Introduction to the Lyric Essay [Jodie Noel Vinson]
Introductory. The lyric essay exists in an undefined space between poetry and non-fiction. By breaking the rules of genre and experimenting with hybrid forms, students in this class can expect to breathe new life into stagnant essays, develop poetic lines into thoughtful arguments, and take their nonfiction to new, creative places. In addition to writing prompts and workshops, we’ll be exploring the genre through excerpts and essays from John D’Agata, Eula Biss, Sarah Manguso, and Claudia Rankine, among others.