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October 28

Writers Series

Thursday, October 28, 5–7 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Yusef Komunyakaa's numerous books of poems include Talking Dirty to the Gods; Thieves of Paradise, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Magic City; Dien Cai Dau, which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize; I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; and Copacetic. He also co-edited The Jazz Poetry Anthology and co-translated The Insomnia of Fire by Nguyen Quang Thieu. His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Yusef Komunyakaa is the Senior Distinguished Poet in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU.

Book sales and signing after the reading.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell ('64). For more information, please see

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Thursday, October 28, 7:30–10 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan will give the Vivian R. Shaw lecture, in which Ms. Givhan will discuss the convergence of fashion, power, and politics.

Detroit native Robin Givhan received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University and a Masters of Science in journalism from the University of Michigan. Since 1995 she has been the fashion editor of the Washington Post where she covers the news, trends, and business of the international fashion industry. She also writes a weekly culture column. In 2009, she began covering Michelle Obama and the cultural and social shifts stirred by the first African American family in the White House and is the author of Michelle: Her First Year As First Lady, a joint project with the Washington Post. Following the lecture, Ms. Givhan will sign copies of her latest book on Mrs. Obama.

The lecture is cosponsored by the UM Women's Studies Department, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Howard R. Marsh Center for the Study of Journalistic Performance, in collaboration with UMMA.

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