Becca Klaver - book author
Becca Klaver is the author of the full-length poetry collections LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010), Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, 2016), and Ready for the World (Black Lawrence Press, 2020) as well as the chapbooks Inside a Red Corvette: A 90s Mix Tape (greying ghost press, 2009), Nonstop Pop (Bloof, 2013), and Merrily, Merrily (Lame House Press, 2013). She holds degrees from the University of Southern California (BA), Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and Rutgers University (PhD). A founding editor of the feminist poetry press Switchback Books, she is also the co-editor of the digital poetry anthology Electric Gurlesque.
Becca Klaver is the author of books: LA Liminal, Inside A Red Corvette, Ready for the World, Empire Wasted: Poems, Nonstop Pop, Merrily, Merrily, The Great Gatsby Anthology, Narrative (Dis)continuities: Prose Experiments By Younger American Writers, Election Day, By the Slice
Written in the years Klaver was collaborating on feminist writing, performance, ritual, and activism in person and online in the form of the (G)IRL writing group, The Real Housewives of Bohemia podcast, the Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants website, the Anti-Surveillance Feminist Poet Hair & Makeup Party roving mob, and the Enough Is Enough proto-#MeToo activist collective, Ready for the World explores how alternative practices and communities can resist destructive forms of power and conjure other ways of being and knowing.
Klaver samples movie dialogue, invents new lyrics for her favorite band, recalls a blog post by Eileen Myles, rewrites the dictionary a few times, plays Slip 'N Slide with America, cheekily appropriates testimonials for a popular self-help book, and expresses a few feelings by way of their equivalent b®and names for maximal market penetration in these 22 pop-influenced poems.
The design concept of Nonstop Pop is reminscent of a pop album or CD, in a square shape, with full-color ink jet cover and a snippet of the lyrics on the back. The run of 100 copies are hand-sewn in natural twine.
Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collection LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and several chapbooks. She is a PhD student in English at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, visit her blog Pomo Expo.
All proceeds from Election Day will be donated to the ACLU.
"It goes without saying that we do not share the same language as our president-elect, Donald Trump. Actually, we do need to say it. Every bigoted Trump statement entitles, emboldens, and even enlists people to use sexist, homophobic, and racist rhetoric. It legitimizes hate speech, and those that engage in it need not feel absolved because it’s been sanctioned. One can openly threaten and harass minorities—our president does! One can assault women—our president does!
This poem, Election Day, stands in direct opposition to this language. Published on November 8th by Gramma Poetry, this poem was collaboratively written as a representation of collected ethics, outrage, solidarity, empowerment. And now, after the dichotomous election result, it reflects back as testament to our enduring courage and unified articulation in the face of political exigencies. To “grab myself by the pussy” (a play on the now trended “pussy grab back”) destabilizes the dangerous rhetoric put forth by Trump. It is willfully contumacious. Its authority is not legitimized by Trump, its legitimized by all the women who wrote it and all of us who read it.
As we move forward together, we need to know that what we say matters. We need to find better ways to hear each other. Words are important, and I’m proud that this poem exists today to speak for me, to speak for her, and for all of us.
Thank you to Gramma Poetry for publishing Election Day, editor Lillian Ruth Nickerson, and its contributors: Sarah Jean Alexander, Cedar Brant, Frances Chiem (née Dinger), Brittany Dennison, Claire Fox, Emily Kendal Frey, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Katherine Indermaur, Denise Jarrott, Rachel Jensen, Sam Kilometer, Becca Klaver, Sophia Le Fraga, Liz Mehl, Amber Nelson, Lillian Ruth Nickerson, Chessy Normile, A.M. O’Malley, Michelle Peñaloza, Hajara Quinn, Kim Selling, Sara Sutter, Stacey Tran, Lu Yim, CL Young, and Maged Zaher."
Patricia No, November 9th, 2016
Includes poems by: Amy Berkowitz and Zoe Tuck, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Sarah A. Chavez, Marissa Crawford, Carrie Hunter, Becca Klaver, Courtney Marie, Carrie Murphy, Alexandra Naughton, Alina Pleskova, Jaclyn Sadicario, and Nicole Steinberg.