waste division is a collective of creatives that strive to provide quality content in many forms – from fiction and critical reviews, to music and visual arts. 

 

Meet Waste Division's Editors:

 

Eric Toennis | Senior Editor, Social Media Director

A Montana born writer that fled the Big Sky for the West Coast. He currently resides in Eugene, OR enjoying greener pastures. Eric spends his days writing fiction, essays, poetry, and contemplating the vast expanse of stars, planets, and galaxies above his head. He thinks sports are pretty neat too.

Daniel Nichols | Travel Editor

Dan is a confused soul living in Thailand and actively preaching the gospel of Waste throughout the greater Bangkok metropolitan area. When he's not teaching conversational English, Dan likes to take pictures and read old books. He plans to pen critical essays on whatever he deems worthy of writing about and if he gets creative enough, he might dabble in the realm of fiction.

Phillip Griffin | Music Editor, Sticker Man

Phillip is a writer, musician, and dirtbag based out of Billings, MT. He likes writing about capitalism and other funny business, and plays in a band called Bull Market with a drummer known as Nails Jensen. Phil also sings and plays bass with a guy named Parker Brown and a guy named Grant Jones.

Mary Kate Teske | Photography Editor

Mary Kate Teske | Photography Editor

MK is photographer from Billings, MT. Most of her work consists of photographs of her 1961 Dodge Lancer, Frank, which she drives around from state to state. Aside from photography, MK digs camping, rock climbing, and messing around with a few musical instruments.

 

Cooper Malin | Visual Art Director, Graphic Design

A soft poet, a dedicated cartoonist, a rascal who peaked in community college and is only in it for appearances. Coop was born in Montana, lived here and there for a bit, and currently resides wherever the hell he feels like. When he isn't reading, writing, or drawing, he's stealing beer from supermarkets and daydreaming.

Jordan Finn | Arts and Culture Editor

A teacher, writer, and musician living in Brooklyn, NY, maintaining a revolutionary air when applicable. Jordan performs with the band Idaho Green and enjoys travelling, listening to Angel Olsen, and rereading Thomas Pynchon. He also wishes being an anarchist was socially acceptable.

 

Learn more about our talented crew of contributors and view all of their art below:

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By day Wendy Kay is stacking cash and taking out trash in Missoula, MT. But come night, she's trading her apron for either boxing gloves or her sketchbook. Her career as an artist began when she was a yung nug. When she isn't working on a masterpiece or kicking ass, she's usually reading, writing, or listening to some tunes.

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Journalist Brie Ripley fled from expensive Seattle in August 2016 to recover from capitalism in her dad's rent-free basement in Billings. A couple months later, she landed a job at Yellowstone Public Radio because luck is a thing. Luckiest part of it all was, by way of interviewing strangers for work, she made a whole bunch of friends & doesn't live in her dad's basement anymore. She and Phil Griffin host Waste Radio and serve as co-mayors on the Beatnik City Council.

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A. P. Woods is a dirtbag and writer from the Hippy Mecca called Hot Springs, Montana. She is currently trying to make something of herself in Seattle. By day, she works as a grunt in the city’s lowest-barrier homeless shelter, and by night she can be found chain smoking on her porch, scrawling poetry and short stories. When not reading or writing, you can most likely find her daydreaming in the piss stinking alleys of downtown or lounging at the nude beach.

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Lauren Frolic will most often be found with tea in hand and accompanied by her pup, Vetiver. She has a passion for plants and body modification, and from time to time will paint images involving crystals and the female form. If you catch her at home she will probably ask you to sniff a jar of her favorite herb - spearmint.

Jackson Miller transplanted himself to Missoula, MT from the suburban sprawl of Chicago in 2013. Since then, he's been crawling his way through the university's creative writing department. Jackson is most interested in writing indulgent poems about lounge jazz, and smoking cheap cigarettes on your front porch. In his spare time, you can find him delivering late night snacks to the drunken Missoula college scene in his scratched black convertible. He likes collecting old books and vinyl, a greasy slice of pizza, and bathing in the warm bath of a shoeless summer night.

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Austin Slominski is a multimedia artist based in Missoula, MT. After graduating from the University of Montana with a BFA in Sonic Arts, he is focused on creating audiovisual art under the name aceslowman  He spends most of his time creating art with programming, VR, and really enjoys doing visuals for live bands. He is currently wondering how good his eyes would be if he didn’t make art with computers.

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Kelly La Croix was born in 1980, the first of three kids, to a Chinese-American mother and Caucasian father. He grew up in Montana, and for 20 years played in bands and held menial jobs there. Now, he lives in Washington, spends his free time in Oregon, loves his wife and dog, makes music under the name Alter Mitty, works in public broadcasting, writes, prints, records, and at this very moment is the happiest he’s ever been.

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Brontë Wittpenn is a photojournalist based in Billings, MT. She knew she wanted to be a journalist when she joined her high school newspaper. It was the only class she didn't try to skip to smoke pot in the alley. Brontë pursued a degree in photojournalism at the University of Montana, and currently works at the Billings Gazette, Montana's largest newspaper. Some highlights of her career thus far include her work at Standing Rock and surrounding reservations, documenting the Women's March at the State Capitol, and rappelling down a 75-foot pit cave to find fossils.

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Anna Paige is a poet, writer, and educator. Collaboration is central to her work, and she often partners with other artists to create art that is experiential and participatory. In 2016, she co-founded Billings Area Literary Arts, an organization dedicated to building and enhancing writing opportunities in eastern Montana. Anna teaches writing at Montana State University Billings, poetry in the elementary schools through Arts Without Boundaries, and creative classes with Big Sky Writing Workshops. She is also the co-host of “Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains” on Yellowstone Public Radio.

 

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Beatnik City Council is a group formed by Ty Herman, Brie Ripley, and Phillip Griffin, three twenty-somethings determined to bring an all-ages venue to a midwestern city (Billings, MT) whose leaders would rather pursue interests of industry and commerce.