Literary Journals at UW-Madison
The Program in Creative Writing believes that the best way to learn is through practice, and that learning to be a writer also means learning to see the world through the eyes of an editor—pursuing a literary vision, working to improve the writing of others, proofreading, copy-editing, reviewing and interviewing. At both the graduate and undergraduate levels, our students not only learn about the present and future of American literature, but also help to shape it:
Devil’s Lake is an online literary journal founded in 2010 at the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its founding editors wanted to stimulate conversations around contemporary creative work and provide a hub for Madison's literary community. Today, the journal publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and comics by emerging and established writers, in the form of two online issues per year, plus biweekly book reviews and interviews. Devil's Lake has published writers like Dean Young, Alison Stine, Mark Wunderlich, Eduardo C. Corral, Mary Biddinger, and Alex Lemon. The editorial staff consists of current MFA students as well as fellows in the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Learn more about Devil's Lake and its staff at english.wisc.edu/devilslake.
The Madison Review
The Madison Review is an independent literary arts journal published through the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Appearing semiannually, each issue of The Madison Review contains previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and art as well as interviews with well-known writers. Contributors to the Review have included I.B. Singer, Stephen Dunn, Lisel Mueller, May Sarton, Charles Baxter, Roberto Fernandez, and C.K. Williams. The Madison Review has also had the privilege of interviewing such literary figures as Billy Collins, Maurice Manning, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, David Sedaris, Lorrie Moore, and Dean Young.
Founded in the early 1970s by students from the University's creative writing program, The Madison Review remains a student-run journal to this day. The staff—including editors—is composed entirely of undergraduates. Since the staff changes frequently, each issue attempts to showcase the distinct aesthetics of that year's reviewing panel. Professor Ron Kuka has acted as the faculty advisor for The Madison Review since 1990. Learn more about the journal at english.wisc.edu/madisonreview.
Illumination: the Undergraduate Journal of Humanitites
Illuminationis a University-sponsored publishing venue for undergraduate students at the UW-Madison. The journal publishes art, essays, poetry, short stories and write-ups about outreach projects. Illumination produces 3,000 journals each semester, and this year will transition to an online version that will give more artists and writers than even before a chance to be published. Interested students can contact the staff via email, or in person at 507 Memorial Union. To look through the Illumination archives, click here.