Creative Writing "off the page"

UWM Creative Writing Program Events Now Available on iTunes U!

The UWM Creative Writing Program has gone global—via iTunes U! Simply log in to the UWM iTunes U page using your ePanther ID or choose the option for public access. This will launch iTunes on your computer and bring you to the UWM iTunes U homepage.

From there you can start downloading lots of terrific content, like our Student/Faculty Reading Series from October and November, a special poetry reading by Milwaukee's Poets Laureate past and present, and the Poetry Everywhere project.

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Check back often as we will be posting new content regularly throughout 2009.

Think While You Drink: the Java Jacket Journal

The Creative Writing Program recently launched a new "publication", the Java Jacket Journal, which features short stories (very short stories, < 160 words) printed on hot beverage insulating sleeves. The first six stories debuted at the Grind coffee shop in the student union and will soon make their way to coffee shops around town. Future editions are slated for the next academic year. (To read the first "issue", either visit a participating location and buy a coffee, or download a copy of Java Jacket Journal 1-1 (pdf 55kb).

Celebrating Poetry Everywhere, for everyone

As seen in USA Today: bus riders in Milwaukee - and throughout the nation - can view poems that have been re-imagined into videos by UWM film students as part of Poetry Everywhere, a partnership between UWM and the Poetry Foundation.

See the films and meet some of the poets and animators involved at 7:00 on Tuesday, April 29th at Downer Schwartz (refreshments provided by Café Hollander).

Poetry Everywhere on iTunes. You can also watch the films at and Read about Poetry Everywhere on the UWM web site.

Eat Local::Read Local

Visit Café Hollander and Trocadero during April, and you'll be treated to a feast of words as part of Eat Local::Read Local, featuring the work of Milwaukee poets, including Kim Blaeser, Rebecca Dunham, Maurice Kilwein-Guevara, James Liddy, Marilyn Taylor, Dawn Tefft, and Diane Unterweger,.

Read about Poetry Everywhere and Eat Local::Read Local in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

UWM's Visiting Writers Series

In November, National Book Award nominee Jean Thompson came to our campus to read from Throw Like a Girl, her latest collection of short stories, and a New York Times Notable Book in 2007. Jean presented "A Second Opinion" during her craft talk for graduate students, her rebuttal to Stephen King's essay about the demise of the short story. You can read it here:

Jean Thompson craft talk
Jean Thompson craft talk

Author Pam Houston visited UWM in February. John Updike included "The Best Girlfriend You Never Had" in "Best Short Stories of the Twentieth Century," and her stories have been selected for the O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories. She is the author of two collections of linked stories, "Cowboys are My Weakness" and "Waltzing the Cat." Her novel Sighthound was published in 2005.

Other visitors to UWM as part of our "Bookmark" series include:

  • Phil LaMarche, author of "American Youth"
  • Writers and Editors panel, featuring Dan Wickett, co-founder of Dzanc Books and editor of the Emerging Writers Network blog, Aaron Burch, editor of Hobart: Another Literary Journal and Cris Mazza, author of Waterbaby.
  • Kevin Brockmeier and Tod Wodicka
  • Upcoming: An evening with Armenian poet David Kherdian and creative writing alumni, Saturday, April 19th 4:00 at County Clare
Phil LaMarche Dan Wickett Aaron Burch
Phil LaMarche Dan Wickett Aaron Burch

Student Faculty Reading Series

This year's student/faculty readings have turned into popular events for faculty, students and the community. Our readings, too, have been "Everywhere":

September: "C'mon baby, light my fire" bonfire at the Urban Ecology Center's outdoor
October: "the Panther Howl" at VonTriers
November: "Catch and Release" at Woodland Pattern
January: "Thaw" at Linneman's
February: "After the Love" at Schwartz on Downer
March: "The OTHER March Madness" at County Clare
April: "I Think it Rains" at the Urban Ecology Center

Craig Medvecky, Trent Hergenrader, Drew Blanchard, Dawn Tefft, Joe
Radke   Monica Rausch and Joe Radke
Craig Medvecky, Trent Hergenrader, Drew Blanchard, Dawn Tefft, Joe Radke   Monica Rausch and Joe Radke