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April 27 International Poetry Reading to feature 38 languages

RELEASED: April 25, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's fifth annual International Poetry Reading will showcase the beauty of languages from around the world April 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Fifty-one readers, singers and interpreters will singly and jointly recite poems in 38 ancient and modern languages, "from American Sign Language poetry and Balochi to Ojibwe and Old Norse to Ukrainian and Vietnamese," 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 five 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. 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, foreign languages and English departments, 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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