U of M English Creative Writing Capstone Reading pt. 2!

Saturday, April 13, 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.

Maggie Lareau is from Ann Arbor and has lived in the Midwest her entire life—a region she loves and within which she sets her stories almost exclusively. Her short fiction previously won first prize in the Ann Arbor District Library “It’s All Write!” contest. She loves too-long sentences and secretly disagrees with people who complain about cold weather and snow. She is currently studying English at the University of Michigan.

Nico Magana is a writer from Long Island, New York, studying English and Comparative Literature. His thesis explores, through fiction, themes of memory, identity, time, and finding our place in the world.

Alex McCullough is a writer from Toledo. In his final year at the University of Michigan, he is graduating with a B.A. in English and a minor in Spanish. Though primarily a fiction writer, Alex is occasionally a poet as well. He has written for Canopy Magazine and is an alumnus of the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts; in 2021, he was the recipient of a Caldwell Poetry Award. When not writing, Alex enjoys sad music, nectarines, fresh gossip, new cookware, a not-so-casual Fleabag rewatch, autumnal ennui, and reminiscing.

Grace Metcalf is a senior from the Chicago area majoring in English and minoring in History at the University of Michigan. Her capstone thesis explores different facets of female friendships in a fantasy setting. In her free time, Grace can be found cross-stitching her heart out, Pinteresting, playing tabletop games, and hanging out with her cat. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in publishing.

Zainab Khan is a senior at the University of Michigan studying English and creative writing. At nine years old, she wrote her first complete, three-page story and the spark inside her hasn’t died since. Her work spans many genres and styles, but gravitates toward fantasy, slice-of-life, and children’s literature. Her fiction thesis is a short story collection that centers around Muslim female characters and likewise explores several genres. When she’s not writing, Zainab loves singing with her three sisters, drawing, reading, daydreaming, and journaling while soaking in the sun. After her studies, she hopes to continue her dream of writing and publishing novels, even if it’s just to feel nine years old again.

Yanna Robison is a poet from Greenville, North Carolina. Her work has been featured in Epiphany Magazine. She is currently studying English at the University of Michigan.

Hannah Steenhagen (she/her) is a lover of all things artistic, whether it’s writing, painting, theatre, and more! She’s a junior, an English major, and most importantly a storyteller. So far she’s written two unpublished novels and is proud to add this novella to her portfolio. Throughout its magical atmosphere, she hopes the main idea that comes across is the power of the imagination and the joy of creativity. When she isn’t playing or running a Dungeons and Dragons game, she can be found writing, acting, travelling, and petting every dog she meets—despite her allergies. In the future she looks forward to studying abroad in Ireland this fall, graduating next winter, and following the threads of fate wherever she may go next.

Austin Stout is an aspiring writer from Port Huron, Michigan, and an English Major with a Minor in Asian Cultural Studies. He mostly writes urban fantasy where the supernatural clashes with the modern world. Some of his work includes “Eyes of Gold” and “The Wishing Imposto,” short stories that can be read now at Canopy.com. After college, he hopes to publish his thesis project and share his stories with the world.

Nicole Tooley is a poet from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is in her final year of undergrad at the University of Michigan, where she studies English and architecture. Her poems meditate on the experience of travel tethered to a Midwest landscape alongside the food and family that make up her home. Some of her current delights include snail mail, ginkgo trees, and letterpress printing.

Roma Uzzaman is a writer from Ann Arbor. She is currently a senior at the University of Michigan studying English and psychology. She writes across mediums and genres, and she is particularly interested in themes of death and gender. Roma is deeply obsessed with live theater, and spends most of her time either in rehearsal, playing Stardew Valley, or asleep.

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