Christopher Kempf


Research Interests: 

American poetry and poetics // labor and working-class poetics // creative writing studies // historicism


  • "Addicted to the Lubric a Little: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Language of Flow in Ulysses"
  • Poetry collections, What Though the Field Be Lost (LSU Press, 2021) and Late in the Empire of Men (Four Way, 2017)
  • Poetry in The Believer, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review and New England Review, among other places.


Christopher Kempf is the author of the poetry collectionsWhat Though the Field Be Lost, forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press, and Late in the Empire of Men, winner of the 2015 Levis Prize from Four Way Books. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, he is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of Chicago, where he holds the Hanna Holborn Gray Advanced Fellowship in the Humanities and is completing a dissertation on 20th-century labor poetics.  He received his MFA from Cornell University.

Teaching Experience: 

University of Chicago

  • CRWR 10306 Beginning Poetry Workshop: Place
  • CRWR 23118 Advanced Poetry Workshop: The Public Poem
  • CRWR BA Undergraduate Thesis Colloquium
  • ENGL 26220 Speaking Pictures: Ekphrasis in American Poetry

Gettysburg College

  • Emerging Writer Lecturer (2016-2017)
  • Stanford University

  • Levinthal Tutorial Instructor (2012-2014)
  • Cornell University

  • Lecturer in English (2008-2010)