The Lyric Essay as Resistance: A Reading and Celebration

Room 430, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Lyric essays are powerful tools for creative resistance. The essays selected for this reading and new anthology embody resistance through content, style, design, and form, representing of a broad spectrum of experiences that illustrate how writers and their identities can intersect, conflict, and even resist one another. Together, they provide a dynamic example of the lyric essay’s range of expression while showcasing some of the most visionary contemporary essayists writing in the form today.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_2023.pdf



Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of The Skinned Bird: Essays and two prose chapbooks, #Lovesong and Ologies. Her work has appeared in Best American Science & Nature Essays, Orion, Brevity, Diagram, River Teeth, Passages North, and others. She is a former Colgate O'Connor and Oregon Literary fellow.

Chloe Garcia Roberts is a poet and translator from the Spanish and Chinese. She is the author of a book of poetry, The Reveal, and the translator of two books of poetry by the poet Li Shangyin. She works as the deputy editor of Harvard Review and is a freelance translator of children's literature.

Molly McCully Brown is the author of the essay collection Places I've Taken My Body and the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. With Susannah Nevison, she coauthored the poetry collection In the Field Between Us. She teaches at Old Dominion University.

Hea-Ream Lee is a writer and teacher. She received an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona, where she edited fiction for Sonora Review and currently teaches undergraduate writing. Hea-Ream’s work appears in Shenandoah, Terrain.org, Popula, Hobart, and others.

Michael Torres was born and bought up in Pomona, California, where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His debut collection, An Incomplete List of Names, was a National Poetry Series selection. Currently, he teaches creative writing in Minnesota.


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