UCA Professor of Creative Writing and editor in chief of the “Toad Suck Review,” Mark Spitzer, will read from his two latest books, “Crypto-Arkansas and After the Octopus” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Faulkner County Library.
“Crypto-Arkansas,” a highly researched study of Arkansas’ legendary monsters, takes shape in the form of “investigative poetics” and was recently published by Spuyten Duyvil Books in New York. “It’s a new style for me,” Spitzer said. “[The poems] are full of information, interviews, clippings from newspaper articles — so they’re like a collage of historical chunks.”
After the Octopus, a high-octane memoir about sex, drugs and American Bohemia in the 90s, was recently published by The Black Mountain Press in North Carolina. It is the action-packed, laugh-riot sequel to “After the Orange Glow.” It’s also the final installment in Spitzer’s four-part series about living the life of an outlaw poet 40 years too late.
“Mark Spitzer’s work is as boundlessly inclusive as the journal he edits, the ‘Toad Suck Review.’ Both are proof that the more interests and influences are incorporated, the more original the creation may become,” said Gerald Locklin, small press legend and recipient of the Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet Fellowship.
Spitzer is the author of more than 20 books, including “Season of the Gar,” “Chum,” and “Writer in Residence.” He has also written and published numerous poems and translations and is entering his fourth year as editor and chief of his internationally acclaimed literary journal. In the 90s, Spitzer was Writer in Residence at the infamous Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.
“Mark Spitzer is a great writer…what he gets down on the page is his own vision, a vision filled with energy, movement, humor, and surprise,” said David Gessner, author of “Sick of Nature.”
A brief Q&A will occur after the reading, followed by a signing. Refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public. The Faulkner County Library is located at 1900 Tyler St. For more information, contact Nancy Allen at 327-7482 or email