Department of English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) Master of Fine Arts Program records: 1986-2008
Summary Information
Title: Department of English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) Master of Fine Arts Program records
Creator: University of Michigan. Department of English Language and Literature. Master of Fine Arts Program.
Inclusive dates: 1986-2008
Extent: 6.7 linear feet (in 10 boxes)
Abstract:
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program was established in the Department of English at the University of Michigan in 1982, and each year selects ten poets and twelve fiction writers to study for two to three years in pursuit of the MFA degree. The MFA Program also hosts the acclaimed Zell Visiting Writers' Series, which brings more than a dozen poets and fiction writers to the University of Michigan campus every year. The Department of English (University of Michigan) Master of Fine Arts Program records contain audiocassettes and videotapes (VHS) for the Zell Visiting Writers' Series from Fall 1999 to Winter 2003, and digital videos (MiniDV) for Master of Fine Arts Program Alumni readings from 2002. Additional files containing correspondence, photographs, and publicity materials for the Zell Visiting Writers' Series are also included.
Call number: 2016092 Bimu 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Jessica Lu, January 2004

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Donated by the Department of English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) (donor no. 1802), in periodic accessions in June 2000, October 2001, May 2002, June 2003, and January 2011.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Department of English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) Master of Fine Arts Program records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

The Department of English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) Master of Fine Arts Program records consist arranged in two series: Zell Visiting Writers' Series and Alumni Readings.


History

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program was established in the Department of English Lnaguage and Literature at the University of Michigan in 1982. Every year, the MFA program selects ten poets and twelve fiction writers from an applicant pool of roughly 1,000. These students spend two years taking craft classes and workshops, attending readings, and meeting individually with faculty members. At the end of their second year, the students submit their MFA theses. Following their successful theses defenses, they are then granted a third-year residency to be spent in Ann Arbor, writing and engaging in the community service work of their choice.

The MFA Program also hosts the acclaimed Zell Visiting Writers' Series, which brings more than a dozen poets and fiction writers to the University of Michigan campus every year, both to read and meet with students. The Series is named after Helen Zell, the English Department graduate and the University of Michigan Doctor of Humane Letters, who has generously supported the department for many years. Invited guests give readings, hold craft talks, lead workshops, and offer individual consultations with students. MFA Program students also perform readings themselves, and are able to apply for the University of Michigan Hopwood Awards. Named for their benefactor Avery Hopwood, a preeminent playwright of the Jazz Age, the Hopwood Awards collectively offer more than $250,000 in prize money every year to Michigan graduate and undergraduate writers.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Audio and video recordings of the Zell Visiting Writers' Series from Fall 1999 to Winter 2003, and digital videos (MiniDV) for Master of Fine Arts Program Alumni readings from 2002. Also correspondence, photographs, and publicity materials for the Zell Visiting Writers' Series.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Creative writing -- Study and teaching.
  • Lectures and lecturing.
  • Poetry.
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Digital file formats.
  • Photographs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Video recordings.
  • University of Michigan. Department of English Language and Literature. Master of Fine Arts Program.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Zell Visiting Writers' Series [series]

The Zell Visiting Writers' Series is divided in three subseries: Audio recordings, Video recordings, and Series files.

 
Audio Recordings [subseries]

The Audio Recordings subseries contains audiocassettes with recordings of public readings or lectures given by writers and poets that participated in the Zell Visiting Writers' Series sponsored by the Master of Fine Arts Program. The subseries is arranged chronologically according to the date of the reading or lecture. There are four seasons all together: Fall 1999-Winter 2000, Fall 2000-Winter 2001, Fall 2001-Winter 2002, Fall 2002-Winter 2003. Each contains an item level description with the name of the writer and the date of the reading or lecture.

 
Fall 1999-Winter 2000
Box   1  
Wole Soyinka reading 12/2/1999
Box   1  
Dagoberto Gilb reading 1/27/2000
Box   1  
Lee Abbott 2/10/2000
Box   1  
A. L. Kennedy reading 2/22/2000
Box   1  
Wyatt Prunty reading 3/16/2000
Box   1  
Alice Mattisa reading 3/16/2000
Box   1  
Stephen Yeuser reading 3/23/2000
Box   1  
Maxine Hong Kingston reading/lecture 3/27/2000
Box   1  
Maxine Hong Kingston reading/lecture 3/28/2000
 
