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Sample Works

Finding A Way In: Teaching the Lyric Essay

Perspectives on teaching and writing the lyric essay form

Saddest Tale

Old jazz music greats set the tone for this memoir piece about "reverse" racism in the narrator's family.

Signatures. In, The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie)

In perhaps the finest essay of the collection, Lyzette Wanzer dines at a ritzy country club and realizes that she and her waiter are the only African-Americans en scene. She suggests, in standout poetic prose, that “something is awry, off-kilter about there being only we two here, in Atlanta, just us two in a city like Atlanta, only we two here, just us two, and you serving me.”

--Craig Reinbold, Assistant Editor, Terrain