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Poet Laureate Bruce Taylor
Eau Claire Poet Laureate Bruce Taylor,
shown here enjoying himself.

“The Regional Arts Council has said that they will help to link a Words Work page to their site,” explained Taylor. “We also have plans to hopefully make it possible for writers to link to their own work and websites from that page, but that’s all still in development.”

Some events have already taken place. On February 1, the initial open reading session went down at the Acoustic Café. Scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, this particular series started off with a proverbial bang, with a full house of listeners and a full roster of readers, including appearances by local well-knowns such as the indomitable Ken Szymanski and Mr. Al Jenkins.

Other confirmed events include the Third Thursday series, which is an aptly named collection of readings that will take place on the third Thursday of every month at the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, and feature readings from writers including the likes of B.J. Hollars and Osonye Tess Onwueme.

As important as it is to have a supply of writers willing to get up, get out, and share their work, the importance of having a collection of people to listen is equally critical. Walt Whitman told us that to have great poets, there must be great audiences. It’s tough to argue with Whitman, and as it turns out, he was right. These events give writers a place to share things that need sharin’ with an excited, passionate, or just plain curious audience in a unique and essential way. 

Check these events out. Share or be shared with. Listen or be listened to. Bruce Taylor can be contacted via his email TaylorB@uwec.edu