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Saturday, March 28 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Don’t Call It Lyric: Inquiry, The Essay, and Independence

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This is a reading by four essayists (some of them poets as well) whose prose work is not (and cannot be or will not be) assimilable by the term lyric essay. The blend of autobiography and analysis, of inquiry and observation and intellection, is embedded in the long tradition of essaying; and some of the most innovative and staunchly independent prose writing is happening now without recourse to lyric technique. The reading will be followed by an opportunity for discussion. What is the category of lyric essay doing and performing, in and out of the academy? What kind of essay is lyric? What kind of essay isn’t? 

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Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016 and forthcoming from Picador UK in 2017. The collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and has been widely reviewed. | His first two books are collections of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A... Read More →
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Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language (Graywolf Press, May 2015). Her 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton), was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book... Read More →
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Amarnath Ravva

Amarnath Ravva has helped run and curate events at Betalevel, a venue for social experimentation and hands-on culture located in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, for the past 10 years. He is currently working on a book about Victorian era botanical expeditions called The Glass House. His first book, American Canyon, was published by Kaya Press in 2014.
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Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of a collection of essays, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her essays have been named notable for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies , nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and published in Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, Callaloo, The Southern... Read More →

Saturday March 28, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm

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