The inaugural edition of the review — described by editor Mark Spitzer in an introduction as “an incandescent stew of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations and review; a place-based, pomo-inspired, international literary journal” — includes contributions by Kevin Brockmeier, C.D. Wright and Times contributor Bernard Reed, who expands the review of C.D. Wright's "One with Others" that he did for us.
Brockmeier, Reed and more contributors will launch the Launchapalooza with readings beginning at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Full details on the event on the jump.
Part 1 will start at 8 p.m. with readings by Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice (aka, Lady Pedagaga),
Arkansas Times journalist Bernard Reed and Renaissance woman Julee Jaeger, who took the photo on the back cover. UCA writing students Ariel Moore, Michael Garland and Carter Fliss, who took part in an interview published in the journal, will also read
Part 2 will start at 9 p.m. Featured readers include renowned novelist Kevin Brockmeier,
poet/singer/cat‐whisperer Marck Beggs and “revolutionary upstart” Timothy Snediker.
Part 3 will start around 10 p.m. with live music by Don’t Stop Please, an unplugged
experimental/indie band that includes William Krzeszinski, Joel Ludford, Nick Caffrey,
Marly Feliciano, Robert Gaiser and Will King. Don’t Stop Please will play until they are
forced to stop, all the while providing background music for socializing and revelry.
“Launchapalooza provides a ticket into a postmodern coliseum where patrons face close
encounters with unfiltered Toad Suck aesthetics,” Associate Editor Terry Wright said.
“More literary throw‐down than blood‐sport theatrics, verbal gladiators spar without
shields as their words pierce like arrows . . . Come feel the love and lift both thumbs up.”
The Toad Suck Review is published by the Department of Writing in the College of Fine Arts
and Communication at UCA. . Michelangelo’s is located at 1117 West Oak Street in Conway.
For more information contact Spitzer at (501) 450‐3339, firstname.lastname@example.org, or