Where can you hear Korean, Russian, Chinese, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, German, Arabic, Italian, Hungarian and English all spoken in the same room? At the International Poetry Reading, recently held on the Annandale Campus, that’s where. The event, co-sponsored by the NOVA Annandale Library and the NOVA Annandale Language Center, was organized to commemorate both National Library Week (April 14-20) and National Poetry Month (April). It also presented a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful diversity of both the Annandale campus and NOVA in general.
The event featured campus faculty, staff, and students reading poems in many different foreign languages. While the poems were being read, the English translation of each was projected on a screen behind the reader to assist the audience in their understanding of the piece. Appropriately enough for spring, most poems thematically centered around the beauty of nature, the nature of man, and love and romance.
The well-attended event was organized by Veronica Campos, director of the Annandale Language Center, and NOVA librarians Erika Sollosi and Bill Fleming.
Several ESL instructors were instrumental in publicizing the event and encouraging their students to read poems from their native land, including Assistant Professor Tonia Rodgers, who herself read poems in three different languages.