International Poetry Reading showcases languages from around the world

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate the beauty of languages from around the world at the 12th annual International Poetry Reading from 7-9 p.m. May 1 in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center. 

The event is free and open to the public.

During the event, students, community members, faculty and staff will read and listen to poetry written in more than 25 languages, including Arabic, Korean, Lithuanian and Icelandic.

Co-organizers of the event are Dr. Kaishan Kong, department of languages; Katie Vagnino, English; and Josh Bauer, Learning and Technology Services.

"The International Poetry Reading is a one-of-a-kind event that has become an important tradition at UW-Eau Claire," Vagnino says. "It brings students, faculty and community members together to share and celebrate the beauty and diversity of the world’s languages. Poetry is a universal and unifying art, and this special event reminds us how language can bring us closer together."

The poetry reading will be live-streamed at for those who wish to experience the event but cannot attend.

The International Poetry Reading is sponsored by Dr. Thomas King, professor emeritus of communication sciences and disorders; the Center for International Education; the UW-Eau Claire Foundation; and the departments of English and languages.

For more information, visit the International Poetry Reading Facebook page or contact the event organizers at