Anne Beck (New Zealand Flax Paper) is a curator, educator, and artist working collaboratively and independently in a variety of media, ranging from painting to print- and book-making to public intervention. She holds an M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Virginia. Beck lives and works in Northern California where she is director of Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space and handmade paper mill that focuses on interdisciplinary sustainable creative practice Beck co-founded the space with Dietmar Krumrey in 2010. Beck's paper will serve as the background for each of Works & Days Quarterly's 2014 issues. Her work may be found online at

Ashley Suzan Beck (Recipes: Cold Weather Yen) was raised in Newport Beach, California, where she inherited her love for the kitchen from her Armenian mother and grandmother. Beck received her B.A. from New York University and most recently worked for the Marcus Samuelsson Group. She is returning to NYU to pursue a Master's of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition. When not studying 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.

Eric Bland (Sigism(u)ondo among West Bushwick-town (BUILDING FIVE)) wrote poetry under the guidance of Susan Wheeler at Princeton University. Later he received an M.A. in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and, with his collective, the Old Kent Road Theater, created 15 large and small scale theater projects in New York City at venues including the Ontological-Hysteric Theater/Incubator Arts Project, The Brick Theater, The Bushwick Starr, and Dixon Place. A handful of his plays are available for purchase from the contemporary theater emporium (, including Emancipatory Politics: A Romantic Tragedy, which will be presented by The Mobtown Players in Baltimore in March. Currently an accountant, he will be attending medical school in the fall of 2014.

Go-Ray & Duke (Spirits in the Material World) is the collaboration of Rachel Golub and David Schommer. Rachel Golub ( is a musician and composer with strong roots in classical violin and Indian art music; her sound is particularly colored by her experiences of folk melody and groove in the Thar desert and swimming the frigid Straits of Patagonia. As Go-Ray, she sets the poetry of devotion into melody in the hopes of expressing some of the deep connection that draws her into sound. Duke is David Schommer, percussionist and master producer, whose background in Ethiopian and Brazilian music lays a foundation for his deep and far-ranging understanding of rhythm. He is the creator of the Yoga Organix label. The full record, Go-Ray & Duke: the Yoga Sessions is available at

Ben Gunsberg (Thanatos and Eros) is a professor of English at Utah State University, where he teaches courses in Creative Writing and English Education. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan. His poetry has appeared in Laurel Review, Wind, CutBank, and other journals. In 2007 his poetry manuscript, Cut Time, won the University of Michigan's Hopwood Award for Poetry Writing. Ben lives in Logan, Utah at the foot of the Bear River Mountains.

Nels Hanson (Brief Candle) has worked as a farmer, teacher, and contract writer/editor. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz and the University of Montana; his fiction received the San Francisco Foundation's James D. Phelan Award. Hanson's stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Montreal Review, and other journals. "Now the River's in You," which appeared in Ruminate Magazine, was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize, and "No One Can Find Us," published in Ray's Road Review, has been nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize.

Brooklyn-based band Invisible Days (Solitary Time) recently released their new single "Fortress" as a follow up to Solitary Time/Steward and their EP, Polaurora. Singer/guitarist Sean Finnigan and singer/bassist Alex Koch have created a multi-layered guitar sound reminiscent of bands such as the Stone Roses and My Bloody Valentine. Listen to their music online at

Greg Laird (Danmark Lounger) has built cabinetry for over ten years in various parts of the country. Most of his education has come on the job, though he formally trained under Craig Vandall Stevens at Penland School of Crafts, under Greg Zall in his marquetry workshop, and at the College of the Redwoods in its Fine Woodworking Program. Laird hails from Topeka, but now lives and works in Northern California. See more of his work at

Jai Lennard (Egosynthesis) hails from Northern California where he was raised by a mother who both practiced medicine and avidly collected art; as a result, he grew to be inquisitive about the body and its behavior. Following 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 Philadelphia, New York, London, and Italy and also worked with clients including G-Shock, Dr. Pepper, Sony, and HTC. His latest endeavor has him as the Photo Editor of the newly launched Adult Magazine.

Eamon Ore-Giron (Paintings) is a Los Angeles-based visual artist. His work explores the possibilities of transmutation, how concept and form morph and adapt as they move between languages, cultures, and political systems. With influences spanning Brazilian Tropicalia, early Latin American Abstraction, and certain mutations on folkloric form, Ore-Giron has refined an individuated visual and conceptual lexicon focused on complex, yet simply executed, forms. Ore-Giron was one of the original members of the so-called Mission School in San Francisco during the mid-1990s. He has since relocated to Los Angeles and gone on to show extensively both in the United States and abroad. His artwork, music, and performances have been shown at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Deitch Projects, New York; MUCA ROMA, Mexico City; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museo Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Peres Projects, Los Angeles; Lonarte, Portugal; Consonni, Bilbao, Spain; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia; Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; SFMOMA, San Francisco; and Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco.

