Rachel Galvin with Walt Hunter

Join us for the launch of poet Rachel Galvin's new book UTEROTOPIA. She will be joined in conversation with English Chair of Case Western, Walt Hunter. Walt recently published a new book of poetry, SOME FLOWERS. 




In Uterotopia, Rachel Galvin explores the nuances of femininity with wit and humor just as complex as the subjects of her impactful poetry. Delving into fertility and aging, sexism and mortality, Galvin dauntlessly brings us in and out of the home shining a bright light on what bystanders choose to look away from. Her third poetry book, Uterotopia is a sharp collection centering on the woman’s experience in a post-Roe America.


Rachel Galvin is the author of the poetry collections Elevated Threat Level (2018), a finalist for the National Poetry Series and Alice James Books’ Kinereth Gensler Award, and Pulleys & Locomotion (2009).  Her translations include Raymond Queneau's Hitting the Streets (2013), winner of the the 2014 Scott Moncrieff Prize, and Argentinian poet Oliverio Girondo's Decals: Complete Early Poetry (2018), with Harris Feinsod. Her poems and translations appear in Boston ReviewColorado ReviewGulf CoastMAKEMcSweeney’sThe New Yorker, and Poetry, and her essays appear in Boston ReviewComparative Literature StudiesELHJacket 2Los Angeles Review of BooksMLN, and Modernism/modernity.

Galvin is also the author of a book of literary criticism, News of War: Civilian Poetry, 1936-1945 (2018), and the co-editor, with Bonnie Costello, of Auden at Work (2015). She is an associate professor at the University of Chicago.


About Walt Hunter

Walt Hunter is the author of two books of criticism: Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization (Fordham UP, 2019) and The American House Poem, 1945-2021 (Oxford UP, coming in fall 2023). He is also the author of a collection of poetry, Some Flowers (MadHat, 2022) and the translator of Frédéric Neyrat’s Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism (with Lindsay Turner; Fordham UP, 2017). He edits poetry for The Atlantic and teaches at Case Western Reserve University, where he chairs the English department.

Praise for Some Flowers

Walt Hunter has figured out how to strike a lyric pitch in a time of disillusionment. Grimly aware of menace, his poems “work/ to remember the future’s trashed.” At the same time, they croon, they snarl, they recycle pop tunes, they swerve into abstraction and aphorism, they think out loud. Most of all, they remind us what it is to feel, asking “… What is it // That they’re hacking to death down here/ called love?” A fiercely intelligent book.


Event date: 
Saturday, January 21, 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
1373 N Milwaukee Ave
Uterotopia: Poems By Rachel Galvin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780892555659
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Persea - January 3rd, 2023