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April 23 International Poetry Reading to feature 40 languages

April 16, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's sixth annual International Poetry Reading will showcase the beauty of languages from around the world from 7-9 p.m. April 23 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

More than 50 readers, singers and interpreters will recite poems in 40 ancient and modern languages and dialects, "from American Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali and Burmese to Urdu, Vietnamese, Yiddish and Ndebele Zulu," 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's Honors Program, has organized the event since 2007.

"We began this project as a labor of love six years ago and have been thrilled that so many UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff members, and community members volunteer to share the beauties of their own language and to celebrate the beauties of other languages," Fessler said. "It's a magical evening."

No poetry will be read in standard English, but attendees will be provided English translations of all poems.

The International Poetry Reading is hosted by UW-Eau Claire's English Festival and sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Center for International Education, English department, Student Senate and University Printing Services. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Fessler at fessleaa@uwec.edu or 715-836-3016, or Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch at vahlbujb@uwec.edu or 715-836-4490.

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