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

Oct 14

The Mark Webster Reading Series: Josh Olivier (fiction), Brian Gyamfi (poet)

All readings will be available to watch simultaneously via Zoom:

The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. MFA second-year students in fiction and poetry, each introduced by a peer, will share a sample of their work. Friends, family, and members of the Ann Arbor community are welcome to attend the readings both in-person and synchronously on Zoom. 

Josh Olivier is a fiction writer from Redlands, California. An MFA student at the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, he is currently writing a novel about assault, class mobility, and basketball.
Brian Gyamfi is a Ghanaian-American poet at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and a Rackham Merit Scholar at the University of Michigan. He is passionate about improving the discourse surrounding Pan-African thought. Much of his work explores collective identity, the convergence of Western religion and African spirituality, and the impact of the ecosystem on traditional norms, politics, and religion in pre-and post-colonial African history.

Organized by the MFA in Creative Writing Program and presented in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art. For questions or accommodation needs, contact co-hosts Jen Galvao ( or Urvi Kumbhat (