Jon Eric Riis (Cycles) is a distinguished fiber artist whose work can be found in the collections of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Museum of Art and Design, and the Smithsonian. Riis studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in 1970 went to India on a Fulbright Grant to study double ikat, a highly specialized dyeing and weaving technique practiced in Gujarat. During a career that has spanned more than four decades, Riis has exhibited his work in museums around the world and traces his passion for textiles to time spent as a child wandering Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. In 2011, he was a United States Artists Windgate Fellow and recipient of the Master of the Medium Award in Fibers bestowed by the Renwick Alliance. Cycles is the first in a yearlong curated series of Riis' art to be featured in Works & Days Quarterly.

Dorothea Rockburne (Einstein's Cross; Sacred Geometry #1 & #2) was born in Montreal, Canada; today, she lives and works in New York, NY. She attended the Montreal Museum School and, later, Black Mountain College, where she studied with Philip Guston and Franz Kline, among other contemporaries. There, the teachings of Max Dehn, German mathematician and close friend of Albert Einstein, made arguably the largest impact on Rockburne's work. Dehn educated Rockburne about Pythagorean and Euclidean geometry, group theory and topology, and the concepts of harmonic intervals. Working with varied materials, Rockburne paints, cuts, draws, folds, and calculates to create works of art built upon art historical as well as mathematical foundations. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Auckland City Art Museum, among many others. Rockburne has received numerous awards and honors, among them the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy, induction into American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself is on display at the Museum of Modern Art until February 2, 2014.

Matthew Ronay (Mud Balls; Emerging Pod) was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1976 and received his M.F.A. from Yale University in 2000. He lives and works in New York. A major installation of his work is currently included as part of the 12th Biennale de Lyon in Lyon, France. Earlier this year, his work was the subject of concurrent solo shows at the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, Kentucky. Previous solo institutional presentations include an exhibition of Ronay's installation "Between the Worlds" at La Conservera in Murcia, Spain (2012), a presentation of "Between the Worlds" at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas (2010) and "Goin' Down, Down, Down" at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2006). His work was also included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial in New York.

Hiba Schahbaz (Miniature Paintings) trained in the art of miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has practiced contemporary miniature painting for the past ten years and recently received her M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her work in traditional and contemporary miniature painting internationally, in addition to curating exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Phil Shaw (The Battle of the Sexes) was born and brought up in the West Yorkshire woollen and engineering town of Huddersfield, England. He studied painting at Leeds Polytechnic and printmaking at the Royal College of Art. In 2000, he was awarded a Doctorate in Printmaking from Middlesex University, where he has taught since 1980. In June of this year, Shaw was handpicked by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to create a one-off print as a gift for each of the most powerful heads of state at the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland.

Candy Shue (Lucid:  Dream For) grew up in Chino, California, where her father owned the only Chinese dairy in town, which he named China Acres. Her childhood was filled with a myriad of animals, including dogs, hamsters, rabbits, ducks, horses, turtles, parrots, baby alligators, a spider monkey, and a llama named Henry, but no cats. Candy is a poet and book reviewer whose work can be found on Poet As Radio, Mead Magazine, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Spiral Orb, and other journals. She is currently working on a series of essays on poetry and tantra and a chapbook titled, Whiskey, Water, and White Dwarves.

Sean Slaney (Dream Girl) is an emerging artist who lives and works in East Harlem, New York. Born in Boston, he moved to New York City in 1990 to study at Parsons School of Design and has since had his work featured at 450 Gallery, David McKee Gallery, and The Proposition. Working in window display and on photo shoots Slaney has done extensive installation work and prop building for numerous fashion brands including Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Ralph Lauren, and Jeffrey, as well as customized luggage, bags, and accessories for Louis Vuitton. His work frequently returns to his roots in illustration: his drawings, paintings, and limited-run handmade stickers make use of spraypaint and contemporary influences as heavily as they borrow from Antiquity and Renaissance ideals of beauty. Slaney's current projects center on his stencils, which are by turns playful and perverse, sunny and sly. Earlier this year, Slaney showed at Art Now NY. His work can be seen at

Soda Shop (When You're Lonely) is the merging of Drew Diver (Horse Shoes) and Maria Usbeck (Selebrities), a boy and a girl whom fate brought together at an Embassy concert in Brooklyn, NY. The Embassy heavily influenced both Driver and Usbeck's earlier work; however, as Soda Shop, they have left behind the drum machines and synthesizers in favor of a hollow-body guitar and tambourine. Listen to them online at

Eric Wines (Recipes: Cold Weather Yen, 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.

Born in Japan, Saya Woolfalk (Plant Alchemy) is a New York-based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; Real Art Ways; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09. Articles on her work have appeared in Sculpture Magazine,, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and on Art21's blog. Her first solo museum show, "The Empathics," was on view at the Montclair Art Museum last fall. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Smack Mellon and at work on a solo museum show for the Chrysler Museum of Art slated for next fall. She teaches at Parsons: The New School for Design.

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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 in 2013 by the Hudson Quartet. He recently appeared on Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music) and performed at the New York premiere of Yves Klein's seminal Monotone-Silence Symphony. Cissell is currently a Teaching Artist Associate for the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Bridge 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 (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.