F208. The Poetics of Empire: Five Books

Supreme Court, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


In 1941, Time publisher Henry Luce announced the American Century, inaugurating an era of American political and economic dominance. This reading features five poets whose recent collections explore the decline of the empire Luce envisioned, reading American hegemony, at home and abroad, through the many ways it inflects lived experiences of race, class, and gender. How, these poets ask, is waning empire registered in poetry that explores American and transnational cultures and identities?



Christopher Kempf is the author of Late in the Empire of Men, and the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. He is a PhD student at the University of Chicago, and the 2016–2017 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.

Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collections LA Liminal and Empire Wasted, as well as several chapbooks. She was a founding editor of Switchback Books and is coeditor of Electric Gurlesque.

Sam Taylor is the author of two books of poems, Body of the World and Nude Descending an Empire, as well as a recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. He is the director of the creative writing program at Wichita State University.

Farid Matuk

Laura Jaramillo


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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