U of M English Creative Writing Capstone Reading pt. 1!

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is excited to welcome students in the University of Michigan English Department’s Creative Writing Capstone for a night of poetry and prose readings!

Students in the Creative Writing Capstone 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.

Meg Brice is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in English and French. When she is not writing, Meg enjoys spending her time playing hockey, participating in the arts, and of course, reading. Meg’s work explores themes of womanhood, femininity, age, and reality through an abstract lens. After graduation, Meg hopes to pursue an MFA in fiction writing and a career as a literary agent.

Shelby Brown is a writer in her third year of study at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in English, with a Sweetland Minor in Writing, and is concentrating in Creative Writing. She is a poet at heart, but she hopes to branch into prose in the near future. She has a love for all things nature and fantasy, and you will find copious amounts of each in her writing. Her current obsessions are feminine fury, lichen, and caffeine.

Savanna Cowley is a senior from Ann Arbor graduating with honors in English this May. Over this past academic year, she has utilized her writing skills as a Peer Writing Consultant for the Sweetland Writing Center. After graduation, she plans to take a few years off of school to develop her portfolio before pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. In addition to writing, Savanna enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video and tabletop games, and getting her beauty sleep.

Hannah Devereaux is a writer from Harbor Springs, MI, graduating from the University of Michigan this spring. She prefers reading to writing, yet she writes stories about angry women and their relationships. Her role models are Joan Didion, her sisters, Zooey Glass, and Judith. She hopes to have many professions and to continue writing her whole life.

Jillian Groth is a senior majoring in English at the University of Michigan. She loves mysteries, museums, and houses that may or may not be homes. They hope to become a published author with a cat to spoil. In light of their browser history, they would also like to reassure the FBI their murder plots are only fictional.

Esther Horjus is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan majoring in English. She is a transfer student from her hometown’s community college: Grand Rapids Community College. She aspires to write novels, but finishing things is always a struggle against time. Her favorite types of stories are those verging on the fantastical; she has a taste for bittersweet endings. She also likes writing flash fiction pieces. In her free time Esther enjoys classical music, Shakespeare, going to church, and playing the cello. While the future is uncertain, Esther hopes to pursue a career in the writing or publishing world.

Shelby Jenkins (she/her) is a senior at the University of Michigan graduating this May with Honors in English Literature & Language. As a queer author herself, she is passionate about contributing to the growing canon of authentic stories about queer love and joy. Her novella, titled “Death Did Us Part,” explores the complexity of woman- and motherhood, the chaotic messiness of lesbian relationships, and the ever-present influences of our childhoods. Her writing has also been published in SHEI Fashion Magazine. Shelby is a member of What the F’s Podcast, an Ann Arbor-based intersectional feminist organization. When she is not writing, she can be found working through her TBR stack, listening to Taylor Swift, and enjoying football Saturdays at The Big House. Shelby loves vanilla oat milk lattes and maximalist fashion. Post-graduation, she plans to pursue a career in publishing.

Michele Jennings is a senior at the University of Michigan studying English as well as Polish. When she’s not procrastinating, she loves writing and talking about her current interests. She is in the process of revising a novel, though most of that process has been thinking about said novel instead of actually revising. She hopes to get it published when by some miracle she does finish revising, but in the meantime she’ll settle for making one-liners about it and Rickrolling her creative writing class, which she 10 out of 10 would do again. You know the rules and so do I.

Martha Schaller is a Christian writer who is currently a junior studying English, Writing, and German at the University of Michigan. She's originally from Michigan, but now calls northern Wisconsin her home. She has one published collection of poetry titled All the Little Things, and also has individual poems published by Apelley Publishing and Canopy Magazine. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing soccer, trying new restaurants in Ann Arbor, and spending time with her fiancé. After graduation she is looking to pursue a career as a reading interventionist in elementary schools in the Detroit area.

George Krippner is a writer from Chicago fascinated with the small things that catch and hold one’s attention. He writes about mundane activities, and what within them reveals small (or big) truths and insights about how we think and act. His stories tend to touch upon debt, technology, and queerness. Mostly, he hopes to write stories that make you want to go out and do something.

Event address: 
124 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104