Contributing Toads {3:2}

Daniel Hudon

Daniel Hudon, originally from Canada, lies awake at night worrying about how to solve the present biodiversity crisis. He is writing a series of stories about extinct species under the title Brief Eulogies for Lost Species, of which the piece here is one, to bring attention to species beyond the dodo and passenger pigeon that we have lost forever. He also writes humorous instruction manuals and is the 2011 winner of the Tiferet Nonfiction prize. He has had recent work published in The Boston Globe Ideas, Arc/The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Prime Numbers and Gulf Stream, and has work upcoming in Canary and Spork. He has published a chapbook, Evidence for Rainfall (Pen and Anvil Press), a popular nonfiction book, The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos (Oval Books) and has a travel manuscript, Traveling into Now, that is looking for a home. He teaches astronomy, physics, math and writing part-time in Boston, MA. He blogs about environmental topics at and some of his writing links can be found at people/

“My daily art is to try to improve my guitar playing, thanks to the wonder of free lessons on Youtube. And I’m reading a lot of nature poetry these days — reading is an art.”

Amorak Huey

Amorak Huey, a longtime newspaper editor and reporter, teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Southern Review, Menacing Hedge, The Cincinnati Review, Subtropics, Rattle, Caketrain, and many other journals. Follow him on Twitter: @amorak.

“The aspect of everyday life that I consider most artful? Human interaction, human relationships. Everything is a performance, the world a stage and all that. Every action and every utterance stem from an intricate spiderweb of motivations and desires and fears. It’s all pretty amazing.”

Ellen Coleman Izzo

Since graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a BFA in Printmaking (1981), Ellen has relied on Pratt Graphics Center, Manhattan Graphics Center, and the Lower East Side Printshop for her printmaking fixes. The graphic quality and repetitive nature of printmaking has remained at the heart of her imagery, even as she work in my Brooklyn studio sans press. The figure has also remained a constant source of inspiration. She has toiled away on what she calls social environments; that is, she develop characters that are playing out a narrative, a mini-series, rooted in some social ill or other.

With an MA in Art Education from CUNY Brooklyn (2004), she has been teaching art in the NYC Public schools, and has been inspired by the creativity, flexibility, and ingenuity of her students.

She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions through The Lower East Side Printshop, The New
York Society of Etchers, Barrett House Galleries, NARS Foundation, and have been included
in extensive juried shows both here and abroad. She is honored to have been among the artists chosen by Nancy Princenthal for Album: Thirty Years at the Lower East Side Printshop (NYC,1998). Monoprints from her series The Quilt were included in this retrospective of artists whose work contributed to the historical significance of the Printshop. In 1999, The Quilt was also awarded a “21 for 25” grant from the Womenʼs Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY). In 2003, the series, Belly Up to the Bar earned a Puffin Foundation Award (Teaneck, NJ). Presentations of her artwork have taken the form of open studios, workshops demonstrating technique and process, as well as formal power point talks.

Lorie McCown

Lorie McCown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from California State University, Long Beach, and attended San Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, yarn and fiber. She lives in Fredericksburg, Va.

She chose fiber as a means to convey the tactile quality in a piece as well as the symbology of the fibers which create it. Fiber is such an elemental, base material; it lends itself to infinite possibilities of expression. Ancient civilizations’ production of fiber and both its cultural uses and its everyday workings are always in my mind when producing the work. She dyes her own fabrics as well as using commercial fabric for the work.

“I suppose I’m old fashion, in that I don’t consider everything everyone makes as art (ie. a chef or a mechanic). I’m old school, with probably a much more limited definition of art than some. I do try to appreciate art that I am not necessarily drawn to, why am I not connecting with this? What is it about it that piece that I DO like?”

Kati Mertz

Kati Mertz is a writer of fiction & poetry in the Northeast Ohio MFA. She is co-Editor-In-Chief of Rubbertop Review and a contributor for Whiskey Island Magazine. When she is not doing those things, she is co-curating the BIG BIG MESS READING SERIES. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Birdfeast, Vector, Requited, The Bakery & others. She lives in Akron, OH & believes slicing fruit one of the highest forms of art.

Pete Miller

Pete Miller lives and works in Omaha. His poems have been in Superstition Review, H_ngm_n, and The Minus Times. He regards giving full attention to whatever is happening at that moment as art.

Traci Molloy

Traci Molloy is a Brooklyn based artist and education activist. She’s presented her artwork in over 150 national exhibitions, including solo shows in New York, Chicago, Kansas City, and participation in the Atlanta Biennial.

Molloy’s multi-media collaborations with adolescents have been exhibited in Johannesburg, the United Nations, Tokyo, the Pentagon, and the CDC. They are the subject of two books, and have been featured on Good Morning America, and news stations in New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.

“I am incredibly lucky to live in one of the greatest art cities in the world – New York – with more world class galleries and museums, music venues, and theaters than I can wrap my brain around. Yet, in my everyday life, I try to find art in the small moments – watching my son breathe at night while sleeping, stepping over the melting lollipop (crawling with ants) on the sidewalk in the Bronx, or in the tired faces of the commuters on the subway.”

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“Everyday art? Postal discounts for junk mail”

Matt Rowan

Matt Rowan lives in Chicago, IL. In his non-teaching time he writes stories and edits Untoward Magazine with the lovely Ashley Collier. He has published one story collection, Why God Why (Love Symbol Press, July 2013), and his work can also be found in Artifice, Big Lucks, Another Chicago Magazine and PANK, among others. More at

“One aspect of everyday life that I consider art is watching any narrative unfold. I don’t care if it’s a horrible TV drama or a hilariously bad action movie. They’re always worthy of a closer look. I love to look at them more closely.”

Candie Sanderson

Candie Sanderson spent most of her life walking on her tiptoes in the French countryside, eating truffles. She recently moved to the United States and started writing in English. Candie is an MFA candidate at the University of Montana, where she writes flash fiction and lyric essays, teaches composition, and is a fiction editor for CutBank. Her writing has appeared in BlazeVOX, Two Serious Ladies, and CLAM. True to her French upbringing, she considers cooking and gathering to eat to be an art.

Philip Schaefer

Philip’s writing has swelled in Nashville rain, Chicago dumpsters, and Missoula rock gardens. It’s out or forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, RHINO, The Chariton Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Litconic, and elsewhere. A current MFA candidate at the University of Montana, he wants to see a bear more than anyone alive, and is haunted by these waters. His favorite place to drink coffee is on the thinking rock in his backyard, barefoot.

“Bourbon. Sweet vermouth. 2 dashes of bitters. Everyday art.”

Chris Garrecht-Williams

Chris Garrecht-Williams isn’t too sure where he lives, but is fortunate to be in Paris at the moment. He has a couple of poems coming out in Spinning Jenny soon.

“At present I think the clay chimneys on the roof across from my bedroom window are perfect. I could look at them all day, and often do. Growing up I loved the wooden water towers of Manhattan. So I guess I’ll say roofs and the views from them are an aspect of the everyday that I consider to be art.”