This Week is Lit

This week, the University of Michigan’s Fall 2021 Zell Visiting Writers Series will be featuring Distinguished Writer in Residence, Andrea Lee. This series is made possible by a generous alumni donation, in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, aiming to bring a variety of acclaimed writers and points of view to the Michigan community. The lectures are free and open to the public.

On Friday, November 12 at 10 AM ET, join Andrea Lee for a discussion seeking to answer the question: How, in a period of unprecedented overlap and collision between cultures--and the anxiety sparked by this phenomenon--does a writer find the creative equilibrium to examine this eternal theme with insight and respect? Her work touches on such in depth notions related to sense of identity and culture so this craft talk is sure to be thought provoking.

Lee is a former writer for the New Yorker and has previously published five books. Her most recent work, Red Island House, is a travel epic set in the African island nation of Madagascar. Lee’s other books include the story collection, Interesting Women, the novels Lost Hearts in Italy and Sarah Phillips, and the National Book Award–nominated memoir Russian Journal. Her work can also be found in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, W, and The New York Times Book Review.

Attend this virtual event here.


More Literary Events

Tuesday, November 9, 8:00pm EST -- Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation will present their live, virtual Open Door series with poets Natasha Mijares, Henry Feller, Jason Vasser-Elong, and Roderick James Jr. The series offers work from new and emerging poets, highlighting writing craft and poetic partnerships. Natasha Mijares’ debut collection of poetry, violent wave, is set to be released from PANK Books. Henry Feller’s work has been published in 826CHI’s Let Us Keep What We Love. Jason Vasser-Elong’s 2018 debut collection of poetry, Shrimp, touches on ideas of identity in a post-colonial context.

For more information, visit the event page here.


Thursday, November 11, 9:00pm EST -- World Stage Press x Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

If you're interested in the latest book releases, you’re in luck because the World Stage Press is highlighting new work from their authors. Come see readings from Conney D. Williams' latest poetry collection, The Distance of Observation, and a debut poetry book (Yellow) by spoken-word poet Ravina Wadhwani.

Register for this event here.


Friday, November 12, 7:00pm EST -- Portland State University

Lastly, there is an event featuring author Jackson Bliss. Bliss will read virtually from his short story collection, Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments, about mixed-race identity. Bliss is also the winner of the 2020 Noemi Press Award in Prose.
Register for this reading here.