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December 8

Thursday, December 8, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

Laura Kasischke is the Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature and a member of the Helen Zell Writers’s Program MFA faculty at the University of Michigan. She has published eight collections of poetry and eight novels. Her novels include Suspicious River (1996), White Bird in a Blizzard (1999), and The Life Before Her Eyes (2002). They have been translated widely, and adapted for film. Kasischke has been the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, among many other honors. In this conversation, moderated by fellow HZWP faculty member Douglas Trevor, she will be discussing aspects of process and craft.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (’64). For more information, please see

categories: Writers Series

December 9

Friday, December 9, 7–8 p.m.

Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends - a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

This week's reading features Bryce Hayes Pope (Introduced by Sam Jensen) & Sierra Brown (Introduced by Robert Heald).

Bryce Hayes Pope is a writer from New York. This past summer, she was a Donor Relations intern at PEN America and a volunteer at MoMA. She once showed Donna Tartt where the bathroom was. She enjoys reading (duh), yoga, Seinfeld, and not cooking.

Sierra Brown is a person hailing from Florida who walks quickly and drinks too much coffee. When not writing poetry, Sierra plays with Madam the cat and hopes for a world without capitalism. You will find Sierra's poems in Blue Mesa Review and Salamander.

categories: UM Student Programs, Writers Series

December 11

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 11, 1–2 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

Guided Tour

Sunday, December 11, 2–3 p.m.

Starting Location: UMMA Store

Pictorialism was the first truly international photography movement, and its practitioners, among them Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Gertrude Käsebier, sought to position photography as a legitimate aesthetic art form. They favored soft-focus images that drew upon the conventions of important artists and movements of the previous century. Their poetic compositions drawn from contemporary life, combined with the use of expensive and labor-intensive printing materials established these photographs as complex and nuanced works of high artistic quality. Join a tour with an UMMA docent and explore this rich moment in the history of photography.  

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours