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Zell Visiting Writers Series

The Zell Visiting Writers Series is a reading series presented by the Helen Zell Writers’ Program in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, with support from the Department of English Language & Literature, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and Janey Lack.

The ZVWS features writers from all over North America and from abroad, as well as from our Michigan community. Visitors hold individual manuscript consultations with students as well as give craft lectures and a reading to the general public.

Recent visitors to the program include:

Brandon Taylor, Torrey Peters, Wendy S. Walters, Rumaan Alam, Aimee Bender, Elizabeth Alexander, Lauren Groff, Arthur Sze, Valeria Luiselli, Jericho Brown, Mat Johnson, Joan Silber, Kathleen Graber, Daniel Alarcon, Yusef Komunyakaa, ZZ Packer, Mary Gaitskill, Jonathan Lethem, D.A. Powell, Wells Tower, Jennifer Egan, Karen Russell, David Mitchell, Terrance Hayes, Aleksander Hemon, Elizabeth McCracken, Carrie Fountain, NoViolet Bulawayo, Jane Smiley, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ross Gay, Mary Ruefle, Angela Flournoy, Richard Siken, Alice McDermott, Gary Snyder, Louise Glück, and Anne Carson.

ZVWS events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Program Manager Julie Cadman-Kim at

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