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. His recent work includes a collection of chamber music, a full-length album, a violin suite written as a companion piece to Cara Marsh Sheffler's Guide, and an appearance on Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass, a collaboration between the singer and composer released on the latter's label Orange Mountain Music in November. Current projects include a newly commissioned work for violist Janice LaMarre, a piece for the New England String Quartet, a 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 won the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1986.



Elvis Alves (Naming) has published work in Sojourners Magazine, Colere, Huizache, and The Caribbean Writer. He lives New York City and teaches at The John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Ashley Suzan Beck (Recipes: Arcadian Delights) 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.

Jodi Corley (To Repel Ghosts) was raised in the South and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest; however, she will be returning to the South this fall to begin a doctoral program. Besides ferrets and other mustelids, Corley greatly admires bats — and worries about them quite a bit. White Nose Syndrome is a disease with a 98% mortality rate that is decimating bats on the East Coast. WNS just reached South Carolina last month, the location of some of Corley's writing. For more information, visit http://whitenosesyndrome.org/ to help. Corley's ultimate life goals include living in a treehouse one day with her ferrets and boyfriend.

Choreographer Lindsay Gilmour (Baez Body) has recently performed her work at both Movement Research at the Judson Church and Dixon Place; her most recent creations are two evening works, Ahhhhhh (2011) and Desire and Decay (2010). Gilmour has served as an artist-in-residence abroad in Nicaragua and Chile. When not tending farm animals, she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ithaca College.

Stefan Hengst (String Ensemble Wallpaper) graduated with a B.F.A. from the College of Fine Arts & Design, St. Joost, in the Netherlands. His work has been recognized by well-known publications and institutions such as Italian Vogue, Metropolis, Wallpaper, and the Huffington Post and has recently been added to the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum. His photography has been exhibited at Boffo Show house (New York), Collegno Gallery (New York), Future 86 art event (Catskills, NY), Bienale 2009 (Cuenca, Ecuador) and Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). He was recently included in "MINE: Take What's Yours," an exhibition at New York City's UNDERLINE Gallery. Hengst's wall coverings will serve as the background for all four 2013 issues of Works & Days. www.stefanhengst.com

Steve Klepetar (Undertow) teaches literature and writing at Saint Cloud State University. His work has appeared in journals such as Snakeskin, The Mystic Nebula, Glass, Red River Review, Fade, Boston Literary Magazine. Klepetar has received several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His latest chapbook is My Father Had Another Eye from Flutter Press.

Kristin Maffei (Magic Act for Peace) is currently a Goldwater Fellow in Poetry, an MFA candidate at New York University, and Associate Editor at Oxford University Press. Maffei's poetry has been featured in qarrtsiluni, The Little Jackie Paper, In Flux, and Underwater New York.

Brigitte NaHoN (Holiness) was born in France and later naturalized as an American citizen. She has served as a jury member for the Beaux-Arts Diploma of Paris and taught at the Art Institute of Amiens. NaHoN holds a PhD in fine arts from the Sorbonne and was awarded a Villa Médicis Hors les Murs grant. In 2008, she became an Israeli citizen and currently lives in Tel Aviv.

Willow Jane Sainsbury (Dreams of Heaven) is an artist and illustrator based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Over the past three years, she has lived in Vicenza, Italy; Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Oxford, United Kingdom. She most recently returned to education, learning printmaking at the Australian Print Workshop and teaching Classical Studies at Columba College in Dunedin. She is currently working on her own illustration project and a study of landscapes. She is not on Facebook.

Originally from North Carolina, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw (I'll Fly Away) is a musician who appears in many guises. She performs primarily as violinist with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and as vocalist with Roomful of Teeth. She has also worked with the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Opera Cabal, the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, the Oracle Hysterical, and in collaboration with tUnE-yArDs -- Glasser, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, John Cale, Max Richter, and Steve Reich. Caroline's original music has been described as "a tour de force of vocal mischief-making" (John Schaefer, eMusic) and "vaguely sexual" (Pitchfork). Caroline has been a Yale Baroque Ensemble fellow and a Rice University Goliard fellow; she was a also a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship, which she used to study historical formal gardens and live out of a backpack. Shaw lives in New York.

Katie Shima (Drawings) earned her MArch from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; she is an artist and architectural designer based in New York City. Shima has had exhibitions, installations, and performances at Bridge Gallery, Charles Bank Gallery, Devotion Gallery, and Clocktower Gallery in New York City, as well as D.A.K. and Science Friction Gallery in Denmark. She is a founding member of the electronic noise art group Loud Objects and currently works as an architectural designer at Situ Studio.

Berndnaut Smilde (Nimbus) is interested in the temporal nature of construction and deconstruction. His artistic point of view often centers on duality and the tension between indoors and outdoors, temporality, size, the function of materials, and architectural elements. Smilde holds an MA from the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. Awards include a stipend from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design, and Architecture. In 2008, he was a resident artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Selected exhibitions include: "Out of Focus" at the Saatchi Gallery, London; "Process Room" at the Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. For more, please visit Ronchini Gallery online.

Eric Wines (Recipes: Arcadian Delights, Director of Events) 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.