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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.



POSTPONED: Roundtable / Q+A

Natasha Trethewey + A. Van Jordan
Thursday, January 31, 2019
10:00-11:30 AM
1176 Angell Hall Map
Stay tuned for rescheduling details to come...

Following her 1/30 reading for the Hopwood Awards Ceremony, two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey joins us for a Q+A and conversation with A. Van Jordan (professor, poet, and director of the Helen Zell Writers' Program) in the Hopwood Room.

Please join us! Open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Art, Black History Month, Books, Culture, Discussion, Diversity, Free, Humanities, Literature, Poetry, Social, Talk, Writing
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Hopwood Awards Program, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, Department of English Language and Literature

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.