A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays

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University of Nebraska Press
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7.7 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
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.
"I've been searching for a book like this for over twenty years. Its remarkable dazzle--a sharp, eclectic anthology combined with whip-smart craft essays--carves out a fascinating look into the bright heart of what the lyric essay can be."--Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders
"Perhaps the best way to define the lyric essay--a notoriously borderless, slippery literary form--is to gather several dozen finely written examples that invite the reader to engage in acts of mapping and naming themselves. This anthology does just that, with the added bonuses of thought-provoking craft pieces with decidedly lyric bents and a special attention to intersections of the lyric and the personal. I can easily imagine assigning this book in any forward-thinking class, graduate or undergraduate, that involves writing or analyzing expressive prose."--Elena Passarello, author of Let Me Clear My Throat: Essays
"Randon Billings Noble has assembled a stellar collection of lyric essays that truly highlights the best these forms have to offer. This book will be pulled from my shelf again and again--for my own reading and as a resource for my students."--Brenda Miller, author of An Earlier Life
"Whether a product of the limbic system of the brain, where emotions and memories are processed, or of a conscious response to formal constraints, the lyric essay is highly attuned and deeply suited to making sense of things. A Harp in the Stars helps the reader make sense of things. Its neon flashes: You are not alone."--Alison Powell, Colorado Review
"The contributions represent a range of experiences and each essay brings a different perception of the form of a lyric essay. . . . I highly recommend A Harp in the Stars edited by Randon Billings Noble for those interested in writing and reading lyric essays."--Alexa Josaphouitch, Hippocampus Magazine-- (1/11/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"This anthology is a treasure chest of daring ways to take one's voice to the page."--Celia Jeffries, Brevity-- (3/21/2022 12:00:00 AM)