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April 24 International Poetry Reading to feature 40 languages

April 17, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's seventh annual International Poetry Reading will showcase the beauty of languages from around the world from 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 24 in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center.

More than 50 readers, singers and interpreters will recite poems in 40 ancient and modern languages and dialects, including, new to the program this year, Akkadian, Amharic, Tunisian Arabic, Armenian, Green Hmong, Ladino, Sanskrit and Slovene.

Dr. Audrey Fessler, assistant professor of English and women's studies, and Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch, associate professor of German and director of the university's Honors Program, have organized the event annually since 2007.

“The program will delight everyone who enjoys the beauty and emotional power of language and everyone who appreciates cultural diversity," Fessler said.

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, graduate program in English, and Student Senate.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Fessler at or 715-836-3016, or Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch at or 715-836-4490.



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