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Creating Meaning through the Lyric Essay

All Levels | Students will read, write, and workshop their own lyric essays. Through a blend of primary texts and craft essays, we’ll learn about capabilities and characteristics of the form. Possible authors include Eula Biss, Claudia Rankine, Lia Purpura, Jo Ann Beard, and Anne Carson. We’ll consider the history of the lyric essay and, in light of the temper of our times, what role it may play in 2019. We’ll also identify places where students can submit their lyric essays.

Instructor: Caitlin Scarano

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 10/20/2019

End Date: 11/24/2019

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Caitlin Scarano

Caitlin Scarano is a poet based in Washington state. She is a PhD candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was recently selected as a participant in the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, and deployed to McMurdo Station in Antarctica in Fall 2018. Her debut collection of poems, Do Not Bring Him Water, was released in Fall 2017 by Write Bloody Publishing. Caitlin has an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has two poetry chapbooks: The White Dog Year (dancing girl press, 2015) and The Salt and Shadow Coiled (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Her recent work can be found in Granta, Crazyhorse, and Ninth Letter.

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