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April 5

Writers Series

Thursday, April 5, 5:10–6:30 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Roohi Choudhry grew up in Pakistan, southern Africa, and the Middle East, and her writing often draws from her migratory experiences. Her short stories have appeared in the journal Callaloo and the anthologies Desilicious and 21 Under 40. Her non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyphen Magazine, Bitch Magazine, The Encyclopedia Project, Fiction Writers Review and on Bookslut. She was awarded writing residencies at Hedgebrook and the Mesa Refuge. Currently, she is working on a collection of short stories set in Pakistan, and a novel set in Durban, South Africa.
Jaimien Delp received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Zell Postgraduate Fellowship and was a semi-finalist for the Hopwood Theodore Roethke Prize. She earned her BA in Drama and Creative Writing from Bennington College. Her collection of poems, Point of Sand, was awarded the Michigan Writers Chapbook Prize in 2009. Her work has also appeared in the Dunes Review and Traverse Magazine. Jaimien spends her summers in Northern Michigan, where she teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is currently at work on her first full-length collection of poems.

Leigh Gallagher was born in a small town in the gold country of Northern California. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and then stayed on in the city to work in elementary schools, a used bookstore, and a fancy bakery. In 2010 she received a Hopwood Award in short fiction. Her stories have been published in American Short Fiction, Instant City, and Big Bell. In 2011 she graduated from the University of Michigan’s MFA program, and is currently at work on a novel about love, conceptual art, and many other things.

Francine J. Harris has recent work appearing in Rattle, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, and is the author of the recent chapbook between old trees. She is a Cave Canem fellow and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first collection, allegiance, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2012.

Tricia Khleif is using her time as a Zell Fellow to work on a novel about politics, music, and family life in Syria. While completing her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, she received Hopwood Awards for the Novel and for Graduate Short Fiction, as well as the Chamberlain Award for Creative Writing and the Frederick Busch Prize in Creative Writing. In her previous life, she studied French and Arabic literature, worked as an Arabic translator and archivist, performed and recorded with a folk-rock band in Washington DC, and taught English (and English-through-karaoke) in Damascus, Syria.

Ann Marie Thornburg was born and raised in Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in the Boston Review, and she currently writes for the Michigan Quarterly Review and MAKE Literary Magazine. She is grateful for the gift of this fellowship year, which she hopes to spend thinking, reading, and writing about many things, particularly the relationships between humans and other animals.

Jennifer Tomscha was born and raised in the great plains. She has a Master of Theology from Harvard Divinity School and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work is forthcoming in Glimmer Train.

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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Special Event

Thursday, April 5, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

The ONE Campaign at the University of Michigan is proud to present the ONE Night Stand: Thirsty Thursday awareness concert in honor of World Water Day. Students, faculty, and residents are invited to spend one rewarding night learning about global access to clean water while enjoying vibrant performances by local singing groups and dance crews. While the atmosphere of the concert is both fun and entertaining, it also provides the chance to address a serious issue. There are currently 884 million people without access to clean water globally, a number that demands both our attention and involvement. After the concert, audience members will have the unique opportunity to take a stand immediately by participating in a variety of advocacy actions to help individuals in need. The concert is free to the public; all we ask is for your help in making our voices heard.

The ONE Campaign is an international grassroots advocacy organization that mobilizes individuals to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. Since its inception in 2005, ONE has rallied over 2 million members worldwide. We pressure political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, putting children in school, and improving futures.

This event is cosponsored by UMMA's Student Programming and Advisory Council.

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