Northwestern UP/Curbstone | 2025

She was a beloved eldest daughter in a golden political family, destined for greatness. She gave birth to a future emperor but hungered for more power than women are allowed—so she poisoned her husbands and exiled her enemies. The chronicles say that through sex, murder, and manipulation, Agrippina became Empress of Rome and used men as prosthetics to rule one of the largest empires in history. Exhausted by the misogyny of today, Arterian reaches into the past to try to understand how we got here. This manuscript was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, and received an Honorable Mention from Claudia Rankine for the AWP Donald Hall Prize.