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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.



Q&A with Lydia Davis

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
2:00-3:00 PM
1176 Angell Hall Map
Q&A with writer Lydia Davis! Open to all.

Lydia Davis, who was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, is an American writer noted for literary works of extreme brevity, commonly called “flash fiction.” Davis is also a short story writer, novelist, essayist, and translator from French and other languages, and has produced several new translations of French literary classics, including 'Swann’s Way' by Marcel Proust and 'Madame Bovary' by Gustave Flaubert. Her books include a novel, 'The End of the Story' (1995), several full-length story collections—'Can’t and Won’t' (2014), 'Varieties of Disturbance' (2007), 'Samuel Johnson Is Indignant' (2002), 'Almost No Memory' (1997), and 'Break It Down' (1986)—and several small-press and limited-edition volumes.
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Books, Discussion, Free, Literature, Writing
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Hopwood Awards Program, 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.