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Toad comprises any number of species of artists of the creative order, often characterized by their exciting work, thick skin, and wart-like ideas. To maintain its lively form, Toad cultivates quarterly issues with rotating editors and staff to ensure that the content stays fresh and diverse.

Toad: we rivet.

Every fourth month Toad showcases new poetry, prose, and visual art. As an ever-evolving amphibian, the editors of Toad select artists (“toadists”) from one of two pools: the first is our sportive, always popular pool of open submissions. In times of drought and famine, we rely on the pool of solicitation.

Toad: we bulge.

Toad ‘s habitat is protected by conservationist Bob Hicok, and nourished by past and current Creative Writing graduate students of Virginia Tech.

Toadhead for 6:2

Guest Editor: Rob Kenagy

Rob Kenagy’s work has appeared in Vinyl, Best of the Net, Forklift, Ohio and elsewhere. He makes music with Early Aughts and is one half of BIG LOTTO.

“Active and creative listening.”

The Chief: Elias Simpson

MFA graduate of Virginia Tech, currently a ruralite working on his self-preservation skills. His most recent poems and translations can be found in 91st Meridian, Asymptote, Tipton Poetry Journal, Hiram Poetry Review, and H_NGM_N.

“Deciding whether or not to take a picture.”

Associate Editor: Lisa Summe

Lisa Summe was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she earned her BA and MA in English at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Tech. In addition to her work at Toad, she is senior editorial assistant of The Cincinnati Review and a member of the intersectionality count and web team for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Tampa Review, Rattle, Smartish Pace, Lambda Literary, Waxwing, and

“Flossing every night, even when intoxicated.”

Assistant Editor: Lauren Jensen

“Running until you stop running and everything along the way: swollen river. vaux’s roosting swifts.”

Assistant Editor: Jeffrey Haynes

Jeff Haynes is a graduate of the MFA program at Virginia Tech, and a 2015 Pushcart nominee. His work has appeared in such publications as Jelly Bucket, Yalobusha Review, Word Riot, and Fourteen Hills. Jeff lives in Madison, WI and works in a bike shop.

“Holding your hair back if you spew since 1987.”

Extraordinary thanks is due to our faithful friend in technology and web design: Tim Lockridge, our patron: Bob Hicok, and others who helped in creating Toad, past and present.

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