Burbot Bash NPR Show

Spitzer Homage to Peter Michelson (Jump to 27:15 mark.)

Best of Sucks Hits the Streets

Spitzer Publishes Students and Colleagues

Legendary Lost Spitzer Spoken Word Tape Discovered

Spitzer Interview Arkansas Times

Spitzer’s Eel Show

Eel Show Info

Garticle Praises Spitzer’s Research

Spitzer's LIT BALM Reading (jump to 59:30 mark)

Spitzer’s CALS Library Reading: Crypto Creatures

Spitzer’s Poughkeepsie Library Reading: Monster Fish

Spitzer on Genet’s Poetics

Spitzer’s New Pedagogy Book Trailer

Henry Hughes Reviews Grotesque Fish

Spitzer vs. Shark Week

Publishers Weekly Monster-Fish Review

In Search of
Monster Fish Review

Spitzer Talks Monster Fish

Award Winning Book Trailer

Monster Fish Book Review

New Gar Book Review

Canada Interviews Spitzer

Spitzer's NPR Hellbender Show

Prof Catches Massive Fish

Star Tribune Review

High Country News Review

Another Beautifully Grotesque Review

Spitzer Does Sports Show

Shocking Interview!

Spitzer’s Record Bullhead

Spitzer Catches Record Fish

More Record Fish

Spitzer Glurks NPR

Spitzer Meets Bigfoot

Return of Gar Review

Arkansas Times Interview

Spitzer’s PBS Hellbender Show
(Jump to 13:08 minute mark)

Spitzer in the
Wall Street Journal

Beautifully Grotesque Trailer

Spitzer vs. Shark

Glurk! Trailer

From the Garchives

Spitzer’s NPR Gar Show

More Gar

Garapaima Trailer

Spitzer on NPR

Spitzer vs. Wels Catfish

Spitzer vs. Sturgeon

Rattlesnakes and Razorbacks

Garfishing on the Trinity

Return of the Gar

Pointers for

Record Bullhead

New Monster Novel Trailer

Lake Forest

Toad Suck
Review Wins

Spitzer Fails

Spitzer Sticks
Up for Gar

Spitzer on River Monsters

Spitzer on PBSs

Genet Interview

Garbook Released!


The cult-classic, cutting-edge small press Shakespeare & Co., Toad Suck was established in 2011 with the mission of publishing one innovative book per year by a voice that Burns Burns Burns! Shakespeare and Company, Toad Suck books are designed and marketed by Mark Spitzer, in homage to the legendary work of George Whitman's incarnation of Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Distribution is handled through Amazon, SPD and at special events that strategically occur throughout History and Time. Submissions are not open at this time. For info on special orders, authors, or events, please contact Spitzer at:

To contact Mark Spitzer write him at mspitzer@uca.edu and put the word "MESSAGE" in the subject line so he knows it's not a spam.

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 earned his Master's in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris, as Writer in Residence for three years at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes. In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, and earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. He taught creative writing and lit for five years at Truman State University and later taught creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas where he founded and edited the legendary Toad Suck Review. Spitzer is also a gar-nut; the photo below (Spitzer on the left, Jeremy Wade on the right) is from the "Alligator Gar" episode of the Animal Planet series River Monsters. This six-foot-eight 120-pound fatty was caught on the Trinity River in Texas. Spitzer was the official Nebraska state record holder for the yellow bullhead. He traveled the world researching monster fish and made a new home in Hyde Park, NY.

Books in Print.
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After the Orange Glow

Website: Rex Rose


Creative Writing Theory Pedagogy Mini Manifesto

Spitzer Reviews Bad Boys of Lit

Spitzer Reviews book of smaller

Merciless Political Poems

Final Fish Blog: The Nutmeat of the Matter

Hoopsnake Poetics

Spitzer on Donald Harington

Spitzer in Journal of Anthropological Research

Spitzer’s Blog: Bycatch

Spitzer’s Blog: Italian Alps

Spitzer’s Blog: Senegal

Spitzer’s Blog: Tarpon

Spitzer’s Blog: Carp

Spitzer in American Journal of Poetry

Motorhead Poem

Spitzer’s Blog: Hoodwinked!


Spitzer’s Blog: Shark Action!

Spitzer Reviews Joppenbergh Jump

Spitzer's Fish Blog: Barracuda

Wels Catfish Blog

Piranha/Snakehead Blog

Spitzer on Climate Change

Kentucky Poem

Spitzer’s Fish Blog: Philology Pt. 1

Spitzer’s Fish Blog: Philology Pt. 2

Spitzer's Fish Blog:
Philology Pt. 3

The Fish That Won’t Stop Spawning Stories

The Gar That Wouldn’t Die

Spitzer’s Fish Blog: Flathead Cat

Spitzer’s Fish Blog: Innovative Imaginations

Spitzer’s Fish Blog: Okie Noodling

Spitzer's Fish Blog: Invasive Species

Monster Carp in France

Spitzer Bashes Senator

Spitzer Story Destroys President

Spitzer's Fish Blog:
Razorback Sucker

Spitzer's Fish Blog:
Northern Pikeminnow

Spitzer's Fish Blog:

Spitzer’s Fish Blog: Record Bullhead

Travesty of Bataille

Spitzer's Fish Blog: Noodling

Spitzer's Fish Blog: Sturgeon

Spitzer's Fish Blog: Paddlefish

Spitzer’s Fish Blog: Muskie

Spitzer’s Fish Blog:
Gator Gar

Vintage Rimbaud Translation

Bukowski Review

Multi-Personality Pedagogy

Chronicle Article

Monstro Excerpt

Truck Feature

Worldstream Interview

Rain Taxi Review: Jan Kerouac

No Bullshit Reviews

Bukowski Review

Rimbaud Review

Delta Blues Review

Spitzer on Bob Dylan


New Celine Translation!

New Book Reviews!

Hunter S. Letters

Death Poems Review

On The River

Viva Arletty! (fiction)

No B.S. Reviews


Cyberbag 11

Cyberbag 10

Cyberbag 9

Cyberbag 8

Cyberbag 7

Bataille on Rimbaud

Caws Interview

Prozak Pro Sanders

Shocking Celine Translation

Fairytale for Another Time by Celine

Celine Verse

Celine Film Sketch

Rimbaud Report on Ogaden

Rimbaud's Letter to the Bosphore Egyptien


Reviews of the Damned

Sun Dog Reviews

Lima Bean


Gilles de Rais by Cendrars

Cendrars' Pity