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this is the website of christopher kempf

selected online publications


poetry                              Poetry Daily: "National Anthem"

Boston Review: "&," "Snow in Inuit" and "Little America"

At Length: "The Union Forever"

The Believer: "Nativity Scene Dedication"

Alaska Quarterly Review: "'South Will Rise'"

Meridian: "Veterans Day 5K"

PLUME: "Cyclorama"

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art: "BEACH PARTY STEAK FRY"

Kenyon Review Online: "Indianapolis 500"

Gettysburg Review: "Michaux State Forest, New Year's" (recipient of 2018 Pushcart Prize)

The Adroit Journal: "Lunch Break" and "The Flower Explosion"

Horsethief: "Gorges"

Narrative: “Clearing the History,” “Shady Cove,” “High-School Graduation Party,” and “After the Disaster” (winner of the 2015 Narrative Poetry Prize)

The National Poetry Review: "Sutro Baths"

PEN America: "Pledge of Allegiance"

Colorado Review: "The Disintegration Loops"

Banango Street: "Quake Shaker" and "What Happens in Vegas" (reprinted on Verse Daily, 2017)

Likestarlings: "On Iconoclasm; or, A Little History of Statuary Exploding," "Gapers Delay; or, Mise en abyme with fire & corsage," and "Pro Patria" NEA Writers Corner: "Yosemite Lodge Food Court"

Four Way Review: "Sledding at Harding Memorial," "Oregon Trail," "At My Sister's Wedding, I Dance the Dance of Swine," and "Pacific Standard"

TriQuarterly: "The Address Painters"

Crazyhorse: "Poem for the Giraffe Marius" (reprinted on Verse Daily, August 26, 2015)

Rattle: "Flats; or, I Shot an Arrow Into the Air"

Kenyon Review Online: "Information Age"

The New Republic: "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare"

Matter: "Missed Connections"

Guernica: "The Destruction of Tenochtitlan; or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation"


literary nonfiction        Georgia Review"Campus Maximus"

Narrative: "Local Color" (winner of 2020 Spring Story/Essay Contest)

Gulf Coast: "'Brave, or lonely, or free enough to ask': Hoagland in Retrospect"

DIAGRAM: "Transmissions"

West Branch: "The Cloud, The Desktop, and the Poetics of No-Place" (nominated for Pushcart Prize)

Shenandoah: "On Association"

Marginalia (LARB): "The Art of War Poetry"

Jacobin: "Rebranding Amtrak" (reprinted on TIME Magazine's "Five Best Ideas of the Day")

Marginalia (LARB): "The Poetics of Tragedy: Elliot Rodger, Seth Abramson, and Art's Role in Tragedy"

Michigan Quarterly Review: "Bad Faith: The Worst First Date of an OKCupid Moderator" (Best American Essays 2015, Notable Essay)

The New Inquiry: "All Cozy Now"

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