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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.



CMENAS Event. Salts of the Earth with Zamzam and Honey: Spoken Word Performances by Poet Mohja Kahf

Mohja Kahf, professor of comparative literature, University of Arkansas
Friday, March 23, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM
Rackham Amphitheatre Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) Map
March 23, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm
Syrian Dreams-Siren Blasts
Kahf will share her poetry on Syria and exile, Hagar and Sarah, the little mosque on the corner, and big white granny panties. Kahf's poetry performance explodes on stage in living color and inspires audience participation.

March 24, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Poems of Hagar & Her Sisters
Kahf will read and perform from her Hagar Poems, which received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Arab American Book Award.

Kahf is a Safe Zone ally for LGBTQ folk.

This event is part of Arab Heritage Month at the University of Michigan.

Department of American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies, Center for Arab American Studies, Islamic Studies Program, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Middle East and Arab Network, Students Organizing for Syria, Yoni Ki Baat, Michigan Refugee Assistance Program, Students for International Refugee Awareness, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English Language and Literature, Helen Zell Writers' Program, Department of Women's Studies, OAMI, Global Scholars Program, Multi Ethnic Student Affairs, Unitarian Universalist Justice for the Middle East Group, Center for World Performance Studies, Residential College, Program in Transcultural Studies, Conflict & Peace Initiative
Building: Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
Event Type: Performance
Tags: Art, Arts of Islam, Diversity, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Inclusion, LGBT, MESA, Middle East Studies, Poetry, Social
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), Residential College, Comparative Literature, Department of Middle East Studies, International Institute, Women's Studies Department, Global Scholars Program, Global Islamic Studies Center, Center for World Performance Studies, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, Multi Ethnic Student Affairs - MESA, Department of English Language and Literature, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS), Program in Transcultural Studies
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 23, 2018 4:00-6:00 PM

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.