The following resources are available to interested graduate and undergraduate students at MU:

The Missouri Review

Founded in 1978 here at Mizzou by Professor Speer Morgan, The Missouri Review is one of the premier literary magazines in the United States and has a reputation for finding new talent first. Graduate students who complete TMR's internship class can go on to a paid position as poetry editor, contest editor, or technology fellow. 

Persea Books

Persea Books, founded in 1975 and based in New York City, publishes a wide range of literary works, and offers an internship in poetry book publishing, led by Gabe Fried.


Wigleaf, an online literary journal run by Scott Garson, features stories of under 1000 words. Our undergraduate Creative Writing students have the opportunity to intern with the journal and gain valuable experience reading submissions from working authors.

The Missouri Audio Project

Our students have also been given the opportunity to participate in workshops with The Missouri Audio Project, an audio storytelling initiative spearheaded by Julija Šukys and Andrew Leland and co-sponsored by the Department of English, Mizzou Advantage, the Murray Center for Documentary Studies, the Missouri School of Journalism, KBIA, and the Digital Storytelling Program.

Unbound Book Festival

Creative Writing Students have the opportunity to serve on the Student Programming Committee for the annual Unbound Book Festival (founded by the author Alex George). As committee members, they help to develop ideas for panels, lists of authors to invite as readers or panelists, and may serve as panel moderators.

The English Graduate Student Association

Through the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA), graduate students can serve as representatives to departmental and university-wide committees. As a representative, students gain a better understanding of faculty roles outside of teaching and see larger conversations across the university. EGSA offer representative positions for the Graduate Studies Committee, Undergraduate Studies Committee, Graduate Professional Council, Diversity Committee, and others. Additionally, each year two EGSA representatives are elected to serve on the Creative Writing Committee and they plan the Monica A. Hand Memorial Graduate Reading Series, serve subcommittees, and serve as liaisons between the students and faculty. 

The Visiting Writers Series

Our Creative Writing program boasts a thriving Visiting Writers Series of established and up-and-coming writers. Recent visitors have included Colson Whitehead, Carolyn Forché, Karen Russell, Deborah Eisenberg, Joan Silber, Natasha Tretheway, Lorrie Moore, Robert Pinsky, Terrance Hayes, Maggie Nelson, Joy Castro, Jami Attenberg, Michael Czyzniejewski, F. Douglas Brown, Tyehimba Jess, Jose Orduna, Jericho Parms, Ryan Van Meter, Willis Barnstone, Steve Tomasula, Claudia Rankine, Roxane Gay, Christian Bök, Susannah Mintz, and Alicia Ostriker. 

The current Visiting Writers Series schedule is as follows:

Fall 2020

Thursday, Sep. 17
Visiting Writers Series with Marilyn Chin (Poetry)

Thursday, Oct. 8
Visiting Writers Series with David Shields (Creative Nonfiction)

Thursday, Nov. 12
Debut Authors Panel with Christina Clancy, Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi, and Megan Giddings (Fiction)

Wednesday, Dec. 2 
Visiting Writers Series with Artist-in-Residence Ted Chiang (Fiction)

Spring 2021

Thursday, Feb. 11
Visiting Writers Series with Karen Babine (Creative Nonfiction)

Thursday, Mar. 11
Visiting Writers Series with MU alumna Tina May Hall (Fiction)

Thursday, Apr. 8
Visiting Writers Series with Cynthia Cruz (Poetry)