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Readers sought for International Poetry Reading

RELEASED: March 28, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The fifth annual International Poetry Reading will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 7-9 p.m. April 27 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

During the event, students, community members and faculty come together to read and listen to poems in languages other than modern, standard English. Volunteers are encouraged to submit and read their favorite foreign language poetry. Entries are required by April 15.

"UW-Eau Claire's annual International Poetry Reading is a joyous celebration of language, culture, poetry and diversity within our community," said Dr. Audrey Fessler, assistant professor of English and women's studies, who, along with Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, associate professor of German and director of the University Honors Program, has organized the event since 2007.

"Last year, audience members heard poems in 32 different languages, from Belorusian and Burmese to Ukrainian and Vietnamese," Vahlbusch said. "Our goal is to hear as many different languages as possible within two hours. We can promise you a magical experience."

Guidelines to participate are as follows:

  • Send an e-mail message as soon as possible to Dr. Fessler at fessleaa@uwec.edu with "Poetry Reading" in the subject line to get on the list of readers. Include your choice of language along with your name and e-mail address.

  • Select a short poem (40 lines or fewer) suitable for an audience that will include children.

  • E-mail Dr. Fessler soon, but by midnight April 15 at the latest, with an electronic copy of the poem in its original language accompanied by an English translation.

  • Come to the event and read the poem you've chosen in the original language.

The event is held under the auspices of UW-Eau Claire's English Fest 2011.

For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Fessler at fessleaa@uwec.edu or 715-836-3016, or Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch at vahlbujb@uwec.edu or 715-836-4490.

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