UW English in the Media

Public-Facing Work from UW-Madison English Faculty, Staff, and Students


Professor Christa Olson discussed her latest book, American Magnitude, with Madison’s WORT radio station.

Professor Anja Wanner was interviewed by Professor Emily Auerbach on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Professor Amy Quan Barry’s latest novel, When I’m Gone, Look For Me in the East, has been hailed as a “dazzling achievement” by the New York Times.

PhD Student Marek Makowski published an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the newly released English translation of Olga Tkarczuk’s The Books of Jacob.

Martha Pham, an MFA student in fiction, published The Quiet Joy of Xôi Gấc (Red Sticky Rice), an essay and recipe for Kitchn, in honor of Lunar New Year.


Watch Professor Amy Quan Barry in the inaugural episode of American Players Theater’s new video podcast “In the Wake of Our Shadow: Black Voices.”

Professor Ainehi Edoro appeared on BBC World News to talk about Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Read Professor Timothy Yu’s article on Amanda Gorman’s poetry in the Cambridge University Press blog.

Professor Theresa Delgadillo is quoted in an argument for more Latinx films in the National Film Registry in the New York Times

Professor Beth Nguyen wrote a delightful essay about beef stroganoff for Bon Appétit.

Professor Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, recipient of the Morgridge Center Public Service Community Based Research Award, was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal for sharing experiences related to working and parenting from home during COVID-19.

Professor Amaud Johnson’s poem “Smokey” was featured in the New York Times.

Creative Writing instructor Dantiel Moniz received very positive reviews in both the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Leila Chatti from Creative Writing recently had a poem published in the New York Times Magazine on February 4th.


Professor Ainehi Edoro’s website Brittle Paper celebrates its 10th anniversary. “To commemorate, we launched the #DecadeProject, a month-long series of commissioned essays, interviews, fiction, and culture lists archiving the many exciting trends in contemporary African literature. Some of the highlights have been an essay by Booker Prize winning novelist Ben Okri, an interview by Taiye Selasi in which she revisits the concept of Afropolitanism after 15 years of coining the term, a Things Fall Apart fan-fiction romance series, and a weekly feature of original recipes inspired by food scenes in African novels. In two weeks, we will publish the first ever fiction anthology on Africanfuturism featuring a new story by Nigerian sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor. You can find all these and more on Brittle Paper’s redesigned website or Instagram page curated by the utterly brilliant Jacquelyn Teoh, who happens to be a UW-Madison English graduate student.”

Professor Anja Wanner talked about internet and the English language in an interview with On Wisconsin.

Professor Ellen Samuels‘ essay “Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time” was published in the collection Disability Visibility. The editor, Alice Wong, talked about the book on Wisconsin Public Radio. Samuels was also featured on WPR talking about this essay in 2017. Recently, Samuels’ work was referenced in this Atlantic article.

Professor Russ Castronovo draws a line from the debate about wearing a mask in public today to wearing a black veil in a 19th century Hawthorne tale in https://publicseminar.org/essays/according-to-nathaniel-hawthorne-we-should-all-be-wearing-face-masks/

Professor Ramzi Fawaz: Against murderous passivity, or reading Hannah Arendt under lockdown 

Professor Ralph Grunewald on ‘qualified immunity’ (WPR interview)