Essaying the Lyric: Experiments for Lyric Essays
Lyric essays are the LEGO castles of our dreams: from disparate and scattered pieces, something whole and astonishing can emerge, perhaps providing the exact spaciousness and shelter that we need for certain content. In this generative class, we will examine texts by authors such as Hanif Abdurraqib, Natalie Diaz, and Melissa Febos; experiment with sideways techniques including constraints, fragments, and flash; and explore how meaning is stitched through association, imagery, and pathways of language. Prepare to play and revel in risk.
Harmony Hazard received her MFA from Stony Brook and has writing published in The Rumpus, Catapult, River Teeth, Hippocampus, Essay Daily, and the anthology Rebellious Mourning. She is a nonfiction editor with The Vida Review and teaches writing in Tucson.