Events

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

Thu
Jan 19

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Poet Fady Joudah Reading and Q&A 

All events will be held in a hybrid format (i.e., both in person and over Zoom). Zoom attendees may login to all Zell Visiting Writers Series events via the usual link (with no pre-registration needed): https://tinyurl.com/ZellWriters  All events will include live, automatic captioning for Zoom attendees.

A poet and a practicing physician of internal medicine, Fady Joudah, a Palestinian American, born in Texas, grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia before returning to the US to pursue a medical career. He is also a translator from the Arabic of several volumes of poetry. Learn more about Fady at: https://milkweed.org/author/fady-joudah 

Fady Joudah's most recent book of poetry, Tethered to Stars, inhabits the deductive tongue of astronomy, the oracular throat of astrology, and the living language of loss and desire. With an analytical eye and a lyrical heart, Joudah shifts deftly between the microscope, the telescope, and sometimes even the horoscope. His gaze lingers on the interior space of a lung, on a butterfly poised on a filament, on the moon temple atop Huayna Picchu, on a dismembered live oak. In each lingering, Joudah shares with readers the palimpsest of what makes us human: “We are other worms / for other silk roads.” The solemn, the humorous, the erotic, the transcendent—all of it, in Joudah’s poems, steeped in the lexicon of the natural world. “When I say honey,” says one lover, “I’m asking you whose pollen you contain.” “And when I say honey,” replies another, “you grip my sweetness / on your life, stigma and anthophile.” 

Teeming with life but tinged with a sublime proximity to death, Tethered to Stars is a collection that flows “between nuance and essentialization,” from one of our most acclaimed poets.

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 kotziers@umich.edu.