An Exquisite Corpse at UCA: Another Literary Mag Comes to Arkansas

The University of Central Arkansas, currently the home to the Oxford American, is carving quite a niche for itself. Today’s announcement will be exciting to Arkansas NPR nerds and literary fans alike. Here’s the UCA news release:

Major literary journal moves to UCA

CONWAY, ARK. — Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Letters & Life, founded and edited by celebrated author and National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu, is now based at the University of Central Arkansas.

This legendary literary journal has been a major icon in contemporary American literature for more than twenty-five years.  Founded in 1983, it has been edited since then by the celebrated author and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu.  Originally designed as an avant-garde national literary journal showcasing experimental writing, the Corpse quickly evolved into a progressive forum for all literary genres, including literary translation, interviews, critical theory, drama, polemics and politics, artwork and photography, and reports from various outposts of global dystopia.  After fifteen years of promoting both emerging and established voices while maintaining a healthy attitude for weighing in on the burning issues of the times, Exquisite Corpse moved from a primarily NEA-funded print format to a cyber format ( in order to pioneer the online literary journal.  UCA writing professor Mark Spitzer was part of this transition, which allowed the Corpse to reach hundreds of thousands of readers and expand its scope and voice into an international sphere, with contributors and readers from all over the world.

Now, through the Department of Writing in UCA’s College of Fine Arts and Communication, the print Corpse will be reborn at UCA — this time as a brand new glossy-covered, 150-page annual to complement the website.

More on Exquisite Corpse here. Codrescu’s NPR bio here.


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