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The Wisconsin Idea in Action

Midwest Review

Midwest Review is an annual literary and arts magazine that embodies the Wisconsin Idea by providing a venue for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. The magazine showcases contemporary short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art by the region's diverse community of writers and artists.


The magazine has published work by over 287 writers and artists from all 12 Midwestern states, presenting new creative work from the region to a broader audience. Work published in Midwest Review has been cited in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Essays, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Stories from the Midwest, and Best New Poems from the Midwest. The magazine has organized public readings in Madison, and the editor offers workshops in publishing online and in-person, in Madison and around the state. The magazine collaborates with the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) to showcase work by artists from across the state.

Focus Areas

Project Leader

Christopher Chambers
Program Director

Arts and Humanities
School or College
Division of Continuing Studies

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