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September 15

Writers Series

Thursday, September 15, 5:10–7 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Derek Mong is the author of Other Romes (2011). From 2008 to 2010 he held the Axton Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Louisville, and he has previously been the Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His poetry, translations, and prose have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Pleiades, Cream City Review, Court Green, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in San Francisco; together they are translating the Russian poems of Maxim Amelin. He also holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he received two Hopwood Awards.

Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won five Hopwood awards for the essay, drama, and fiction. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2008 to 2010, she was the 2010–11 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was an Essence Book Club selection, a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient, and a finalist for both the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Her second novel, Salvage the Bones, was published this August.

The authors will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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

categories: Writers Series

Third Thursdays

Thursday, September 15, 8–10 p.m.

On our first Third Thursday of the semester, we welcome Daniel Kim & The Blueberry Incident.

Daniel Kim & The Blueberry Incident is a jazz/pop/folk/acoustic band studying at UM. The band plays around Ann Arbor and is composed of four members, Daniel Kim, Ian Waters, Chris Livesay, and Matthew O’Donnell. Daniel Kim & The Blueberry Incident has soulful tunes that will resonate with the softer side of the younger crowd and gain approval of older generations with their unusual instruments and sounds not commonly heard in the music media today. You can see their videos and listen to their songs by going to their Facebook page:

This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday of each month and features student performers who work in a variety of media, including music, comedy, and spoken word. It’s a great way to spend an evening with your friends and to experience the exceptional talent of UM students. This series is curated and produced by UMMA’s Student Programming and Advisory Board. Students interested in performing may view application details at

This program is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Credit Union.

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs