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Feb 3

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Poet Brenda Shaughnessy

Free and open to the public. This event is VIRTUAL via Zoom. Login here (no pre-registration needed):

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, a librettist, and professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers UniversityNewark. She received a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her most recent book, The Octopus Museum, was a New York Times 2019 Notable Book.

The Zell Visiting Writers Series is a reading series presented by the Helen Zell Writers’ Program in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, with support from the Department of English Language & Literature, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and Janey Lack.

ZVWS events are free and open to the public. For additional information, questions, or accommodations needs, please contact Program Coordinator Michaela Kotziers at