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About Wisconsin People & Ideas

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Stay informed about the issues and ideas that matter with the Wisconsin Academy’s quarterly magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture. Wisconsin People & Ideas publishes fiction and poetry from Wisconsin writers, highlights new works from our visual artists and photographers, and covers science and environmental issues that affect Wisconsin’s people, lands, and waters. The magazine also hosts annual fiction and poetry contests that award cash prizes up to $500, publication in the magazine, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival, and more.

Since 1954, the independent Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine has been a trusted resource for people who care about the issues and ideas that shape life in Wisconsin. Wisconsin People & Ideas is available at Wisconsin Academy events and exhibitions as well as selected bookstores, and is delivered quarterly to Wisconsin Academy members and libraries across the state.

Single copies and back issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas also are available at our Steenbock Building offices in Madison, the James Watrous Gallery, or from the Wisconsin Academy online store for $5 per issue (plus $2 s/h). You can browse and search back issues of the magazine since 2009 on our website. A complete digital archive of issues published to 2008 can be found at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection's State of Wisconsin Collection.

Become a Subscriber

The best way to stay informed about the issues and ideas that matter in Wisconsin today is to have Wisconsin People & Ideas delivered to your home four times a year. Introductory subscriptions to Wisconsin People & Ideas cost $30 and include a free Wisconsin Academy membership for one year. Click here to begin your introductory subscription with free membership today.

Questions or comments about Wisconsin People & Ideas may be directed to Jason A. Smith, Editor.

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Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
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201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500