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Presented By: Zell Visiting Writers Series

Craft Lecture: Writing Across Worlds

Andrea Lee, Zell Visiting Writers Series

Andrea Lee Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee
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Zell Visiting Writers Series craft lectures are free and open to the public, and will be offered both virtually (via Zoom) and in person (in Angell Hall #3154). Seats at the in-person events are capacity-limited and offered on a first come, first served basis; please arrive early to secure a spot. Please contact kotziers@umich.edu with any questions or accommodation needs.


Andrea Lee's work, like her life, has always been shaped by themes of otherness, of foreignness, by the ongoing conflict generated by attempts to define insider and outsider. Her craft lecture will address the question: How, in a period of unprecedented overlap and collision between cultures--and the anxiety sparked by this phenomenon--does a writer find the creative equilibrium to examine this eternal theme with insight and respect?

Andrea Lee is a American writer whose books often deal with themes of expatriate life, clashing cultures, and nuances of identity, particularly among Black Americans. She is most recently the author of Red Island House, a novel set in the tropical African island nation of Madagascar. She is also the author of the story collection Interesting Women, the novels Lost Hearts in Italy and Sarah Phillips, and the National Book Award–nominated memoir Russian Journal. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, she has written for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, W, and The New York Times Book Review. She grew up in Philadelphia, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University, and subsequently moved to Europe, where she presently lives with her family in Turin, Italy.

For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email kotziers@umich.edu-- we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. The building, event space, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. A lactation room (Angell Hall #5209), reflection room (Haven Hall #1506), and gender-inclusive restroom (Angell Hall 5th floor) are available on site. ASL interpreters and CART services at in-person events are available upon request; please email kotziers@umich.edu at least two weeks prior to the event, whenever possible, to allow time to arrange services.

U-M employees with a U-M parking permit may use the Church Street Parking Structure (525 Church St., Ann Arbor) or the Thompson Parking Structure (500 Thompson St., Ann Arbor). There is limited metered street parking on State Street and South University Avenue. The Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure (650 South Forest Ave., Ann Arbor) is five blocks away, and the parking rate is $1.20 per hour. All of these options include parking spots for individuals with disabilities.

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