Linger & Leap: Writing the Lyric Essay

with Alexandra Lytton Regalado

Genres: Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Essay



4 Sessions

Start Date: January 17, 2024
End Date: February 7, 2024
Day of Week: Wednesday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $237.60
General Price: $264.00

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The lyric essay is a hybrid form that maps a journey as the mind wanders, lingers, and then leaps into the unknown. We begin with a driving question, and in the literal definition of the French word essai: we try, we attempt to map the mind’s process as it contemplates that question on the page. In each class, we will discuss a selection of segmented/fragmented, braided, and hermit crab essays; we will work on exercises and activities to generate new writing that is formulated and shaped like prose, but moves and sounds like poetry. Participants can opt to share their work with the class, and the instructor will provide feedback one-on-one.


  • This class includes:
    • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
    • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
  • Feedback in class: Both peer and instructor feedback given.
  • Work outside of class: 1-2 hours of writing or reading outside of class.


  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Alexandra Lytton Regalado

Alexandra Lytton Regalado


Alexandra Lytton Regalado is a Salvadoran-American author, editor, and translator. She is the author of Relinquenda, winner of the National Poetry Series (Beacon Press, 2022); the chapbook Piedra (La Chifurnia, 2022); and the poetry collection, Matria, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2017). Alexandra holds fellowships at CantoMundo and Letras Latinas and her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry,, World Literature Today, and the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, among others. Her translations of contemporary Latin American poetry appear in Poetry InternationalFENCE, and Tupelo Quarterly and she is the translator of Family or Oblivion by Elena Salamanca and Prewar by Tania Pleitez. She is the co-founding editor of Kalina, a press that showcases bilingual, Central American-themed books and she is assistant editor at SWWIM Every Day an online daily poetry journal for women-identifying poets. Website:

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