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 2014-2015 season features Anthony Doerr, Judith Claire Mitchell, Amy Quan Barry, Matthew Siegel, Christina Stoddard, and many more!


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.


DECEMBER 4, 8:00PM, RAINBOW BOOKSTORE (426 W GILMAN)
     The Felix Series of New Writing presents poet Elizabeth Willis

DECEMBER 10, 8:00PM, THE IRISH PUB (317 STATE ST)
     Poets Nick Gettino, Derick Mattern, Kasey Phifer-Byrne,
     Caitlin Quinn, Jaya Stenquist, & Mikey Swanberg

DECEMBER 11, 5:30PM, CARDINAL BAR (418 E WILSON)
     A bilingual reading featuring Marcelo Pelligrini & Jesse Lee Kercheval

DECEMBER 12, 8:30PM, 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


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.