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.
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.
December 3, 4:00PM @ HELEN C. WHITE RM 7191
Nicholas Dybek, author of When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man
December 5, 4:00PM @ HELEN C. WHITE RM 7191
Emily Barton, author of Brookland and The Testament of Yves Gundron
DECEMBER 6, 7:00PM @ THE DRAGONFLY LOUNGE (402 E WASHINGTON)
Monsters of Poetry presents Carrie Lorig,
Tyler Mills, John Jodzio, Rebecca Hazelton, & Frank Giampietro.
FEBRUARY 13, TIME AND PLACE TBA
The Program in Creative Writing presents a lecture
by poet (and poetry scholar) Robert Alexander
MARCH 31, 7:30PM, LOCATION TBA
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 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
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.