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Readers sought for International Poetry Reading

April 2, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The sixth annual International Poetry Reading will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 7-9 p.m. April 23 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

During the event, students, community members and faculty come together to read and listen to poems in languages other than modern, standard English. Volunteers are encouraged to submit and read their favorite foreign language poetry. Entries are required by April 12.

"UW-Eau Claire's annual International Poetry Reading is a joyous celebration of language, culture, poetry and diversity within our community," said Dr. Audrey Fessler, assistant professor of English and women's studies, who, along with Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch, associate professor of German and director of the University Honors Program, has organized the event since 2007.

Last year, poems were read in 39 different languages, Fessler said.

Guidelines to participate are as follows:

  • Send an email message as soon as possible to Dr. Fessler at fessleaa@uwec.edu with "Poetry Reading" in the subject line to get on the list of readers. Include your choice of language along with your name and email address.
  • Select a short poem (40 lines or fewer) in that language suitable for a general audience, including children.
  • By midnight April 12 at the latest, send Fessler an electronic copy of the poem in its original language and in translation into standard modern English, for publication in the facing-page translation in the booklet that will be distributed to all who attend the event.
  • Come to the event and read the poem you've chosen in its original language.

To feature as many different languages as possible, it may be necessary to limit the number of readers in a single language, so those interested in reading are encouraged to volunteer as soon as possible, Fessler said.

The International Poetry Reading will be held under the auspices of UW-Eau Claire's English Fest 2011. The event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Center for International Education, and English and foreign languages departments.

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