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Monsters and Dust is an online arts and culture journal of the innovative, fantastic, fabulous, subversive, radical, thoughtful, hilarious, witty, shrewd, cynical, optimistic, dark, surreal, and sublime. Our first issue hit the internet after much anticipation, delay, and various complications involving computer code and pepper spray, in November 2009.

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Editors & Staff

Chris Pappas - Editor in Chief
Quintessential Virgo.

Aay Preston-Myint - Editor in Chief
Loves computers and hot tamales.

Joe Proulx - Editor in Chief
Like that of a bold young stag.


David Robert Elliott - Photographer
1984 - Born in Kansas City
2007 - BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Currently living and working in Chicago, IL

Matt Kessler - Columnist, XOXO
Eye Rocket Books * Twitter * Vice Online

Mel Racho - Web Developer

Kelly Schei - Contributing Editor
Kelley is an artist and writer based in Chicago. She has contributed articles to Popmatters and BAT Journal, exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, Art Chicago, Artist Space, and Hyde Park Art center, and worked as an educator for the Guggenheim Museum.

Latham Zearfoss - Columnist, Free Gaze
Latham Zearfoss is an artist and cultural producer living and working in Chicago. His art work often centers on reclaiming historical and mythological texts, and revising them to incorporate radical notions of love and sex, possibility and probability. His commitment to art and activism has also manifested in the creation of sproradic, temporary utopias like Pilot TV and Chances Dances.


We at M&D are always looking for original poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and media relating to the themes set forth for each issue. The theme for our forthcoming Fall 2010 issue is "Barter." Please feel free to interpret this in any way you choose - we welcome the abstract notion, the freely-associated, the sidelong glance, and the bluntly literal with equal enthusiasm.

That said, we would like to stress that we are most interested in representing new/original works that are timely, critical, fun, and work well within the design context of the Internet. Please look at past submissions to get a feel for the magazine, its aesthetic, and ways to relate (or not relate) to the theme, or contact us before working on a submission. A limited number of submissions outside the theme will be considered.

We are currently accepting proposals for upcoming issues on a rolling basis. Forthcoming issues #4, Pink/Punk, and #5, Barter, will be released in 2012. Specific deadlines TBA. Think about it. Proposals and submissions can be sent in any digital media format. Questions and materials can be directed to editors[at]monstersanddust[dot]com. Please include "Pink/Punk" or "Barter" in your subject heading.

Contributors - Spring 2010

Finn Ballard comes from a small Irish seaside town, but now lives in Berlin, where he is completing his thesis in Film Studies. He has had a lifelong fascination with photography, and since emigrating has begun to utilise self-portraiture to document his exploration of his new home, as well as the consolidation of his identity as a transgender man who is becoming increasingly comfortable with himself as a photographic subject. 

Zach Dodson has launched such experiments as Featherproof Books, Bleached Whale Design, and The Show ’n Tell Time Talk Show. His hybrid typo/graphic novel, boring boring boring boring boring boring boring, can be found under the nom de plume Zach Plague. He lives in the dark.

Edie Fake

Rebecca Gordon is a visual artist, writer, curator, and teacher based in Chicago, IL. Exhibitions and performances include Samson Projects (Boston), Roots and Culture (Chicago), LaMontagne Gallery (Boston), Taxter and Spengemann (New York), The Kitchen (New York), and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Her writing has been published in New York Arts Magazine and Apenest. She is the founder and former director of Second Gallery in Boston, MA. Rebecca is currently working toward an MA in Visual and Critical Studies and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Corinne Halbert was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1981. She spent most of her childhood growing up in suburbs of Massachusetts where she used much of her time to pump out wild, fantastic drawings from her imagination. Corinne did her undergraduate study at Massachusetts College of Art where she concentrated on Film/Video and graduated with an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Corinne has shown at G2, Julius Caesar, Gallery Uno, the Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Evanston Art Center and Knock Knock Gallery in Chicago and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Terence Hannum is an artist and musician based in Chicago, IL.  He has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Vega Estates, 40000, and The Suburban in Chicago, IL as well as at Light & Sie in Dallas, TX and Invisible in New York City, NY.  He has participated in group shows at Marine in Santa Monica, CA, Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago, IL, and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, Italy.  His films have been screened at the San Francisco Cinematheque in San Francisco, CA and as part of the Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway.  He is half of the noise-drone duo Locrian whose upcoming release Territories will be available on LP from BloodLust!, Small-Doses, At War With False Noise (UK) & Basses Frequences (France).  He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL and his BA in Religion and Philosophy from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL.

Tim Kinsella was born right after Richard Nixon resigned. His grandparents were down-state Irish farmers and Humboldt Park Italians. He plays the music in the Joan of Arc and he is in the final stages of finishing his first novel, The Karaoke Singers’ Guide to Self-Defense

Dirk Knibbe
Born: Grand Rapids, MI 1980
Graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is the author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity(The New Press, 2007), and Hey Kidz, Buy This Book (Soft Skull, 2004). She is the founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin and the Comics Journal Special Edition anthologies, and edited the Comics Journalmagazine. Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct Punk Planet, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and conducts comics, writing, and self-publishing work with young women in Cambodia. For fun.

Caroline Picard is the Founding Director of the Green Lantern Gallery & Press. Her work has appeared in Ampersand Review, Omni Vanitas, MAKE Magazine, Proximity Magazine and featherproof's minibook series. She co-hosts The Parlor (, a monthly reading series and literary podcast.

Born and brought up in Astoria, Oregon and duly possessed of the moist, dour sensibilities of the Pacific Northwest, Andy Schmitz spent twenty-two years of his life scanning for the sun behind the mantle of a grey, overcast sky.  A floral designer, a phrasemaker, and now, seven years a Chicagoan, he can be found worshiping rays at Hollywood Beach (he's the one with the bottom of his glass in the air).

Kristen VanDeventer is an artist, writer and curator who has lived and worked in Chicago for the past 12 years. She has organized projects and shown her work in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Baltimore and Madrid and has written for Contemporary Magazine. VanDeventer is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and will be beginning her MFA degree at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California in the fall.

Nicholas Wylie