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Poet Danez Smith (11/5/17)






Playwright Lauren Gunderson (11/7/17)






Poet & Essayist Heather Swan (11/17/17)






Poet Rickey Laurentiis (11/30/17)


Fall 2017 Literary Readings in Madison




This Fall in Madison: Nathan Englander, Alex Lemon, Oliver Bendorf, Benjamin Percy, Nick Lantz,
Danez Smith, Lauren Gunderson, Heather Swan, Rickey Laurentiis, and many others!


Upcoming Readings

The Program in Creative Writing brings 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.


OCTOBER 21, 8:00PM, ARTS & LITERATURE LAB (2021 Winnebago)
     Oliver Baez Bendorf, Heather Derr-Smith, Crystal S Gibbing, & Michelle Menting

OCTOBER 22, 4:30PM, 702WI (702 E Johnson St)
     Novelist Marie Benedict (free to students & educators only)

OCTOBER 27, 7:00PM, 702WI (702 E Johnson St)
     Essayist Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses
     & Let Me Clear My Throat

NOVEMBER 2, 5:30PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (201 W Mifflin)
     Wisconsin Book Fest presents author Benjamin Percy

NOVEMBER 4, 10:30AM, ROOM OF ONE’S OWN (315 W Gorham)
     Wisconsin Book Fest presents poet Nick Lantz

NOVEMBER 4, 12:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (201 W Mifflin)
     Wisconsin Book Fest presents author Kathleen Rooney

NOVEMBER 4, 3:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (201 W Mifflin),
     The Wisconsin Book Festival presents author Paul Yoon

NOVEMBER 5, 1:30PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (201 W Mifflin)
     Wisconsin Book Fest presents poet Danez Smith

NOVEMBER 7, TIME & PLACE TBD
     The Arts Institute & Dept of English present playwright Lauren Gunderson

NOVEMBER 17, 6:00PM, ROOM OF ONE’S OWN (315 W Gorham)
     Poet & Essayist Heather Swan celebrates the publication of her new
     book-length work of creative nonfiction, Where Honeybees Thrive

NOVEMBER 30, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (201 W Mifflin)
     The UW Program in Creative Writing presents poet Rickey Laurentiis