MVICW Writing Seminar: The New Shell Game: An Introduction to the Hermit Crab Essay by Christopher Citro
February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The New Shell Game: An Introduction to the Hermit Crab Essay by Christopher Citro
In this class we’ll read samples of recent hermit crab essays, a hybrid form of the lyric essay which uses the shell of an existing form of writing, such as a recipe or questionnaire, in which to write our own personal essay. We’ll gain an acquaintance with this popular new form of the personal essay, then use prompts drawn from our readings to inspire us in our own writing journey. Previous writing experience welcomed but not required. Free and open to all writers.
Christopher Citro is the author of If We Had a Lemon We’d Throw It and Call That the Sun (Elixir Press, 2020), winner of the 2019 Antivenom Poetry Award, and The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). His honors include writing awards from Columbia Journal (poetry) and The Florida Review (creative nonfiction), and a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation. His work appears in anthologies such as the 2018 Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, New Poetry from the Midwest, and Best Microfictions 2020. Recent poetry is published in Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, and Alaska Quarterly Review. His creative nonfiction appears in Boulevard, Quarterly West, Essay Daily, Passages North, Bellingham Review, and Colorado Review. He has taught at the University of Kansas, Indiana University, Kettle Pond Writers’ Conference, and in the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. He currently teaches creative writing at SUNY Oswego and lives in sunny Syracuse, New York.