Catfish McDaris

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Steven "Catfish" McDaris (born 1953) is an American poet and author who is often associated with Allen Ginsberg.[1][2] He is also notable for having collaborated with Charles Bukowski.[3]

Biography[edit]

McDaris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1953.

After 3 years serving in the military as a young man, he hopped freights and hitchhiked across the U.S. and Mexico. He built adobe houses, tamed wild horses, made cattle troughs, worked in a zinc smelter, and painted flag poles.[4]

For a time, he lived in a cave and wintered in a Chevy in Denver.[5]

He eventually settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked for the United States Postal Service.[6]

In 1994, he organized a charity event of poetry and music in Milwaukee, called Wordstock. During the same year, he also read at The First Underground Press Conference at De Paul University in Chicago. [7]

In 1998, he read at a Beatnik festival held near Allen Ginsberg's farm,[8]

In 2007, he read at Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris. [9]

Reception and influence[edit]

McDaris has published extensively in the small press and independent magazines.[10] He is also often associated with Allen Ginsberg [11] [12] and collaborated with Charles Bukowski on a chapbook called 'Prying'.[13] In addition, his work has appeared in such publications as The Penny Dreadful Review, Chiron Review, the Shepherd Express [14] and Blink-Ink[15] Marquette University holds his collected published works and personal papers in their special collections archives. [16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1999 The Uprising Award.[17]
  • 2010 The Flash Fiction Award at Gypsy, as judged by U.S. Poet Laureate.[18]
  • 2015 The Thelonius Monk Award at[19]

Publications[edit]

  • Van Gogh's Ear-Skinner's, Irregular Horse, 1994
  • The Moon Gets Laid Skinner's, Irregular Horse, 1994
  • Pyramids On Mars, KPG Press, 1994,
  • Iguana In Your Pocket (with Nathan Beaty), Green Eggs & Ham Press, 1995
  • Drowning In Your Bloodshot Eyes (with Jim Buchanan), Angelflesh Press, 1995
  • Catfish In The Pecos, Angelflesh Press, 1996
  • Magic Buffalo by The Peyote Brothers (with elliott), Angelflesh Press, 1997
  • Prying (with Charles Bukowski and Jack Micheline), Four-Sep Publications, 1997
  • Funk/Works (with Mark Sonnenfeld), Marymark Press, 1998
  • And The Horse You Rode In On, Born Again(st)Christian Press, 1998
  • The Wolf Pack (with Mark Wisniewski and Wolf Vest), Pariah Press, 1999
  • Bitchslapped (art by Swanky Mike Tolento), A Pick Pocket Book published by Phony Lid Books, 2002
  • Maow-Miaou-Editions, Microbe(French/English), 2000
  • Tears from Nowhere, Spunk, 2001
  • Coyoacan, JVC Books, 2001
  • A Field Of Dancing Horses, fingerprint press, 2004
  • Making Love To The Rain, Propaganda Press, 2010
  • Dancing Naked On Bukowski's Grave, Horror,Sleaze,Trash Press (with Ben John Smith) ISBN 978-1-4477-6940-8, 2011
  • Tales From A French Envelope, (with Craig Scott) Ten Pages Press ISBN 978-1-257-96373-7, 2011
  • Naked Fly Cherry Marijuana, Graffiti Kolkata (India), 2012
  • Waiting On Nothing, Mad Rush Books ISBN 978-1-105-70938-8, 2012
  • Jupiter Orgasma, Mad Rush Books ISBN 978-1-300-70644-1, 2013 Hard Cover
  • Thieves of the Wind (with Subhankar Das) ISBN 978-1-49967-033-2 Writing Knights Press, 2014
  • Cannibal Sunflowers ISBN 978-1-50033-001-9 Writing Knights Press, 2014
  • Buffalo Nickels, Grandma Moses Press, 2014
  • Switcheroo (with David Mac) Mac Press in England, 2014
  • Day 4 (with Alexis Rhone Fancher, John Swain, & Bree) ISBN 978-1-50098-516-5 Green Panda Press 2014
  • 66 lines On Your Soul (with Subhankar Das & Kevin Ridgeway) Graffiti Kolkata India 2014
  • Naked Serial Killers In Volkswagens Weekly Weird Monthly, Austin, Texas 2015
  • No Blindfold No Cigarette Black Dharma Press Dynatox Ministries, NJ 2015
  • Sleeping With the Fish Pski's Porch Lockport, NY ISBN 978-0692671320

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Poet and author Catfish McDaris says stories from his experiences from the poetry and music world' by Michalis Limnios, March 1, 2013, Blues GR: Keep the Blues Alive". 
  2. ^ 'Cannibal Sunflowers' (2014), Catfish McDaris, Writing Knights Press, Cleveland, Ohio, Copyright information page, Credit: Cover Image, Allen Ginsberg.
  3. ^ Cutaway Magazine #1, 2012, UK, 'Contributors', 72-75
  4. ^ Cutaway Magazine #1, 2012, UK, 'Contributors', 72-75.
  5. ^ Cutaway Magazine #1, 2012, UK, 'Contributors', 72-75.
  6. ^ Cutaway Magazine #1, 2012, UK, 'Contributors', 72-75.
  7. ^ "'Poet and author Catfish McDaris says stories from his experiences from the poetry and music world' by Michalis Limnios, March 1, 2013, Blues GR: Keep the Blues Alive". 
  8. ^ Sarantakis, Sherri (1998). Beats in Cherry Valley / Cherry Valley Arts Festival August 7–9. 1998 : Tribute to 30 years of Beat and Bohemian Influence. Columbus, Ohio: Buchenroth Publishing. ISBN 0966491416.
  9. ^ 'Jupiter Orgasma' (2013), Catfish McDaris, Lulu.com, 37, ISBN 978-1-300-70644-1.
  10. ^ 'Waiting on Nothing', Catfish McDaris, Mad Rush Books, 68.
  11. ^ "'Poet and author Catfish McDaris says stories from his experiences from the poetry and music world' by Michalis Limnios, March 1, 2013, Blues GR: Keep the Blues Alive". 
  12. ^ 'Cannibal Sunflowers' (2014), Catfish McDaris, Writing Knights Press, Cleveland, Ohio, Copyright information page, Credit: Cover Image, Allen Ginsberg.
  13. ^ Cutaway Magazine #1, 2012, UK, 'Contributors', 72-75.
  14. ^ "Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries Special Collections & University Archives Catfish McDaris Collection". 
  15. ^ Blink-Ink #18, Full of Crow Press, North Bradford, CT, USA, 'Contributors'.
  16. ^ "Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries Special Collections & University Archives Catfish McDaris Collection". 
  17. ^ Steel Toe Review, Volume 1, 2012, Tritone Media, Birmingham, AL, USA, 79.
  18. ^ Steel Toe Review, Volume 1, 2012, Tritone Media, Birmingham, AL, USA, 79.
  19. ^ Montgomery College, Rockville, MD USA, http://thesongis.blogspot.com Dr. Marianne Szlyk