Ashley Suzan Beck (Recipes: Navigation & Mapping: Around the Kitchen) 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.

Eric Bland (Building Seven) 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.

William Corwin (The Great Richmond) is a sculptor whose work has been exhibited at the Clocktower Gallery and the LaMama Gallery in New York, the FRISE Kunstlerhaus in Hamburg, PUCC's Contemporary Art in Budapest, and the George and Jorgen Gallery in London. He also writes for Frieze, Art Papers, The Brooklyn Rail, and ArtCritical and has a regular radio program on Clocktower Radio. His piece "Why are the no trees in Paleolithic cave art," a conversation with Colin Renfrew will appear this fall in Katie Holten's anthology About Trees published by Broken Dimanche Press.

Desert Stars (You Know Everything) is a 4-piece band from Brooklyn, New York formed October 2008. Built on the creative output of classically-trained violinist Janelle Best, the band dispatches its own brand of shoe-gaze psych-pop with intricately-layered instrumentation, lush harmonies and atmospheric guitar topped by Best’s dreamy tenor. The effect is reminiscent of the album we only wish Phil Spector had produced for The Jesus and Mary Chain: infectiously melodic, pop-eccentric, and deliciously lo-fi. Best’s outfit has evolved to include Eric Altesleben, Gregg Giuffre and Kevin Bookhamer.

Neil Greenberg (The Great Richmond) is active at the intersection of metropolitan planning, information design, and public transit operations. Originally from Detroit—and sometimes still found there—he moves around often to engage maximally with his projects. Greenberg uses maps, timetables, and other technical tools to fuel community-centric efforts that are provocative yet practical; such endeavors include CSG airBus, Summer in the City, Freshwater Railway, and Fake Omaha. His work has been featured at Storefront for Art and Architecture, on WDET radio, and ESOPUS Magazine, Print Magazine, ID Magazine, Triple Canopy, as well as multiple transit industry publications.

While completing a theology degree, Greg Klassen (Walnut River Entry Table) discovered a love for working with his hands that led to a career as an artist working in wood. His new River Collection, a series of furniture designs and art pieces made from locally salvaged trees, has recently catapulted him from struggling artist to garnering international attention for his creative new work. In the past year, his River Tables have appeared in various magazines and websites around the world. While flattered by all the praise and the impossibly long list of orders that come with it, Klassen is determined to remain grounded and puts his title of husband and father to his three kids (7, 5 and 2) before his role as an artist. So working from home comes natural for Klassen and he is in the midst of completing a new studio on his rural acreage in the Pacific Northwest, where he stands connected not only to the land that provides the inspiration for his work, but also to his family.

Dr. Ted Melnick (Navigating Uncertainty) studied math and art at Williams College. He completed his medical degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and his emergency medicine residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Currently, Melnick is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study strategies to improve the electronic medical interface to engage the patient at the bedside by better management of uncertainty.

Self-reliance, conservation, appreciation for fine craftsmanship and love of creativity, are the principles that guide Keith Mitchell (Lapstrake Dinghy). Growing up in the company of artists, builders and fine craftspeople in rural New England instilled him with these values. Now well into his second decade as a professional woodworker, his works include custom interiors, stairs, doors, furniture, wooden boats, and more. When not in the shop, you can find him pondering the wonders of nature, whether floating on the water, or wandering the forest.

Erica Molesworth (Place Positions) was born in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She received her BFA from the Sydney College of the Arts in 2009 and recently received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2015. Her practice incorporates video, photography, and installation, and considers contemporary modes of looking and the complexities of human relationships with the environment. She has been included in exhibitions in Australia and the United States, including at the University of Nevada's Grant Hall gallery (2015), SOMArts, CA (2014), Southern Exposure, CA (2013), and Firstdraft, Sydney (2012). She received a CCA graduate merit scholarship, an Australian Postgraduate Award, the NSW Artists' Grant, the Australia Council’s ArtStart grant and was a finalist in the John Fries Memorial Prize. Molesworth has also been an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA and at Hill End, Australia. Please visit

Christopher Mulrooney (Poems) is the author of toy balloons (Another New Calligraphy), alarm (Shirt Pocket Press), Rimbaud (Finishing Line Press), supergrooviness (Lost Angelene), and Buson orders leggings (Dink Press).

