Virtual Author Event ~ Lyric Essayists from A HARP IN THE STARS!

Join us Thursday, October 7th, for a virtual author event on Zoom with several contributing essayists from the new collection A HARP IN THE STARS: An Anthology of Lyric Essays {Nebraska Press}, edited by Randon Billings Noble!

Click here to join the webinar:


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.



Event date: 
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1150 E. Walnut Street
Springfield, MO 65806
Pre-Order Now Badge
A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays Cover Image
By Randon Billings Noble (Editor)
ISBN: 9781496217745
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 2021