Contributing Toads {4:1}

Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel is the author, most recently, of Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). "Driving in Miami is like a ballet--changing lanes is a bit like the up and down movement of a plié...Let's just say I am not good as this move. Nor are many of the other drivers. But when I see someone change lanes gracefully, giving the drivers around her enough time to respond, using a directional, I let go of the wheel for a minute and applaud. This is safer than it sounds as many times Miami traffic is at a standstill." Alice likes to work with materials, liquids, chemicals, crystals or elements that have a life of their own. She captures their movement using time-lapse and then works with the movements they have produced - pushing them into the right place, or choreographing them around the screen in post production.

Portia Elan

Portia Elan lives & writes on the West Coast. Her work can be found in Elsewhere, Birdfeast, Sonora Review, iO, The Pinch, and other journals. She has recently gotten much better at starting fires. "I'm interested in the art of listening so that the speaker feels heard, although admittedly, some days I am more interested in the art of looking like I'm listening."

Cameron Gearen

Cameron Gearen published a chapbook in 2005 entitled Night, Relative to Day and selected by Robert Pinsky. Her poetry has appeared in Fence, The Antioch Review, the poker, Drunken Boat, Poetry Northwest, The Bellingham Review, River Styx, Quarterly West and elsewhere. She won the Grolier Prize in 1994, the W.B.Yeats Society Poetry Contest in 2001 and the Lynda Hull Prize from Crazyhorse in 2005. In 2011, she was a recipient of the Barbara Deming / Money for Women Fund. She has also been funded by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters and dog. "Taking care of sick children is art. Making pie crust is art. Listening is art. Being really present is art. Using a semi-colon correctly is art. Telling the truth is art. Listening is art."

Siel Ju

Siel Ju has two poetry chapbooks coming out in 2014: Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit from Dancing Girl Press, and Might Club from Horse Less Press. Her poems and stories appear in Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, The ZYZZYVA, Hobart, LIT, and other places. Her website is "Everything is already a readymade."

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography after completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a sales consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, Maine Media Workshop, and Jackson Hole Art Association. Recent solo shows include Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New England School of Photography and Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Wall Space Gallery in Seattle and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT. Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography. He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and Residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT. He lives in Hamden, CT, with his wife Becky going on 39 years "My photography is about my travels which I do a lot; sometimes to interesting places, sometimes not. I travel with my camera expecting to see things of interest photographically; I am rarely disappointed. I am interested in the way we have shaped the landscape, entertaining juxtapositions, color, and stuff. At its root it is about entertainment. I am a visual anthropologist makes pictures, I do this most all the time."

Coco Karol

When she couldn't fit her self into a cello, dancer and choreographer Coco Karol chose instead an upright base...and then a Thai drum...and then she squeezed into the nook of a flute player's elbow mid- C sharp...and currently, she wrestles with a Theramin in her spare time. Since graduating with a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, Coco Karol has been making dance and performing in New York for over a decade. She has worked closely along side musicians such as Bjork, Ryan Lott (Son Lux), Koh Ohtera, Daniel Carter, and Ear to Mind collective; and artists such as photographer Steven Sebring, sculptor Eve Bailey, architect Marcos Zotes and designer Louda Larrain. Her work has been shown internationally as well as across New York at Symphony Space, BAX, Ibeam, Spectrum, D.U.M.B.O Under the Bridge Arts Festival, New York Studio Gallery, Galapagos, Brooklyn Ballet, Death By Audio, in AUNTS collective’s shifting venues, as well as at some unique community events for neighborhood youth and gardening, including The Petri Space, a live work performance venue Karol built and ran in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Recently, Karol has begun exploring dance for camera and started Red Sole Productions, a small production company for dance-based media. She has also been developing The Third Ear Project, a workshop-to performance model that cultivates and develops embodied listening and moving so as to create a platform for dialogue and to facilitate a space for discovery amongst artists or populations seeking social movement. "Red shoes. And strangers on the subway."

JP Kemmick

JP Kemmick has past work in Barrelhouse, A Capella Zoo, Pacifica Review and elsewhere. He is currently in the MFA program at the University of Montana, where he sometimes also sits down in the midst of fossil fuel extraction and then gets a mug shot. "I'd like to think that stepping gently upon the planet in this increasingly ungentle world is some kind of art."

Thomas Patrick Levy

If you'd like to learn more about Thomas Patrick Levy, google "Thomas Patrick Levy." "I don't spend any time attempting to convince myself that the non-artistic things I do are artistic. I am barely a poet and I am, primarily and very proudly, a capitalist."

Haya Pomrenze

Haya Pomrenze is the author of the poetry collection Hook. Of her collaborations with Denise Duhamel...One of us is Jewish, the other a lapsed Catholic. One of us has a black belt in karate, the other belts out Pink songs in the shower. These poems are written via email and revised at Giorgio's Bistro in Hollywood Beach, FL. "I consider the homeless and their signs to be performance art worthy of Broadway. Even the regulars who love my leftovers and Gap T shirts put on a good show. The younger ones make new signs weekly. The fonts, uneven letters, typos and white space inspire me to write signs of my own."

Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the author of three books & an editor for Octopus Books. Big Lucks Press will release his next book, Wastoid, in the fall of 2014. "I consider bears art."

Sara Watson

Sara Watson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, PANK, the minnesota review, Fourth River, and Harpur Palate, among others. She is assistant editor of The Cincinnati Review. "A walk around the block with my pup always puts a smile on my face. That little girl is an artist."