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Matt Wahl and Poetry Readings
Highlight Final Week of Summer Events

RELEASED: July 14, 2009

Matt Wahl
Matt Wahl

EAU CLAIRE — A performance by Matt Wahl July 27 and readings by four widely published area poets July 29 will highlight the final week of Summer Events at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Both free shows will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Cabin of Davies Center). Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Free popcorn will be available.

Matt Wahl, Monday's Music on the Mall performer, is a series favorite. He has a down-to-earth, lighthearted acoustic sound that appeals to any age and can best be described as fun, a lot of fun. His shows feature original songs brought to life with humorous introductions and inspirations and a couple of extraordinary cover songs that need to be heard to be believed.

The Shakespeare and Others in the Park series, scheduled for Wednesdays in July, celebrates the spoken word through short plays, prose and poetry. This week will feature poetry readings by four distinguished members of the area's literary community: Alan Jenkins, Peg Lauber, Jeannie Roberts and Nadine S. St. Louis.

  • Alan Jenkins' poems, essays and book reviews have appeared in The Wisconsin Academy Review (now Wisconsin People & Ideas), Free Verse, Petroglyph, North Coast Review and A View from the Loft, among other publications.
  • Jeannie E. Roberts' poetry has appeared in Free Verse, Life Underscored and elsewhere, including the mixed-media show Vision and the Word. Her public readings include interviews on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Spectrum West" and at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the Open Air Festival of the Arts.
  • Peg Lauber has published widely in small magazines, among them The Beloit Poetry Journal, Kalliope and North American Review and has published one anthology, "A Change in Weather: Midwest Women's Poetry" and two books, "Locked in the Wayne County Courthouse" and "New Orleans Suite."
  • Until her retirement, Nadine S. St. Louis taught English at UW-Eau Claire, specializing in the 17th and 27th centuries — Shakespeare and science fiction. She began writing serious poetry late in her career. She is the author of two books, "Zebra" (2008) and "Weird Sisters" (2000). St. Louis is one of the founders of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, now in its 10th year.

The Fresh Start Farmers Mart, held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays on the Central Campus Mall, will close after July 30. Watch for it to reopen for the fall semester.

The eight-week Summer Events series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and coordinated by the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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