Native South Floridian and award-winning poet Sam Taylor returns to Miami for the book launch of his new book of poems, Nude Descending an Empire(Pitt Poetry Series). Taylor will read from this collection that has been hailed as an important addition to contemporary poetry that engages imaginatively with the social, political, and ecological issues of our time. The poet Chase Twichell said "Once in a while a book appears that seems forged from the truth. This is one." He will be joined by special guest, award-winning poet and University of Miami creative writing professor Jaswinder Bolina. Readers accustomed to the distant obscurity of some poetry these days will find in these two poets voices that are urgently alive and accessible, yet still mysterious.About the Poets: Sam Taylor is the author of two books of poems, Nude Descending an Empireand Body of the World (Ausable / Copper Canyon Press), and the recipient of the 2014-2015 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship. He is a creative writing professor in the MFA program at Wichita State University, and his website is <www.samtaylor.us>. Jaswinder Bolina is the author of Phantom Camera, winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press, and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His latest collection is a digital chapbook, The Tallest Building in America, now available online at floatingwolfquarterly.com. He teaches on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.