The University of Central Arkansas’ new national literary journal, Exquisite Corpse Annual, will host the first Exquisite Corpse Annual Halloween Rockfest at the Bear’s Den on Saturday at 8 p.m. Five local bands will rock out to raise funds for the printing of the second issue, which will be out in January.

The bands include: 

The local and legendary Boomers, starring English professors Conrad Shumaker, Sara Shumaker and Michael Schaefer, along with J.D. (Habanero) Hatfield and mad scientist Joe Lombard; The Strip Malls, the Natural State’s most veteran punk rock phenomenon, featuring bizzaro poet Terry Wright and Patrick Hollingsworth from the boonies of Bigelow; The British-invasion rock-roots power trio of Amsterdamned — aka writing professor Garry Craig Powell, physics professor Jack Gaiser and public defender Brett Qualls; The jazzular rocktastic soundscapes of Stoke Newington — political scientist Sujith Kumar and geographer Michael Yoder representing; And the post-punk-pop all-girl Conway Twitties—featuring zombie novelist Robin Becker, Y2-Yaay renaissance artist Julee Jaeger and the Dutch sensation Sam Fine-Kumar. 

Andrei Codrescu is editor-in-chief of the Exquisite Corpse Annual, which is published by UCA’s Department of Writing in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Last year, the publication gained national attention in the Chronicle of Higher Education for bringing its innovative poetic spirit to Arkansas. The second issue will feature artwork by R. Crumb, poetry by Ed Sanders and Bernadette Mayer, prose by Jan Kerouac and work by local authors as well.

The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested. Copies of Issue No. 1 will be on sale, and music is scheduled to play until 10:30 p.m. The Bear’s Den is located at 235 Farris Road. For more information, call (501) 450-5134.