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English Festival events to celebrate reading, writing and the arts April 23-26

April 17, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's English department will host its annual English Festival — a celebration of reading, writing and the arts — April 23-26.

The English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring guest authors, lectures by faculty members, student panels, capstone presentations and an international poetry reading.

Student poster displays and presentations will be given daily throughout the week. Music also will be performed on the campus mall from 11 a.m.-noon through April 26 (rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center).

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), writer-in-residence for the Chickasaw Nation and an internationally recognized public speaker and writer of poetry, fiction and essays, will be the featured author. On April 26, she will give a one-hour poetry/fiction reading and talk, followed by a question-and-answer book signing.

Hogan's presentation is sponsored by the English department, American Indian studies and women's studies programs, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Affirmative Action Office and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Events include:

April 23:

April 24:

  • Music on the Campus Mall, 11 a.m.-noon.
  • Student panels composed of undergraduate and graduate students from across the disciplines. Students will present critical papers and creative works or lead roundtable discussions on a variety of topics related to language arts.11 a.m.-6 p.m., Davies Center.
  • George Watsky workshop, 4 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • George Watsky performance, 7:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium.

April 25:

  • Student panels, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Davies Center.
  • Music on the Campus Mall, 11 a.m.-noon.
  • Flash poetry: Write a poem, win a prize. Noon, Campus Mall.
  • Guest speakers Xong Xiong and Wendy Mattison will give a presentation titled "Hmong and Indigenous Language and Knowledge System; Development and Implementation of Hmong-related Curricula," 4-5:45 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • Film: "Miss Representation," a documentary focusing on depictions of women in the media. A guided discussion will follow the showing, 6 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

April 26:

  • NOTA Open Mic Night, 6 p.m., The Cabin, Davies Center.
  • Keynote speaker: Linda Hogan, 7 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

The festival is open to members of the campus community and the public.

A complete list of events can be found online.

For more information about the event, contact student lead organizers Kristin Frosch at or Angie Stangl at



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