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Profile: Megan Levad

Title: Assistant Director, Helen Zell Writers’ Program
Degree:
MFA, University of Michigan  2008
Levad

Contact Info

Office:

3171A Angell Hall

Hours:

11a-2p Thursdays

Phone:

734-615-3710

Uniqname:

mslevad

email:

mslevad@umich.edu

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Twitter ID:
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Research Interests

Primary Interests

poetry, prose poems and very short stories, hybrid forms, song, prosody, sound art

Secondary Interests

dramatic monologue, poetry and rhetoric, performance, ethics, lyric theory

Publications

Poems
2014: Sierra Nevada Review. “My love is a fungus,” “You think it’s over,” and “Your mother turns to me at the seafood restaurant.”
Fall/Winter 2013: AnOther Magazine. Commissioned poems “sex,” “games,” “sleep,” “solitude,” and “anaesthesia,” “Suburban Sprawl,” and “The Cosmopolitans.”
Fall 2013: LIT. “Kid Country, USA,” “Greenbelt Sports,” and “Mobility Blues.”
Summer 2013: Denver Quarterly. “Boomtown Singles” and “Movers & Shakers.”
5/2013: Menagerie Magazine. “Low-Rise Living,” “Big Sky Families,” and “Blue Chip Blues.”
2013: Clinic. “Multi-Culti Mosaic,” “Young Digerati,” and “Beltway Boomers.”
2013: Mantis. “Close in Couples,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Park Bench Seniors,” “American Classics,” “Hometown Retired,” and “Golden Ponds.”
Summer 2012: American Letters & Commentary. “Blue Highways” and “Sunset City Blues.”
3/2012: Tin House. “Nanobots” and “Why We Live in the Dark Ages.”
2/2012: The Society for Curious Thought. “Parabolas,” “Mendeleev,” and “Gravity.”
Fall 2011: Fence. “Upper Crust,” “Shotguns & Pickups,” “Traditional Times,” “Young & Rustic,” and “Winner's Circle.”
Summer 2011: Granta Online. “I’m More the Drunken Slut Kind of Feminist, or A Treatise on Political Philosophy at the Apex of American Empire.”
11/2010: textsound: an online audio publication. “Salted Earth” (composed by Tucker Fuller), “Babies,” and “Bigblackplainwhitelittlered.”
2010: Spinning Jenny. “Guilt, On the centrifugal force of.”
12/2009: Juried Reading, Book 15: The Poetry Center of Chicago. “Living alone,” “Nature poem,” “Love poem,” “Sgt. Robert Roy Davis,” “I can’t get there from here--,” and “Please Release Me.”
 
Songs
4/30/2014: Labor, ballad cycle with composer Tucker Fuller. New Resonance Orchestra, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, LA.
5/2014: White Hurricane, 1913, song suite for SATB with composer Kristin Kuster. University of Michigan Chamber Choir, Australia and New Zealand Tour.
2/9/2014: “Volta,” song for SATB with Kristin Kuster. 32nd Annual Provincial Honour Choirs, Knox United Church, Winnipeg, MB.
6/30/2013: “Moonrise,” song for SATB with Kristin Kuster. Portuguese Summer Choral Festival, Lisbon.
5/18/2013: given a body, song suite for TTBB with Kristin Kuster (two new variations commissioned for soloist George Shirley). Lincoln Center, New York City, NY.
4/6/2013: King,song suite for solo bass with Kristin Kuster. Britton Recital Hall, University of Michigan.
8/4/2012: Love, ballad cycle for alto, cello, and piano with Tucker Fuller. Allways Lounge & Theater, New Orleans, LA.
5/2012: given a body. University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, China Tour.
8/25/2011: Murder, ballad cycle for soprano, alto, and piano with Tucker Fuller. Allways Lounge & Theater, New Orleans, LA.
9/21/2010: Murder. The Tank, New York City, NY.
2009: Infidel, song suite for solo soprano with Tucker Fuller. Dissertation for his DMA from the University of Michigan.
 
Selected Articles, Reviews, & Editing
3/2011: Boston Review. “Synechdoce.” review of The Eternal City, by Kathleen Graber.
11/2010: Boston Review. Microreview of Thin Kimono, by Michael Earl Craig.
Fall 2009: Interview, articles and editing for the inaugural issue of State & Hill, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy magazine.
2000-2005: Iowa Alumni Magazine. Reviews of Brownsville, by Oscar Casares, Mrs. Kimble, by Jennifer Haigh, The Chess Artist, by J. C. Hallman, Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld, and Jarhead, by Anthony Swofford, among other books. 

Areas of Responsibility

In addition to teaching an introductory creative writing course and running the Zell Visiting Writers Series, I manage our Program’s student affairs and daily operations. I design co-curricular and professionalization events such as the Solarium Symposium on the Business of Writing, serve on the admissions committee, develop internships with organizations like 826michigan, steward donor and alumni relationships, plan the annual budget, and work closely with the Director, Chair, and Department Manager on short-term and long-range strategic planning. This position has given me great insight into the processes and systems that govern an institution of higher education, and valuable experiences advocating for our Program to college and central university administrators.

Additional Info

Megan Levad, a poet and lyricist, is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Program’s Roethke Prize, and the Zell Postgraduate Fellowship. Her debut book, Why We Live in the Dark Ages, was the first selection in Tavern Books’ Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series and will be published in January 2015. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Granta Online, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Mantis, the Everyman’s Library anthology Killer Verse, and London art and fashion magazine AnOther, among other publications. Megan also writes for composers Tucker Fuller and Kristin Kuster; she and Kristin will record an opera in Spring 2015, thanks to a grant from OPERA America.

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