World Poetry Day to be Celebrated at IWU
March 7, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) invites the community to celebrate
poetry from around the globe at a World Poetry Reading Day event at 4 p.m. on March
22 in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). The event, which
is sponsored by IWU’s International Studies Program, will consist of a variety of
poetry read by students and faculty.
World Poetry Reading Day originated several years ago with the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which asked organizations to celebrate
poetry from all over the world as they saw fit.
“The day is a celebration of linguistic diversity,” said Associate Professor of German
and Eastern European Studies Sonja Fritzsche. “It allows the audience to enjoy the
melodic rhythms of the many languages spoken by and studied by IWU students and faculty
through the medium of poetry.”
Fritzsche, along with Associate Professor of English Mike Theune and Assistant Professor
of English Joanne Diaz, accepted poetry submissions from along this year’s theme of
“Childhood and Globalization,” which is the International Studies theme for this year.
Some of the poems read will be original pieces by students, while others will be from
published poets. For the poems read in a foreign language, English translations will
be projected on a screen in Hansen Student Center.
“It’s an amazing way to engage in a variety of traditions, across time periods, across
national boundaries and partake of a sampling of all sorts of poetic traditions,”
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960