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Readings & Events

The Zell Visiting Writers Series constitutes the backbone of the HZWP events calendar, bringing the world of contemporary literature to Ann Arbor with visits from working writers that include readings, extensive student-moderated Q&A sessions, individual consultations, craft lectures, and public panel discussions with members of our faculty. The Edwards Readings and Webster Readings are organized by first-year and second-year students respectively, and feature their poetry and prose. Post-graduate Zell fellows are regularly invited to introduce and/or open for writers scheduled to visit local bookstore Literati.


In addition to the various reading series, HZWP also seeks to offer an array of programming that incorporates the considerable resources of the University writ large and strengthens ties with the greater Metro Detroit area. Recent such events include the Medical Arts Dinner, an interdisciplinary exchange with members of the University of Michigan Medical Arts Program, and the Fortify Writing Summit, a writing retreat at the Charles T. Fisher Mansion sponsored jointly with Literary Detroit and Write-A-House. The Helen Zell Writers’ Program is committed to fostering community and providing our students with varied opportunities for development as writers, artists, and responsive, invested human beings.



Award Winning Author Dr. Ibram Kendi

Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Honigman Auditorium (Room 100) Hutchins Hall Map
The 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction Winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi joins the University of Michigan community to discuss the history of American racism. Kendi’s new book, Stamped from the Beginning, explains how looking deeper into the racist ideas entrenched in our society will enable us to develop a more equitable America. Dr. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida, and his writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Black Perspectives, and more. For more information on this Speaker, please visit
A book signing will follow.
Building: Hutchins Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Books, Discussion, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Free, Lecture
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Munger Graduate Residences, University Library, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, School of Kinesiology, Department of History, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, University of Michigan Law School, Bentley Historical Library, Rackham Graduate School, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), School of Social Work, Michigan Engineering, Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, Life Sciences Institute (LSI), School of Education, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, School of Public Health

Many HZWP events are free and open to the public. For additional information, including information about co-sponsorships, please contact the MFA Office at 734.615.3710.