The Hummingbird Global Writers' Circle presents Writing Gender

Topic Areas: Special Events

August 21, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
IRWG, Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle is an international reading series started by Dr. Debotri Dhar, CEW Visiting Scholar (2015-17) and Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. The aim of this literary initiative is to bring writers and communities together in different parts of the world to foster a love of books, to discuss the craft of writing, and to promote creative dialogue and global understanding in small ways. The name was inspired by the tiny hummingbird which builds its home with just a few drops of nectar, a root here, a leaf there, and a little bit of sky.

The Circle's themed readings by established and emerging writers are free and open to the community. The theme for the first event of the Circle is feminism/ gender, to be held on Monday August 21 (3-5 pm) at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The writer-speakers for this session are Linda Gregerson, Laura Hulthen Thomas, Mike Ferro and Debotri Dhar (writer bios below), who will read from their poetry and fiction, followed by conversation /Q&A.

Light refreshments will be served. All members of the community are welcome to attend, however, RSVP is required. If you wish to hear our speakers read from their work, share tips, and engage in conversation, please RSVP to



Author/Speaker Bios:

Linda Gregerson. Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Ph.D Stanford University, Distinguished Professor of English, and award-winning author of six books of poetry. Gregerson's poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, The Best American Poetry, and others. Among her honors and awards are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Humanities Center. In 2014, Gregerson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Laura Hulthen Thomas. Her new collection of short stories States of Motion has just been released to excellent reviews nationwide. Set in Michigan’s real and fictional small towns against a backdrop of economic turmoil, these stories explore how, as familiar places, privilege, and faith disappear, characters are left wondering what hope is left for them. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and she is a contributor to Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, a delightful collection of ghost stories by noted Michigan authors. Thomas heads the undergraduate writing program at Michigan. She can be found on Facebook at, or on Twitter @laurahthomas

Mike Ferro. Born and bred in Detroit, Michael A. Ferro's debut novel, TITLE 13, is forthcoming from Harvard Square Editions in February 2018. His work has been featured in numerous online and print publications and was awarded the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction. Michael has lived, worked, and written throughout the Midwest; he currently resides in rural Michigan with the love of his life: a rescue coonhound. Additional writing and information can be found at and @MichaelFerro.

Debotri Dhar. Bachelors, Delhi University, Masters with distinction, Oxford University, Ph.D. Rutgers University. Dhar teaches at the University of Michigan, juggling academia with creative writing, and was the 2015-2017 Jean Campbell Visiting Scholar at CEW. Her books include Postcards from Oxford: Stories of Women and Travel (2013) and the novel The Courtesans of Karim Street (2015). Her shorter fiction has been published in journals and anthologies worldwide, including the US, UK, India, Singapore, New Zealand and elsewhere. She has delivered papers, presentations and talks at universities such as Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Boston, Michigan, Delhi, and Oxford, while also speaking in non-university settings accessible to a wider public.

If you wish to hear our speakers read from their work, share tips, and engage in conversation, please RSVP to