The Lyric Essay
Explore the lyric essay, which is dense and shapely like a poem. You’ll explore how, like a poem, this form of writing conveys ideas and feelings using musical/lyrical effects like repetition, rhyme, and rhythm. You’ll also learn that good lyrical essays must engage with the factual since they are not fiction. We’ll work on a series of collaborative activities that help students develop a body of writing and shape it—via peer/instructor feedback and some guided research—into a publishable lyric essay.
- Students should bring something to write with.
About the Instructor
Randy Marshall, a Richmond native, serves as senior literary editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Richmond Arts Magazine, New South (formerly Georgia State University Review), cream city review, Diode, and Blackbird. He co-edited (with Mary Flinn, Andrew Miller, and John Venable) The Gazer Within, published in 2001 as part of the University of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry Series. Marshall earned a BA in Spanish and his MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University where he currently works as an adjunct instructor.See More Classes By Instructor