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Creative Writing Opportunities

Poetry Underground

Poetry Underground (PU!) is an organization for anyone who loves poetry. The group is open to all styles of poetry, including spoken-word and rap. Fiction writers, dramatists, essayists, artists, and all other creative types are also welcome. Whether you are a literary veteran or are new to poetry altogether, this organization of open-minded artists offers trips to readings, open mic nights, poetry slams, and weekly meetings. Meeting times and places vary by semester. Bring yourself and any work you’d like to read! 

If you are interested in participating please email Abby Kirby  (

Creative Arts Magazine: Centrique

Centrique is Carthage’s creative arts journal. We are proud to publish the work of some of Carthage’s most talented writers, artists, and photographers. Each year, Centrique sponsors two contests with cash prizes. Students may submit poetry, fiction or artwork. The deadline for the fall contest is December 2, 2016. See this flyer for more information.

For submission guidelines and other questions regarding Centrique, please email Briyanna Sanders ( Email submissions to

Creative Writing Minor

Did you know that Carthage also offers creative writing as a minor, or an emphasis within the English major? Learn more.

Poetry Readings

Poetry Readings in Milwaukee and Chicago

Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee) is Milwaukee’s premier literary hangout. Their reading series features famous poets at rock-bottom ticket prices. They also offer workshops for writers of all levels and they stock poetry books you’ll never find anywhere else.

Redletter Reading Series (Milwaukee). Each reading begins with an OPEN MIC and features one or more local, regional, or “passing through” poets. Readings take place on the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. Admission is cheap ($3), the setting is intimate, and the poetry is some of the best you’ll hear! 

Chicago Poetry Scene. This link takes you to Chicago Postmodern Poetry, a comprehensive listing of all the readings in Chicago and beyond. Check it out!

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