The Lyric Essay

The Lyric Essay


The lyric essay is a meeting place of poetry, thought, exploration, and language. This malleable prose form utilizes poetic tools such as white space, sonic devices, the fragment, collage, rhythm, and a braided structure. Its family tree includes the prose poem, flash fiction, and personal essay. 

We’ll practice this meditative form together and discover why it is gathering momentum in the literary community. Readings will include Claudia Rankine, Jenny Boully, Eula Biss, Anne Carson, Amy Leach, and Maggie Nelson. 

Four weeks online, April 8-May 5

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Teaching Artist


Molly Sutton Kiefer

Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the hybrid essay Nestuary (Ricochet Editions, 2014) and the poetry chapbooks The Recent History of Middle Sand Lake(Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press, 2010) and City of Bears (dancing girl press, 2013). Her work has appeared in The Collagist, Harpur Palate, Women’s Studies Quarterly,WomenArts Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Southampton Review, among others. She writes reviews for PANK, The Rumpus, and Rain Taxi. She is a founding editor of Tinderbox Poetry Journal, is a member of the Caldera Poetry Collective, and runs Balancing the Tide: Motherhood and the Arts | An Interview Project. More: