Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Date & Time: Saturday, November 4 | 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $50 | Nonmember $105
Registration Closes: October 30
Combining elements of nonfiction prose, personal essay, and poetry, the lyric essay is a form rife with possibility: a way to genuinely explore and investigate complex subjects and to interweave disparate ideas. The form is perfectly positioned for our current zeitgeist, and contemporary lyric essay writers such as Maggie Nelson, Abigail Thomas, and Claudia Rankine have enjoyed the elusive combination of critical acclaim and a flourishing readership.
In this seminar, examples by some of the best contemporary lyric essayists will be read and discussed as a means of defining this beautifully elastic genre. Fueled by this inspiration, and the discussion and prompts that follow, students will begin to compose lyric essays of their own. The instructor will also briefly address how and where to publish lyric essays.
Students are encouraged to bring existing work to revise or use as a jumping-off point for new pieces. There will not be traditional workshopping of these pieces, but the instructor may give informal verbal comments or feedback if time allows.
Arielle Greenberg has taught in a number of low-residency MFA programs and is a former associate professor in the poetry program at Columbia College Chicago. Twice featured in the Best American Poetry series, she is a MacDowell Colony fellow and the author of three works of creative nonfiction/lyric essay—Locally Made Panties, Shake Her, and, with Rachel Zucker, Home/Birth: a Poemic—and four books of poetry. VISIT ariellegreenberg.net
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