9th annual International Poetry Night set for Feb. 21

The Department of Language, Literature, and Philosophy at Southern Oregon University will be hosting its ninth annual International Poetry Night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Meese Auditorium of SOU’s Art Building.

Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided at 6:30 p.m., half an hour before the program begins.

This event, which began modestly as an event for foreign language students, has included poetry in more than a dozen languages over the years.

In addition to the six languages that SOU teaches (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish), this year’s program will also include poems in Korean and Arabic.

The highlight of this year’s event is the inclusion of published Yaqui poet Anita Endrezze who will present via Skype and take questions after her presentation.  The Yaqui people are indigenous to the state of Sonora in northern Mexico, and Endrezze’s poetry will include passages in the native Yaqui language.

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