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UW-Eau Claire Seeks Short Poems
for International Poetry Reading

RELEASED: March 10, 2008

Ioana Sumurducan Yuhua Tang Anthonia Arikawe
Among the participants in the first International Poetry Reading, held in 2007, were, from left, Ioana Sumurducan, an international student from Romania; Yuhua Tang, a visiting professor from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China; and Anthonia Arikawe, an international student from Nigeria. (LTS photos)

EAU CLAIRE — Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's second annual International Poetry Reading, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. April 30 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

All those who are interested, can submit a short poem in any language but modern English to the event organizers.

The department of foreign languages and the Center for International Education will sponsor the event, which is hosted by UW-Eau Claire's English Festival (April 30-May 1).

Last year's inaugural event, conceived and organized by assistant professor of English and women's studies Dr. Audrey Fessler and associate professor of foreign languages Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, drew a crowd to hear poems in more than 30 different ancient and modern languages, from Arabic to Yoruba. Audience members received a booklet with all poems printed in their original languages, along with English translations.

"We were thrilled by the community's response last year," Vahlbusch said. "People were obviously excited about sharing their favorite poems and the beauty of their own languages. We are hoping for an even bigger response this year."

To participate in this year's event, readers should immediately send an e-mail to Vahlbusch with "poetry reading" in the subject line. The message should include their name,

e-mail address and chosen language. This will get prospective readers on the list. Readers will be scheduled as time permits, with the goal of hearing as many languages as possible.

Prospective readers may then choose a short poem (under 40 lines) and send Vahlbusch electronic copies of the poem, along with an English translation, in a Microsoft Word file. Participants are encouraged to send their poems with full bibliographic information and translation as soon as possible, but midnight April 9 is the deadline.

Readers should arrive at the Council Fire Room by 6:40 p.m. on April 30, ready to read the poem in its original language.

For more information or to submit a poem, contact Vahlbusch at vahlbujb@uwec.edu.

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