Live Stream: A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Editor Randon Billings Noble and contributors Eric Tran, Sayantani Dasgupta, and Michael Dowdy

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What is a lyric essay? An essay that has a lyrical style? An essay that plays with form in a way that resembles poetry more than prose? Both of these? Or something else entirely? The works in this anthology show lyric essays rely more on intuition than exposition, use image more than narration, and question more than answer. But despite all this looseness, the lyric essay still has responsibilities--to try to reveal something, to play with ideas, or to show a shift in thinking, however subtle. The whole of a lyric essay adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

In A Harp in the Stars, Randon Billings Noble has collected lyric essays written in four different forms--flash, segmented, braided, and hermit crab--from a range of diverse writers. The collection also includes a section of craft essays--lyric essays about lyric essays. And because lyric essays can be so difficult to pin down, each contributor has supplemented their work with a short meditation on this boundary-breaking form.

Randon Billings Noble is on the faculty of the MFA in Nonfiction Program at Goucher College and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is the author of Be with Me Always: Essays (Nebraska, 2019) and the chapbook Devotional.

Sayantani Dasgupta was born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sayantani Dasgupta’s most recent book is the short story collection Women Who Misbehave. Her essay collection Fire Girl was a Finalist for the Foreword Indies Awards for Creative Nonfiction. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and has also taught in India, Italy, and Mexico. Twitter and Instagram @ sayan10e

Michael Dowdy is a poet, critic, essayist, and editor. His books include a collection of poems, Urbilly; a study of Latinx poetry, Broken Souths; and, as co-editor with Claudia Rankine, a critical anthology, Poetics of Social Engagement. He teaches at the University of South Carolina. Michael Dowdy is @dowdymc on Twitter

Eric Tran is the author of Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke (Diode Editions, forthcoming 2022) and The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer (Autumn House Press). He is a resident physician in psychiatry in Asheville, NC. Eric Tran is @rebelinslacks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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