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Zona de carga/Loading Zone

Zona de Carga/Loading Zone is a literary journal published annually. A tradition which began in 2001, it is a continuing collaborative effort of graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It publishes fiction, poetic prose and poetry in English, Spanish, Portuguese or any combination of these languages. We are especially interested in works that explore, question and invigorate the cultural tradition of Spanish America, Spain, Portuguese-speaking countries and the Caribbean, as well as their diasporas. Since 2012 we have collaborated with Kaleidoscope to explore the conference’s yearly topic from a creative writing standpoint that complements the academic orientation of the conference, and to organize an Open Mic night.

We also publish e-Zona, an online journal for creative writing pieces in Spanish and Portuguese by the undergraduate students of the Department.

Contact: email Carolina Balbín ( or visit