Connecting Wisconsin’s
Literary Community

Created to celebrate the culture of the book, the Center honors all aspects of the literary world and provides a link between our citizens and writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and educators. The Center is affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mary Lou Santovec, President
Nick Demske
Kathy Galvin
Catherine Hansen
Milo Miller
Sara Phillips
Robin Rider
About the Center For The Book


The Center for the Book was founded in 1977 as a way for the Library of Congress to “promote books, reading, literacy, as well as the scholarly study of books.” The Center for the Book manages important programs such as Letters About Literature and River of Words, in addition to giving out three annual awards, totalling $250,000, for organizations that have promote reading and make significant strides for literacy in the U.S. Beginning in 1984, the Center for the Book began establishing state-based affiliates, and now have a center in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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News & Events


Letters about Literature

Submission deadline is January 11, 2019

For more information click on the Letters About Literature Press Release, or Letters About Literature Flyer below. Or take a look at our revamp Letters About Literature Section.
Letters About Literature Press Release
Letters About Literature Informational Flyer



Poet Laureate

Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Wisconsin Poet Laureate are now open!

Deadline for the Laureate applications is October 5th.

Click here for the application.