Marek Makowski


Credit: Max Pflegel | WDL

Year Admitted: 2017


Marek Makowski’s essays and fiction have appeared in venues such as The New Republic, LA Review of Books, World Literature Today, Hyperallergic, Yale Review, and Chicago Tribune. His research explores the history of creative experimentation and how contemporary novelists experiment with form in response to global crisis. At UW–Madison, he has taught classes on Shakespeare and writing, created the annual Sustainability Writing Awards, and led several writing and publishing collaborations across departments. Links to his published work can be found on his website,


20th- and 21st-century world literature; Experimental writing; Shakespeare

Degree and Institution

BA, University of Missouri-Columbia
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Publications

“Reading The Books of Jacob With—and Against—the Riverhead Reading Guide” [Los Angeles Review of Books]

“Unforced Errors” [The Point]

“New Ways of Writing the Dying World” [Ploughshares]

“Olga Tokarczuk’s Radical Tenderness” [The Yale Review]