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Readers sought for International Poetry Reading

March 8, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The seventh annual International Poetry Reading will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 24 in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

During the event — which aims to celebrate the sounds of the world — students, community members, faculty and staff come together to read and listen to poems in languages other than modern, standard English. Last year, poems were read in 41 different languages.

Dr. Audrey Fessler, associate professor of English and women's studies and co-organizer of the event, said the program will delight everyone who enjoys the beauty and emotional power of language and everyone who appreciates cultural diversity.

Guidelines to participate are as follows:

  • Send an email message as soon as possible to Fessler at with "Poetry Reading" in the subject line to get on the list of readers. Include your choice of language along with your name and email address.
  • Select a short poem (40 lines or fewer) in that language suitable for a general audience, including children.
  • By midnight April 10 at the latest, send Fessler an electronic copy of the poem in its original language and in translation into modern, standard English. The poem and translation will be published in a booklet to be distributed at the event.
  • Come to the event and read the poem you've chosen in its original language.

To feature as many different languages as possible, it may be necessary to limit the number of readers in a single language, so those interested in reading are encouraged to volunteer as soon as possible.

The International Poetry Reading is hosted by UW-Eau Claire's English Festival, with support from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Center for International Education and English and foreign languages departments.

For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Fessler at



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