Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collections Ready for the World, Empire Wasted, and LA Liminal. She has taught at colleges and universities around the country and through community programs such as Iowa City Poetry, the Midwest Writing Center, and the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio. She directed the Center for the Literary Arts at Cornell College, helped run the BA and MFA creative writing programs at Columbia College Chicago, and has independently hosted salons, talk series, and reading groups. As an editor, Becca co-founded Switchback Books and is co-editing the anthology Electric Gurlesque. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she holds degrees from the University of Southern California (BA), Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and Rutgers University (PhD).