We are thrilled to welcome our new colleague, Danielle Evans, who is joining us as an advanced assistant professor of fiction. If her name is new to you, it shouldn't be—we recommend that you drop everything right now and check out her website and her profile in the Washington Post. Evans is the author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her work has received the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Paterson Prize, and the Hurston-Wright Award, and is a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” selection. Her writing has appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, and Callaloo, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South.

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The 2012-2013 season featured Carl Djerassi, Jake Adam York, Edwidge Danticat, and many others.


Contact Us

Readings Coordinator Sean Bishop
Program in Creative Writing
Department of English
600 N. Park St, H.C. White Rm 6195
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

fax: 608-263-3709

2010-12 Fiction MFA Meghan O'Gieblyn reads at Avol's Books




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.


Upcoming Readings

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.

All readings listed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. We're especially pleased to support readings by members of our own community. Each fall, we hold our Blue Ox Reading Series, featuring readings by our second-year MFA students (and named after the Paul Bunyan murals in the room where the series originally took place). In the spring, our current Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellows share their work.

Below you'll find a more-or-less complete schedule of upcoming literary events in Madison. 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.


FEBRUARY 7, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN), 3RD FLOOR
     The Program in Creative Writing presents poet Mark Wunderlich

FEBRUARY 13, TIME AND PLACE TBA
     The Program in Creative Writing presents a lecture
     by poet (and poetry scholar) Robert Alexander

MARCH 26, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN), 3RD FLOOR
     The Program in Creative Writing presents its graduating MFAs
     in fiction-writing: Rowan Buchanan, Kevin Debs, Steven Flores,
     Ladee Hubbard, Liv Stratman, & Steven Wright

MARCH 31, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN), 3RD FLOOR
     The Program in Creative Writing presents its graduating MFAs
     in fiction-writing: Rowan Buchanan, Kevin Debs, Steven Flores,
     Ladee Hubbard, Liv Stratman, & Steven Wright

APRIL 10, 7:30PM, LOCATION TBA
     The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing presents its 2013-14 Fellows
     in Poetry and Fiction: Jesse Damiani, Patricia Grace King, Jennifer Luebbers,
     Matthew Modica, D. J. Thielke, & Timothy Daniel Welch

APRIL 17, 7:30PM, HELEN C WHITE RM 6191 (600 N PARK)
     The Program in Creative Writing and University of Wisconsin Press
     present 2014 Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizewinners
     Joanne Diaz and Angela Sorby

MAY 1, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN), 3RD FLOOR
     The Program in Creative Writing presents poet Erin Belieu

MAY 8, 7:30PM, 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


Event Archives

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.