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Faculty poetry reading: Becca Klaver

DSW writing instructor, Dr. Becca Klaver, will read from her newest collection of poems Empire Wasted, fortchoming from Bloog Books. Her first poetry collection, LA Liminal (Kore Press) was published in 2010. Her poems have also appeared in APR, Fence, jubilat, and The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she attended the University of Southern California (BA), Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and Rutgers University (PhD). Her dissertation, “Include Everything: Contemporary American Poetry and the Feminist Everyday,” investigates how women poets across post-1945 U.S. poetry movements—Diane di Prima, Sonia Sanchez, Lyn Hejinian, Bernadette Mayer, and Alice Notley—shared an investment in creating new poetic forms and processes rooted in, and sometimes resisting, the gendered conditions of everyday life. With Hanna Andrews and Brandi Homan, Becca co-founded the feminist poetry press Switchback Books in Chicago in 2006, and she is currently co-editing, with Arielle Greenberg, the anthology Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016). She has taught as an AmeriCorps*VISTA worker, middle school teacher, elementary school poet-in-residence, academic staff member at an arts and media college, and lecturer at a large state university. Currently, she teaches multimedia writing to doctoral social work students at Rutgers. In the spring of 2017, she will be the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University.

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