Daniel Godston teaches poetry and other art forms through The Poetry Center of Chicago and The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, and he also teaches in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Chase Park, Versal, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, California Quarterly, after hours, and other magazines, and his nonfiction has appeared in print and websites, such as Teaching Artist Journal, Afropop Worldwide, and The Jazz Institute of Chicago Newsletter. In March 2006 he gave a presentation entitled "Working with Students to Create Three Dimensional, Multidisciplinary Arts Projects" at UNESCO's World Conference on Arts Education in Lisbon. He also composes music and plays the trumpet and other instruments. Joel Wanek, Jayve Montgomery, and he perform as The Ways & Means Trio. Daniel has also performed with Alan Emerson Hicks, Joshua Manchester, Bill MacKay, Nicole Mitchell, Alex Wing, David Boykin, Sanjay Mehta, Kristin McGee, Jason Goldstein, Clifton Ingram, Jerry Blackburn, Ben Boye, and Jon Mitchell.
The Ways & Means Trio (Joel Wanek, Jayve Montgomery, and Daniel Godston) explores ambient soundscapes of rituals that involve centering and searching, droning, and electro-acoustic explorations. Ways & Means has performed at the SpareRoom, Lucid Artists Co-Op Gallery, Muse Café, Hotti Biscotti, and other venues in the Chicago area. Since December 2005, the trio has been hosting The Lower & Upper Limits Series at Muse Café, which explores collaborations between poets and musicians and relationships between language and music; so far, Ways & Means has collaborated with these poets in the series—Lisa Hemminger, Michael C. Watson, Mars Gamba-Adisa Caulton, Philasoph, Sterling Plumpp, Al DeGenova, Toni Asante Lightfoot, and members of the Neighborhood Writing Project.