Mark Spitzer, MFA

Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Toad Suck Review Editor

Thompson Hall 326

(501) 450-3339

MFA, Creative Writing, Louisiana State University
M.A., English-Creative Writing, University of Colorado
B.A., English-Creative Writing, University of Minnesota

Teaching Specialties:
Poetry, creative nonfiction, editing and publishing, environmental writing and literary translation

Mark Spitzer—novelist, poet, essayist, and literary translator—grew up in Minneapolis, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1990.  He then moved to the Rockies, where he got a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado.  After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris for two years, as Writer in Residence at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes.  In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, became the Assistant Editor of Andrei Codrescu’s legendary online lit journal Exquisite Corpse and received an MFA from Louisiana State University.  After teaching Creative Writing and Lit for five years at Truman State University, he is now a professor of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas as well as Editor in Chief of Toad Suck Review.  Spitzer is also an alligator gar-nut, who likes to catch and release seven-foot monster fish (as part of his current research) in the American South.  His books include Chum (novel, Zoland Books), Bottom Feeder (novel, Creative Arts), Age of the Demon Tools (poetry, Ahadada Books), The Pigs Drink from Infinity (poetry, Spuyten Duyvil), Riding the Unit (creative nonfiction, Six Gallery Press), From Absinthe to Abyssinia (Rimbaud translations, Creative Arts), The Collected Poems of Georges Bataille (Dufour Editions), Divine Filth (Bataille translations, Creation Books), The Church (Céline translation, Green Integer), Films without Images (Cendrars translation, Green Integer), Season of the Gar (U of AR press), Crypto-Arkansas (Spuyten Duyvil), After the Octopus (Black Mountain Press), Monstropocalypse Opus IV (Twilight times), Sick in the Head (SAM Publishing), Writer in Residence (UNO Press), After the Orange Glow (Monkey Puzzle), The Genet Translations (Polemic Press), etc.