Editorial Staff

Luke Cissell is a musician and composer who lives in Lower Manhattan. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a fiddling champion at the age of eight and went on to train as a classical violinist. Cissell's recent work includes a collection of chamber music, a full-length album, and a suite for solo violin written as a companion piece to Cara Marsh Sheffler's Guide. He is currently at work on his second studio album and an opera based on Henry James's The Ambassadors. Play with his jukebox at http://www.lukecissell.com.

Sarah Marriage is a woodworking student at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program in Fort Bragg, California. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and has at turns worked in the fields of architecture, structural engineering, occupational health and safety, dog-walking, data management, physics, youth empowerment, and construction supply. Recent projects include the rehabilitation of a nineteenth-century townhouse in Baltimore, Maryland. She also serves as Art Director, Designer, Programmer, and Calligrapher for Works & Days.

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, a novella, along with an extended monologue about the guidebook used by the Donner Party, 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 has a perfect launch party attendance record.



Los Angeles native Theodora Allen (From Graceland To the Promised Land) is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In the summer of 2011, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Brand New Heartache, Michael Jon Gallery, Miami, FL; I Know This But You Feel Different, Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York, NY; and Ultrasonic VI, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

The And Group (Daniel Tammet) is a two-person band from New York City that combines experimental means with conventional instruments to create an eclectic mix of epic-length pop songs and toe-tapping soundscapes. Howard Huang (guitar, bass, keyboards, computer) is an engineer at Bell Labs who recently wrote a book on communication theory in cellular networks. David Zuckerman (guitar, bass, vocals) is a filmmaker from Brooklyn whose films include Wolfe with an E and Phoebe Zeitgeist. The two of them have been making music as The And Group since 2002. In live performance, the band sometimes dispenses with their crafted songs and instead create improvised instrumental narratives, using live video input to process acoustic instruments. Recently they have performed around New York in venues including the Stone, Tonic, Chashama, and The Common Room. http://www.theandgroup.org

Ashley Suzan Beck (Recipes: Tools In the Kitchen) was raised in Newport Beach, California, where she inherited her love for the kitchen from her Armenian mother and grandmother. Beck graduated from New York University and is currently working for the Marcus Samuelsson Group. When not styling a shoot or testing new recipes, she fancies running along the East River, knitting, reading Fitzgerald, and dining out with friends. She lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with her Morkie, Coco, and can be followed on Twitter @AshleySuzan.

Eric Bland's (Building Four) latest play, All the Indifferent Children of the Earth, was described as “death-obsessed" and “awesomely eloquent." He studied Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and poetry and playwriting at Princeton.

Leslie Brunetta (Metellina segmentata) is co-author, with Catherine L. Craig, of Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating (Yale University Press), available in print and ebook form from your local independent bookstore and Amazon. She has degrees from Princeton and Oxford and has written for NPR, Technology Review, the Sewanee Review, and other publications. You can find out more at www.lesliebrunetta.com, @LeslieBrunetta, and Spider Silk at Facebook.

A native of Vilnius, Lithuania, Arturas Bumšteinas (Widna) is a composer/performer of acoustic and electronic music. After graduating from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, he founded three musical ensembles: Quartet Twentytwentyone, Zarasai, and Works and Days. His various projects have been presented in dozens of exhibitions around Europe. Festival participation includes: The Holland Festival, Sensoralia/Romaeuropa, Angelica, Jauna Muzika, Sonic Circuits, Cut & Splice, Skanumezs, Wundergrund, KODY, and Full Pull. Collaborators include: Anton Lukoszevieze, Laura Garbstiene, Jesse Glass, Piotr Kurek, Alina Orlova, Lina Lapelyte, Jeff Surak, Borut Savski, Pure, Vladimir Tarasov, Dominykas Vysniauskas, Liudas Mockunas, and Max Reinhardt. His music has been published by the following labels: Bølt, Zeromoon, Con-v, NUUN, Sangoplasmo, Cronica Electronica, Semplice Records, and Nexsound. From 2006-2011, he was represented by Galerie Antje Wachs in Berlin; today, he lives and works in Riga, Latvia. His work may be found at http://arturasbumsteinas.tumblr.com/.