Fall 2000-Winter 2001
Box   1  
Peter Davison reading 10/10/2000
Box   1  
Richard Tillinghast reading 10/12/2000
Box   1  
Elizabeth McCracken 10/19/2000
Box   1  
Lisel Mueller 10/26/2000
Box   1  
Thomas Lynch 11/2/2000
Box   1  
Chang-Rae Lee 11/9/2000
Box   1  
Lynne Sharon Schwartz 11/16/2000
Box   1  
Peter Ho Davies 11/30/2000
Box   1  
Athol Fugard 12/4/2000
Box   1  
Athol Fugard 12/7/2000
Box   1  
Mongane Wally Serote 1/17/2001
Box   1  
Sheila Kohler 2/15/2001
Box   1  
Linda Gregerson 3/8/2001
Box   2  
Russell Banks lecture 3/19/2001
Box   2  
Russell Banks 3/20/2001
Box   2  
Chase Twichell reading 3/22/2001
Box   2  
Les Morray poetry reading 3/29/2001
 
Fall 2001-Winter 2002
Box   2  
Jim Daniels poetry reading 9/13/2001
Box   2  
Jack Driscoll fiction reading 9/20/2001
Box   2  
Miles Harvey nonfiction reading 10/4/2001
Box   2  
Gibbons Ruark poetry reading 10/11/2001
Box   2  
Marcie Hershman fiction reading 10/25/2001
Box   2  
Stuart Dybek fiction reading 11/15/2001
Box   2  
Grace Paley fiction reading 12/4/2001
Box   2  
Grace Paley lecture 12/6/2001
Box   2  
Nancy Reisman fiction reading 1/17/2002
Box   2  
Timothy Liu poetry reading 1/24/2002
Box   2  
Don Lee fiction reading 1/31/2002
Box   2  
Ed Hirsch poetry reading 2/7/2002
 
Fall 2001-Winter 2002
Box   2  
Robert Hass poetry reading 2/11/2002
Box   2  
Robert Hass lecture 2/12/2002
Box   2  
Frederick Busch fiction reading 3/7/2002
Box   2  
David Bradley fiction reading 3/21/2002
Box   2  
Susan Straight fiction reading 3/28/2002
 
Fall 2002-Winter 2003
Box   3  
Philip Levine poetry reading 10/8/2002
Box   3  
Philip Levine lecture "My Spanish Civil War" 10/10/2002
Box   3  
Brenda Hillman poetry reading 10/24/2002
Box   3  
Paula Fox fiction reading 10/31/2002
Box   3  
Bob Hicok poetry reading 11/4/2002
Box   3  
Richard Bausch fiction reading 11/7/2002
Box   3  
John Fulton & Marc Nesbitt fiction reading 11/14/2002
Box   3  
Lorna Goodison poetry reading 11/25/2002
Box   3  
Rick Hilles poetry reading 12/5/2002
Box   3  
Lorrie Moore fiction reading 1/24/2003
Box   3  
Dionne Brand poetry reading 1/30/2003
Box   3  
Nicholson Baker fiction reading 2/3/2003
Box   3  
Nicholson Baker lecture "Shelving History: The Lost World of Old Newsprint" 2/5/2003
Box   3  
Linda Gregerson poetry reading 2/17/2003
Box   3  
Christine Hume poetry reading 3/6/2003
Box   3  
Mathew Klam fiction reading 3/13/2003
Box   3  
Eileen Pollack fiction reading 3/27/2003
Box   3  
Richard Tillinghast poetry reading 4/10/2003
 
Video Recordings [subseries]

The Video Recordings subseries includes VHS tapes with recordings of public readings or lectures given by writers and poets that participated in the Zell Visiting Writers' Series sponsored by the Master of Fine Arts Program. The subseries is arranged chronologically according to the date of the reading or lecture. There are four seasons all together: Fall 1999-Winter 2000, Fall 2000-Winter 2001, Fall 2001-Winter 2002, Fall 2002-Winter 2003. Each contains an item level description with the name of the writer and the date of the reading or lecture.

