S247. Modernism and the Lyric Essay

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


What can Joyce, Woolf, Pound, Eliot, and other modernists teach us about the poetics of the lyric essay? And can answering such a question help the lyric essay find its aesthetic roots? Join us as we discuss how modernist preoccupations with impressionism, self-consciousness, fragmentation, and free association (among other things) can not only inform the way we read, write, and teach lyric essays, but can also help us place this popular genre in the larger tradition of western poetics.



Joey Franklin's essays have recently appeared in Gettysburg Review, the Pinch, and The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. He is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Brigham Young University.

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Book Prize. He edited The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction.


Mary Cappello is the author of four award-winning books, most recently, Swallow. With recent essays in the Georgia Review, Salmagundi, and Cabinet magazine, she is the recipient of the Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination, the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including Reality Hunger, named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, an NYT bestseller; and Black Planet, an NBCC finalist. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Lia Purpura is the author of seven collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently Rough LIkeness (essays) and King Baby (poems). Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Book Critics Circle Award. She is Writer in Residence at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


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