In On Wisconsin Magazine: A store grows in Brooklyn

The planning took months. For a brief moment, when emotions ran high, they almost called it off. But when the big day arrived, it was glorious. Some might even say magical. “The opening itself felt very much like a wedding,” says best-selling novelist Emma Straub MFA’08, owner of Books Are Magic, a New York City bookstore. “All of a sudden, the doors were open, and people could come in, and we just hugged everyone.”

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Creative Writing fellow wins national poetry award

Tiana Clark, a poetry fellow at UW-Madison’s Institute of Creative Writing, is the 2017 winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. The University of Pittsburgh Press awarded the honor in recognition of her collection I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood.

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L&S student Deshawn McKinney on Wisconsin Public Television: The Scholar

Discover the life of Deshawn McKinney, a UW student, African-American leader and Marshall Scholarship recipient, as he navigates in troubling political and social times.

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UW-Madison Arts Institute to honor 2017 Awards in the Creative Arts recipients

Each spring, the Arts Institute recognizes achievements and professional service along with supporting future creative endeavors and research. L&S honorees are Ron Kuka from the English Department's Creative Writing Program and Beverly Taylor from the Mead Witter School of Music.  

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L&S Commencement spotlight: Class of 2017

This weekend, 8,123 students will graduate from UW–Madison, their individual stories becoming part of the rich history of the Badger experience. Some overcame immense challenges to get here. Many persevered through adversity to earn their degrees. All have achieved a cherished goal.

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The liberal arts as a tool for change

Through powerful words and personal reflection, students examine the impact of a liberal arts education in an annual essay contest. Read excerpts from this year's first place winner Justine Jones and runner up Anna Blasco. 

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UW-Madison student one of two finalists for inaugural title of National Youth Poet Laureate

UW-Madison student Hajjar Baban is one of two finalists for the inaugural position of National Youth Poet Laureate. The title will be bestowed for the first time on April 26 by the literary arts organization Urban Word and leading national poetry organizations.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: A conversation with creative writing professor Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is no stranger to praise. During her 33 years, the UW assistant professor of creative writing has graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, been featured in The Paris Review, and published a wildly successful 2010 short story collection about race and coming of age in 21st-century America, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.

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DeShawn McKinney wins Marshall Scholarship

UW-Madison student Deshawn McKinney has been named a winner of the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious award given to up to 40 scholars each year to study at the graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. 

In November, he was named a Rhodes finalist. McKinney is a senior majoring in English-creative writing.

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