Strike a Chord: The Lyric Essay Forms of A Harp in the Stars

113C, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


This panel features craft talks by essayists whose work appears in the University of Nebraska Press anthology A Harp in the Stars, which Aimee Nezhukumatathil calls “a fascinating look into the bright heart of what the lyric essay can be.” Contributors will read brief excerpts of a segmented essay, a braided essay, a hermit crab essay in the form of a word search puzzle, and a hybrid lyric craft essay, then discuss practical strategies as well as theoretical concerns when writing in these forms.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Strike_a_Chord_AWP_Event_Outline.pdf



Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. She is the author of the essay collection Be with Me Always and the editor of A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays. She teaches in the MFA in nonfiction program at Goucher and the low-residency MFA in creative writing at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Heidi Czerwiec, essayist and poet, is the author of the lyric essay collection Fluid States, winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and the poetry collection Conjoining. She is an editor at Assay and teaches in Minneapolis and with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

Angie Chuang is a nonfiction writer and an associate professor of journalism at University of Colorado Boulder. Her first book, The Four Words for Home, won an Independent Publishers Award. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Litro, the Asian American Literary Review, Vela, and others.

Sayantani Dasgupta is the author, most recently, of the short story collection Women Who Misbehave. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the UNC Wilmington and has also taught in India, Italy, and Mexico. She is also the author of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, and the In-Between.

Laurie Easter is the author of All the Leavings. Her essays have been awarded fellowships by the Vermont Studio Center and Playa, listed as notable in Best American Essays, and published in the Rumpus, Chautauqua, Brevity, and The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, among other publications.


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