Ashley Suzan Beck (Recipes: Coriander Culture) 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 in Brooklyn with her Morkie, Coco, and can be followed on Twitter @AshleySuzan.

iROZEALb (Blackface) was born in Washington D.C., and studied at San Francisco Art Institute, Pratt, and Yale. Today, she lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and, this year, had simultaneous New York shows at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art and Salon 94 Freemans. iona ROZEAL brown also works as a DJ and began creating works for stage in 2011 when she put on The Battle of Yestermore in conjunction with Performa. Her work is included in the Hirshhorn Collection, the New Museum, the Studio Art Museum in Harlem, and the Rubell Family Collection, and the Yale Art Museum. Next year, she will have a show at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.

Dave Hardin (Drawing 101) is a Michigan poet and artist. His poems have appeared in 3 Quarks Daily, Literary Kicks, Pocket Thoughts, The Drunken Boat, Epigraph Magazine, Bullworth, Loose Change, and Detroit Metro Times. He contributes to Scrum, a blog of poetry and satire; his visual work imay be seen at In 2012, he self-published A Ruinous Thirst, a collection of poems.

Stefan Hengst (Black-Eyed Susan Vine) has a body of work as a designer that spans more than 20 years. Dutch-born and raised, he now calls New York home. Hengst graduated with a BFA from the College of Fine Arts & Design, St. Joost, in the Netherlands. His work has appeared in Italian Vogue, Metropolis, Wallpaper, and the Huffington Post and has recently been added to the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Hengst's 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), and most recently at the UNDERLINE Gallery (New York). Hengst's wall coverings will serve as the background for all four 2013 issues of Works & Days. More work may be found at

Jano (Aye Gude) formed as a band in 2011 with the mission to transform traditional African music and to shape the future of rock music. Born and raised in Ethiopia, the band's ten members lived and recorded their first LP, Ertale, under one roof in the Ethiopian countryside. Jano recently wrapped up their first US tour. For more information, visit

Ilya Malachias (Psari Plaki) graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans. He studied at the International Culinary Center in New York City and has worked as a private chef and caterer for the past six years. He is also a chef at The Calhoun School and lives in New York City.

Park Seung Mo (Human) lives and works in Seoul, South Korea, but also maintains a studio in Brooklyn. This year, he has had solo exhibitions at Nampo Art Museum in Korea and Art Issue Gallery in Taiwan; he was included in a group exhibition at HADA Contemporary in London. In New York, his work has appeared at the Blank Space Gallery, Kips Gallery, and The Museum of Art and Design. Phillips de Pury has also featured his work in conjunction with London's Saatchi Gallery. His work may be seen online at

Lana Fee Rasmussen (Home On the Range) is originally from the Southern California coast. In 2006, she completed a BFA in Studio Art from New York University. This past summer, Rasmussen exhibited her ink drawings at the Matsumoto Museum of Art and the Asagura Arts and Cultural Center in Omachi, Japan. In recent years, she has worked in the studios of multiple internationally recognized artists in New York and New Mexico; built displays for Anthropologie; and collaborated on diverse design projects with friends. Rasmussen currently lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA.

Documentary filmmaker Barbara Rick (Daraja Rain) is a director, producer, writer, and photographer based in New York City. Recipient of a Peabody Award, multiple Emmy® awards and other top industry prizes, Rick is president and founder of Out of The Blue Films, Inc. ( a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to exceptional storytelling that explores, articulates, and celebrates humanity. Rick's independent films on women and girls' rights, Africa, spirituality, music, and other topics have been broadcast nationally, winning festival honors internationally, and are widely used as university teaching tools. Her work will be featured at a special event at the Smithsonian this fall. To learn more, please visit her webiste:

Louisa Shafia (Persian Latke) lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, James, but spends a lot of time in San Francisco and Los Angeles (eating). Her latest cookbook is The New Persian Kitchen, a fresh take on the cooking traditions of Iran. Her first cookbook, Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life is a collection of seasonal recipes and eco-friendly kitchen tips. It was a finalist for the IACP's best book of the year award in the "Health and Special Diet" category. She is originally from Philly, and goes back to cruise the Reading Terminal Market as often as possible. Find her online at

Steven Volynets (Phantom Fury) was born in Soviet Ukraine and raised in South Brooklyn. His culture and literary criticism have been published in Construction Literary Magazine and HTMLGIANT. Volynets also spent several years as a writer at PC Magazine, covering everything from gadgets to energy policy. His news gathering and reporting earned nominations for the Weblog Award, MIN Best of the Web Award, and the Annual Jesse H. Neal Award, the "Oscar" of business journalism. His writing has also appeared on ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, The Houston Chronicle, and elsewhere in print and on the web. Steven graduated from Brooklyn College and attended a MFA program in fiction at the City College of New York.

Jim Warner (Eila; pinsans and tender carpenter constructions) is the Managing Editor of Quiddity International Literary Journal and the Public Radio Program at Benedictine University. He has published two poetry collections, Too Bad It's Poetry and Social Studies (Paper Kite Press). His poetry has appeared in various journals including The North American Review, PANK Magazine, and Drunken Boat. Jim received his MFA at Wilkes University and lives in Springfield, IL. Follow him on Twitter: @whoismisterjim.

Anne Whitehouse (Blessing XVI; Blessing XXXI) is a poet, fiction, and non-fiction writer who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her recollections of her childhood during the Civil Rights Era in Birmingham, Alabama, may be read in Kids in Birmingham 1963. She was interviewed about her life and work in Harvard Stories. Her most recent poetry collection is The Refrain, published by Dos Madres Press in 2012. The two "Blessings" poems in Works & Days are part of a larger series, Blessings and Curses. Her novel, Fall Love, is now available as an ebook from Feedbooks, Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, and iTunes; her website may be visited at

Eric Wines (Recipes: Coriander Culture, 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.

Yaffe Mays (Sligo) was established in 2005 as the professional partnership of Rebecca Yaffe and Laura Mays. Yaffe Mays designs and makes one-off pieces of furniture of enduring value. They have work in numerous private collections in Ireland and the US. Their work has been commissioned by the Office of Public Works (Ireland) and the National Museum of Ireland. Yaffe Mays shows work in juried exhibitions, both in Ireland and internationally. A portfolio of work can be seen at

Elena Zachary (Porcelain Chandelier) was born and raised in Northampton, a small city in Western Massachusetts. Her father a woodworker and her mother a jack-of-all-trades, she grew up making mazes for her pet rodents and architectural models of landscapes described in books. She received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2011 and went on to intern at Salem Art Works in upstate New York. She recently completed a nine-month residency at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California. She has returned to live in Northampton and is working as an artist's assistant.

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Luke Cissell (Infinite Progress) is a musician and composer who lives in Lower Manhattan. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a fiddling champion at the age of eight. In June he released his second full-length studio album, Cosmography. Cissell's String Quartet No. 2 was premiered earlier this year by the Hudson Quartet. He recently appeared on Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass, a collaboration between the singer and composer released on the latter's label Orange Mountain Music. 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. Sarah's woodwork may be seen online at

Cara Marsh Sheffler (Guide) 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.