El Dorado Freddy's

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UPC: 9781948742627
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Authors: Danny Caine (Author), Tara Wray (Photographer)
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Belt Publishing (March 3, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 150 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1948742624
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1948742627
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 16 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches


El Dorado Freddy's may be the first book of fast food poetry.

In "Olive Garden," "Culver's," "Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen," "Cracker Barrel," "Applebee's (after James Wright)" and other poems, Caine "reviews" chain restaurants, taking on topics such as parenting, the Midwest, politics, and chicken fingers along the way. Caine's funny, deceptively accomplished poems are paired with Tara Wray's color-drenched photos. The result is a literary yet goofy book about American food and identity, set in a Midwestern landscape where people eat at chain restaurants, even when they know better.



"You may look down your nose at fast food restaurants for any number of reasons, but you cannot deny their significance. ... El Dorado Freddy’s, a collaboration by poet Danny Caine and photographer Tara Wray, gives these familiar outposts their complete attention. It is a splendid twofer that pairs two sequences by two artists in two different media on one theme and with one binding. ...Though this book actually left me craving fast food (something I haven’t eaten in a long time), I didn’t feel gross and bloated after devouring it. Instead, I went back for seconds, starting at the beginning and reading it again."―Dallas Crow, Rain Taxi Review of Books

About the Author

Danny Caine is the author of Continental Breakfast (Mason Jar Press, 2019) and the chapbook Uncle Harold’s Maxwell House Haggadah (Etchings Press 2017). His poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Hobart, Barrelhouse, The New Ohio Review, and other places. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Kansas. Hailing from Cleveland, he now lives in Lawrence, Kansas where he’s the owner of the Raven Book Store. More info at ravenbookstore.com and dannycaine.com.

Tara Wray, a photographer, writer, and filmmaker, is based in Vermont. She curates interviews with photographers at 
Vice and at BUST Magazine―where her focus is on giving voice to women in photography―and is photo editor of the literary journal Hobart. She created and curates Some Days Just Are, a collaborative series where two photographers capture a twelve hour day in parallel time. Wray's work is held in collections at major institutions including Yale University, University of Notre Dame, and Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Kansas, Wray graduated from NYU with a degree in documentary film. She has directed two feature length documentaries: Manhattan, Kansas (Audience Award, SXSW 2006; Film Society of Lincoln Center) and Cartoon College (Vancouver International Film Festival 2012). Her most recent photobook, Too Tired for Sunshine, was published by Yoffy Press in 2018. More info at tarawray.net.