A Harp in the Stars: Intro to the Lyric Essay
Genres: Nonfiction, Reading, Essay
"I think it valuable to drop the story line," writes Maggie Nelson, because "there may be no whole story." This workshop explores essayistic alternatives to "the story line" by discussing weekly passages from the lyric essay anthology A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays (ed. Randon Billings Noble). Participants will close read and discuss select essays, encounter some of the field's history/debates, receive weekly prompts to guide their own lyric essay experiments, and have the opportunity to share writing with the group.
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Corinna Cook is the author of Leavetakings, an essay collection (University of Alaska Press 2020). She is a former Fulbright Fellow, an Alaska Literary Award recipient, and a Rasmuson Foundation awardee. Corinna’s creative work appears in Flyway, Alaska Quarterly Review, Alaska Magazine, Brink, and elsewhere; her journalism appears in Yukon North of Ordinary and GlacierHub; her critical articles appear in Assay, New Writing, and Essay Daily; and she writes about teaching for Pedagogy and American Literary Studies. Corinna holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. More at corinnacook.com.
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