Resisting the Narrative, Lyric Essaying the Future

Room 430, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Although its forms have existed for centuries and gone by many names, the lyric essay is often described as an experimental “new” genre. Until recently, many of the most widely anthologized, read, and taught lyric essays have represented a narrow range of perspectives. Editors and contributors to The Lyric Essay as Resistance anthology discuss their commitment to evolving the lyric essay conversation and engaging a range of voices that more accurately represent the expansive nature of the genre.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_2022.pdf



Zoë Bossiere is a doctoral candidate at Ohio University, where she studies creative nonfiction and rhetoric & composition. She serves as the managing editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and is a podcast host for the New Books Network. Find her at zoebossiere.com

Erica Trabold is the author of Five Plots, selected by John D'Agata as the winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, and coeditor of The Lyric Essay as Resistance anthology. She writes and teaches in central Virginia, where she is an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College.

Jennifer S. Cheng writes in poetic, essayistic, and visual-textu(r)al modes. She is the author of Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems (Publishers Weekly 2018 Best Book), House A, and Invocation: An Essay. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the US Fulbright Program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and MacDowell.

Jenny Boully is the author of Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, The Body: An Essay, and other books. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of the memoir The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their three young children.


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