Paul Cherwick (Arbor Vitae) was raised in mostly frozen Winnipeg, Canada, where he received his BFA from the University of Manitoba. He moved to Los Angeles to get his MFA at UCLA. He continues to live and work in Los Angeles, along with his wife Jodie, their young son Rollie, and their dog, Miss America. Cherwick's work has been exhibited internationally. Recently, he was a visiting lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is represented by International Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles, and Brennan and Griffin in New York.

Matthias Heiderich (Kali) was born in 1982 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. He is a self-taught photographer currently living and working in Berlin. After finishing his university studies in the field of linguistics and phonetics, he dedicated more time to his photography. Since 2007, Matthias has worked on a variety of different photographic projects (“Colour Berlin," “Winter Berlin," “Snow Blind," “White Noise," “Funktionsorte"), many of which are based in Berlin. His photographic terrain includes both urban and suburban regions, as well as deserted landscapes.

Prue Hyman (Big Sky) enjoys observing unexpected details and using historic photographic processes. She spent extensive time in the late aughts on the road, photographing musicians. A native New Yorker, she currently lives in Chinatown. Her work can be viewed at www.pruehyman.com and is available for sale via direct contact. She is a connoisseur of jokes pertaining to her surname.

Damien Kamholtz (A Portrait of Rimbaud) is a visual artist living in Queensland, Australia. His work is multi-layered and often explores the dualities of human experience. Visit his other work online at Art House Gallery, Vimeo, and Facebook.

Noah Klersfeld (Towards a Disdain for Daily Rituals) is an artist and architect 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 in 1996. In 2003, he received a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Klersfeld recently exhibited work at The Islip Art Museum, Freight + Volume Gallery and The Kustera Tilton Gallery (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Side Street Projects, Pharmaka Gallery, The Cirrus Gallery (Los Angeles), The Centre of Contemporary Culture (Barcelona) and The Soap Factory (Minneapolis MN). Noah's video project Payroll has been on two national tours and has received awards from the Center on Contemporary Arts (Seattle) and the ASU Film and Video Festival (Tempe). He recently completed a video commission with collaborator Patty Chang at the Los Angeles International Airport. He will be participating in an upcoming group show at the Radiator Gallery in Long Island City this November, You'll Never Walk Alone Again. http://www.noahklersfeld.com

Christo Logan and Danil Nagy (Work In Progress) studied architecture at Columbia University and work in New York and China.

Willow Jane Sainsbury (Autumn Spider) is an artist and illustrator, who is currently relocating to Dunedin, New Zealand. She has lived in Vicenza, Italy; Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Oxford, United Kingdom in the past three years where she continues to teach, learn and work as an artist. She most recently returned to education, learning printmaking at the Australian Print Workshop. She is currently working on her own illustration project and a study of landscapes. She is not on Facebook.

As an artist, Kellesimone Waits (Paintings) lets the subject decide its medium. A lover of books and magazines, of discarded collections of vintage photographs, of art and travel, Kellesimone brings substance and versatility to an expanding oeuvre. Only in her 20s, Waits has already exhibited internationally, has had solo shows in New York and Los Angeles, and seen her paintings bought by prominent art collectors. Waits currently lives and works in the Bay Area, but maintains close ties to the Los Angeles arts community. She is represented by 101/exhibit in Los Angeles and Miami. www.kellesimonewaits.com

Eric Wines (Recipes: Tools In the Kitchen) hosts candlelight suppers and classy cocktail parties. Wines was raised in Detroit, MI and lives in New York City where he is co-owner of Tre restaurant in Manhattan and a member of Skylight Group, NYC's premier event venue collection. In his free time, Wines enjoys biking, gardening, and volunteering for The Lowline. Follow him on Twitter @EricWines.

Andrew Yes (Helmet Lights) was fueled by a fantasy of castles and kings, in which dragon-filled skies flame with tales of passion and pomp. Beginning with sculpted metal horns, magnetic beadwork, and chain mail, Yes then etches fables of paradise into his lights' crowns. To complement these lights, Yes fabricates supremely comfortable pillows and ottomans from deconstructed tapestries. Explore more of his work at www.AndrewYes.com.