R208. CANCELLED: Webs, Contrails, Constellations: Form and Structure in Books of Lyric Nonfiction

Status: Not Accepted

Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


How do book-length works of lyric nonfiction create worlds marked as much by magnetic cohesion as by boldness of juxtaposition and imaginative leap? This panel explores how form and structure operate not only as navigational devices, but as means of inventing layered emotional terrains and innovative narrative trajectories. Referencing their recent works as case studies, panelists discuss how their books' form and architecture developed and what kind of house it makes for (and of) living.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

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Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Late Empire, and a book-length lyric-essay Pain Studies. She teaches in the New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers MFA programs at UT Austin.

Paul Lisicky is the author of six books including Later, The Narrow Door, and Unbuilt Projects. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden and serves on the writing committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Heather Christle is the author of The Crying Book (a work of nonfiction), and four poetry collections, most recently Heliopause. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Emory University.

T Kira Madden is a lesbian, APIA writer. She is the author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, and serves as the founding editor in chief of No Tokens.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center