Hudson Quartet and he released his second full-length studio album, Cosmography. A freelance musician, his recent gigs include touring China with the Manhattan Symphonie, appearing as a violinist in the feature film The Longest Week, performing at the New York premiere of Yves Kleinís Monotone-Silence Symphony, appearing on an album of Philip Glass songs, and contributing fiddle and mandolin parts to Ed Helmsís "Bunker, Bunker Burning Love" for the musical-comedy album 2776 to benefit OneKid OneWorld. Cissell is a returning 2014-2015 Teaching Artist Associate for the New York Philharmonicís 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 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.