Literati is excited to welcome students in the University of Michigan English Department’s Creative Writing Sub-concentration for a night of poetry and prose readings!
Click here to join the webinar event on 4/3.
Note: we are now hosting on Zoom webinars. You will be prompted to enter a first name and email upon joining. You may then see a window reading "waiting for host to start webinar," but sit tight--you will be admitted as soon as we begin broadcasting live! You will be able to submit questions using the Q&A feature.
Students in the Creative Writing Sub-concentration spend their senior year working with faculty to complete a creative thesis of poetry or fiction. These collections, similar in size to MFA theses, are first attempts to create book-length manuscripts. The event will be hosted by the program’s director, Cody Walker. Readers include:
Meghan Chou is a senior writing two honors theses, an original TV show and a short story collection. She is the recipient of several Hopwood Awards, including the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship, and has worked previously at Midwestern Gothic, Salamander, The Michigan Daily, and the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys running long distance and making music.
Dylan Gilbert is a senior at University of Michigan pursuing a double major in Film and English with a sub-concentration in creative writing. She is the President of University of Michigan Slam Poetry Team and a recipient of a few Hopwood awards. Dylan’s professional goal is to continue writing and telling stories after graduating. Her personal goal is to sit on the beach and eat a sunset-colored mango while watching the sun set.
Deirdre Lee is a graduating senior from the University of Michigan with a double major in English with a sub-concentration in creative writing and psychology. Her fiction focuses on historical fiction and attempts to unpack the complex narratives of war, politics, mental health, discrimination, and love that existed throughout various time periods of Irish history. When she’s not writing, Deirdre spends most of her time cooking, baking, traveling, and reading, and these themes often percolate into her writing.
Ben Biber is a senior at the University of Michigan studying English and creative writing. In his free time, he enjoys climbing trees, substitute teaching, and writing folksy songs about various cats.
Emma Kruse is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in English and minoring in Art History, with a sub-concentration in creative writing. Her work typically contains elements of fantasy and strong sensory images. She enjoys spending time with her velvety kitten Electra, reading, eating salt and vinegar chips, and learning about perfumery. She looks forward to the end of the pandemic.
Lia Baldori is a senior at the University of Michigan, where she studies English with a sub-concentration in creative writing. She spent the past two years as editor-in-chief of What the F, a student feminist magazine, and has received several Hopwood awards for non-fiction. Lately, when she isn’t hunched over a Word doc, Lia’s been trying to teach herself guitar chords. “Malibu” by Hole was the first song she felt confident playing, and she wants to chase that feeling.
Fareah Fysudeen is a senior studying Philosophy and English with a creative writing sub-concentration. Her creative work focuses on the convergence between the ordinary and extraordinary, the daily and the divine, often through stories about Muslim Americans. She is passionate about storytelling as a way to push into new imaginaries as a means of liberation. If she’s not writing, Fareah is reading, spending time with her friends or family, or Tweeting (you can follow her @fareah_f). She also hosts a Podcast called “The Weight of God” on literature and philosophy. After graduation, Fareah will pursue an MA in Islamic Studies and Muslim Civilizations from Columbia University.