Jacob Appel’s (Hue and Cry) first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award and was published by Cargo. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. Other recent books include a novel, The Biology of Luck (Elephant Rock, 2013), and an essay collection, Phoning Home (University of South Carolina Press, 2014). Jacob is a graduate of the MFA program in fiction at New York University and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He practices medicine in New York City. More at:

Ashley Suzan Beck (Recipes: Biology & Process) is currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition at NYU in order to become a Registered Dietician. When not studying or testing new recipes, she fancies physical activity and believes through it, in congruence with proper diet, she will be able to help people overcome the ailments of modern day society. Beck lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her dog, Coco, and can be followed on Twitter @AshleySuzan.

Morgan Bazilian (My Little Boy Asks) is a writer based in Dublin. His recent poetry has appeared in journals such as: Angle Poetry, Dead Flowers, Poetry Quarterly, Garbanzo Literary, and Innisfree. His short fiction has been published in Eclectica, South Loop Review, Embodied Effigies, Shadowbox, Slab, Crack the Spine, and Glasschord. He won his 6th grade science fair with a project on photosynthesis.

Roy Bentley (Ankh) has received fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. Poems have appeared in Hamilton Stone Review, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Pleiades, Blackbird, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Books include Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama, 1986), Any One Man (Bottom Dog, 1992), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine, 2006), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House 2013). He has taught creative writing and composition for over 20 years at colleges throughout the Midwest and in south Florida. These days, he teaches at Georgian Court University and lives in Barnegat, NJ with his wife Gloria.

Eric Bland (Building Siz) wrote poetry under the guidance of Susan Wheeler at Princeton University. Later he received an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and, with his collective the Old Kent Road Theater, created fifteen or so large and small scale theater projects in New York City at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater/Incubator Arts Project, The Brick Theater, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, and other such venues. A handful of his plays are available for purchase from the contemporary theater emporium Formerly an accountant, he is now a medical student at Columbia University.

Dave Cicirelli (Infinity Cube) was born on the Jersey Shore where he ignored the beach and spent his childhood drawing pictures. In addition to his full-time job as an art director for live events, he fills his nights and weekends with independent projects. He was behind Fake Banksy—a viral response to Banksy’s Better Out Than In residency of New York—and Fakebook, an early social media hoax which became the basis of his first book.

Musician, producer, and DJ Lauren Flax (Paradise) has worked with Grammy-nominated vocalists both individually and as part of the Brooklyn duo, CREEP, along with her sonic partner, Lauren Dillard with whom she has been collaborating since 2009. CREEP's debut Echoes was widely praised for its blend of trip hop, shoegaze, and house music elements. Most recently Flax has returned to her house roots, with her songs and mixes airing on Radio1, Triple J, and most recently Roger Sanchez's Release Yourself radio show. Flax has firmly established herself as a fixture of this new era of dance music, and with her productions in the pipeline for 2015, she will no doubt continue her journey from cult following to club world mainstay.

Concentrating mainly on furniture and objets d'art, Thomas Hucker (Couple’s Chair) practices his design and fabrication in his studio in Hoboken, New Jersey. Trained by a fifth-generation German cabinetmaker, Leonard Hilgner, Hucker learned about composition and fabrication techniques. Traditional European and Asian furniture such as Beidemeir and Ming Dynasty were the highlights of his studies. He then attended PIA (Program in Artisanry) at Boston University where he met his mentor was Jere Osgood. Osgood's works rooted in Scandanavian asethetics and Hucker’s participation in Japanese tea ceremony led to a unique fusion and interpretation of influences. Hucker later returned to school at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. Currently, Thomas is focusing on the contextual relationship of his designs and their surroundings. A piece of furniture's composition, proportions, and finishes must relate to its surroundings: furniture does not exist alone. Hucker’s accomplishments include exhibitions of his work with various galleries and museums, and lectures in the USA and Japan. He has also been a recipient of several awards, grants and fellowships for design excellence. For detailed information, please visit

Denise Iris (Sweetmeats) is a digital media artist and filmmaker whose work explores the boundaries between the mysterious and the familiar, both in the act of seeing and in the unfolding of narrative. Blending whimsy and gravitas, her pieces propose new intersections between the natural and the artificial while they invite viewers to rediscover a layer of experience often overlooked in the frantic pace of contemporary life. Her work has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, on PBS, and at festivals worldwide, winning a Silver Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Critics’ Prize at the Dakino International Film Festival, and a Director’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. It is held in the permanent collections of universities such as Harvard, University of Colorado Boulder, Colgate, and University of Massachusetts Boston. Recent shows include the Personal Cinema Series at UC Boulder, Microscope Gallery, and Dumbo Arts Festival. Denise Iris holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Brown. She attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and studied critical theory at the Centre Odéon d’Etudes Critiques in Paris. Grants and fellowships include the MacDowell Colony, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Wexner Center for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, NY Foundation for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi, and others. Denise has taught at Columbia University and Swarthmore College and is currently on the faculty at Parsons and The New School for Design. Raised in Bucharest, Romania, Iris lives in New York City.

Osvaldo Chance Jimenez (The Lord Is My Light) is a first-generation Dominican from Harlem and the Lower East Side. After barely surviving a hit-and-run in Brooklyn, OJ decided to buy a humble point and shoot to capture his experiences for posterity and for his young son. Much of OJ’s photography is New York-centric: parties, sidewalks, graffiti, dirty nightclubs, all captured with a knowing tone. His eye is in no way jaded, but rather experienced, understanding, and at ease. His travel photography reminds the viewer OJ is simultaneously at home and a New Yorker no matter where he is, from the East Village to Cambodia. Living or surviving, in the city or abroad, OJ has a way of telling stories in a humble, lighthearted way. He views the grit and chaos as a language that connects lines and cultures into a unified voice. OJ has shown his work all over New York including Rox Gallery, White Rabbit, Rouge58, Fools Gold Records, Headscapes, and +aRt (540 West 28th Street).

