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Catfish McDaris (b. 1953) is an American poet and author.
Catfish McDaris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1953. He's written poetry and prose for the past 20 years. After 3 years G.I. Joe, he hopped freights & hitchhiked across the U.S. & Mexico. He built adobe houses, tamed wild horses, made cattle troughs, worked in a zinc smelter, & painted flag poles. Catfish lived in a cave & wintered in a Chevy in Denver. The adventure finally landed at the post office in Milwaukee, a catfish farm is next, he hopes.
Catfish is listed in the 2011 Poet's Market ISBN # 978-1-58297-950-2 on The Louisiana Review page with Gary Snyder and Antler. In 1994, he organized a charity event of poetry and music in Milwaukee called Wordstock. Catfish also read in 1994 at The First Underground Press Conference at De Paul University in Chicago. In 1998, he read in Cherry Valley, NY at the huge Beatnik festival held near Allen Ginsberg's farm. In 2007 Catfish read at The Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris and also in NYC in Oct of 2010 to promote his books and chapbooks.
Catfish was the featured poet in The Penny Dreadful Review #31 (Nashville, TN), Chiron Review #67 (St. John, KS), the Shepherd Express (Milwaukee, WI) 12,31,1999 issue. Catfish won The Uprising Award (AL)in 1999, The Flash Fiction Award (Buns & Barbs) in 2009. He's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times and the Best Of The Net in poetry in 2011 (Steel Toe Review in AL)
- 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, 2000
- 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
Notes and References
Small Press Printed Magazines & Books where a small sampling of Catfish McDaris' words have appeared. (1) The Beat Goes On by Sherri Sarantakis-Cherry Valley Arts Festival & Beatnik Reading ISBN 0-9664914-1-6 Buchenroth Publishing Co. Columbus, OH 1998,(2) Chiron Review 2001 St. John, KS ISSN 1046-8897-Rare Book & Manuscript Library-Yale Univ. New Haven,CT,(3)The Starving Poets'Cookbook-Free Lunch 1994-Laguna Niguel, CA ISBN 0-9643296-0-3(4)Slipstream 1995/98-Buffalo, NY ISSN 0749-0771 Poetry/Rare Books Collection at State Univ. of N.Y. at Buffalo (5)Main Street Rag 2001/03 Charlotte, NC ISSN 1529-9236 Brown & Columbia Univ.(6)Pearl-Issues 25,29,33 Long Beach,CA 1997,2000,03 Index of American Periodical Verse at Lanham,MD, (7)Scorched Hands An Anthology of Verse and Rage 1996 Pariah Press-St.Paul,Mn ISBN1886895-05-8(8)Between the Cracks The Daedalus Anthology of Kink Verse 1996 San Francisco,CA ISBN 1-881943-10-0(9)The Cafe Review 1996 Portland, ME ISSN 1069-7179(10)Wisconsin Poets' Calendar Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 1997 La Crosse,WI(11)Ragged Lion A Tribute To Jack Micheline-Vagabond Press 1999-Ellensburg,WA ISBN 0912824-39-5 cloth ISBN 0912824-40-9 paper(12)Chick For A Day 2000 Simon & Schuster New York, NY ISBN 0-684-85517-8(13) Deadlier Than Thou 2010 Short,Fast,and Deadly New York, NY ISBN 978-0-9828032-5-7(14)At the Gate:Departures and Arrivals 2011 Kings Estate Press St. Augustine,FL ISBN 1-888832-25-8(15)Bleed Me a River:a domestic violence anthology 2011 Westview Inc. Nashville,TN ISBN 978-1-935271-82-6