The Lyric Essay as Resistance
Truth from the Margins
Contributions by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Camellia-Berry Grass, Chelsea Biondolillo, Chloe Garcia Roberts, Danielle Geller, Elissa Washuta, Hea-Ream Lee, Jennifer S. Cheng, Jenny Boully, Jessica Lind Peterson, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Lyzette Wanzer, Michael Torres, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Wendy Walters, Crystal Wilkinson, Molly McCully Brown, Krys Malcolm Belc, Torrey Peters and Melissa Febos
The lyric essay is always surprising; it is bold, unbound, and free. This collection highlights the lyric essay's natural capacity for representation and resistance and celebrates the form as a subversive genre that offers a mode of expression for marginalized voices. The Lyric Essay as Resistance features contemporary work by essayists including Melissa Febos, Wendy S. Walters, Torrey Peters, Jenny Boully, Crystal Wilkinson, Elissa Washuta, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, and many more. Their work demonstrates the power of the lyric essay to bring about change, both on the page and in our communities.
About the Authors
Erica Trabold is an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College, author of Five Plots, and recipient of the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize.
"With Auden's elegy for Yeats, we tend to fixate on what poetry—or the lyric—can't do and forget that he goes on to say, 'it survives / In the valley of its making where executives / Would never want to tamper.' Indeed, its survival helps us better endure. This brilliant gathering of essayists that Bossiere and Trabold have curated for us is aimed square against kyriarchy. And the collection has me convinced. The lyric can be a powerful tool of resistance. Some truths can only be uttered from the margins."—Geoffrey Babbitt, .
"The view from the literary 'margins' has never looked as inspiring or as invigorating as it does in this collection of blazing bold voices that are pumping blood into the essay's very heart."—John D'Agata, Author of about a Mountain
"This important and exciting anthology reveals how lyric essays can be both marginal and central, experimental yet sure, fluid and sound, haunted by ghosts but by beauty too. The Lyric Essay as Resistance is a gorgeous showcase of what the lyric essay can do."—Randon Billings Noble, Editor of a Harp in the Stars: an Anthology of Lyric Essays
"I can easily see this fine anthology included in any of the courses I teach. The twenty essays herein do the triple-duty work of modeling the lyric form, expanding the platform for said form, and challenging the form to stretch so it can accommodate new, and necessary, literary voices."—Elena Passarello, Author of Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses
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