Poetry Double-header Pt. 2: U of M alum Jason Phoebe Rusch presents debut poetry collection, Dualities

Join us for a poetry reading by award-winning writer Jason Phoebe Rusch as he presents his debut full-length collection of poetry, Dualities. Rusch is a queer writer from the Chicago suburbs who earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writing Program. Dualities explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who was socialized and is currently still read as a woman. He is interested in complication and nuance and messy human failing, his own and that of others.

He will be joined by Detroit poet Marlin Jenkins and Ann Arbor poet Sylvan Thomson.

About the Author

Jason Phoebe Rusch is an essayist, poet and fiction writer with a BA in history from Princeton University and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writing Program, where he received Hopwood awards in screenwriting and non-fiction as well as the Chamberlain award in creative writing for short fiction. His screenplay Banana Rat was a finalist in the 2010 Zoetrope Contest and his play ¾ of a Mass for St. Vivian, which premiered at the Kennedy Center and ran at the D.C. Theater Alliance, was nominated for a Helen Hayes award. He has taught composition at the University of Michigan as well as creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Bisou Bisou Haiti. Most recently, he has been awarded a 2017 fellowship from the Luminarts foundation. His first book of poems, 'Dualities,' is forthcoming from Hobart's SF/LD books in early 2018. He has also been working on a novel for a very long time.

Sylvan Thomson is a writer from New Zealand. He is currently completing his MFA at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writer's Program.


Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and studied poetry in University of Michigan's MFA program. His writings have been given homes by Indiana Review, Salt Hill, and The Journal, among other publications. He is a former teaching artist in Detroit Public Schools with InsideOut Literary Arts, and a current editor for the social justice poetry journal HEArt Online.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 3:00pm
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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Jason Phoebe Rusch presents Dualities​​​​​​​

Poetry Double-header Pt. 2: U of M alum Jason Phoebe Rusch presents debut poetry collection, Dualities

Join us for a poetry reading by award-winning writer Jason Phoebe Rusch as he presents his debut full-length collection of poetry, Dualities. Rusch is a queer writer from the Chicago suburbs who earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writing Program. Dualities explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who was socialized and is currently still read as a woman. He is interested in complication and nuance and messy human failing, his own and that of others.

He will be joined by Detroit poet Marlin Jenkins and Ann Arbor poet Sylvan Thomson.

About the Author

Jason Phoebe Rusch is an essayist, poet and fiction writer with a BA in history from Princeton University and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writing Program, where he received Hopwood awards in screenwriting and non-fiction as well as the Chamberlain award in creative writing for short fiction. His screenplay Banana Rat was a finalist in the 2010 Zoetrope Contest and his play ¾ of a Mass for St. Vivian, which premiered at the Kennedy Center and ran at the D.C. Theater Alliance, was nominated for a Helen Hayes award. He has taught composition at the University of Michigan as well as creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Bisou Bisou Haiti. Most recently, he has been awarded a 2017 fellowship from the Luminarts foundation. His first book of poems, 'Dualities,' is forthcoming from Hobart's SF/LD books in early 2018. He has also been working on a novel for a very long time.

Sylvan Thomson is a writer from New Zealand. He is currently completing his MFA at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writer's Program.


Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and studied poetry in University of Michigan's MFA program. His writings have been given homes by Indiana Review, Salt Hill, and The Journal, among other publications. He is a former teaching artist in Detroit Public Schools with InsideOut Literary Arts, and a current editor for the social justice poetry journal HEArt Online.

Mar 25 2018 - 3:00pm
Event address:
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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