Contributing Toads {4:3}

Melissa Anatasi

Melissa Anastasi is a writer and filmmaker, who makes work that explores themes of loss, love, loneliness, and belonging. She is interested in pushing film form to capture authentic characters and the multifarious dimensions of the human experience. "The movement of light across objects and landscapes. Fleeting glimpses of lives seen through windows on evening walks. Nightfall. Half remembered dreams. "

Clay Cantrell

Clay Cantrell is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of Memphis. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Quarterly, the Nashville Review, Midwest Quarterly, and others. He is currently ridding a farmhouse of a rat snake infestation, in Decatur County, Tennessee. "I enjoy embodying, in the ways I can, the many voices I've come into contact with and, to me, that synthesis is a pure source of art or poetry or whatever you want to call it."

Doug Paul Case

Doug Paul Case lives in Bloomington, where he recently earned his MFA from Indiana University. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Salt Hill, Court Green, and Hobart. He is the poetry editor of Word Riot and the publisher of Gabby. "There's a particular art, I think, to walking home: how you strut, how you wear the day's clothes, still, how loudly you sing, how you smile or don't at the neighbors put off by your singing, etc. I've only known a few people to do it well."

Alicia Catt

Alicia Catt received her MFA from Minnesota State University, and is currently at work on a memoir about the sex industry. Her writing can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Salt Hill, Yemassee, The Pinch, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in Minneapolis. "Driving my fussy Grand Am, Loretta, is something of an art form--especially in the winter."

Sam Cha

Sam Cha received his MFA from UMass Boston, where he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. He's a poetry editor at Radius, and at Off the Coast. He lives and writes in Cambridge, MA. "That thing that happens sometimes when you're walking a crowded city sidewalk, and you look up from your phone/book/lighter and realize that you're about to bump into somebody, and you see them come to the same realization at the same time, and then you move to your left while they simultaneously move to their right and you're still about to bump into each other and then you both go the other way (because that makes so much sense) and meanwhile you're both off-balance and kind of embarrassed and maybe sort of leaning into each other and making eye-contact and feeling weirdly telepathically in touch with each other? Is the condition or a condition to which art aspires. So, art, I guess. Also, good cooking. Pie's an art, even when it's math."

Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels’ fourteenth book of poems, Birth Marks, was published by BOA Editions in 2013 and was selected as a Michigan Notable Book, winner of the Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award, and received the Gold Medal in Poetry in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. His fifth book of short fiction, Eight Mile High, was published by Michigan State University Press in 2014. A native of Detroit, Daniels is the Thomas Stockham University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. "One aspect of everyday life I consider art is walking without falling down."

Corey Ginsberg

Corey Ginsberg's writing has most recently appeared in such publications as The Cream City Review, Third Coast, The Nashville Review, and PANK, among others. Her nonfiction has been listed as a Notable in the Best American Essays in 2012 and 2104. Corey currently lives in Miami and works as a freelance writer. Corey considers virtually every aspect of her daily life to be a form of art. Each act--from cooking, to weeding flowerbeds, to going to the gym and sculpting her body--they all represent a facet of creation and expression.

Ashton Kamburoff

Ashton Kamburoff is a poet from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Kent State University and is currently an MFA candidate at Texas State University. His work has appeared in Hartskill Review, Flyover Country Review, Luna Negra as well as other literally journals. He considers baseball on the radio to be America's greatest form of common art.

M.G. Martin

M.G. Martin is the author of One For None (Ink). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in iO, ZYZZYVA, Sink Review, Word Riot, PANK, and from Greying Ghost Press, among others. He lives in Seoul, Korea with the poet Tess Patalano, and the dog, Ihu. Find him here and here. "I consider living in a place where one doesn't speak the language to be art. When walking down the correct street, or buying vegetables becomes difficult, that's a beautiful way to be afraid."

Rushing Pittman

Rushing is a native Alabamian currently attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst Program for Poets and Writers. Besides writing, Rushing spends time attempting to grow lettuce and travelling on Peter Pan buses. You can find more about Rushing at "Some aspects of my day that I consider art… - Watering romaine lettuce (Tip: It’s better to water your vegetables at dusk or dawn. I forget why.) - Reading tarot cards. - Testing the Fates by ignoring the car's gas light."

Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with Honors from Bard College. She resides in Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo Nation and is an adjunct faculty member at Diné College. She has served as a contributing editor to Drunken Boat. Her poems have recently appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, American Indian Journal of Culture and Research, PEN America and The Brooklyn Rail. Her first chapbook of poetry is titled, Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010) and forthcoming manuscript is titled Whereas. "Everyday art? The land."

Le Turk

A biography would be of no use. Le Turk was born one night simply when listening by chance to Bach's Saint John Passion, nice and loud in headphones. Nothing else matters than that major awakening, that ground-breaking moment. His whole work has been dedicated ever since to what he experienced for those eight minutes that lasted for ever. Ever since, he has striven to pass on as genuinely and accurately as he could the Passion that was born that night.

Sheri Wright

Two-time Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee, Sheri L. Wright is the author of six books of poetry, including the most recent, The Feast of Erasure. Wright’s visual work has appeared in numerous journals, including Blood Orange Review, Prick of the Spindle, Blood Lotus Journal and Subliminal Interiors. In 2012, Ms. Wright was a contributer to the Sister Cities Project Lvlds: Creatively Linking Leeds and Louisville. Her photography has been shown across the Ohio Valley region and abroad. Currently, she is working on her first documentary film, Tracking Fire. "I feel that life IS art, in accordance to perspective and awareness. Common items can become transformed into works of art, so long as we see them as such and allow our imagination to guide us, hear the stories imbedded in ordinary, or amazing things."