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The 2015-2016 season features Matthew Dickman, Justin Torres, Leslie Pietrzyk, Roger Reeves, Karyna McGlynn, Danielle Evans, Ray Hsu, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Erika Meitner, Mark Wagenaar, Josh Kalscheur, Jordan Jacks, Mika Taylor, 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

phone: 206-491-1505

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.

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.


MARCH 11, 7:00PM, ARTS & LITERATURE LAB (2021 Winnebago St)
     “Our Relationship with Power”—a reading featuring Madison
     Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles, Matthew Guenette & Cherene Sherrard

MARCH 12, 6:00PM, OVERTURE CENTER’S PROMENADE HALL
     First Wave presents a Chapbook Series Reading, featuring
     Samantha Arriozola, Mariam Coker, Eli Lynch, Ricardo Cortez-De la Cruz II,
     Hiwot Adilow, and Malcolm Halsey-Milhaupt

MARCH 12, 8:00PM, ARTS & LITERATURE LAB (2021 Winnebago St)
     Monsters of Poetry presents Jennifer L. Knox, Steven Schroeder, & Mary Hickaran

MARCH 15, 7:00PM, DOWNTOWN MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (201 W MIFFLIN)
     The Program in Creative Writing presents graduating fiction MFAs
     Piyali Bhattacharya, Hanna Halperin-Goldstein, & Jackson Tobin

APRIL 8, 7:00PM, LOCATION TBD
     FELIX: A Series of New Writing presents Brian Kim Stefans

APRIL 14, 7:00PM, HELEN C. WHITE RM 6191 (600 N PARK ST)
     The Program in Creative Writing presents graduating fiction MFAs
     Christian Holt, Will Kelly, & Lucy Tan

APRIL 20, 7:00PM, LOCATION TBD
     FELIX: A Series of New Writing presents Dawn Lundy Martin

APRIL 21, 7:00PM, OVERTURE CENTER WISCONSIN STUDIO
     The Program in Creative Writing presents WICW fiction & poetry fellows
     Jordan Jacks, Josh Kalscheur, Karyna McGlynn, Mika Taylor, & Mark Wagenaar

APRIl 23, 8:00PM, ARTS & LITERATURE LAB (2021 Winnebago St)
     Monsters of Poetry presents Mark Levine, Emily Wilson,
     Erika Meitner, Josh Bell, and Emilia Phillips

MAY 5, 7:00PM, HELEN C. WHITE RM 6191 (600 N PARK ST)
     The Program in Creative Writing presents the Undergraduate Contests
     Reading, featuring alumni poet Jenny Browne.




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.