AGRIPPINA

This manuscript circles around the life of Agrippina the Younger, known for murdering, seducing, and manipulating her way into the most powerful position possible for a woman at the time: empress of the Roman Empire. The collection considers the ways in which Western culture is obsessed with this era and group of powerful people (emperors Caligula, Claudius, Nero), and how the misogyny of history continues to impact us and the world. But, overall, this is about the author’s obsession with Agrippina, and the ways in which she attempts to access her through research, reading, and travel. 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.