Arkansas Literary Forum Meet the editor of the Arkansas Literary Forum:

("What?! This guy is deciding the fate of my literary masterpiece?!")

 

Marck L. Beggs is the author of Catastrophic Chords (Salmon Poetry, 2008), Libido Caf (Salmon Poetry, 2004) and Godworm (1995).  Dean of the Graduate School at Henderson State University, Beggs also teaches a variety of writing and literature courses.  In 1997, Beggs was awarded a poetry fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council.  With thirteen years of editing experience under his belt, having worked for the Denver Quarterly and Crazyhorse, Beggs launched the only literary journal devoted to Arkansas writers in 1999.  His own poems and articles have been published in a diverse array of journals including Denver Quarterly, Greensboro Review, Infinite Space, Intercom, Laurel Review, Missouri Review, Nebo, Oxford American, Pavement Saw, Poet Lore, and Willow Springs.  Mostly, though, he lives a simple life in a cabin by a pond in Arkansas, sort of like Thoreau with technology.  When he is not writing, teaching, or singing his quasi-folk songs with his band, dog gods, he can sometimes be found watching the weeds proliferate in his garden as he daydreams of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash.  Needless to say, he cites Whitman as a major influence.

 

Special thanks to Tricia Thibodeaux, Alana Merritt Mahaffey, and Michael Ray Taylor for their editorial assistance on various issues.

 

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