• Back to School for Everyone: (Free!) Syllabi from Some of Our Favorite Writers

    Featuring Victoria Chang, Julia May Jonas, Sam Lipsyte, and More

    There’s something about a fresh syllabus. A sincerely grandiose course description, all those readings curated just for you, a schedule that promises a beginning, middle, and end. If I could’ve stayed in school forever, I might have. Alas, the working world came for me eventually.

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    But even if we’re not in school anymore, should we be deprived of the sweet, sweet rush of a new syllabus? I say no! So did these ten writers, who I greatly admire, and who generously shared with us the courses they love to teach (or hope to teach one day). Each syllabus is accompanied by a refreshingly un-stodgy reading list and a few words about what makes the topic so special.

    Take a full course load this fall or dip in and out as you please. Your scholarly journey awaits. Bon voyage, fellow students!

    –Eliza Smith, Special Projects Editor


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    the darker fall

    Ekphrastic Poetry with Victoria Chang


    dangerous liaisons

    The Literature of Obsession with Julia May Jonas


    a history of my brief body

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    Multigenre Experiments in Form with Paul Lisicky


    writers and lovers

    Reading About Writing with Peter Ho Davies


    left hand of darkness

    Speculative Women with Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas


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    cover of breaking and entering

    Place, Space, and Landscape with Alexandra Kleeman


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    Writers and the World with Viet Thanh Nguyen 


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    Sports and Contemporary Writing with Sam Lipsyte


    Generations cover

    Hybrid Poetry with Ocean Vuong


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    Lyric Research with Ross Gay

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