Samantha Imperi

Poetry | University of Akron | Class of 2023

The Succubus Laments is a collection of persona poetry that explores how cultures worldwide have condemned many aspects of the feminine as monstrous. The voices of human women and female monsters come alive on these pages while they encounter the pains of living and the inherent violence of love. Weaved throughout the collection to tie the world of these poems together is the narrative of the titular character, the Succubus herself, who finds love for the first time and must then face her nature and the histories that shaped her or risk destroying the thing she has always wanted.


About Samantha

Samantha Imperi is an Akron area poet who writes mainly about the female social-sexual culture and how it shapes and alters the individual experience. When she is not writing, she is teaching, selling real estate, making candles, or participating in one of her many hobbies like art, hiking, hula hooping, and playing the flute. She spends every spare second she can find cuddling her chihuahua mix, Ginevra.

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing? What are they?

One of my favorite tools that I discovered in the last three years is a website called It gamifys writing to encourage daily habits and incorporates challenges to keep you on your toes.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

A whole stack of unexplored books I bought at AWP in Seattle—most excitingly Dyscalculia by Camonghne Felix.

Your advice to an incoming MFA student? Or the best piece of advice you received as a young writer?

Take advantage of every learning opportunity presented to you, inside or outside of your genre. You never know what you’re going to hear to help you in the most surprising ways.

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