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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.



Laura Preston & Leah Xue

Friday, February 16, 2018
7:00-8:00 PM
Helmut Stern Auditorium Museum of Art Map
One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends - a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

This week's reading features Laura Preston and Leah Xue.

Laura Preston is a writer and painter from New Jersey. She is the recipient of the Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, the John Wagner Prize, and the Chamberlain Award for Creative Writing. In addition to pursuing her MFA at the University of Michigan, she is the Associate Editor of A Public Space.

Leah Xue lives in Ypsilanti with her dog, Poopy. Poopy is a Taurus/Aries sun sign, and Leah would love to manifest her inner utopia in the outer world, but believes contradictions may have already presented themselves.

Visit to learn more!
Building: Museum of Art
Event Type: Presentation
Tags: Art, Books, Culture, Free, Graduate, Graduate School, Literature, Museum, Poetry, Storytelling, Writing
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Mark Webster Reading Series, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program

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.