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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 29, 7:30PM, H.C. WHITE HALL (600 N Park), Rm 6191
     Poets Derrick Austin and Oliver Bendorf

MARCH 30, 7:00PM, MYSTERY TO ME (1863 Monroe St)
     Poet Rebecca Dunham celebrates the release of Cold Pastoral

APRIL 3, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, RM 301 (201 W Mifflin)
     The Program in Creative Writing presents graduating MFA candidates
     in poetry Alisha Dietzman, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Thiahera Nurse,
     Carolyn Orosz, & Leslie Sainz, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Book Fest.

     Poet and Novelist Margaret Atwood

APRIL 8, 6:00PM, ROOM OF ONE’S OWN (315 E W Gorham)
     Upper House presents poet G. C. Waldrep

     Lit Fest 2017 presents author and essayist Roxane Gay

APRIL 13, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, RM 301 (201 W Mifflin)
     The Program in Creative Writing presents the 2016-17 WICW fellows
     in poetry and fiction: Derrick Austin, Jamel Brinkley, Natalie Eilbert,
     Sarah Fuchs, Marcela Fuentes, and Barrett Swanson

APRIL 14, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, RM 301 (201 W Mifflin)
     UW’s African Studies Program and the Wisconsin Book Fest present Teju Cole

APRIL 26, 8:00PM, ARTS & LITERATURE LAB (2021 Winnebago)
     A.L.L. and the Watershed Reading Series present “One World:
     Poetry from Argentina, Russia, and Uruguay.”

MAY 4, 7:00PM, ELVEHJEM BLDG, RM L140 (750 University Ave)
     The Program in Creative Writing presents its annual undergraduate
     & graduate writing awards, featuring novelist Nickolas Butler

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.