Winner of the GOLD Medal in the Writing Category of Foreword Review's INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards
Short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Awards
FEATURING ESSAYS AND HYBRID WORK FROM: Kazim Ali • Susanne Paola Antonetta • Andrea Baker • Jennifer Bartlett • Mira Bartók • Jenny Boully • Julie Carr • Katie Cortese • Nick Flynn • Sarah Gorham • Arielle Greenberg • Carol Guess • Terrance Hayes • Robin Hemley • Takashi Hiraide • Tung-Hui Hu • Mark Jarman • A. Van Jordan • Etgar Keret • Joy Ladin • Miriam Libicki • Bret Lott • Stan Mack • Sabrina Orah Mark • Brenda Miller • Ander Monson • Maggie Nelson • Amy Newman • Gregory Orr • Julio Ortega • Jena Osman • Kathleen Ossip • Pamela Painter • Craig Santos Perez • Khadijah Queen • David Shields • Mary Szybist • Sarah Vap • Patricia Vigderman • Julie Marie Wade • Diane Wakoski • Joe Wenderoth • Rachel Zucker
When we talk about hybrid literary genres, what do we mean? Unprecedented in both its scope and approach, Family Resemblance is the first anthology to explore the answer to that question in depth, providing craft essays and examples of hybrid forms by 43 distinguished authors. In this study of eight hybrid genres—including lyric essay, epistolary, poetic memoir, prose poetry, performative, short-form nonfiction, flash fiction, and pictures made of words—the family tree of hybridity takes delightful shape, showcasing how cross-genre works blend features from multiple literary parents to create new entities, forms that feel more urgent than ever in today’s increasingly heterogeneous landscape. Introductions and an afterword discuss the importance and current popularity of hybridity in literature and culture and offer methods for teaching hybrid works. Intended for both scholarly and general readers, this seminal collection sparkles with inventiveness and creative zeal—an essential guidebook to a developing field.
“Family Resemblance is an extraordinarily rich anthology, intelligently conceived and artfully arranged—full of essential readings that offer clarity while keeping alive the mystery of the hybrid form.”
“If there is one way to contain all that hybrid texts can be, this book does it. With open arms, Family Resemblance brings together video, napkins, electrons the size of gnats, Hot Wheels, Yvor Winters, Laura Petrie, chess, homebirth, the color blue, a guy named Jason, a woman named Mary, Santa Claus, Malcolm X, card catalogues, perfect heavens, graphics, and maps. The plentitude of subjects embodies the plentitude of form. This book creates its own hybrid, binding discourses, making them snap with electricity.”
“Family Resemblance is one of those all-too-rare literary anthologies that’s as informative for contemporary writers and their readers as it is for students learning about contemporary writers. Surprise, risk, the energy of the new; the work collected here engages literary history while doing things that have never been done, and readers will take away a broader sense of creative possibilities in writing.”