Jai Lennard (Residue) hails from Northern California where he was raised in a home filled with art of the body; as a result, he grew to be inquisitive about the subject and its behavior, specifically with regard to sexuality. Following collegiate stints in Atlanta, GA and London, UK, Lennard now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY as a fine art and commercial photographer. He remains inquisitive about sexual behavior and challenges himself to explore the topic in a variety of ways. Lennard has displayed work in Spain, New York, London, Italy, and Canada and worked with clients that include Dr. Pepper, Sony, Levis, and HP. He is one of the founders of the New York Times-praised Adult Magazine and constantly work with other developing erotic publications.

Mariko Nakatani (Shakshuka Oyako-Don) is a New York City attorney, a connoisseur of the midwest's best Japanese restaurants, and a maker of sausage—delicious, delicious sausage. Nakatani hails from Osaka, Japan, and moved just outside of Pittsburgh, PA when she was seven. Her love of cooking began as a child, when she would help her food-obsessed parents chop vegetables and stir miso soup for dinner each night. Nakatani now lives in New York City, where she has cooked in a chili competition, offers kimchi sausage in a Brooklyn food swap, and once, threw an Emergency Ham Party. Mariko also hosts periodic supper clubs in Brooklyn, and is perfecting her secret recipes for a nascent sausage and charcuterie business.

Noble Goods (Honeycomb Tray) is a design duo comprised of Christopher Moore and Molly FitzSimons. Moore approaches design with reckless curiosity combined with careful craftsmanship and a deep respect for the physical world. He holds an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, and has been making things with his hands since he was a kid. He is a master of materials, including concrete, wood, leather, metal, and cast plastics. He started Noble Goods because he believes that the best you can do is to do what you love. FitzSimons is a props and interiors stylist with an eye for the small details that bring inspiration to everyday life. She honed her skills as a Style Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Home Merchandizing Manager at Anthropologie, as well as a lifetime of choosing wall colors and rearranging furniture as a hobby. She started Noble Goods because she believes a beautiful object, well-placed, can inspire great things.

Elizabeth Pechacek (Formal Explorations in Ceramics) was raised in Indianapolis by her artist mother and chemist father. She grew up constantly making all types of things but it wasn’t until she took a ceramics class at Indiana University that she found her true calling. After earning a BFA in ceramics and a BA in art history, she moved to Minneapolis, where she set up her studio practice in a friend’s root cellar and began teaching ceramics at Powderhorn Park. Her work is all either hand-built or slip cast from hand-built prototypes, then ornamented with layers of slip, inlay, and glaze to achieve a rich and complex surface that above all communicates a sense of touch. Drawing from a diverse range historical sources such as the Mimbres and Neolithic Chinese pottery and extending to Danish Modern Ceramics and the work of such pioneers as Lucie Rie and Ruth Duckworth, her work is an interesting blend of ancient and modern aesthetics.

Jorge Peschiera (Infinity Cube) was born in Lima and grew up moving back and forth between Peru and the US. He’s had a lifelong involvement in the arts and sciences and after graduating from Amherst College, and dedicated himself to a professional career that combines both. His design and animation work has earned a number of broadcast awards and been featured on numerous television networks, as well as feature films, experiential installations, and more.

Previous work by J. A. Tyler (The Zoo, a Going) has appeared in Diagram, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Black Warrior Review, and Denver Quarterly, among others. He teaches high school in Colorado.

Voutsa Wallpaper (Vagina Tree) is the brainchild of George Venson. Venson completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. After traveling abroad, Venson moved to New York City to pursue a career as a painter. He worked for a variety of artists working in a variety of media, until one day he arrived at wallpaper. In January 2014, Venson launched Voutsa with his first collection of mass produced readymade digitally printed wall paper, after a successful year of handpainted wallpaper commissions. Voutsa is based in Chinatown, Manhattan. Voutsa's new collection will debut at ICFF in New York City and Maison Objet, Miami later this year.

Walking Shapes (Winter Fell) is comprised of Nathaniel Hoho (vocals, guitar), Jesse Kotansky (guitar, violin, vocals), Jake Generalli (keys, vocals), Dan Krysa (bass, vocals) and Christopher Heinz (drums). This past autumn found Walking Shapes in the studio with Oberg once more to record Taka Come On; the album is released by AWAL and features two exclusive tracks, "Pools" and "Black Eye." Walking Shapes has been featured in publications including Spin, Interview Magazine, Earmilk, MTV, The Village Voice, Revolt, The Wild Magazine, BULLETT and more. For more information, please visit and listen to single "In The Wake," available as an album pre-order at

Eric Wines (Recipes: Biology & Process, 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 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 Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony, appearing on an album of Philip Glass songs, and contributing fiddle and mandolin parts to Ed Helms’s "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 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 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 ofMuch Ado About Nothing. A recipient of the Fagles Prize, she has most recently been working on Our Trespasses, and Guide. She has been spotted performing excerpts of Guide in tandem with Luke Cissell's (The Myth of) Infinite Progress around New York City, as well as writing for Slutever. Sheffler is also providing the libretto for Cissell's adaptation of The Ambassadors. She won the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1986.