CALS Writing Circle: A Conversation with Justin Booth, Outlaw Poet
Join us for a conversation with Justin Booth, outlaw poet and author of Trailer Park Troubadour (2013), The Singer, The Lesbian, & The One with the Feet (2015), A Quarter, a Dime, and Two Copper Pennies (2015), Outlaw Blue (2016), Lucky Strikes, Grave Dirt, and 1/3 of the Stars (2016), The Stripper’s Daughter (2017), The Luckiest Man (2019), and Hookers, Ex-wives, and Other Lovers: 13 Years of Outlaw Poetry 2008-2021.
I met Justin Booth in downtown Little Rock in the summer of 2012 while I was walking to work at the Arkansas Times, the newspaper I’ve been with for 12 years. He was homeless at the time, strung out on heroin, red-eyed and haggard, hawking copies of his chapbook, “Hookers, Ex-Wives and Other Lovers” for $5 to anybody who looked like they might be able to spare a few bucks. They were cheaply done, printed on plain copier paper and stapled crooked down the spine. But I happened to have a five dollar bill and have never been able to turn down a book, so I took one. Within a block, reading as I walked, I was convinced that he was one of the best poets the State of Arkansas has ever produced. I still believe that today. –David Koon.
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