Join KUAR’s radio program Arts & Letters Radio on Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. for a radio broadcast with UCA creative writing professor Mark Spitzer as he discusses the highly elusive American eel featured in his book Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West (Bison Books, 2017). The 52-minute episode, “A Phantom (in Your Own Backyard),” produced for NPR-member station KUAR, highlights Spitzer’s experience stalking and sampling eels in Central Arkansas. With assistance from biologist Casey Cox and fishing buddy Scotty “Goggle Eye” Lewis, who are interviewed and appear in the episode, Spitzer studies the fascinating folklore, history and science of Anguilla rostrata.
You can listen to the radio broadcast here.
Arts & Letters Radio is an educational program that strives to enlighten its audience and is dedicated to showcasing aspects of the humanities and literary arts in Arkansas and beyond. The upcoming program was made possible through a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mark Spitzer is an associate professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America’s Most Misunderstood Fish and Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West (Bison Books, 2017). Spitzer has consulted for Nat Geo’s Monster Fish and appeared on Animal Planet’s River Monsters. His most recent book is In Search of Monster Fish (Nebraska, 2019).