Jessica Rankin (Dear Another) was born in Sydney, Australia; she lives and works in New York, NY. She attended the Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Empire State College, New York, NY, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, and the Studio School of Drawing and Painting, New York, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Lacunae, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany, Passages, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA, USA, Skyfolds: 1941-2010, White Cube Hoxton Square, London, UK, Revenant, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany, Jessica Rankin, The Project, New York, NY span class=”"italic">Jessica Rankin, White Cube Hoxton Square, London, UK and The Measure of Every Pause, P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, Long Island City, NY, among others.

Bruce Robinson (Rain Delay) was at the Atlantic Center for the Arts last November, and it rained. Drier work has appeared in Poetry Australia, ONTHEBUS, the brooklyner, Fiction, and, most recently, Altar Collective. He still roots for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Sean Slaney (Ghost Pirate Ship/GPS) is an artist who lives and works in East Harlem, New York. Born in Boston, he moved to New York City in 1990 to study Illustration and Printmaking at Parsons School of Design and has since had his work featured at 450 Gallery, David McKee Gallery, The Proposition, Art Now NY and Joseph Gross Gallery. Working in window display for over a decade, Slaney has done extensive installation work, sculptural prop building, and mural painting for numerous fashion brands including Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys NY, and Jeffrey NY, as well as customized bags and accessories for Louis Vuitton. In Autumn of 2014 he created spray paint stencil murals for Bergdorf Goodman's Men's Store, South Street Seaport's "Out To See" festival, and a private commissioned mural for a NYC stylist's home. His work is not easily categorizable: it is contemporary in that it is of now while containing elements of Pop Art, Realism, and Street Art siphoned through his dry sense of humor and a host of other influences from art history. His work can be seen at and all summer on the second floor of Bergdorf Goodman's Men's Store.

Tanlines (Pieces) is an electronic music and indie rock duo from Brooklyn composed of percussionist Jesse Cohen and guitarist and vocalist Eric Emm. Their influence is drawn from various genres including pop, indie, dance and world music. The band has played with Vampire Weekend, The xx, Rick Ross, Yeasayer, Health, and Delorean. Their new album, Highlights, was realeased this summer on Matador Records; it was produced by the band and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Visit for more information.

Born in Wales amidst a landscape of mud, green hills, horses and sheep, artist Corrina Thornton (The Coach House) now lives and works in Norway. She has a BFA degree in Ceramics from Bath Spa University, UK and an MFA from Bergen National Academy of Art and Design, Norway. She works as an artist and as a research assistant for the artistic project Topographies of the Obsolete at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Her work focuses on understanding and finding the essence of places, materials and the meeting points between these things and herself. This often leads to exploring new places and spaces in the formulation of site based artworks. Thornton has exhibited internationally and within Norway, most recently in 2015 in Beyond G(l)aze at KODE, Bergen and the Korean International ceramics Biennial, Icheon. Her work may be seen online at and

Voutsa Wallpaper (Butterflies) 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 debuted at ICFF in New York City and Maison Objet, Miami.

Anne Whitehouse (Poems) 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: Navigation & Mapping: Around the Kitchen, 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.

Paul Zelevansky (Jericho Map) is an artist, writer, and teacher whose work includes video, animation, artists books, theoretical writing, and performance. His most recent book is 24 IDEAS ABOUT PICTURES, a primer composed of 24 visual/verbal propositions about the grammar, meaning, and metaphysics of pictures. His is devoted to an ongoing series of animations and videos made up of video clips, found images, texts, music samples, and sound effects.

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Sarah Marriage is a maker of fine furniture and other 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 is the 2015 recipient of the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, through The Society of Arts and Crafts and the Mineck Foundation. Sarah is a member of the board of trustees of The Furniture Society, and is currently making work as a studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. She also serves as Art Director, Designer, Programmer, and Calligrapher for Works & Days. Her Fiddler Mantis music stand may be seen at The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, through October 17th, as part of the exhibition, “Stay in Touch: Seven Years of the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship.”

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 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 and Luis Santos’ newest opera in Sydney, Australia. She won the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1986.