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:


Spitzer on NPR

Return of the Gar

Hellbender Video

Pointers for

Record Bullhead

Library Journal

New Monster Novel Trailer

Lake Forest

Toad Suck
Review Wins

Spitzer Storms

Spitzer on TV

TSR#2 Reviewed

Spitzer Fails

Discovery Channel
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Spitzer Sticks
Up for Gar

Spitzer Wrestles
Alligator Gar

Spitzer Cracks
People Up

Pirated Genet


Genet Interview

Garbook Released!

Newspaper Garticle

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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, became Assistant Editor of the legendary lit journal Exquisite Corpse, and earned 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, where he is the Editor of Toad Suck Review ( Spitzer is also a gar-nut; the photo above (Spitzer is on the left) 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 is the official Nebraska state record holder for the yellow bullhead.

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After the Orange Glow

Website: Rex Rose


New Gar Essay


Tropical Gar

Vintage Rimbaud Translation

Bukowski Review

Bromancing the Gar

Terrain Reviews

Multi-Personality Pedagogy

Gar Rodeo

Chronicle Article

Monstro Excerpt

Truck Feature

Madhatter Poems


Worldstream Interview

Spitzer Interviews Andrei Codrescu

When Gars Attack

Spelunking South

Thank... Oblivion

Big Other Interview

Rain Taxi Review: Jan Kerouac

Madame Skeeza

No Bullshit Reviews

Bukowski Review

Rimbaud Review

Delta Blues Review

Spitzer on Bob Dylan


New Celine Translation!

New Book Reviews!

Man vs. Gar

Rebel Verse Review

Hunter S. Letters

Death Poems Review

Genet Book Review

On The River

Viva Arletty! (fiction)

No B.S. Reviews


Oyster Boy Rimbaud Feature

Dylan Polemic

Rimbaud's Lost Poem

Lautreamont Translation

Waiting for Osama

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

Exquisite Corpses


Reviews of the Damned

Sun Dog Reviews

Lima Bean


Dorn Rant

Gilles de Rais by Cendrars

Cendrars' Pity


Transgender Review