Write, Memory: Embracing the Poetic through the Lyric Essay


Workshop meets over four Sundays:

  • Sunday, August 8, 12:00-2:00 pm CT
  • Sunday, August 15, 12:00-2:00 pm CT
  • Sunday, August 22, 12:00-2:00 pm CT
  • Sunday, August 29, 12:00-2:00 pm CT


  • Tuition: $100
  • Location: Zoom virtual workshop
  • Deadline: Registration closes Sunday, August 8, 11:30 am CT

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Write, Memory: Embracing the Poetic through the Lyric Essay


Over four weeks, we will explore our relationship to memory through the lyric essay, a hybrid form that complements the circuitous, nonlinear nature of recollection. The lyric essay intimates, and expands upon, features from poetry such as repetition, rhythm, and figurative language, making it a fecund genre in which poets can experiment. Furthermore, the lyric essay bends away from the strictures of journalism, in favor of the oneiric, the strange, the beautiful, and the emotive, rendering it a more expansive genre for essayists to explore. The group will receive a series of prompts and close reading exercises that explore repetition, the epistolary form, and fragments, while the material's subject matter may range from trauma, to social constructions of identity, to sexual violence, to illness, to desire. Meetings will include a mix of close reading & discussion, workshopping original pieces, and free writing.  

Writers read may include, but are not limited to, Hanif Abdurraqib, Anne Carson, Sarah Eliza Johnson, Steven Leyva, Sarah Manguso, Tan Tuck Ming, Ocean Vuong, Rachel Yoder, and Clara Zornado & Jo Barchi. 


Hannah Bonner's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in  Asheville Poetry Review, Pigeon Pages, Rattle, Schlag, So to Speak, The LaHave Review, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Pinch Journal, The Vassar Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Two Peach. Her essays have been featured in Bright Wall/Dark Room, Bustle, The Little Patuxent Review, and VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. She currently serves as the poetry editor for Brink (https://www.brinkliterary.com/). 


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