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Masande Ntshanga






Viet Thanh Nguyen






Eileen Myles


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.


JANUARY 15, 7:00PM, GATES OF HEAVEN (302 E Gorham St)
     “Writers Resist,” an evening of poetry, fiction,
     and creative nonfiction of protest

FEBRUARY 14, 7:00PM, HELEN C. WHITE HALL, RM 6191
     America Invertida, Uruguayan poetry in spanish and translation

FEBRUARY 15, LOCATION AND TIME TBA
     poet Nikki Giovanni

FEBRUARY 23, 7:00PM, ELVEHJEM BLDG, RM L140 (750 University Ave)
     “The Program in Creative Writing presents poets
     “Ross Gay & Aimee Nezhukumatathil

MARCH 2, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, RM 301 (201 W Mifflin)
     “The Program in Creative Writing presents short-story writer Kirstin Valdez Quade

MARCH 13, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, RM 301 (201 W Mifflin)
     “American historical novelist Margaret George

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

APRIL 3, 7:30PM, UNION SOUTH’S VARSITY HALL (1308 W Dayton)
     “poet and novelist Margaret Atwood

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

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.