Quan Barry Sean Bishop

Leila Chatti Ron Kuka

Dantiel W. Moniz Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen

Porter Shreve Faculty Books

THE FACULTY, by row, top to bottom: Amy Quan Barry, Sean Bishop, Leila Chatti, Ron Kuka, Dantiel W. Moniz, Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen, and Porter Shreve.

Adrienne Chung K. Iver

Itiola Jones Claire Luchette

Shaina Phenix Alberto Reyes Morgan

2021-22 FELLOWS: Adrienne Chung, K. Iver, Itiola Jones, Claire Luchette, Shaina Phenix, & Alberto Reyes Morgan.

Contact Us

Undergraduate Coordinator Ron Kuka
Program in Creative Writing
Department of English
600 N. Park St, H.C. White Rm 6195
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

phone: 608-263-3374
fax: 608-263-3709

The Faculty

Upper-level courses in creative writing are often taught by the same faculty who teach in the University of Wisconsin's MFA program in creative writing, ranked third in the nation by Poets & Writers magazine for three consecutive years. Our undergrads get the rare opportunity to work with some of the best-respected teachers and writers in the country.

AMY QUAN BARRY, Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English (MFA: University of Michigan) is the author of the poetry collections Asylum, Controvertibles, Water Puppets, and Loose Strife, as well as the novels She Weeps Each Time You’re Born, We Ride Upon Sticks, which was awarded the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and the 2022 release When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East. Barry is one of a select group of writers to receive NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction. She was Forward Theater’s first ever Writer-in-Residence, and her first play production, The Mytilenean Debate, will be staged in spring 2022.

SEAN BISHOP, Teaching Faculty & Creative Writing Program Administrator (MFA: University of Houston) is Editor of the Wisconsin Poetry Series. His collection of poems, The Night We’re Not Sleeping In, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Edna Meudt Poetry Award, and appeared from Sarabande Books. He is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing’s Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship, and his poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, POETRY, and elsewhere. He is the former Managing Editor of Gulf Coast and Better (bettermagazine.org).

LEILA CHATTI, Mendota Lecturer in Poetry (MFA: North Carolina State University) is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020) and the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she was the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems appear in The New York Times Magazine, POETRY, Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

RON KUKA, Faculty Associate & Creative Writing Program Coordinator (MFA: University of Iowa) has published short stories in the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, Toyon, and Pavement. His teaching has been recognized with the Chancellor's Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching.

DANTIEL W. MONIZ, Assistant Professor (MFA: University of Wisconsin) is the recipient of a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Award, a Pushcart Prize, a MacDowell Fellowship, and the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction. Her debut collection, Milk Blood Heat, is an Indie Next Pick and her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s Bazaar, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and elsewhere.

BETH (BICH MINH) NGUYEN, Professor; Director of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing (MFA: University of Michigan) is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, the novel Short Girls, the novel Pioneer Girl, and the forthcoming memoir Owner of a Lonely Heart. She has received an American Book Award and a PEN/Jerard Award and her work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and Best American Essays. Her work has also been featured in numerous university and community reads programs.

PORTER SHREVE, Mark and Elisabeth Eccles Professor; Director of the Program in Creative Writing (MFA: University of Michigan) is the author of the novels The Obituary Writer, Drives Like a Dream, When the White House Was Ours, and The End of the Book, which have been on best of the year lists in many newspapers and magazines including the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times. Co-editor of three anthologies and three textbooks, his fiction, nonfiction, Op-Eds, and book reviews have appeared in Witness, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications.

The Institute Fellows

Each year, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing receives more than eight hundred applications from the best writers all over the world who have not yet published a book of poetry, a collection of stories, or a novel. From these, we pick just seven to teach intermediate-level courses in fiction, poetry, and playwriting. As University of Wisconsin undergraduates, students of creative writing get to work not only with renowned and established authors, but also with some of the biggest names of tomorrow. You can read the biographies of our current fellows and view the list of past fellows here.

Our MFA Candidate Instructors

Every section of "ENGL 207: Intro to Creative Writing" is taught by one of our Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows, or one of our MFA candidates in poetry or fiction. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s MFA program is among the most competitive in the country, which means we hand-pick the instructors of ENGL 207 from a talented pool of up to six hundred applicants annually. Students of ENGL 207 have the privilege of working with immensely talented young writers at the very beginning of their literary careers.

Faculty Emeriti

KELLY CHERRY, Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English & Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities (retired) has previously published twenty-five books (novels, stories, poetry, memoir, criticism, and reviews). Her most recent full-length collection of poems, Quartet for J. Robert Oppenheimer:, was published by L.S.U. Press in 2017. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bradley Major Achievement (Lifetime) Award, and others. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere. Further details appear on her Wikipedia page.

JESSE LEE KERCHEVAL, Zona Gale Professor of English (retired) was the founding director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing from 1994–2010. She is the author of the 15 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction in English. Her most recent title is the poetry collection, America that island off the coast of France. Her translations of the Uruguayan poet Circe Maia have appeared in Agni, the Gettysburg Review, the American Poetry Review, jubilat and Pleiades among other magazines, and she is the editor of América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets, published by the University of New Mexico Press. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Research and Study Center at Harvard. More information about Jesse Lee Kercheval may be found on her website.

JUDITH CLAIRE MITCHELL, Professor Emerita (retired) is the author of the novels A Reunion of Ghosts (2015) and The Last Day of the War. Her stories and poetry appear in anthologies and literary magazines such as Best of the Fiction Workshops, Shaping the Story, Behind the Short Story, Barnstorming, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, and others. More information is available on her website, judithclairemitchell.com.

LORRIE MOORE, Delmore Schwartz Professor Emerita in the Humanities (retired) is the author of the short story collections Self-Help, Like Life, and Birds of America, and the novels Anagrams, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital, and A Gate at the Stairs. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Paris Review, and many other literary publications. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

RONALD WALLACE, Felix Pollak Professor Emeritus of Poetry & Halls-Bascom Professor Emeritus of English (retired) is the founder of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Program in Creative Writing and the University of Wisconsin Press's Wisconsin Poetry Series. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent of which is For a Limited Time Only. He has published poetry and stories in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, Poetry, Paris Review, and many other literary publications. More information about Ron Wallace is available at his website.