All events take place from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in 5057 Woodward Ave. #10302 unless otherwise indicated.


Monday, October 10, 2016 – Phoebe Gloeckner

Phoebe Gloeckner is a graphic novelist, whose 2002 book The Diary of a Teenage Girl has been praised by as "one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America." Legendary cartoonist R. Crumb called the story “Minnie’s Third Love,” published in her collection A Child’s Life and Other Stories, one of the “comicbook masterpieces of all time.”
In 2015, The Diary of a Teenage Girl was released as a major motion picture by Sony Pictures Classic, starring Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig. Gloeckner has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and from the University of Michigan, where she is Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art and Design.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson’s newest book of poetry, Hundred-Year Wave, juxtaposes the grandeur of Melville’s Captain Ahab and his quest for the White Whale with the quotidian moments of contemporary life. It flows like an ocean current through the subjects of marriage, parenthood, whales, Sylvia Plath, and the ocean itself.
Richardson, also the author of the 2011 collection Copperhead, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, the Poetry Foundation website, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan.

Monday, December 5, 2016 – Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins, Guggenheim Fellow and Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, has authored two books of fiction. Her first, the short story collection Battleborn, won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. The second, her debut novel Gold Fame Citrus, has won wide critical acclaim. The LA Times writes that “the prose in Gold Fame Citrus is stunningly beautiful, even when—especially when—Watkins is describing the badlands that Southern California has become...even in the book’s darkest moments, it’s impossible to turn away.”

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