All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Oct 5

Mark Webster Reading Series

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends - a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

This week's reading features Samantha Bares and Daniella Toosie-Watson.

Samantha Bares is a fiction MFA candidate at the Helen Zell Writers' Program and a reader for Michigan Quarterly Review. Her work has appeared or will appear in Cricket Online Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and NightBlock. She has been awarded the Frederick Busch Prize in Fiction, the John Ed Bradley Award for Fiction, and the Dara Weir Award for Poetry. Her novel-in-progress is a contemporary retelling of Longfellow's "Evangeline," set in her native Cajun country.

Daniella Toosie-Watson is a Puerto Rican/Iranian/Russian poet, visual artist and educator from New York. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts Project. Her poetry is forthcoming in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters. Daniella holds a BA in English from the College of Saint Rose and is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program. She shamelessly and enthusiastically invites you to follow her on Instagram: @toositajoon