Daniel Godston teaches, writes, and composes music and plays the trumpet and other instruments in Chicago. Last year his trio—Ways & Means—released their debut CD, entitled Fire of Dream; this recording features a collaboration with the poet Ed Roberson. From 2005 till 2006 The Ways & Means Trio hosted a monthly series at Muse Café called Lower & Upper Limits, which showcased collaborations between poets and musicians. He has worked with Jim Ryan, Daniele Cavallanti, Tiziano Tononi, Joel Wanek, Jayve Montgomery, Eric Glick Rieman, Jerome Bryerton, Bill MacKay, Mankwe Ndosi, Alex Wing, David Boykin, Mankwe Ndosi, Douglas Ewart, Paul Hartsaw, Mars Williams, Ben Gray, Ben Boye, and other musicians.
Daniel teaches poetry through The Center for Community Arts Partnerships and Snow City Arts, and he also teaches at Columbia College Chicago. His writings have appeared in Chase Park, Versal, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, California Quarterly, after hours, Teaching Artist Journal and other publications. His poem "Mask to Skin to Blood to Heart to Bone and Back" was nominated by the editors of 580 Split for the Pushcart Prize. In February 2007 he curated the Forth Sound Back event, in the Red Rover Series.
Daniel works with the Borderbend Arts Collective to organize the annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.
Daniel performs at Northwestern University on October 24, and with Thaumatrope at Elastic on October 26.