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UWEC-Barron County literary journal releases virtual readings series

| Alaina Guns

Red Cedar cover

2020 cover of the literary journal Red Cedar

With campuses closed because of Covid-19 and the need for social distancing, Red Cedar, UWEC-Barron’s annual literary journal, is releasing a series of five virtual readings featuring authors published in this year’s edition. Red Cedar faculty advisor and associate professor of English, Joel Friederich, saw a chance for a new literary project this year: to create Zoom recordings of readings and short interviews with individual authors published in Red Cedar. 

With so much attention focused on the pandemic in the news and on social media, Friederich believed a series of short literary reading by authors from our own campuses and local communities might provide a welcome breath of fresh air during such stressful times. 

Red Cedar is the annual literary journal published by UWEC - Barron since it was founded in 1999. Each year a group of dedicated students undertake all the editorial tasks from soliciting submissions to reading and discussing each poem and story in order to winnow down to a few final selections for publication. Since 2007 to its 2020 edition this year, Red Cedar has brought together a rich mix of writing by Barron students and staff  together with authors from throughout Northwest Wisconsin. In joining the UW-Eau Claire campus, Red Cedar is now thrilled to include writing from students on the main campus as well.

Up until 2019, Red Cedar was produced as part of the work for a course on literary publishing offered each spring on the Barron campus. The course gave students a chance not only to publish Red Cedar, but to study the history of literary publishing and small presses and journals, along with designing and producing their chapbooks, broadsides, and  literary videos and podcasts. Red Cedar and the students in literary publishing also sponsored several events each year, including a high school poetry slam, an open mic series, and the publication launch of the annual edition each spring.

Red Cedar's five virtual readings are being released twice a week in May through YouTube and announced through email and Facebook, and all readings are available on the UWEC-Barron library website at this link:

  • Mon., May 4 -  Mikayla Schultz, reading her poem "the safe"
  • Thurs. May 7 - Yvette Viets Flaten, reading her poem "Girl in the Apple Tree”
  • Tues., May 12 - Sandra J. Lindow reading her poem “Laughing Greenheart the Pirate.” 
  • Thurs., May 14: Miranda Copeland reading her poem “Just want to say goodbye"
  • Mon., May 18: Joscelyn Sager, reading her creative non-fiction, “You Can’t Go Home Again”

The series of readings will come to a close with Red Cedar’s publication on May 18.

To pick up a free copy, stop by English Department office in Centennial Hall, or the UWEC-Barron campus at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM. Copies will be placed outside the main entrance to Meggers Commons. (Note that the Barron campus is following social distancing procedures and is not open to the public.

Or to receive copies in the mail, send a check for $3 per copy made out to UWEC-BC Foundation. Be sure to include your postal address. Send checks to:

Red Cedar Lit Journal
UWEC-Barron County
1800 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI 54868