Eric Wertheimer is Professor of English and Associate Vice Provost of the Graduate College at Arizona State University, where he is the Founding Director of the Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies. He is the author of Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance in Early America and Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876, as well as many works of poetry and prose. Mylar, his first book of poetry, was published by BlazeVOX in 2012.