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International Poetry Reading participants sought

NOTE: In coordination with UW-Eau Claire's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th International Poetry Reading, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, has been canceled.

Readers are sought for the 14th annual International Poetry Reading at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, to be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Dakota Ballroom (Room 340) of Davies Center.

Those who can speak and read in a language other than modern standard English are invited to read a poem of their choosing at the event. At last year’s International Poetry Reading, poems were read in 25 languages. 

“This is a joint effort to engage the Blugold family and Eau Claire community members to celebrate the beauty of languages,” said Dr. Kaishan Kong, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of Chinese and co-organizer of the International Poetry Reading along with Josh Bauer, senior web developer in UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services department, and Dr. Dorothy Dorothy Ka-Ying Chan, assistant professor of English.

Participants and attendees at the International Poetry Reading will receive a booklet containing all of the poems in their original language and an English translation.

Those interested in reading at the event should do the following: 

  1. Send an email to by Friday, March 20, to indicate interest. Include “Poetry Reading” in the subject line followed by the language in which you’d like to read (for example, “Poetry Reading-Arabic”). A specific poem does not have to be chosen at this time; the email will reserve the sender a spot on the readers list. (If a language is already spoken for or all spots on the readers list are full, the sender will be notified in a reply email.)
  1. Choose a short poem (40 lines maximum, but preferably shorter) written in your language. Send electronic copies of the poem and an English translation in a Microsoft Word file to as soon as possible, but by midnight on Sunday, March 29, at the latest. Include the poem's author and translator, and give full bibliographic information about the book or website where it is published.

For more information, send email to