David Gewanter, Christian Felt - Salt Lake City

David Gewanter, Christian Felt

David Gewanter, Christian Felt

David Gewanter, Christian Felt

Photo by: Margot Hoyt

Oct 29, 2018, 7:00 pm


David Gewanter, Christian Felt

Book Title

Fort Necessity & The Lightning Jar


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Westminster College
210 E 400 S
Salt Lake City , UT 84111-2804
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David Gewanter and Christian Felt share their work at the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series at Westminster College. This event will take place in the Kim Adamson Alumni House on Monday, October 29th at 7:00 PM.

In Fort Necessity, Gewanter forges intensely personal poems that explore the fate of our laboring bodies, from the Carnegie era’s industrial violence and convict labor to our present day of broken trust, profiteering, and the Koch brothers. Guided by a moral vision to document human experience, this unique collection takes raw historical materials—newspaper articles, autobiography and letters, court testimony, a convict ledger, and even a menu—and shapes them into sonnets, ballads, free verse, and prose poems. The title poem weaves a startling lyric sequence from direct testimony by steelworkers and coal-miners, strikers and members of prison chain-gangs, owners and anarchists, revealing an American empire that feeds not just on oil and metal, but also on human energy, impulse, and flesh. Alongside Gewanter’s family are hapless souls who dream of fortune, but cannot make their fates, confronting instead the dark outcomes of love, loyalty, fantasy, and betrayal.

Poet, editor, and essayist David Gewanter is the author of several collections of poetry, including In the Belly (1997), winner of Ploughshares’s John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and War Bird (2009). Gewanter writes a layered, lyrical poetry of ideas that often explores themes of family, nature, and reason. Gewanter’s honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Witter Bynner Fellowship at the Library of Congress. His poetry has been included in The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000, ed. Michael Collier) and New Voices (2002, ed. Heather McHugh).Gewanter has taught at Georgetown University and Harvard University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Christian Felt holds a BA in English from Westminster College, 2012. His stories have appeared in The MacGuffin, ellipsis…, and The Tishman Review. His book, The Lightning Jar, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award in 2018. He lives in Salt Lake City and is studying math and computer science at the University of Utah.


Poetry & Fiction