Recent grants awarded to Kent State University at Stark in Jackson Township will help further College Credit Plus programs, health care, education of teachers, add degree programs and offer a new cultural arts opportunity in our community.

Kent State University at Stark will host the 62nd Annual Northeast Central Ohio Scholastic Art Exhibit and Awards Ceremony. The Scholastic Art Exhibition, featuring more than 3,000 pieces of artwork from middle and high school students, representing schools in Stark, Summit, Portage, Wayne, Tuscarawas and Medina counties, will be on display from January 19 – February 3 in the Campus Center, Fine Arts Building and the Main Hall Art Gallery, located at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township.

We attended the AWP Conference in April, which was held in Minneapolis, with several staff members and students. Though the conference has grown to over 10,000 participants, Wick had a strong presence at the conference and the book fair where we reconnected with Wick authors, sold word nerd tee shirts, Traveling Stanzas posters and postcards, and Kent State University Press poetry series books. We also spread the word about our interactive Traveling Stanzas exhibits, and showed pictures of our new house and park.

As the Fall 2015 semester comes to a close, we have to give the warmest of thanks to our incredible student interns, workers, and graduate fellow. This year was extra special, as we were able to start the semester with two days in Millersburg, Ohio at the Young's Artist Residency. We had a wonderful time discussing poetry, reading and writing, and bonding over delicious meals, gorgeous stars, and a mist-combed sunrise. As a staff, we believe that we work with the best students at Kent State.

We have expanded our work with Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH). The Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at ACH now funds the following creative writing workshops: one hour group writing session for adolescent psychiatric inpatients; two one hour group writing sessions for the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program; a monthly one-hour staff-support writing group; and one hour writing sessions offered on a weekly basis for two in-patients (or families) from throughout the hospital.

The Wick Poetry Center, with support from the Howard Atwood Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, identified classrooms throughout Akron Public Schools to receive weekly poetry workshops led by WPC teaching artists Alice Cone, Daniel Dorman, and Bo Geisse, and Casey Nichols from February 2, 2015 through May 18, 2015.

Kent State University at Stark invites the public to attend open forums that will introduce the four finalists for the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer position at the Stark Campus. As part of the interview process, each candidate’s presentation will include a discussion of the following:

Wick Poetry Center to Host Ohio Premier Film Screening, Co-sponsored by the Kent Stage and the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association

By Marcus Donaldson

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, with co-sponsors the Kent Stage and Western Reserve Folk Arts Association, will host the Ohio premier film screening of Even Though the Whole World Is Burning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Kent Stage. The film documents the achievements of famed poet W.S. Merwin. The film screening is free and open to the general public.