Meet the editor of the Arkansas
("What?! This guy is deciding the fate of my literary masterpiece?!")
L. Beggs is the author of
Catastrophic Chords (Salmon
Libido Café (Salmon
Poetry, 2004) and Godworm (1995). Dean of the Graduate School at
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
Saw, Poet Lore, and Willow Springs.
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.