Introducing the Mendota Lecturers in Poetry & Fiction

Leila Chatti Dantiel W. Moniz

UW-Madison’s Program in Creative Writing is pleased to welcome the Mendota Lecturers in Poetry and Fiction: Leila Chatti and Dantiel W. Moniz.

LEILA CHATTI, the Mendota Lecturer in Poetry, is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020) and the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she was the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems appear in The New York Times Magazine, POETRY, Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

DANTIEL W. MONIZ, the Mendota Lecturer in Fiction, is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Emerging Writer Award by the Key West Literary Seminar, and a Tin House Scholarship. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, Milk Blood Heat, arrives February from Grove Atlantic.

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Madison from the air: Helen C. White Hall, home of the Program in Creative Writing, is just one building out of frame in the bottom right corner.

An aerial view of Madison. Helen C. White Hall, home of the Creative Writing Program, is one
building out of frame in the bottom right corner. Photo © University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Our Programs

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Program in Creative Writing. We offer courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 1986, we have also been host to the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing's post-graduate fellowships, which provide emerging writers from all over the world an opportunity to complete their first books. For detailed information about our various courses, projects, and events, please refer to the navigation bar at the top of this page. If you'd like to be kept in the loop about our events and programs, please join one or more of our mailing lists: Madison-Area Literary Events, Undergraduate Alumni News, MFA Alumni News, Institute & Former Fellow News, Fiction & Poetry Fellowship Deadlines and Info, Brittingham/Pollak Prize Deadlines and Info.

Our History

Though officially founded in 1978 by professor and poet Ron Wallace, the Program in Creative Writing has existed for almost as long as the Department of English itself; in these pre-formative years, our students included such distinguished writers as Eudora Welty, Delmore Schwartz, Saul Bellow, Jean Toomer, Lorraine Hansberry, Joyce Carol Oates, Carl Djerassi, Peter Straub, Ed Ochester, Anne Lauterbach, and Wallace Stegner. Since that time, the Program continued its history of excellence, growing to become one of the most highly regarded in the country. Our MFA is top-ranked, nearly all of our post-graduate fellows go on to publish award-winning first books (more than 90 total since the fellowships' inception), and our undergraduates are not only widely published but consistently have been accepted to the most competitive creative writing graduate programs in the US.

The Community

As an extension of its educational mission, the Program in Creative Writing aims to be the center of literary life in the Madison area. Our students, fellows, and graduates have their hands in most of the city's writing-related happenings, including the annual Wisconsin Book Festival, the FELIX Reading Series, and the Writers in Prisons Project. For a calendar of upcoming events, stay tuned to our readings page, where you can also subscribe to a public Google calendar of the year's literary happenings.

Contact Us

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

      phone: 608-263-3658
      fax: 608-263-3709