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Oct 22
Zoom Event / Virtual Event

Virtual Zell Visiting Writers Series: Jenny Zhang, Visiting Writer in Fiction

The Zell Visiting Writers Series is virtual this fall on Zoom. Click here to register & login.

Jenny Zhang’s debut story collection, Sour Heart, centers on immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City. Zhang is currently adapting Sour Heart into a feature-length film for A24.

From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, Sour Heart's seven stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves.

Jenny Zhang is also the author of the poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find. Her second collection of poetry, My Baby First Birthday, is forthcoming from Tin House. She is the recipient of the Pen/Bingham Award for Debut Fiction and the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.

The Zell Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding writers to campus each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (BA ’64, LLDHon ’13). For more information, please visit the Zell Visiting Writers Program webpage:

For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. Copies of the readings and live, high quality auto-captions/transcriptions will be provided at all events. Please note, Craft Lectures to follow on Fridays. 

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the  Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (AB ’64, LLDHon ’13). For more information, please visit the Zell Visiting Writers Series webpage.