 
Fall 1999-Winter 2000
Box   4  
Seamus Heaney reading 11/17/1999
Box   4  
Wole Soyinka reading 12/2/1999
Box   4  
Dagoberto Gilb reading 1/27/2000
Box   4  
Lee Abbott 2/10/2000
Box   4  
A. L. Kennedy reading 2/22/2000
Box   4  
Wyatt Prunty reading 3/9/2000
Box   4  
Alice Mattison reading 3/16/2000
Box   4  
Stephen Yenser reading 3/23/2000
Box   4  
Maxine Hong Kingston reading/lecture 3/27/2000
Box   4  
Maxine Hong Kingston reading/lecture 3/28/2000
 
Fall 2000-Winter 2001
Box   5  
Peter Davison reading 10/10/2000
 
Fall 2000-Winter 2001
Box   5  
Richard Tillinghast reading 10/12/2000
Box   5  
Elizabeth McCracken 10/19/2000
Box   5  
Lisel Mueller 10/26/2000
Box   5  
Thomas Lynch 11/2/2000
Box   5  
Chang-Rae Lee 11/9/2000
Box   5  
Lynne Sharon Schwartz 11/16/2000
Box   5  
Peter Ho Davies 11/30/2000
Box   5  
Athol Fugard 12/4/2000
Box   5  
Athol Fugard 12/7/2000
Box   5  
Mongane Wally Serote 1/17/2001
Box   5  
Sheila Kohler 2/15/2001
Box   6  
Linda Gregerson 3/8/2001
Box   6  
Russell Banks lecture 3/19/2001
Box   6  
Russell Banks 3/20/2001
Box   6  
Chase Twichell reading 3/22/2001
Box   6  
Les Morray poetry reading 3/29/2001
 
Fall 2001-Winter 2002
Box   6  
Jim Daniels poetry reading 9/13/2001
Box   6  
Jack Driscoll fiction reading 9/20/2001
Box   6  
Miles Harvey nonfiction reading 10/4/2001
Box   6  
Gibbons Ruark poetry reading 10/11/2001
Box   6  
J. M. Coetzee lecture 10/18/2001
Box   6  
Marcie Hershman fiction reading 10/25/2001
Box   6  
Stuart Dybek fiction reading 11/15/2001
Box   7  
Grace Paley fiction reading 12/4/2001
Box   7  
Grace Paley lecture 12/6/2001
Box   7  
Nancy Reisman fiction reading 1/17/2002
Box   7  
Timothy Liu poetry reading 1/24/2002
Box   7  
Don Lee fiction reading 1/31/2002
Box   7  
Ed Hirsch poetry reading 2/7/2002
Box   7  
Robert Hass poetry reading 2/11/2002
Box   7  
Robert Hass lecture 2/12/2002
Box   7  
Frederick Busch fiction reading 3/7/2002
Box   7  
David Bradley fiction reading 3/21/2002
Box   7  
Susan Straight fiction reading 3/28/2002
 
Fall 2002-Winter 2003
Box   8  
Philip Levine poetry reading 10/8/2002
Box   8  
Philip Levine lecture "My Spanish Civil War" 10/10/2002
 
Fall 2002-Winter 2003
Box   8  
Brenda Hillman poetry reading 10/24/2002
Box   8  
Paula Fox fiction reading 10/31/2002
Box   8  
Bob Hicok poetry reading 11/4/2002
Box   8  
Richard Bausch fiction reading 11/7/2002
Box   8  
John Fulton & Marc Nesbitt fiction reading 11/14/2002
Box   8  
Lorna Goodison poetry reading 11/25/2002
Box   8  
Lorrie Moore fiction reading 1/24/2003
Box   8  
Dionne Brand poetry reading 1/30/2003
Box   8  
Nicholson Baker fiction reading 2/3/2003
Box   8  
Nicholson Baker lecture "Shelving History: The Lost World of Old Newsprint" 2/5/2003
Box   9  
Linda Gregerson poetry reading 2/17/2003
Box   9  
Christine Hume poetry reading 3/6/2003
Box   9  
Mathew Klam fiction reading 3/13/2003
Box   9  
Eileen Pollack fiction reading 3/27/2003
Box   9  
Richard Tillinghast poetry reading 4/10/2003
 
Zell Visiting Writers' Series Files [subseries]

The Zell Visiting Writers' Series Files subseries (1986-2008) consists of correspondence, photographs, and publicity materials for the writers and poets who participated in the Zell Visiting Writers' Series. These files are arranged alphabetically.

