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Part of the Chippewa Valley scene

It's impossible to separate art from culture, or either of those from the communities in which they thrive. UW-Eau Claire English faculty and students have been connecting with the Chippewa Valley for decades. Through events like poetry or fiction readings and presentations, student interns contributing to area business, collaborative research based in area non-profit organizations, dynamic student events on campus, faculty and students leading workshops and festivals in the Chippewa Valley — Blugold English is out in the community in too many touch points to count.

Take a look at the following stories and links, spotlighting just a few of our mutually beneficial and highly rewarding campus-community partnerships. 

B.J. Hollars with UW-Eau Claire colleagues

Building community among writers

When B.J. Hollars gives a talk later this month at the V1 Gallery in downtown Eau Claire, he will be kicking off a series of events that are designed to help local writers enhance their craft while also giving them new opportunities to share their work.

A gathering place for writers

More about the Cirenaica writing residency

Creative writers interested in spending some time in a residency in the rolling hills of Western Wisconsin, please check out the CVWG website for details about the location, the program, and how to get involved. 

Social Work

Seeking safe spaces for medical care

Alex DeLakis, Dr. Theresa Kemp, and Alison Harder are helping make Eau Claire a safer place for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking medical care.

Research aimed at equity

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

Faculty members and emeriti faculty are instrumental in bringing this annual celebration of the written word to the Chippewa Valley. The festival includes author readings, book signings, workshops and programs for writers of all ages. 

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Heather Harkins, English student

Lights, camera, action

A natural born story-teller, Heather Harkins, has used her connections through UW-Eau Claire to bring a unique film festival to the area by way of Public Television.

Storytelling with purpose
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