2010-12 Fiction MFA Meghan O'Gieblyn reads from her award-winning essay,
"Sniffing Glue," at Avol's Books. Photo © Oliver Bendorf, 2011-13 MFA.
The Program in Creative Writing's various readings series bring writers and writing professionals to the Madison campus each semester to read from their work, discuss the writing life, or otherwise engage with our writing community. We encourage all Madison community members to sign up to receive e-mails about upcoming literary events.
Below you’ll find a more-or-less complete schedule of upcoming literary events in Madison, which will be updated as changes occur. All readings are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Special, featured events sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing are featured in bold text. You can also subscribe to our Google Calendar (excerpted at left) to see how these events fit into your schedule and to keep constant tabs on what’s happening around town on your phone or other device. If you have an event that you would like added to our calendar, please contact the Readings Coordinator, Sean Bishop.
OCTOBER 7, 7:00PM, MERITER HOSPITAL
Memoirist Fenton Johnson, author of Geography of the Heart, speaking with
Dr. Ron Grant, Director of Medical Humanities at U. of Arizona
OCTOBER 16, 6:30PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN)
Devil’s Lake and the Wisconsin Book Festival present
Danielle Evans & Rebecca Dunham
OCTOBER 17, 7:30PM, DRAGONFLY LOUNGE (401 E WASHINGTON)
Monsters of Poetry presents William Waltz, Cole Lavalais,
Shara Lessley, & Christopher Bolin
OCTOBER 18, 6:00PM, DISCOVERY BUILDING (330 N Orchard St)
The Program in Creative Writing presents Anthony Doerr,
New York Times bestselling author of All the Light We Cannot See,
Memory Wall, Four Seasons in Rome, About Grace, & The Shell Collector.
NOVEMBER 6, 6:00PM, A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN (315 W GORHAM)
The UW Press presents Kelly Cherry and Jesse Lee Kercheval
NOVEMBER 21, 7:30PM, DRAGONFLY LOUNGE (401 E WASHINGTON)
Monsters of Poetry presents Hannah Brooks-Matl, Caryl Pagel,
Lauren Haldeman, & Robert Vaughan
DECEMBER 12, 7:30PM, DRAGONFLY LOUNGE (401 E WASHINGTON)
Monsters of Poetry presents Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Adam Krause,
Oliver Bendorf, & Andrea Scarpino
FEBRUARY 26, 7:00PM, LOCATION TBA
The WI Institute for Creative Writing presents 2014-15 Poetry & Fiction Fellows
Brian Booker, Ben Hoffman, Lauren Russell, Ben Thompson, & Meg Wade
MARCH 16, 7:00PM, LOCATION TBA
The UW Program in Creative Writing presents its graduating
MFA Candidates in Poetry: Kasey Erin Phifer-Byrne, Nick Gettino,
Derick Mattern, Caitlin Quinn, Jaya Stenquist, & Mikey Swanberg
APRIL 21, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN), 3RD FLOOR
Judith Claire Mitchell, author of A Reunion of Ghosts, and Amy Quan Barry,
author of She Weeps Each Time You’re Born
APRIL 23, 7:00PM, HELEN C WHITE RM 6191 (600 N PARK)
The Program in Creative Writing and University of Wisconsin Press
present 2015 Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizewinners
Matthew Siegel & Christina Stoddard
APRIL 30, 7:00PM, H.C. WHITE RM 6191
The Program in Creative Writing presents the first annual
undergraduate open mic, for 2014-15 students of ENGL 207
MAY 7, 7:00PM, HELEN C. WHITE ROOM 6191
The Program in Creative Writing presents the annual Undergraduate Prizes
in Creative Writing, featuring a special guest reader to be announced
The Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been host to many of the best novelists, essayists, story-writers and poets in the country. In the past four years alone, we've featured writers the likes of Jonis Agee, Ann Beattie, Michael Cunningham, Carl Djerassi, Junot Diaz, Mark Doty, Jonathan Franzen, Lauren Groff, Terrance Hayes, Adam Haslett, and Maurice Manning, and many more, not to mention visiting editors and agents on the lookout for the next generation of American literature.
In the coming months and year, we hope to share the liveliness and vibrancy of Madison with the larger literary community. Check back here for video and audio of our featured readers.