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International Poetry Reading to showcase languages from around the world

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate the beauty of languages from around the world at the 13th annual International Poetry Reading from 7-9 p.m. April 24 in the Ojibwe 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 Korean, Hmong, Icelandic and many more.

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

“The International Poetry Reading is an annual event to gather the Blugold family and community members in Eau Claire to appreciate the beauty of languages and to celebrate cultural diversity," Kong said. "Drs. Audrey Fessler and Jeff Vahlbusch co-started the very first International Poetry Reading 13 years ago, and now we hope to continue their legacy to make it a meaningful and impactful event for the larger Eau Claire community. This year’s participants will include faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, community members and even poets from China who wish to share their love of poetry.”

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