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Zell Postgraduate Fellows Reading


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.com. 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 Helen Zell Fellowship and was a semi-finalist for the Hopwood Theodore Roethke Prize.  She earned her B.A. 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 B.A. 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 magazines.  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 Novel and 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.

Start Time: 4/5/2012  5:10 PM
Location: UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium
Website: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp
Contact: mslevad@umich.edu
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