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.

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 Appearing semiannually, each issue of The Madison Review contains previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and art as well as interviews with well-known writers.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

The Madison Review is the University’s longest-running literary journal. Nationally distributed, the magazine is edited and managed entirely by undergraduate students of creative writing.

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Program in Creative Writing
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