Box   10  
Al-Azzawi, Fadhil 2005
Box   10  
Baker, Nicholson 2002-2003
Box   10  
Barrett, Andrea 2003
Box   10  
Barry, Amy Quan 2003
Box   10  
Bartlett, Neil 2005
Box   10  
Bausch, Richard 2002
Box   10  
Bidart, Frank 2002-2004
Box   10  
Bradley, David 2001-2002
Box   10  
Brand, Dionne 2002-2003
Box   10  
Busch, Frederick 2000-2002
Box   10  
Choi, Susan undated
Box   10  
Chang, Lan Samantha 2005
Box   10  
Coetzee, J.M. 2001
Box   10  
Daniels, Jim 2001
Box   10  
Davies, Peter Ho 1998-2000
Box   10  
Davis, Kathryn 2002-2003
Box   10  
Dawes, Kwame 2005
Box   10  
Delbanco, Nick 1998-2003
Box   10  
Driscoll, Jack 2001
Box   10  
Dybek, Stuart 2001
Box   10  
Eugenides, Jeffrey 2005-2006
Box   10  
Filreis, Al 2005
Box   10  
Forche, Carolyn 2005-2006
Box   10  
Ford, Richard 2002
Box   10  
Fox, Paula 2002
Box   10  
Franzen, Jonathan 2001-2005
Box   10  
Fulton, John 2002
Box   10  
Gaitskill, Mary 2006
Box   10  
Goldbarth, Albert 2005
Box   10  
Goldstein, Lawrence 2005
Box   10  
Goodison, Lorna 1998-1999
Box   10  
Gregerson, Linda 1996-1997
Box   10  
Hampl, Patricia 2005
Box   10  
Harvey, Miles 2000
Box   10  
Hass, Robert 2001-2002
Box   10  
Hejinian, Lyn undated
Box   10  
Hershman, Marcie 2001
Box   10  
Hicok, Bob 2002
Box   10  
Hilles, Rick undated
Box   10  
Hillman, Brenda 2002
Box   10  
Hirsch, Edward 1999-2002
Box   10  
Howe, Marie 2006
Box   10  
Hume, Christine 1999-2003
Box   10  
Jack, Ian 2005
Box   10  
Jacobstein, Roy 2005
Box   10  
Jin, Ha 2004
Box   10  
Jones, Edward 2004
Box   10  
Joseph, Lawrence 2005
Box   10  
Katrovas, Richard 2003
Box   10  
Klam, Matthew 2002-2003
Box   10  
Lea, Syd 2003
Box   10  
Lee, Don 2001-2004
Box   10  
Levine, Philip 2002
Box   10  
Linton, Johnson 2005-2006
Box   10  
Lopate, Philip 2000-2002
Box   10  
Lynch, Thomas 1998-2000
Box   10  
Matthews, Sebastian 2003-2004
Box   10  
McDaniel, Raymond 2003
Box   10  
Means, David 2005
Box   10  
Miller, Jane 2005
Box   10  
Miscellaneous Photographs undated
Box   10  
Mitchell, Susan 2002
Box   10  
Moore, Lorrie 2002-2003
Box   10  
Moss, Thylias 1995-2006
Box   10  
Notely, Alice 2004-2005
Box   10  
Paley, Grace 2001
Box   10  
Palmer, Michael undated
Box   10  
Paterson, Don 2001
Box   10  
Phillips, Carl undated
Box   10  
Pollack, Eileen 1995-1999
Box   10  
Merwin, W.S. 2005
Box   10  
Millhauser, Steven 2007
Box   10  
Ruark, Gibbons 2001
Box   10  
Ryan, Michael 2005
Box   10  
Shepard, Jim 2005
Box   10  
Siebers, Tobin 1998-1999
Box   10  
Soyinka, Wole 1998-1999
Box   10  
Stewart, Susan 2006
Box   10  
Straight, Susan 2000-2002
Box   10  
Sweeney, Matthew 2004-2005
Box   10  
Tall, Deborah 2006
Box   10  
Taylor, Keith 1998, 2005
Box   10  
Tilghman, Chris 2004
Box   10  
Turner, Brian 2006
Box   10  
Verghese, Abraham 2002
Box   10  
Visiting Writers Program -- General Files 1986-1997
Box   10  
Visiting Writers Program -- General Files 1998-2008
Box   10  
Wade, Sidney 2004
Box   10  
Walcott, Derek 1998-1999
Box   10  
Waldman, Anne 2001-2004
Box   10  
Wideman, John Edgar 2000-2003
Box   10  
Wright, Jay 2002-2003
 
Alumni Readings [series]

The Alumni Readings series consists of four digital videos (MiniDVs) of MFA program alumni readings from October 2002. A detailed list of the alumni names and times of the readings can be found in the box.

Box   9  
MFA Alumni Read Tape 1 10/25/2002
Box   9  
MFA Alumni Read Tape 2 10/25/2002
Box   9  
MFA Alumni Read Tape 3 10/25/2002
Box   9  
MFA Alumni Read Tape 4 10/25/2002
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